Welcome to the Watercolor Society of Indiana’s new website and blog! We are all excited that we have an up-to-date website accessible on your electronic devices. Here’s what the website itself has to offer you as a WSI Member:
- Online Membership Signups and Renewals
- Online Workshop Signups
- Online Donations
- Online Newsletter signups
- Ability to email the office online
- Photo galleries
- PayPal Payment system
- Archived newsletters
- Links to member websites
- Links to various other art resources
- Links to other states’ watercolor societies
- Event calendars
In other words–you are able to do MANY things on our new website that you were never able to do before. Please take advantage of this new site, and thank Executive Director Nancy Mullens and WSI Board member Marcia Reller for all of their hard work in helping to develop the site. WSI hired a professional website developer to work with Nancy and Marcia, but now the site is OURS!
Which leads me to the regularly updated BLOG. Many of you already know me–I am Board member Pat Grabill–and you know how to get in touch with me either by emailing me–my email is in the Membership booklet–or contacting me here and through the WSI Facebook page. I am going to focus on things that interest and concern me as an artist, and if you have ideas you would like to share, please do.
As the end of the year approaches, I’m thinking of things I’d like to do to improve my paintings. I’ve taken many workshops, and two artists in particular, David Michael Slonim and Don Andrews, stressed the importance of daily “warm-ups” before beginning a painting. They both do small drawings and sketches before they move on to bigger things. I know other artists do these things, too, and I think that will be my resolution for the new year: take time every morning (I’m a morning person) to sketch and draw and do value studies. (not all of them at once, perhaps!) I need to have the discipline to work this sketching into my day, and I believe that accomplishing this daily task will help me improve as an artist. In fact, I think I’ll set everything up each night before I go to bed, and then I won’t have any excuses.
How about you? Do you have an “improvement plan” for 2018? I’d love to hear from you.
Paint beautiful things.