Philadelphia Water Color Society


Upcoming events

    • October 08, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Community Art Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086

    Come to our Annual Members Meeting to get an update on the society, view a demonstration by Bucks County artist Betz Green, have some lunch, and meet fellow members. (Please register so we know how many mouths to feed.)

    mixed media collage by Betz Green with fish skeletons

    Green Flying Fish by Betz Green

    Betz Green will discuss and demonstrate techniques and materials for creating one of her latest portfolios entitled “The Subtle Beauty of Nature’s Castoffs”. This body of work combines her love of nature with a lifelong habit of collecting nature’s discards. Each painting is a detailed interpretation of found objects, including small skeletons and insects, assembled into a still life, then brought to life with watercolor and casein, silverpoint drawing and pastel pencil on collaged watercolor papers. The resulting pieces are whimsical portrayals inspired by nature’s small wonders.

    Because each completed project takes a long time with numerous steps, for this talk Betz will lay out an array of materials she uses, then explain the process with short demonstrations for selected steps. She will discuss how she thinks about the story lines, composition and other important artistic elements.

    This artist demonstration will happen 11:00 - 12:30.

    mixed media collage showing crabs by Betz Green

    Spare Parts I by Betz Green

    • October 12, 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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    Learn a new way to mount and present your watercolors via this online demo by Ryan Fox.

    watercolor painting by Ryan Fox mounted on a one inch cradled wood board

    Watercolor painting by Ryan Fox of the NCSU Bell Tower.
    It's mounted on 1" cradled wood board.

    Tired of putting your watercolors into expensive (and easily damaged) frames? Sick of seeing reflections from glass/plexiglass and not your artwork? Learn to mount your watercolors on cradled wood boards for a modern presentation. This demonstration will show step by step how to waterproof the paper, prepare the boards, and place the art on a cradled board that can be directly hung on the wall.

    About Ryan Fox

    Ryan Fox is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as six state and regional societies. He has won awards in the American Watercolor Society, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina juried shows. His work has been featured in Watercolor Artists Magazine, Art of Watercolour, Splash 15, 16, 19, and 20 hardcover books published by F+W Media. His instructional DVDs are marketed by Creative Catalyst Productions.

    Ryan enjoys creating watercolors on a variety of surfaces (traditional watercolor paper, YUPO, and Japanese rice paper. His styles range from loose and fast to highly detailed and technical painting. As a teacher, he constantly pushes himself to learn new things about watercolor. Every painting gives you an opportunity to grow as an artist!

    His website is

    • October 19, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Inn at Grace Winery, 50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342

    It's time for the grapevines! The air is cleaner and we're going to try this again. Hopefully, the second time is the charm. 

    photo of a vineyard

    Photo of the vineyard at Grace Winery (via TripAdvisor)

    Nature has all the answers to see light in the landscape! This is a great way to see the values from light to dark. We are permitted to paint among the grapevines. Bring your bug spray, sunscreen, chair, hat, and art supplies. The inn's restrooms are available to us.

    The Inn may be having an event this day, so please stay with the PWCS group.

    Park on the service road next to the vineyard so you can pick your row of vines. This road is to the right of the mansion as you enter off of Sweetwater Road. Parking here makes it a bit easier to carry your supplies. (View Grace Winery on Google Maps.)

    Please sign up. It's Free and open to both members and non-members! 

    Please check your emails the night before for possible cancellations because of weather.

    I look forward to seeing you at Grace Winery!

    Beth James, PWCS Plein Air Director

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