WFWS45 Coming to Boise in 2020

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The next regional exhibit for the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies will take place in June and July of 2020. This exhibit will feature 100 of the best watercolor paintings from about 1000 entries from artists in ten watercolor societies representing nine western states. In recent years, the Idaho Watercolor Society has been well represented in the exhibit, with nine artists selected for last year’s show in San Diego of which two were award winners!

The prospectus for the 2020 exhibit has been released and is posted on this website. Entries for 2020 are due to your local delegate by January 10, 2020. With six months to plan and paint, you have plenty of time to execute your best work for entry. All the details concerning eligibility and art work requirements are contained in the prospectus, so please read it carefully. For IWS members, your local delegate is Dennis Hayzlett ( or 208-514-3862). If after reading the prospectus you have questions, please contact Dennis by email or by phone.

So start visualizing your ideas and plan to meet the January 10th deadline with your best work. It is an exciting opportunity to take part in a major, regional show here in our home state.


2019 Fall Workshop

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Felicia Weston – “Painting and Drawing with Live Models”                


  • Learn to simplify and avoid overworking by concentrating on shapes and practicing direct painting.
  • Felicia will demonstrate how to begin with a contour drawing and then finish by applying as few over-washes as possible to develop shapes and light.
  • The goal will be to achieve correct form, shape, color, edges and tonal value.
  • Class Outline:
    • 9:00 am-12:00 pm- Demonstration
    • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – Lunch Break
    • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Class Paints

There will be a class critique session of students work at the end of the second day.

Artist’s Statement

I developed my painting techniques when learning how to do large sized renderings of cars. I graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a degree in Industrial design. I had a love of cars growing up but had never drawn them before. A little more than four years ago, I had the opportunity to illustrate a story for Edible Idaho Magazine and I feel very fortunate every time I see an email from the editor asking for another contribution. My greatest pleasure though has been creating watercolor paintings of the dancers here at Ballet Idaho. To be able to recreate their passion and artistic expression of movement is what I try to recreate in a painting. And while I still paint other subjects, painting dancers has given me great joy.

Attendees at other workshops have praised Felicia for her style, skill and her ability to teach her painting techniques and concepts!

Workshop Information:

Material list, this is only a guide, you may use your own supplies.

COLORS: The colors I am listing are what I use and should only be considered suggestions:

Alizarin crimson or carmine

Cadmium red light

Cadmium yellow pale


Raw sienna

Raw umber

Burnt umber

Burnt sienna

French Ultramarine blue

Yellow ochre

Ivory black

This is a limited palette and I do have others I use but this is the basic range I use. If you have others, bring what you feel comfortable using.

BRUSHES: Good brushes are your most important consideration. I hope you can bring at least one good quality round brush you are comfortable using.

PAPER: I use Aquarelle Arches rough. For ease I have a block and typically a 12 x 16 inch or 14 x 20 size. A larger painting tends to take longer than a couple of hours to complete.

STUFF: A spray bottle. I use mechanical pencils 7mm and 9mm HB in class. You will always have a sharp pencil for contour drawing with a mechanical pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a water container. If you are not using a block you will need clips or tape to secure paper to a board. A thick foam core panel cut to the size of the paper works best.

AN EASEL THAT WORKS: Don’t plan on using tables or table top easels if at all possible. Your easel should be light and easy to set up and allow you to paint with your paper and board at a 30 to 45 degree angle.

For registration information, please click here to download the form, “2019 Fall Workshop with Felicia Weston”.

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Hayzlett at 208-514-3862 or at

Dennis Hayzlett, Workshop Chair

WFWS – Meet and Eat Potluck

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Hello IWS and 2020 WFWS Team Members! 

You are all invited to the next 2020 WFWS-45 Meet and Eat Potluck!  Come be a part of this extraordinary IWS event happening in Idaho and Boise in less than a year!  Friday, July 12th from 12:00-2:30 pm. at Anne Sorensen’s Studio.  2725 N Duane Dr, Meridian.   

Please bring a potluck dish to share.  Join us for updates, planning and lots of confab, food and fun!. 

If you live in another region and would like to help or cannot come, we still want and need you!  Email Anne Sorensen or Pam Grant for emailed updates and suggestions! or 

We look forward to seeing you!

 Anne and Pam

Pre-WFWS Event Opportunities for IWS Members

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In preparation for the Western Fed show IWS is hosting next year, there is a desire to familiarize members with some of the great attractions here in Boise. I’ve set up a tour for IWS members at the World Center for Birds of Prey. It is a worldwide conservation organization based in Boise, located at 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane. (accessible from S Cole Rd, about 6 miles south of Costco) Tours are $10 and $8 for those 62 or older; free for members. We’d want to gather there promptly at 10am so we can get our admission paid and use our tour time well. There is a whole lot to see.

Our tour is set for 10:00am on July 19th. There will be a live bird presentation as well as a tour of the visitor center and the falconry archives. If you’re new to the area, or haven’t been on tour there for a while, I invite you to join us.

Please respond to me by July 12th so we can provide the total number of persons attending in our group to the center. If you have any questions, you can call or email me, Joni Frey at 208-433-9976 or  

Thanks all.


Fall Workshop Chair Needed

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With September rapidly approaching, I need a volunteer (or two) to step forward to coordinate our Fall workshop. If you have considered volunteering this is an opportunity to learn how IWS activities are managed by working on a fairly simple event.

The Fall workshop is a two-day class involving demonstrations and instruction from an in-house IWS instructor. The instructor has already volunteered, the venue has been reserved and work has begun on preparing the entry form. The new chairperson or persons will focus on handling the registrations, collecting the enrollment fees, and attending the workshop (free!). The chairperson(s) will coordinate volunteers to set up the workshop at Nazareth Center after our annual meeting in September and clean up the space at the end of the workshop. The chairperson(s) will also prepare announcements and reminders for the Statewide Email chair to send out on their behalf.

IWS needs a person or two to come forward and make sure that this event proceeds smoothly. Please contact me at, or call me at home 208-514-3862.  I really need your help!



Upcoming art show in Nampa, ID

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The Art Stampede, an art show opening at the Nampa Civic Center in conjunction with the Snake River Stampede in Nampa is open for entries. Contact Debra Curry at Heartland Studios for a prospectus. Linda Aman is the juror. Cash awards totaling $2750. Deadline is May 9, 2019.

The show opens July 14 and runs through July 20, at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S.. Nampa, Idaho. 

IWS 2018 Student Scholarship Winner

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Album art design for James Blake’s Overgrown. Combining hand done elements with digital, watercolor and ink prints of flowers in their various stages of life were created, then scanned in and formatted into the package design. As the CD is opened, the flowers, beginning in their end stages, revert back to their beginning as buds, symbolizing new life.

Ellery Pearson is an Oregon born-and-raised artist currently studying Graphic Design with a minor in Studio Art at Northwest Nazarene University.

She began creating art, whether it was drawing, painting, or sculptures out of recycled materials, at a very young age due to the influence of her mother. Now at NNU, Ellery enjoys being able to incorporate hand done, fine art elements into graphic design such as packaging, posters, and branding.

At NNU’s juried student art show, she was awarded second place for poster and typeface design, and was presented with the Idaho Watercolor Society’s student scholarship.

After she is finished with school in the Spring of 2019, Ellery hopes to find a job at a design firm where she can continue to apply her problem solving skills to graphic design, learn from experienced professionals, and grow as an artist.