Citrus Watercolor Society: In the background | Things to do


On Friday, April 8, at the Citrus Watercolor Society meeting, Darla Goldberg will present a demonstration showing her unique “focus on backgrounds.”

Very often we paint the perfect bird, flower or animal, but then get blocked by the emptiness displayed in the background. You are invited to see Darla present ideas on textures, colors and techniques that will complement your painting and not only enhance your image, but add excitement to your artwork.

She will demonstrate several methods for creating these eye-catching backgrounds, including Brushko, a powered watercolor ink, to further develop color and texture.

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Darla is not only our featured artist in April, but she is also the current President of CWS. She is an artist who has always painted, drawn and even sculpted since her earliest childhood. Eventually, she focused on oil painting.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Darla moved to Florida when she retired in 2001. Shortly after settling in Citrus County, friends invited her to meetings of the Citrus Watercolor Society, where she was so impressed by the friendly people and dynamic workshops, that watercolor and CWS quickly became her passion.

After having taken numerous workshops, attended demos and participated in various competitions, Darla has set herself the goal of becoming an artist who shares her talent through teaching. She is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society as well as the Citrus Watercolor Society and hangs her paintings at the Franklin Anderson Gallery in Crystal River.

Professionally, Darla was an ocularist who designed and fitted artificial eyes. She followed her designs to the lab where the eyes were made; then adapt them to patients. When you look at his paintings of animals and birds, be sure to notice the realistic eyes that capture light, form and realism.

The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) monthly meetings are held at 12 noon on the second Friday of the month at the Family Center of the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St.

Guests are always welcome. CWS welcomes all ages, men and women, beginners and veteran painters. See our website for more information:

Prior to the business meeting, members have the opportunity to vote for the ‘painting of the month’.

Winners are selected by popular vote for artwork contributed by members. Congratulations to our March artists: Peg LeFebvre won first place for her watercolor “Traveling Bright” and Polly Boston for “Bricks”. All SCF members are encouraged to bring their work to show at the meeting.


With spring in the air, you might want to consider joining CWS member Joyce Cusick on one of her fun “Outdoors” outings. Each month, on the Tuesday following the CFS business meeting, Joyce selects a local location and invites those interested to paint “what you see” at that particular site.

We arrive at a time when the light is interesting (9am-9.30am) and finish our paintings before noon. Getting together at a local restaurant for lunch adds to the fun.

See details on the CWS website. Joyce is probably the most dedicated plein air painter I know. It is said that she will even paint during a thunderstorm, in her car, of course! Joyce and her enthusiasm for painting on location are remarkable. Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your love of the “outdoors” with us.

All are welcome to the monthly meetings of the Citrus Watercolor Society. Hope to see you there! Until next time, stay well, enjoy a colorful spring.

Dori Sullivan handles publicity for the Citrus Watercolor Society.


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