Monday, December 27, 2010

December 18, 2010

Today was our last get together before the holiday break. All in all, a lovely time was had by all. We painted, ate, and swapped "art gifts."

Also, we want to extend our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all our friends, family and fans. Thanks for joining us this past year. We're looking forward to seeing you (and each other) again in January!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December 11, 2010

Another sparsely attended class (must be the weather) gave us a chance to see "The Plan" in action. "The Plan" is a system of thinking, sketching and planning a painting that takes the artist from inspiration to some truly inspirational paintings. The bottom row shows the progression one artist's plan took. It was fascinating.

Only one more class before the holidays--and what a class it will be! We're going to have a holiday swap. We'll each bring a paint tube, brush or piece of equipment that, while perfectly good, doesn't work for us. Then we'll go round and pick from the pile of "rejected tools." Everyone will have a chance to clear space in their paint box for new and different things; and everyone will have a chance to try something new and different. This should be fun! Don't miss it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 4, 2010

The first snow of the season! It was beautiful--but it may have kept all but the hardiest painters away. Still, those who came were inspired...and very productive.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November 20, 2010

We're off next week for Thanksgiving. See you in two weeks!

And for those interested in the photos Cristina referenced, here's a link:

Friday, November 19, 2010

November 13, 2010

Special thanks to guest photographer, Greeta Hootman.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 6, 2010

It's a brand new class with some brand new faces. Zoom in to get to know us.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30, 2010

The show is over. We've gone back to painting!

Monday, October 18, 2010

October 16, 2010

Special thanks to guest photographer, Sara Drummond.

Save the Date

Ken Schadt will have a solo show at the Ten Cat, 3931 N. Ashland from November 9-December 9. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 13, beginning at 3:30pm. Plan on being there!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

October 09, 2010

Quote of the day:
They say watercolor's hard. Not true! You just get a good sponge and suck it up!
--Dorothy Soltys

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 6, 2010

Tonight marked the opening of Dorothy Soltys’ show, Mind-sharing, at Wishbone Restaurant, 3300 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. The festive reception was on Wednesday night; the show runs through the end of October.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 2, 2010

Welcome to our exhibit!

We're truly proud of Second City Watercolors.

This is an exhibit of paintings by artists who come together to paint on Saturday mornings. Some have been meeting and painting for nearly 20 years; some have joined more recently. Each of us paints our own impression of our city in our own style. The people, places and things in our paintings that make up our world clearly reflect our personal views.

In future entries, we'll take an up-close-and-personal look at our artists. We'll see a few paintings and learn a little bit about one artist each week. We hope you come back to learn more about us.

Here are some photos of our artists with their work at the gala opening.

The night before, October 1, there was a group show featuring Susan Alforque Silvano (artwork being examined here) exhibiting her watercolors in the window of the Walgreens at Washington and Michigan and at the Phillipine Consulate.

Also opening on October 1 at Dittmar Gallery of Northwestern University, Evanston was Patricia Otto's solo show, Caged Dresses, Floating Kimono. Two fans are seen enjoying her artwork here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 18

Consider yourself officially invited to our exhibition! If you can make the opening, we'd be delighted to see you!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

October 11, 2010

Big news--we’re having a brick-and-mortar show, Second City Watercolors! Come see our art and meet us in person!

October is Chicago Artists Month and we’re joining the festivities! (Chicago Artists Month is now in its 15th year and celebrates Chicago’s exciting art community)

We’ll be exhibiting all month in the front lobby of Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL. Our opening is Saturday, October 2 with a reception at 1:30 pm that day. Drop by if you can. We’d love to see you.

Show participants are (in no particular order): Steve Frazier, Steve Meyer, Ellen Griffin, Ellen Barcroft, Elaine Truver, Elaine Osborne, Lindsay Leghorn, Ken Schadt, Marva Flowers, Dorothy Soltys, Sara Drummond, Marge Bolin and Susan Alforque Silvano.

Opening and show information can be found on Chicago Artists Resource site:">

More information about Chicago Artists Month can be found at:

Other Exhibits

Susan Alforque Silvano will be one of the featured artists in The Filipino as an Artist in Chicago. The show opens October 1 at the Philippine Consulate and runs through the entire month. Selected pieces can be seen in the window of the Walgreens drugstore at the corner of Washington and Michigan in Chicago through October 10.

And that’s not all! Besides the group shows, catch the following solo shows:

Pat Otto will be showing Caged Dresses, Floating Kimono at the Dittmar Gallery of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Details can be found on the Chicago Artists Resource Site:

Dorothy Soltys’ show, Mind-sharing can be seen at Wishbone Restaurant, 3300 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL (773-549-2663) beginning on October 2. Join her for a festive opening reception on October 6, 2010 from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Other News

Steve Meyer will be participating in an Out of Darkness Community Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, September 25 at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. You can walk with him, support him with a donation, or find out more at our next class or by contacting him. You can make an online donation at or learn more at

One more thing…

Can’t get enough of us but can’t get to see us in person? Check out more of our work (and prior exhibits) at: Or, for information about shows, see

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March 27, 2010

And here's Elaine T.'s first "installation"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 20, 2010

This is the first class of the new term. Four new students and some great paintings! How exciting!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March 6, 2010

This is the last day of the term. In an exciting finale, we had two tragedies and one incredible act of heroism.

During showtime, our camera battery tragically died. As an unfortunate result, we're missing two pieces of artwork.

Even more tragically, an artist's computer was stolen. And here's the inspiring bit of bravery mentioned above—two artists managed to track down the thief and retrieve the computer. Most action we've had in...well, forever.

Back in two weeks (with superhero capes unfurled)!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 27, 2010

Here's the winner! We prefer the better view of the artwork in the "stacked" style.

Saturday, January 23, 2010