robin lee makowski NWS, FWS, NMWS, WFWS
fine artist | illustrator | author | instructor
So What's Going On?
Lost Art Gallery - I'll be doing a live Watercolor Demo at Lost Art Gallery on Cinco de Mayo from 5-9pm! If you're in the St. Augustine area at that time, please stop by. It's part of the First Friday events and there are many galleries, shops, and restaurants participating. Should be a fun night! I'm going to bring a few new paintings with me for the night and have a few different demos working on a variety of substrates.
FWS - We are already working hard on our Florida Watercolor Society 2023 Convention, Workshops, and 52nd Annual Exhibition on Ocala, FL in September. It's hard to fathom all the work that goes into it when that work is done by just a handful of people. We are also adding a lot of events during the year, such as Last Sunday ConFabs (informal conversations) with interesting art topics, Third Thursday demos, some of which are also previews of the Workshops in August and September. Anyone can tune into the ConFabs, but the Third Thursday Demos are for Members Only. I will be presenting on July 20th with It's All Yours! Creating Your Own Original Compositions. Some artists have a hard time taking photos to paint from, so hopefully, this will take some of the mystery out of it. Nancy Murphree Davis took over Exhibition Director for me last year, and she and I will be presenting a program at the Convention on How to Catch the Judge's Eye, something I always strive to do myself. Doesn't always work...
NWS - I went to San Pedro in October for the NWS reception where I received my Signature Certificate and my very nice award! It was so much fun seeing all my CA peeps again! The show was impressive and I was honored to be a part of it. Sandy came out to chauffeur me around and we had a blast! Thanks to Rita & Dan for the lovely dinner, and to Sharon & Jimmy for the awesome breakfast at Pacific Diner - my all-time favorite! Chris & Gail came to the Reception! I was so happy to see them - it's been too long. I think I know what I'll be entering this year, but at least the Signature pressure is off! I'll be very happy just to be accepted. It ain't easy - fewer than 1 in 10 entries make it! I was so honored last year - it's gonna be hard to top!
Updated March 17th, 2023
Happy to be home in San Pedro with Sharon & Jimmy! They came to the NWS Reception to support me and see my painting, At the Corner of Olive & Onion. Sharon introduced me to my husband 41+ years ago! I've had her longer than I've had him!
Receiving my awards certificates from Kathy Alexander, NWS Awards Chair, and Judy Saltzman, NWS Exhibition Director. Happy day!
Got to spend some time with FWS my partner in crime, Rita Szopinski, who moved to CA from Key Largo this past spring.