August 19 – Fall Convention Registration Opens

Convention Registration Instructions

Convention Registration is online for a month ending about two (2) weeks before the convention. Members receive an email with the link to the registration site the day before registration opens. If you do not receive an email, you can get a link by contacting the registration team at

Before you get started, here are a few bits of information:

  • Before you begin consult Yellow Pages in your August 2018 Watermark. You will find all the information you need to choose the breakout sessions you wish to attend. Only the titles will appear on the registration form.
  • You will begin by filling in the necessary personal information for yourself and for your guest(s), if you have any. Click the Add button under Guest Information to add a guest. All of these fields must be filled in.
  • As you look at the activities listed on the registration form you will see the number of spaces still available for those sessions that have a limited number of spaces.
  • Select how many of an item that you want, one if only for yourself, 2 if for yourself and your guest, etc. As you add items, your list of selections and the price will update at the bottom of the form. Please note that for critiques, only members may submit images.
  • Please double-check your registration before paying. Changes to the selected sessions are difficult to make after your registration is complete and may cause you to miss out on sessions you want to attend.

Registration will continue online for four weeks, until the date given in the email. After that time, you will need to register for additional events at the Hospitality Table at the convention.

For information about the convention events, please see the Yellow Pages in your August 2018 Watermark.

Go Supply Lists for details on what is needed for each break out session.

Refund Policy:
(II.c.1.b) – Refunds are made only if a reservation is canceled within five (5) days after the close of online registration, or in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family..
(II.c.1.c) – Refunds, less a $5.00 processing fee, will be mailed after the convention.


Anji Grainger Workshop at Menucha

Elements of Nature and Texture

October 29-November 1, 2018

SAVE $50 if you register in June and use promocode EARLYBIRD

Join Anji Grainger in exploring nontraditional techniques to use alongside watercolors.

In the workshop you will create dynamic, textured patterns in your watercolor paintings by employing nontraditional techniques using plant materials, herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements. See how watercolor pigments react and leave beautiful patterns on your paper. The workshop will also emphasize composition and design principles.

  • DAY 1: Prepare one-two more starts using a unique texturing process.
  • DAY 2: Lay down the foundation on two-four painting starts using plant materials, herbs, legumes, salt, stones and other elements observing how watercolor pigment react, leaving beautiful patterns on your paper.  If time allows, begin working on Day 1 starts.
  • DAY 3: Work towards finishing one or two of your pieces.

Included in the cost of the Workshop:

  • High-pigmented liquid watercolors of Robert Doak
  • Super Stretch Spider Webbing
  • Many fun and unique texturing materials to play with

About the Artist

Anji Grainger is a painter of nature and is inspired by what the casual observer may overlook. Her goal is to give the viewer a look into the unique creations that surround us and to portray a feeling of magic and mystery. Anji has taught painting since 1994 beginning with acrylics. She studied in oil from 2002-2003 and in 2006 changed directions and turned to watercolor. Anji spent a month in Florence, Italy, studying technique and began teaching watercolor classes and workshops in 2008.

Contact Menucha Retreat and Conference Center at :

Robbie Laird 5-day Workshop – October 8th – 12th

Do you want to learn how to create colorful, flowing, and intriguing art that practically “dances” off the paper and holds viewers’ interest? Well here’s your opportunity! Robbie Laird our Fall Convention Juror and internationally known artist will be our instructor for the 5-day workshop following the Fall Convention.

Robbie’s art depicts her interest in connections natural cycles, and transitions. Her art has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and she has received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions.

Tidal Tangle – Robbie Laird

“Whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, here is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your personal voice!” – Robbie Laird

Robbie Laird is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society, and a full-juried member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Robbie is affiliated with several other art associations nationwide and she is the past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Robbie’s had her art and articles published in many magazines and books and she has recorded workshop DVDs.

Robbie has an extensive background with art education and has been the Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops held each spring in North Carolina. After completing her Masters degree in Art Education, Robbie became a Fine Arts curriculum consultant, giving workshops for teachers throughout California, the United States, and abroad.

Participants lucky enough to attend this workshop will learn how Robbie applies her innovative flowing and layering styles and techniques to create realistic and abstract works of art. Robbie strives to provide a thought provoking experience to viewers.

Ancient Twist in Time 1 – Robbie Laird

“My paintings provide a journey into the spirit of Natural connections.I want to entice the viewer to explore beyond a literal depiction to the rhythm and intimacy within a subject.” – Robbie Laird

In this workshop you will explore the underlying abstraction found in all of nature and, through the principles of design, create more personal paintings based on your choices.

Robbie will demonstrate and give assistance using a variety of exciting techniques. Layered paintings will be created with your choice of wet and dry layers of: acrylic paints and mediums, inks, and pigment sticks, as well as watercolor and gouache. You will select your own subject(s) of inspiration and Robbie will guide you through a series of exercises and studies that enable you to transition from a literal depiction to a uniquely personal painting with as much abstraction or realism as you chose.

You will begin with what inspires you in nature, follow a sequence of activities and directed steps, and discover the abstraction within your chosen subject. Discovering the Abstract Nature of Nature will enable you to capture its essence and feeling in your own personal way in your paintings.

Painters at all levels of accomplishment are encouraged to participate since the individual instruction given and adapted to each person’s needs. Realistic and Abstract interpretation will be equally encouraged.

The result of taking Robbie Laird’s 5-day workshop is a new and expanded way to use the abstract nature of nature in your own unique painting expression.

The workshop offers fun and adventure in painting. We hope you can join us!

Location: The workshop will be held at the wonderful Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, just North of downtown Salem at 1865 Bill Frey Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301. We will have coffee, tea, water, and cookies available each day in our workshop room. No outside food or beverages are allowed at the Kroc Center, but there is a great deli, Sacred Grounds Café, within the Center and closely located to our workshop room where you can purchase lunch and snacks.

Kroc Center Deli – Fully stocked with healthy food and treats

Robbie is a very popular workshop instructor. She was named one of 20 Great Teachers of the last twenty years by American Artists’ Magazine, so we expect this workshop to fill up fast and there will likely be a waiting list due to the limitation of 25 participants.

Registration: Registration for the Robbie Laird’s 5-day workshop, Monday-Friday, Oct. 8-12, 9 am – 4 pm, is now open and limited to 25 participants. If more than 25 people submit their checks before the deadline date of August 1st, all the names of persons who have submitted will be placed in a drawing. The names will be randomly drawn and placed in the participant list in the order as drawn. The names beyond 25 will also be placed in the waiting list in order as drawn. If there are any cancellations the persons listed on the waiting list will be notified in the order as listed.

Current Active Members and Subscribers: Fill out the Registration Form and mail with a $375.00 check made out to WSO, and send to Jean Lea. A copy of the Registration Form can be found in the May 2018 Watermark. Jean Lea’s mailing address can be found in the 2018 Membership Roster.

If the workshop is not filled by August 1, 2018 by current Active and Subscriber Members, the registration will open to non-members. Non-members must also apply for Subscriber Membership and pay the $35 Subscriber fee in addition to the workshop fee ($410 total fee).

Workshop Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted prior to September 24th (14 full-days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Refunds for cancellations will be made after September 24th only if the workshop fills and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds, less a $25 process fee will be mailed after the workshop. (See WSO Policy II.C.2 Workshops, a-d. WSO Membership Roster Handbook).

Accepted Paintings – Spring 2018

February 14, 2018, 80 artists were informed their submission was selected by Juror Fran Larsen, to be included in the Florence, Spring 2018 Watercolor Show.  Fran Larsen selected from 279 paintings submitted by 163 artists.

The following documents may be important for those looking for more information or instructions:

  • List of Accepted Artists.  If you submitted more than one painting, this list will indicate which of your paintings was selected.
  • How To Prepare Your Painting For WSO Competition.  Please pay attention to the changes in frame requirements, hanging fees and Pre-Authorized Shipping Label, all new for 2017-2018
  • WSO Artist/Gallery Contract
  • WSO Exhibition Painting Label

These documents are in pdf format and should open easily.

How to prepare your painting Spring 2018

Spring 2018 accepted 80 list

WSO Artist-Gallery Contract Spring 2018

WSO Exhibition Painting Label