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Cathy Quiel Watercolor Newsletter - Spring Edition 2013

Upcoming Workshops & Events

News Flash!!!!!

Sicily Artist Trip Information Meeting
May 19, 2013
See below....






Divine Inspiration Gallery Exhibition

Reception -- August 8, 2013

Still life and floral exhibition by Cathy Quiel, Kay Henry, and Cheryl Ambrecht

1528 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101










27th Annual Los Olivos Quick Draw & Exhibition

August 17, 2013 ------ 10AM to 6PM


The Los Olivos Quick Draw and Artwalk is developing into a premier art festival
destination for the Santa Ynez Valley. Beginning with a rare opportunity to step into
a "virtual studio" and observe 22 talented featured artists as they work to complete
original pieces within 60-minutes.
August 17, 2013

Come join the fun…..This year I'll be painting a fun piece from my new series, "Out
of Pocket"

Corner of Alamo Pintado & Grand
Santa Ynez Valley Arts


Marcellus Gallery
"Cavorting With Color" - Solo Exhibition
Watercolors by Cathy Quiel

October 4 - November 23, 2013
Reception October 4, 2013
Kings Art Center
650 N. Douty St.
Hanford, CA 93230



Sicily Italy Watercolor Workshop

Taormina, Italy



May 11 -23, 2014

Information Meeting coming soon!

May 19, 2013 at 2 PM
Location - Goleta Community Center
5679 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93117
If you cannot attend I will be happy to send you the itinerary and pricing.


Isola Bella near Taormina, Sicily



Santa Clara Watercolor Society
Dramatic Light and Shadow

September 9-13, 2013 $363
Visit to register


Kings Art Center
Hanford, California
Cavorting with Watercolor Workshop

October 5 – 6, 2013
To register call (559) 584-1065 or visit


Watercolor Article -- DESIGN PATTERNS A Path to Better Designed Paintings




A cruciform pattern is shaped like a cross. It can be off kilter, equal on both sides and fit in a square format, be angled on the diagonal or sifted to one side as seen below in the lovely Degas painting. Many artists while utilizing the cruciform with vignette the four corners of the painting. Reference the work of Gerald Brommer for superb examples.



Print and cut apart (staple/hole punch) and you will create your own portable/travel design pattern sticks.  Easily accessible in your art materials to problem solve and enhance your paintings.

Copyright Cathy Quiel 2013

I suggest you visit a museum or view some art books and see if you can identify the design patterns that the different artists utilize.  Then go back to your old paintings and see if you see a ‘pattern’ emerge of design patterns.  I think you’ll be surprised to notice that you have several.

Design & Composition


Happy Painting & Designing!!




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