The California Watercolor Association exists to create, foster, and sustain interest in the art of watermedia painting. We are providing this page of resources for artists in the hope that these links will help members increase their skills, learn more about watermedia painting, and help artists gain wider recognition for their work. The following information is provided to assist members in obtaining quality materials and in no way constitute endorsement of their products.
Friends and Supporters of CWA
- American Frame
American Frame is pleased to announce their patronage of CWA! As a result, CWA has become a member of their Alliance Program. All CWA members will receive a 5% discount on purchases. Make your purchases AmericanFrame .com
- Artist & Craftman Supply, Berkeley
We offer you genuine value in oil paints, brushes, sculpture materials, drafting supplies, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, pastels & pencils. In addition to the usual stretched canvas and boards, we supply wood painting panels and rigid painter's foam board. Our papers list the Arches, BFK & Cover stocks, but we also buy containers from Italy's Fabriano mill and gather overstocks and closeouts from all over the world.
- Black Cat Studios
With over 25 years of experience, Black Cat Studio in San Rafael, CA offers all of our services directly to artists as well as to collectors, galleries, dealers and publishers. We work in a variety of camera, film and digital formats to deliver the highest quality photography of artwork. We can scan film or original art for use on the web or for the highest quality reproduction with museum quality reproduction. BCS also offers museum quality archival fine art printing (giclee) on our state-of-the-art Epson printers.
- Blick Art Materials
The Best Art Supplies ...at the best discounts! Since 1911, artists have turned to Blick Art Materials for dependable savings, a huge selection, and fine customer service on art supplies.
- Cheap Joe's
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff offers discounted prices on quality art supplies every day. Shop for thousands of fine artist materials online, by phone or by mail and experience premier customer service, quick delivery and great savings.
At iPrintfromHome.com, we are focused on servicing artists and professional photographers. We know how important your images are to you and we take pride in producing excellent reproductions of your work. We offer Photographic Prints, Giclee Fine Art Prints and 35mm Slides at competitive prices.
Please enter "Tweet-CWA" in the referred by box and you will get a $10 credit & CWA will get $12 for the referral.
- Jack Richeson & Co.
Jack Richeson & Company manufactures and distributes professional art materials such as Unison pastels, Shiva paint, Yarka paint and canvas, Best easels and Academy easels.
- M. Graham Art Supplies
At M. Graham, devotion to the creation of exceptional color requires an artisan's approach. No amount of industrialized standardization can approach the level of quality achieved in the hands of an adept craftsman. Individually made, we create our colors a few hundred tubes at a time. Days, not hours are spent slowly coaxing its own distinctive nature from each pigment until the richness inherent in each is fully developed. Our unique vehicles, drawn from the history of art, provide color of greater clarity, superior working properties and perceptible vitality.
- Perry's Art Supply
Perry's Art Supply is a local art store in San Anselmo, CA that caters to both the working artist and the average person. Their staff is very knowledgeable, and they sell a wide variety of paints, brushes, notebooks, colored pencils, makers, and modeling clay. They also offer custom framing for pictures, as well as custom-stretched canvas and mounting. In addition, the staff can help people out with their art projects and are very education-oriented. Perry's Art Supply won Pacific Sun's "Best of Marin" in 2009.
- Savoir Faire
Paints, Pastels, Easels and Art Supplies from Around the World. Serving artist for over 20 years.
- Tesia Blackburn
Artist and teacher, Tesia is a "Golden Working Artist", representing Golden Artist Colors in San Francisco.
- Winsor & Newton
Founded in 1832, Winsor & Newton is the world's leading brand of fine are materials and has developed an unrivalled reputation for quality, reliability and product innovation.
More Resources and Contacts
- Access Arts'
The art world's source for income and exhibition opportunities. A searchable database and magazine that lists local and national juried artist competitions, grants, call for submissions, art jobs, percent-for-arts, art in public RFP's, festivals, residencies, internships, fellowships, & much more... Also see comprehensive artist support and representation services.
AQUANET is an E-mail list for watercolor artists. It's a good place to stay in touch with other artists and learn from them. Members enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience and supporting each others efforts. Some members paint to sell and others paint purely for the creative experience. New members are always welcome.
- Art Boards Archival Art Panels
ArtBoardsTM makes watercolor panels, archival mounting panels, painting panels, printmaking blocks, and canvas stretchers and panels. They also make acrylic panel gesso specifically for use on walls, perfect for murals.
- Art Supplies and Easels by Utrecht Art
Utrecht has supplied a wide selection of art materials since 1949.
- Artistic Export Picture Framing
We would like to introduce ourselves and invite you to stop by our location. We are Artistic Framing, a new frame shop just opened in Downtown Berkeley at 1975 Shattuck near University. We are eager to work with artists of all mediums for all your framing needs. We welcome you to take advantage of our 50% off all frames and mats in stock. Thank you for your time and we hope to see you soon. (510) 665-5951
- Arts and Cultural Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5)
- Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Frank Bette Center for the Arts is a 501c3 non profit organization in Alameda. Ten juried exhibits a year, workroom for life drawing and other events. Please visit their website for more details.
- Robert Genn's Twice-Weekly Newsletter
These newsletters are delivered free to your email inbox. They are full of painting ideas and comments on how to deal with the world around us. The site also has an archive of previous letters and readers' replies to them.
Other Art Related Sites
- Northern Arizona Watercolor Society
An organization dedicated to promoting the art of watercolor painting throughout Arizona. General Meetings are held monthly in Sedona, AZ,
September - May from 9:00 am to Noon and are open to the public.
- The Annapolis Watercolor Club
- The Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC)
- The Southern Watercolor Society
- The Ulster Watercolour Society, UK
The Ulster Watercolour Society represents most of the major watercolour artists working in the province of Ulster today. The society was formed in 1976 to promote watercolour in the province and there are now 90 members, 8 of whom are honorary members.
Admission to the society is by selection and this normally takes place each year, at a time close to the annual exhibition.