Products with a purpose (sticky post)

To find products to benefit:

  • The ALS Association Iowa Chapter: See my blog post Cards to help fight ALS for information on “Family and Friends: Cards to support The ALS Association Iowa Chapter,” a set of notecards to raise money for the Association’s services and research programs.
  • Lila Mae’s House: Order notecards, scarves, and bags online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com), or see my Creating for a Cause page for more information on this special collection to promote awareness and to raise money for organizations working against human trafficking.

(This post is “stickied” to remain at the top of the blog; newer blog posts may appear below.)

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New Zoom class dates

I’ve scheduled upcoming Zoom classes through December! Check out the Classes and Events page for information on:

Posted in Classes, Upcoming Events

October at the Octagon Shop

Artist Jo Myers-Walker holding a fabric print of her watercolor painting of a rainy day in downtown Iowa City

Meeting to hand over my artwork
in my face mask and clear face shield
(with fabric print of “Clock Tower in the Rain”;
photo courtesy of the Octagon Shop)

Storefront of the Octagon Shop with artwork and signs supporting Black Lives Matter and voting rights

   
The storefront in Ames reminds us
to VOTE for what’s important
(photo courtesy of the Octagon Shop)

Watercolor painting of trees in fall by artist Jo Myers-Walker

My recent painting “Fall Splendor” is
now framed and at the Octagon Shop

It was fun reconnecting with the Octagon Shop in downtown Ames (413 Douglas Avenue, Ames, IA) which is featuring my artwork during the month of October. Plus, my work in the shop is 15% off, now through November 2020.

From their Facebook page:
“The Octagon Shop is a consignment retailer for original handmade works of over 175 area artists. Enjoy a unique shopping experience where you’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, fiber, wood, cards.”

The shop is open for walk-in customers, with face masks required (see their website for hours and more information), and they have a new online shop to check out! Manager Terrie interviewed me in an enjoyable Zoom call which she recorded and posted on the Octagon’s YouTube channel (an edited version — we talked a long time!).

There are always beautiful things from many different artists at the Octagon Shop and I am appreciative to have my artwork featured among them. Keep an eye on their website and social media to see what’s new, and the Octagon Center for the Arts website to see what’s going on in the galleries and classes.

Watercolor painting of chickens near a shed by artist Jo Myers-Walker on display next to creative ceramic ware

   
“The Girls Are Out” shares display
space with some unique ceramic ware
(photo courtesy of the Octagon Shop)
   

Interior of the Octagon Shop in October 2020 showing the work of many artists in a variety of media

Inside the shop, a wonderful array of
work by many different artists. Here my
paintings and prints are in the foreground.
(click image to view larger;
photo courtesy of the Octagon Shop)

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Looking forward to Monday

Pencil sketch of a house in the countryside by artist Jo Myers-Walker

   

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I’ve been working on this sketch for Monday’s class. There are three “Simply Watercolor” Zoom classes left this month — Mondays, October 12, 19, and 26, 2020; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us, for any or all of them! I’ll send payment information; then the day before each class, I’ll send the Zoom link to those whose payment I’ve received. Registration closes (the payment link is deactivated) at 5 p.m. Central time on the day before each class, or sooner if the class is full.

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Autumn barn (Zoom class on Saturday)

Watercolor painting of a barn seen across a field in autumn by artist Jo Myers-Walker

   

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For Saturday’s class:
A little architecture in the Fall with a barn! We will discuss perspective.

I’m teaching a Zoom class this Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us!

I’ll send payment information; then the day before class, I’ll send the Zoom link to those whose payment I’ve received. Registration closes (the payment link is deactivated) at 5 p.m. Central time on the day before each class, or sooner if the class is full.

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Simply Watercolor (Zoom classes in October)

Watercolor sketch of flowers by artist Jo Myers-Walker

   

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Mondays in October, I’m offering “Simply Watercolor,” a series of one-hour online watercolor classes via Zoom. Classes will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT (Central Daylight Time) on October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2020.

I’ll be teaching the basics — watercolor is gentle and unburdened, especially if we don’t try and control every move. We begin with textures, shapes, lifting, mixing colors and overlapping shapes. Drawing and value start us off as we begin with watercolor warm-up exercises. Each session I’ll demonstrate a simple watercolor emphasizing the lesson for the day and you can paint along with me. I’ll provide a suggested supply list, but use whatever you are comfortable with.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us! I’ll send payment information; then the day before each class, I’ll send the Zoom link to those whose payment I’ve received. Registration closes (the payment link is deactivated) at 5 p.m. Central time on the day before each class, or sooner if the class is full.

I planned this class in coordination with the Iowa City/ Johnson County Senior Center — The Center’s website has a monthly listing of a variety of virtual programs, plus instructions for using Zoom.

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Trees of the season

Sketches and paintings by artist Jo Myers-Walker showing trees in watercolor

   
Foliage sets the scene and the season in watercolor

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I’ve scheduled a Zoom watercolor class for Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 1:00 –3:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time). This time we’ll be working with trees in watercolor and how to use them in scenery.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you have any questions, or if you’d like to join us! If you want to sign up I’ll send a payment link (then the link to the Zoom class after I receive payment). I may offer a second session if the first one fills up.

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Welcoming autumn in Amana

Bottle of 2020 Oktoberfest white wine from Ackerman Winery in front of sketch for the label art by Jo Myers-Walker

Ackerman Winery’s 2020 Oktoberfest
in front of a sketch for the label artwork

I had the honor of painting the label artwork for this year’s Oktoberfest wine from Ackerman Winery in Amana, Iowa. The winery, in business since 1956, is known for their sweet fruit wines and adventurous varieties. They describe 2020’s Oktoberfest as, “This white wine is light and sweet with a delicate honey glazed fruit finish. It has a slight warmth to it that is reminiscent of fall.”

The label celebrates the much-anticipated opening of Hotel Millwright in Amana this fall, which was built by restoring and remodeling some unused buildings of the Amana Woolen Mill (this 2018 article on KCRG.com has a nice summary of its background). To research the painting I got to go on location to the construction site for Hotel Millwright. I had to do some explaining about what I was doing there, then the architect gave me a tour of the historic building in the photo below. It will be an events center and beautifully appointed, keeping the feel of the mill.

The smokestack says a lot about the mill, so I started there. With feedback from my clients at the winery we developed the idea through sketch and watercolor study to the final painting. They envisioned pumpkins and cornstalks with the smokestack on the label for an Oktoberfest feeling.

Site of the Millwright Hotel in Amana, Iowa during construction

The hotel under construction
during my visit this past spring

Label on Ackerman Winery's 2020 Oktoberfest wine with artwork by Jo Myers-Walker

Imagination provides people and
scenery for the finished label

(See my new Commissions page for more about the process of creating commissioned artwork.)

Posted in Studio Snapshots, Travelogue

Garden scene for Zoom class

Photo of a backyard garden in summer with flowers and patio chairs

Working photo

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I’ve been working on the sketch, first wash, and second wash of this backyard garden scene for my Zoom watercolor class. I send the images to the students in advance so they can copy the sketch and prepare to paint along with me.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us for a future class!

Sketch of a backyard garden scene

A sketch helps plan the painting
   

Partially completed watercolor painting of a backyard garden scene

First wash, with masking fluid (in orange)
preserving lighter areas

Posted in Classes, Studio Snapshots

Watercolor classes via Zoom

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I’m staying connected with students by offering watercolor classes online using Zoom! They are happening on a weekly basis; the day varies. I send out a black-and-white sketch, first and second wash before class. Then students can copy the sketch onto their 140 lb. watercolor paper and paint along with me. Students email me and I send them the link, along with where to pay.

Send me a note if you’d like to join us online (jomyerswalker@gmail.com)!

Progression of a watercolor painting of sailboats on a lake by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Clockwise from top left:
Sketch, value study (inset),
first wash, third wash

Progression of a watercolor painting of waterside deck with chairs and table by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Clockwise from top left:
Sketch, value study (inset),
first wash, painting

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Art on the square

Poster for Imagination Unbinds Hope exhibit of watercolor paintings by Jo Myers-Walker at Art Domestique, Washington, IA

Poster for the exhibit
(click image to view larger)

Art Domestique, “the gallery on the square” in Washington, Iowa, is featuring my watercolor paintings in the show Imagination Unbinds Hope (“colorful narratives to lift your spirits”!) through July 29, 2020. (Update: this exhibit has now ended. “Thank you” to Art Domestique for featuring my work!)

Art Domestique is “a fine art gallery that emphasizes artists from Southeast Iowa” — check out their website and social media to see what they have to offer:

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