Spring Show – Congrats

Congratulations to the 80 artists who were accepted into the 2021 Spring Experimental Exhibition. Jurors Ken and Stephanie Goldman selected these paintings out of hundreds submitted.

The 80 paintings in the show will be on display from April 1 through May 4 (11am-3pm, M-Thursday) at:

Urbanite Furnishings
1005 SE Grand Ave, Portland Oregon
Online Reception: April 10, 2021 6 pm.

Thank you to all who entered and for supporting WSO.

First Name Last Name Painting Title
Mark Adcock Spring Birch
Mary Fran Anderson Galway Waterfront
Ruth Armitage November
Jennifer Armitage Looking Up St. Peters
Connie Athman Silent Landing
Sally Bills Bailey Looking Through
Bill Baily Tres Peras
Carol Barnett Gray Day
Betty Barss These Boots Were Made for Walking
Robin Becic Wrangling for Portland
Maria Berg Playing
Linda Boutacoff Ocean’s Edge
Sarah Bouwsma Hurricane Creek
John Bradley King Tide
Helen Brown Sleigh Team
Kathleen Buck Nightfall
Mary Burgess My Blue Heaven
Jennie Chen NW Sunshine
Tara Choate Transition
Cathy Cramer Afternoon Walk
Kathryn Damon-Dawson Washed Ashore
Rene Eisenbart Rebel
Mary Elle Lacy Ladies
Susan Escobar Parade Day
Alexandra Eyer Blue Rhapsody
Airi Foote Radiance
Jean Gale Touring and Tasting
Winnie Givot Orchidium 2 – Cattleya Rex
Margaret Godfrey Teach Me: Tibet
Angela Grainger In Those Quiet Times
Vernon Groff Latte Time
Christine Helton Homework II
Amanda James Autumn Light
Marjorie Johnson Desolation
Matthew Johnson Still Standing
Sharon Rackham King The Hayers
Yvonne Knoll Lady In Red
Karen Kreamer Petey’s Dream
Jean Kyle Nature’s Healing Heart
Ed Labadie Ancient Explorers
Dianne Lay Wild Velvet
Doyle Leek Toledo
Sam Livingston 1883
Steve Ludeman Harlow House
Denise Marshall WWII Frontline Heroes
Roberta Mathews Table for One?
Carrie McGraw Ready
Britt McNamee Resilient
Phyllis Meyer Ascension
Elaine Frances Moriarty Feel the Spray
Marcia Morrow Honey Bees
Diana Nadal Your Move
Jacqueline Newbold Summer’s Song
Linda Nye The Harbinger
JoAnn Pari-Mueller Beauty and the Bees
Sandra Pearce Shutterbug
Charlotte Peterson He Loves Me Two
Kara Pilcher Take Off
Carol Putnam Ray of Hope
Jennifer Ramerman Oregon Lighthouses
Mila Raphael The Discussion
Hazel Reeves Victoria
Mary Rollins Warmed by the Sun
Elizabeth Schilling Chill
Rebecca Sentgeorge Faux Collage Astro Boy
Kim Ellen Smith The Princess and Her Golden Ball
Ron Spears Changing Weather
Susan Spears Music Everywhere
Chris Stubbs Touching the Eternal
Sandra Swanson Crab Shack
Alice Tetamore Jeff’s White Beard
Victoria Tierney Cat and Mouse
Beth Verheyden Waiting His Turn
Liz Walker Upon Close Inspection 1
Alisha B Whitman Sweeping View
Roxanne Williams Rothschild Giraffe
Eve Withrow Teeming
Mitch Wolfsehr Friday Night Happy Hour
Sandra Wood Leafy Sea Dragon
Angela Wrahtz Aloha


“The Hayers” by Sharon Rackham King

Hues of Hillsboro – Mini Workshop

Mini-Workshop and Paint Along with Jurors Ken and Stephanie Goldman

April 12-13 (Monday-Tuesday) 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Our Jurors Ken and Stephanie Goldman will provide the two-day Mini-Workshop and Paint Along via Zoom for 30 participants. Beginners and experienced artists, at all levels of accomplishment, are welcome. Ken and Stephanie will provide instructions and training to improve our artistic ability, broaden our horizons and find a fresh new way to approach the art of watercolor. The two artist instructors will add different aspects of creating watercolor paintings.

Ken Goldman

Ken’s Figure Drawing for the Watercolorist: Sketching and Designing Space with Multiple Figures will primarily focus on effective ways to simplify and depict the figure in terms of gesture, rhythm, design, flat shapes, and simplified light/dark areas using pencil, charcoal, pen/wash, watercolor and specific simple measuring techniques. If you already participate in figure sketch groups, this workshop will add a whole new dimension to your drawing and painting skills. Starting with a gesture figure drawing in charcoal to warm up, you will proceed with a gesture figure in watercolor using a variety of techniques including painting into an abstract background and using water-soluble pens and markers. After that you will move on to create a watercolor portrait.

Stephanie Goldman

Stephanie’s The Value of Values, Classical Realism: Pencil with White Gouache, Inks and Washes – An Old “New” Approach to Drawing and Gouache Painting provides a new way to create stunning tonal Gouache Paintings.

In this workshop, Stephanie will help you create small jewel-like paintings with three mechanical pencils, ink, a kneaded eraser, brushes, and white gouache on toned paper. Using images from an iPhone or iPad, participants can use any preferred subject, whether from travels abroad or simply animals, figures, or portraits. Stephanie is well known for her ability to help each person find their unique drawing ability, in their way, without feeling overwhelmed. She feels it is essential to know and understand your subject so well that you will know and understand what to leave undone.

Ken and Stephanie are both nationally and internationally known and respected as artists, teachers, and jurors. Ken is the author of fifteen instructional books on pastels, acrylics, charcoal, and artistic anatomy. He has been featured in several art magazines such as the Art of Watercolor, Southwest Art, International Artist, Watercolor Magic, Splash, The Artist’s Magazine, and many more. He is a winner of several awards, and he is also past President of the National Watercolor Society. Honestly, there isn’t enough space here to line up all his accomplishments. The list is impressive!

Stephanie is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the San Diego Watercolor Society. She is known for her richly colored figures and dynamic charcoal pencil and ink drawings. She teaches figure and portrait painting at the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla and has worked with Ken for three decades collaborating on large and small public and private art projects.

Additional information about both jurors can be found at goldmanfineart.com and at CaliforniaWatercolor.com.


Online registration for Ken and Stephanie Goldman’s two-day workshop, demo, and all breakout sessions will open on Saturday, February 27 at 8:00 am. The workshop will be limited to 30 participants. A registration link will be emailed to all Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members on that date. Names beyond the 30 participants may opt to be waitlisted. If there are any cancellations, the waitlisted artists will be notified in the order that they registered. Workshop fee $150.00 for current Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members. Online Registration closes on Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 pm.

Current Active/Lifetime Members and Subscribers

If the workshop is not filled by March 20 with Active, Lifetime, and Subscriber Members, registration will open to non-members. Note: Non-members must register for Subscriber Membership and pay the $35.00 subscriber fee in addition to the regular fee for the demo, workshop, and/or breakout sessions.


The workshop will be held conveniently online with Zoom access. Following registration, all participants will receive an email from the host facilitator containing an access code and detailed workshop information.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for full refund less a $25.00 processing fee will be accepted prior to April 3 (8 full days prior to the workshop). Refunds for cancellations after April 3 will be given only if the workshop fills up and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions will be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds less a $25.00 processing fee will be mailed or refunded via PayPal after the workshop.


Hues of Hillsboro

WSO 2021 Spring Convention Goes Rogue!

April 9-11, 2021

by Susanne Mitchell and JoAnn Pari-Mueller, 2021 Spring Convention Co-chairs

What better way to celebrate our 2021 Spring Convention than to incorporate our spring “experimental” theme all the way? It will be a year since Covid-19 hit the scene. It’s ongoing presence continually encourages us to look for new, creative ways to enjoy our mutual passion for watercolor and learning.

The “unconventional” convention continues. We, along with the WSO leadership, have determined that the convention in April will need to be a virtual one in terms of breakout sessions and juror’s demo and workshop. The Spring Experimental Exhibition of 80 paintings, to be chosen by Ken and Stephanie Goldman, will be shown online and physically in a new location! This exciting downtown Portland space is inside the rustic-chic business called Urbanite, located at 1005 S.E. Grand Avenue, in Portland’s Eastside,  just across the Morrison Bridge. This location is bright and cheerful and will be a fun location to showcase our winning paintings.

As much as we all wish to meet in person for the convention, let us all be thankful that technology still allows us to enjoy our art from the safety of our own homes. When the time comes for us all to gather again, we will be proud of our resiliency and the new skills we have learned.

Breakout Sessions

In lieu of live breakout sessions, there will be a fabulous new pilot program of specially videotaped demonstrations by wonderful artists, sharing some of their special techniques and expertise in programs of 40 to 90-minute duration. There is an exceptionally reasonable introductory price of $10.00 each for these video sessions.  They will be available starting on Saturday, April 10, 2021, and will be accessible, at your leisure, for two weeks from that date. This means you will be able to sign up for as many of the breakout sessions as you want and not have to worry about them filling up too soon! No more excruciating decisions about which session to sign up for – you can enjoy them all at your own pace and chosen time! We encourage you to invite your non-member friends to participate in this wonderful opportunity. See the following page for more information on breakout sessions and Calendar of Events for sign-up dates.

The Jurors – Ken and Stephanie Goldman

Ken and Stephanie Goldman will judge the submissions, make their choice of 80 paintings, and then prepare a video to comment on their 20 award winning choices. That juror commentary video will be made available to all WSO members.

They are winners of many prestigious awards; their paintings are exhibited in countless exclusive galleries and invitational exhibitions worldwide.

We are truly fortunate to have these two brilliant artists with us for our virtual 2021 Spring Convention. Our Sunday afternoon Demo will offer you all the benefits of a physical convention experience in the safety and convenience of your own home.

Online Demonstration and Presentation by Jurors

On Sunday, April 11, the Goldmans will do a live Zoom demonstration for up to 100 WSO member enrollees, at the low cost of $10.00.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions via the Zoom “chat” feature.

On Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13, the jurors will provide a live Zoom workshop at the cost of $150.00 for WSO Active Members, Lifetime Members, and Subscriber Members. Enrollment will be limited to 30 people. See the mini workshop post for more information.

We hope that WSO’s 2021 virtual Spring Convention will inspire your future painting and that the Jurors’ Demo and Workshop will provide you with what you need to encourage your artistic growth.