Happy February, Facebook Friends and WSI members.  I know that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday designed to sell many greeting cards, but I like it anyway. 

Historically, there really was a St. Valentine.  Reference.com provided this information:  “Historians are uncertain what stories about Valentine are true…. There were a number of Valentines recognized as saints, but the one who is most commonly referred to is a priest from the third century who was commemorated on February 14th, which has become the Valentine’s Day holiday. There are a number of legends surrounding Saint Valentine, some of which involve him conducting marriages, but none are supported by historical evidence. Another legend is that Valentine befriended the daughter of a jailer while he was imprisoned and gave her a card that he had signed, beginning the romantic tradition of the holiday. “What I enjoy about Valentine’s day is remembering and being remembered by those I love.  I enjoy the flowers (when I receive them) and the candy (when it’s gifted to me), and I enjoy having a Valentine’s dinner out with my husband of 52+ years. 

            I also love the color red, whether it’s Valentine’s day or not.  Someone (and I don’t remember who) once told me that every painting needs a bit of red.  Or maybe several bits of red.  But     which RED? Do we add Alizarin Crimson?  Winsor Red?  Quinacridone Magenta? Brown          Madder (which is really a deep, dark red)? Pyrol Scarlet?  So many choices.   For Valentine’s Day, why not add a bit of red–any red–to the painting you’re working on right now.  Red adds passion as well as color.  And it adds warmth, if it’s the right red.  And it makes the painting much more interesting.

This holiday makes me think of red and also reminds me that I am a lucky person to have so many people in my life whom I love–including all of you.

But that’s just my opinion.


Hello WSI members, patrons and friends!

All of us at the Watercolor Society of Indiana hope that your are staying safe and healthy!  We understand and recognize the current health situation is MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!

In the spirit of the arts, we would like to provide some updates for our organization in the short term:

  1.  The 2020 Membership Show will be online only. This will be on the WSI website and all social media for Second Presbyterian Church.  Signup for the membership exhibit here: https://www.watercolorsocietyofindiana.org/member-exhibit/
  2. The membership luncheon, meeting, juried exhibit image viewing and scholarship presentation are cancelled.
  3. The Juried Exhibit is A GO this year.  For 2020, it will be both online and in person.  If closer to the event, we are required to cancel the onsite exhibit, the show will continue online on our website.  The link for the juried exhibit is attached here:  https://www.watercolorsocietyofindiana.org/juried-exhibit/
  4. The Keiko Tanabe workshop is cancelled.  It has been rescheduled for October 20 – 22, 2021.  There will be a demonstration and general meeting on October 23, 2021. 
  5. Keiko Tanabe will be the 2020 juror as planned.  She will be conducting all phases of the jury process virtually rather than in person.  
  6. Waycross 2020 has been cancelled.  We have rescheduled Waycross for April 23 – 25. 2021.

Please stay safe and stay healthy!!!! Be sure to keep painting and submit your entries for both the 2020 Membership Exhibit and the 2020 Juried Exhibition.  We look forward to see the amazing work of our membership!


Connect with us on FACEBOOK.  The Facebook Group Watercolor Society of Indiana has over 200 members.  This will allow you to stay connected with other members of the organization virtually.  Send your request now!!!

Nancy Mullens

Executive Director