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Antoaneta Georgieva “Dreaming” 1st Place – 2017 Waterworks Exhibition

Bill Hook “Going Up” 2nd Place – 2017 Waterworks Exhibition

Susan Keith “Wrapped in Light” 3rd Place – 2017 Waterworks Exhibition

Bev Jozwiak “Backstage Adjustments” 1st Place – 77th Annual Int'l Open Exhibition 2017

Chun-Nan Chen “Gods Fall Into the Mortal” 2nd Place – 77th Annual Int'l Open Exhibition 2017

Carla O’Connor “The Harlequin” 3rd Place – 77th Annual Int'l Open Exhibition 2017

The Northwest Watercolor Society

was founded 1939 in Seattle, Washington when a group of eight artists came together to form an organization dedicated to the celebration of watercolor. With a goal to inspire both a lasting interest in the art of watercolor painting and an appreciation for watercolor as an artful, imaginative medium, the history of NWWS began.



Watercolor Portraits on DANIEL SMITH Iridescent Gold Watercolor Ground

by Molly Murrah

This is the painting I did at the demo. The paper had already been stretched, the ground applied, and the drawing transferred before I started. The painting was 75% finished in about an hour, and I finished it later at home. Such fun!

Last spring, I was asked if I would do a summer demo at the DANIEL SMITH Bellevue store. I have great fun doing DANIEL SMITH demos, so I knew I would say “yes.”

What I didn’t know was what I would demonstrate. One way I keep myself growing as an artist is to make commitments that will force me to learn something new — painting on DANIEL SMITH’s Iridescent Gold Watercolor Ground was definitely “something new.” I had only finished one painting on the ground and was uncertain about the process at best, but true to my leap-before-I-look approach to art, my demo — “GOLD MAGIC: Portraits on DS Gold Watercolor Ground” — came to be. I did two additional portraits on the gold ground before presenting the demo.

First, I thinned the ground with a little bit of water and applied one coat over the entire surface of my paper. After letting it dry overnight, I then applied a second coat using perpendicular strokes. The gold ground is made from Mica PW 20 and Iron Oxides, suspended in an acrylic emulsion. Once it is dry it is permanent, so I would suggest using separate brushes for the ground to avoid ruining a favored brush. (On one of my paintings, I used a foam edger for painting interior trim; you can also use inexpensive foam brushes.) The gold ground is water-soluble until dry, therefore cleanup is fairly easy. Just try to get as much of the pigment off the brush as possible before cleaning thoroughly with gentle soap and lukewarm water.

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NWWS 78th Annual International Open Exhibition

Esteemed artist, Mark Mehaffey, will juror entries from around the world to be exhibited at the Mercer Gallery, Mercer Island, WA, April 16 – June 1, 2018. Click "view details" for further information.

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2018 International Open Workshop with Mark Mehaffey

Mark Mehaffey’s NWWS International Open Workshop is now full. If you would like to be put on our wait list, please contact Molly Murrah at 425-822-6552.

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GENERAL MEETING: The next general meeting is Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Location: St. Andrew's Lutheran church. General meetings are not held in June, July, August, or December.  
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Now Available to Everyone! NWWS announces our retrospective book, "A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society… The First 75 Years". This book is an important chronicle of water media painting in the Northwest, and particularly the founding of NWWS 75 years ago. Log in to the NWWS website and select the "Products" link from the menu above to purchase your copy. 



Our newest Gold Medal Fellowship members:
 Laurie Goldstein-Warren  June 2016
 Bev Jozwiak  June 2017
 Carla O'Connor  February 2017

Our newest Signature members:
 Betty Barss
 Coralynn Jones
 Kathryn Wedge
 John E. James
 M.J. Larson
 Sandra Neary
 R. Mike Nichols
 February 2018
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