|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
Ongoing recovery looks promising now. Mid September is a little sunnier at our house and we are happy that our youngest survived hurricane Irma. Way to hunker down! In full parental form, I texted loads of instructions that were for the most part a way to circumvent worry (which was of course futile). While watching the coverage of the storm I continued working on the next painting in my current series. I would have to call it nerve wracking, yet...serendipitous. Back to my brushes.
"What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have." - Lionel Trilling
I thought August would get better...I was mistaken. We spent more time back at the hospital. Hoping September bucks this trend. Back to my brushes.
"Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space." - Orson Scott Card
Oh how beautiful the weather was over the weekend. Cool, dry, and sunny. Perfect. Unfortunately, our little clan had to enjoy it from a hospital window. A family member was admitted to the hospital and had emergency surgery. I am happy to share that we are home now and recovery is ongoing. The surgeon and staff at the hospital were first rate. I hope you are enjoying August...it can only get better. Back to my brushes.
"If you're someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that's a sign of a life lived honorably." - Rachel Maddow
I'm pleased to share that my painting has been juried into the 49th Watercolor West International Exhibit. The Exhibition will be on display from October 14th through December 17th, 2017, City of Brea Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, California. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 14th, from 5 - 7 p.m. My sincere thanks to the juror John Salminen and the City of Brea for the opportunity to display at this excellent venue. Congratulations to all the artists whose work was accepted! Back to my brushes.
"even in my water bowl the moon can fit" - Daniel Ladinsky
A character from my youngest's favorite movie "Sword in the Stone" came to mind as I was rockin' it old-school at the drawing board recently . The curmudgeonly figure in this animated film takes shape in the form of an owl and was perfectly voiced by Junius Mathews. But I didn't need Merlin's wand or even the modern version (a computer) to accomplish my task. Just standard old drawing instruments and a little spare time. What was the hardest part? Finding the spare time of course. Back to my brushes.
"There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement." - Theodor Reik
You may have noticed that starting a new series of paintings and reworking my gallery page go hand-in-hand. I thought it was time to update and make my work a little easier to get through. So it may take a few weeks of juggling painting, working on the computer and other obligations to get it done, but I'll get there. It was again a hot day, but no rain so at least it wasn't steamy. Back to my brushes.
"Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random." - Donald Knuth
Is it hot where you are? I got out today and within five minutes I was rethinking my decision. I have finally started a new piece, even though I haven't completely finished the last one. I'm still working on the last, but will have to shelve it for awhile. Sometimes it is best to just enjoy the process of the puzzle instead of blindly going forward with little thought. So...it will rest awhile. Moving forward, I have the idea in words and sketch, but will certainly change a little for the final piece. Hopefully will get to the drawing stage this week. Back to my brushes.
"The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run." - Herman Melville
My painting titled "Entwined" has been accepted in the 2017 National Watercolor Society's 97th International Open Exhibition. I will share that it is probably not what you are expecting. For that reason, I must admit, I was surprised when I got the news. From concept to final product, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating it. I hope you have the opportunity to see it if you are in the area: Opening Reception, Saturday October 21, 2017 2:00-4:00 p.m. Exhibition dates: October 21st - December 17th, 2017 (Excluding Thanksgiving) Hours: Thursday and Friday 10 - 2; Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4; and 1st Thursday Artwalk 6 - 9 p.m. NWS Gallery, 915 South Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, California 90731. Back to my brushes.
"The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are." - John Burroughs
Today is the TWSA's 41st Celebrate Watercolor Dinner and I wish I could have been in attendance. Celebrating from here pales in comparison to the joy of meeting those that share my passion for this wonderful medium. Alas, it could not be helped. So, from afar I raise my glass and salute all those who are: enjoying the celebration, gained signature status, exhibited this year and/or won awards. I send my warmest congratulations and hope that we will have future opportunities to run across one another. Back to my brushes.
"This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues." - Diana Nyad
I am delighted to share that my painting "Simple Measures" was awarded the Maurice Prendergast Special Merit Award at the 2017 Transparent Watercolor Society of America's 41st Annual Exhibition. My thanks to the judges and many thanks to such a wonderful organization for providing the opportunity to exhibit at such a great venue. Congratulations to all the award winners! Back to my brushes.
"You've got to jump off the cliff all the time, and build your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury
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