Southwest Washington Watercolor Society

Watercolor adventurists join together to create and celebrate art on a regular basis as the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society. Many members began painting as kids, some found this pleasure during retirement years, and some have made art a lifelong career. Where ever you are at in your creative journey with watermedia we invite you to come along with us – and get your brush wet..

Events of Interest

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The flyer posted above pretty much says it all, but what it doesn’t say is that if you don’t come you will miss out on one of the best shows we have ever put together.  Gallery 360 has done a superb job of organizing our paintings into separate “Associate” and “Juried” areas. And the Juried artists are further separated into watercolor and water media sections.  Southwest Washington Watercolor artists display their talents that stand up to recognition by national and international sponsors.  If you want to see art that will move you emotionally and  open your mind to new vistas of exploration, then come see what our artists have to offer.  Our juror this year, Harold Walkup,  is regionally and internationally known for his talents and will inspire you will his discussion of our art at 4pm on Friday, April 4th just prior to the first Friday art walk.  YOUR INVITED!

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February AHA was a Great Event

FEBRUARY AHA – What a great Event!

Award winning artist, Denise McFadden  presented for our AHA  Saturday, the 15th of February from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Denise, who won the Best of Show Award in 2013 painted a heron at the AHA and showed what she does at three different levels. She used a wet watercolor technique and mixed the colors on the paper.  – See her art at her web site

She paints directly, freshly, and simply onto the dampened paper and lets the water do the work.  

“You will enjoy watching the colors mingle, drip, and separate in unexpected ways

This was our first time to utilize an art room at Clark College for our AHA event.

WHERE: Just north of  Mill Plain on Fort Vancouver Way

Frost Art Center — Room 106

College Arts Building

1933 Fort Vancouver Way (at Clark College), Vancouver, WA 98663

This was  a great opportunity to observe a fantastic artist using a wet on wet technique with spectacular results.  You may contact SWWS at  or our AHA Program Director, Will Ray, at if you have questions.

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      Sometimes we clearly know when we are inspired and at other times we clearly know that we are not inspired. Without a doubt one of the things that helps inspire us most is the comment of a friend about our work.  A friend’s critique often pushes us forward on a painting or tells us it’s time to stop and move in a different direction. What inspires you? 

      Marian Neumann is starting a critique group and although she has not worked out all the details, she knows she would like to receive and give feedback among friends. She is looking for artists to join her critique group. The group will work out the details among themselves of where they will meet and how frequently.  Marian currently has three in her group and would like to expand to no more than six.  If you are interested in joining Marian’s group or just have a question before joining you may contact her at .

    And should her critique group be full when you contact her, please let us know at  and that you are still interested in joining such a group.  We will place your name on a list for starting another group.  And if you have a more specific interest that you desire to find in such a group please let us know that as well and we’ll see if we can help you find what you seek. 



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January’s Artist Helping Artists Program Featured Katie Bradley

January’s Artist Helping Artist Program featured Katie Bradley. The Internet offers the opportunity for artists to reach thousands of potential clients all over the world. The trick is to help your customers find you, connect with your art, and make a purchase.

Katie has sold more than 700 prints since starting her Etsy shop, and painted many commissioned paintings in the last 2 years, without having to pay for advertisement. She also experimentally started a second Etsy shop, and with the same methods, has made over 1000 sales since March.

In this AHA, gave us a brief version of her seminar on how to market yourself and your art on the Internet. Those in attendance  had the opportunity to explore the marketing methods she has successfully used to promote her online art business. She provided us with links that explain clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up and run an Etsy shop and a Facebook artist page. She talked about networking with bloggers and on social media, and gave the audience the opportunity to ask questions at the end.  A great presentation – Thanks Katie!

ART in the COMMUNITY Takes Off

ART in the COMMUNITY Takes Off

Under the guidance of Lynda Raven Brake the SWWS Art in Community program bagan in March. We are excited to make this opportunity available and share our juried member art with the community at large as part of the mission of the watercolor society. Watch the web site calendar and get in touch with Lynda Raven Brake (AIC) coordinator to be an important part of this outreach program.

Lynda needs  artists to Preregister with her: EMAIL: or PHONE: 360-574-9735.

You will be asked to provide: 1) The title of your painting, 2) The price, 3) The medium involved in making the painting (ie acrylic or watercolor or other)   and 4) the size. No Entry fee.

The most current  SWWS Prospectus can be used for framing and hanging requirements.  Prepare your art ready and participate in this vital community program.