Judi Betts AWS

PO Box 3676, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3676     225/926-4220     fax 225/926-4220         judibettsaws.com

Biography

Judi Betts headshot

Judi Betts AWS, NWS has attained an international reputation for her transparent watercolor paintings. Her paintings have won over 100 awards in major competitions i.e. The National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Watercolor USA. Paintings by Judi appear on national TV, wine labels (5 International Awards in label competition), CDs, DVDs and in over 35 books. Invitational exhibitions include State of the Art, Taiwan Art Education Institute, Federation of Canadian Artists, Walt Disney's EPCOT Center, Allied Artists of America at the Butler Institute, Pogan Galleries (CA), "Masters of Watercolor", and Selected Artists of the National Arts Club. Judi's paintings were selected to be exhibited in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Invitational Exhibitions of Contemporary International Water-Media Masters, sponsored by the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in Nanjing, China. Another of her paintings was selected for inclusion in the Inaugural Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial in Shanghai. Her work is included in the E Gene Crain Collection (Newport Beach, CA). Two of her paintings were selected for viewing when portions of the collection were displayed at the Oceanside (CA) Museum of Art. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association featured CATTLE CALL on the June 2012 cover of their internationally circulated publication. Judi's painting, COALIE and JAKE, was selected by the Springfield Art Museum to receive their Purchase Award from WATERCOLOR USA'S 50th Anniversary Exhibition in 2011. Judi's painting FRESH START was selected to be exhibited in the 2009-2010 Exchange Exhibition between the Japan Watercolor Federation and Watercolor USA Honor Society. The exhibit was displayed in Tokyo in the Japanese National Art Center in April 2010. Senator and Mrs. Long commissioned Judi to paint the RUSSELL B LONG Federal Building and Court House for their private collection. Her painting of the Louisiana Old State Capital hung in the Rotunda of the Governor's Mansion during the Foster Administration. Judi's paintings are also in the Permanent Collections of the States of Arkansas and Louisiana, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Springfield (MO) Art Museum.

Judi has received the Louisiana Governor's Award for Professional Artist, the state's most prestigious award; the Transparent Watercolor Society of America awarded her their "Master of Watercolor" designation. Judi was selected for a special award for "Contributions to the medium of Watercolor" by Watercolor USA Honor Society and in 2012 received their Lifetime Achievement Award, their highest honor. Judi is the author of the award winning books WATERCOLOR...Let's Think About It! (5th printing) and PAINTING...a QUEST toward XTRAORD!NARY (5 awards) and is also a contributor to many prominent art magazines. The ARTIST'S MAGAZINE selected Judi to be a juror for their 2002 International Art Competition which drew over 15,000 entries. She judged the Experimental Art Category. Over her career, she has been juror/judge for over 150 national/international and regional competitions. In 2009, she served on the Awards Jury for the American Watercolor Society's 142nd International Competition. More than 425 workshops have been presented by Judi; and she has given invitational sessions for watercolor societies in Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden and Canada.

Judi is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. She also holds memberships in both the National and Salmagundi Art Clubs in New York City; and is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART. Her paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections.

2014 Workshop Schedule

  • Dec 27-Jan 3, Jan 3-10

    800/257-5767

    HIDDEN CARIBBEAN CRUISES

    TRAVEL DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 132 E 70th St, NYC, NY 10021, Sherri Mallet,

  • Feb 16-20

    609-412-7843

    FT MYERS BEACH, FL

    FT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION, Shell Mound Blvd, Ft Myers Beach, Fl 33931, Carol Bertino,

  • Mar 3-7

    480-990-1422

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ

    SCOTTSDALE ARTISTS' SCHOOL, 3720 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Dawn Uscher,

  • Mar 17-21

    760-322-4850

    PALM SPRINGS, CA

    PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, 101 Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92263, Randall Weidner,

  • April 11

    212-592-2419

    NEW YORK, NY

    SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, Art Therapy Students Only, 209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, Val Sereno,

  • May 2-5

    817-277-6961

    ARLINGTON, TX

    UPSTAIRS GALLERY, Expect the Unexpected, 1038 W Abram, Arlington, TX 76013, J T Martin,

  • June 2-6

    910-278-4688

    SOUTHPORT, NC

    ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF SOUTHPORT, 434 Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC 28465, Eloise Randolph

  • June 18-20

    315-369-6411

    OLD FORGE, NY

    ADIRONDACK NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF AMERICAN WATERCOLORS at the VIEW ARTS CENTER, 3278 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY 13420, Barbara Getty

  • July 13-27

    907-456-3329

    FAIRBANKS, AK

    FAIRBANKS SUMMER MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL at the UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS, Nelda Nixon

  • Aug 18-21

    715-588-3143

    LAC DU FLAMEAU

    DILLMAN'S ART WORKSHOPS, PO Box 98 F, Lac du Flamneau, WI 54538, Sue Robertson,

  • Sept 8-13

    601-992-3224

    JACKSON, MS

    MISSISSIPPI WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, PO Box 5307, Brandon, MS 39047, Susan Wellington,

  • Sept 26-28

    402-239-6768

    BEATRICE, NE

    BEATRICE ART GUILD, 415 N 6th, Wymore, NE 68466, Deb Monfelt,

  • Oct 6-10

    800-227-2788 x1123

    BOONE, NC

    CHEAP JOE'S ART STUFF, 374 Industrial Park Dr, Boone, NC 28607, Edwina May,

  • Oct 23-25

    724-537-7011

    LATROBE, PA

    LATROBE ART CENTER, 819 Ligonier St, Latrobe, PA 15650, Ginny Hutchinson

  • Nov 1-8

    817-657-8691

    HURST, TX

    404 RAILSBACK RANCH, near Stephenville TX, 2520 Norwood Dr, Hurst, TX 76054, Jackie Railsback

Supply List

The following list of supplies is recommended. If you have been painting, you may use the tools with which you are comfortable.

  • Tube Watercolors: LUCAS 1862 is one of my recommended brands
    • Cadmium yellow light
    • Yellow ochre
    • Permanent yellow light
    • Aureolin yellow
    • Cadmium orange
    • Permanent red
    • English red light (Indian red)
    • Cadmium red light
    • Alizarin crimson
    • Genuine rose
    • Burnt sienna
    • Raw sienna
    • Viridian
    • Phthalo green
    • Cerulean blue
    • Cobalt blue
    • Permanent blue
    • Ivory black
    • Any additional colors you especially enjoy
    • Judi uses three triads:
      • Transparent: genuine rose, aureolin yellow, cobalt blue
      • Desert: english red light (indian red), yellow ochre (raw sienna), cerulean blue
      • Staining: permanent yellow light, permanent red, permanent blue
  • Brushes:
    • #6 or #8 Round
    • ½", 1", and 2" Flat
    • Judi designed an inexpensive, synthetic, double ended SHAPE-MAKER brush (round #8 and a flat 1") which she uses extensively. These brushes will be available at the workshop or order from Aquarelle Press ($22.00)
  • Watercolor paper: 140 pound d'Arches cold press
  • Tracing paper: 9"x12" or larger (a few sheets)
  • Sketch book
  • Palette: white, non-staining - with a good-sized mixing area
  • Colored pencils: SOHO by Cretacolor or similar
  • Fine line permanent pens: i.e. Pigma pens in black and brown (additional colors if you wish)
  • Felt-tipped drawing pens: light gray, midtone gray, and black
  • Soft drawing pencil
  • Art eraser
  • Board-Easel: Judi uses a durable laminated board which is 18"x23".
  • Stool: small folding camp type for outdoors
  • Clips: large metal (to fasten paper to board)
  • Sponge: small, natural
  • Water container: unbreakable, short, wide-mouth
  • Small equipment box
  • Suggested Books
    • WATERCOLOR ... LET'S THINK ABOUT IT! (Fifth Printing)

      Judi Betts' award winning book, soft cover, 116 pages

      $25.00 plus $3.00 shipping/handling

    • PAINTING ... a QUEST toward XTRAORD!NARY

      by Judi Betts and Charlotte Huntley

      Judi's newest award winning book (5 Awards!)

      A delightful adventure designed to take a fresh look at originality, life and the creative process. Two talented designers and colorists share their imaginative approaches to thinking beyond ordinary. Two very different routes to the same goal.

      Hard cover, 200 pages in FULL COLOR with die cuts and fold out pages.

      $45.00 plus $4.50 shipping/handling

    • COLOR-SKETCH

      A 9" x 6" sketch-book designed by Judi for her personal use. 60 heavy weight colored pages, of varying weights and textures, with three mats for editing and viewfinding. It's used to emphasize color dominance.

      $15.00 plus $3.50 shipping/handling

    • SEE-THROUGH! ... to Strong Design

      Spiral bound 8" X 11", 100 page workbook

      An organized, easy to use transparent overlay sketch system utilizing a three-value approach to simplifying design problems.

      $18.00 plus $3.50 shipping/handling

    • TO STALK THE OOMINGMAK ... AN ARTIST'S ARCTIC JOURNAL (Czajkowski)

      Layout and design by Judi Betts

      Sketching is so important. This book is an excellent example of an artist/writer who does an outstanding job of sketching on location.

      Hard cover, 112 pages

      $20.00 plus $3.50 shipping/handling

    • DVDs: EXTRAORDINARY WATERCOLORS by Judi Betts

      "Louisiana Architecture"

      "Louisiana Cowboys"

      $25.00 plus $3.50 shipping/handling

    • These books are available through:

      Aquarelle Press
      PO Box 3676
      Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3676

      225-926-4220

      judibetts@att.net

    • Multiple books shipped to the same address can result in lower shipping costs. Contact Aquarelle Press for rates.