|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
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
I'm pleased to share a couple of noteworthy items. First, I received the news that my painting "Tooled Up" was selected for inclusion in Splash 19: The Illusion of Light! With over 1700 entries I am mindful of the special honor of having my work chosen. I want to thank Rachel Rubin Wolf and the entire team at F+W Media, and send my heartfelt congratulations to all the 126 artists whose work was selected. Second, I received the news that my painting in the 2017 TWSA 41st Annual Exhibition was received, passed opaque screening, and has been installed...and I may now use the TWSA letters. I am delighted to have reached the milestone of receiving signature status in the TWSA! Hooray! Third, I have added a new documentary review. If you are looking for something worthwhile to watch, you can check my list. As always, the latest reviews are at the bottom of the page. And last, please note that with new responsibilities in my life, I find I have less time to post. Perhaps it will make my posts more succinct. We can only hope. Back to my brushes.
"The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome." - Douglas Adams
Hello to all the lucky people who are experiencing "Fabriano in Acquarello 2017" in Italy this week! I wish I was there. I am both delighted and honored to have a piece on display and hope you enjoy it. It is the first a series of paintings I titled the "Measure". The painting on display is titled "The Second Measure" which may seem confusing considering I just shared it was the first in the series. The title (perhaps surprisingly) is a musical reference. So, there is a little tidbit just for those of you that took the time to look me up. Thanks for stopping by, and have a magical time. Again...wish I was there. Back to my brushes.
"Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance." - Anne Lamott
...a few things. Yes, I shook off the dreary realization that I had ruined my last piece and would need to start again. That's what I get for trying something new. Not that I am averse to trying new things, but it wasn't the best time to jump in that pool. So I share from the experience the following: Choose your moments wisely; be wary of untried products; and most importantly, establish a ritual to get over defeat. In all honesty, some would not have noticed or cared with what I judged to be a deal breaker. It matters not, for now it is nothing but ashes in a landfill; never to be seen or judged by anyone. For me, this ritual is uplifting and I derive from it an overwhelming feeling of freedom. For me It reestablishes the drive to persevere....then I top it off with a cold beer and a hot dog at sunset. Cheers!
Next, I must share my delight with my newest watercolor sketchbook that was handmade especially for me by my niece. Beautifully bound, it is a treasure I will endeavor to fill with worthy subjects. Its empty pages are an inspiration to get busy...or out more...not sure which.
Lastly, I am pleased to share that my painting "A Different Measure" has been juried into the 2017 Watercolor USA exhibition which will be on display from June 3, 2014 - August 27, 2017 at the
Springfield Art Museum, 111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, Missouri. Many thanks to the judge, Laurin McCracken for including my work and congratulations to all the exhibitors. Back to my brushes.
"Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams" - Corin Nemec
I received today in the mail the following homemade bereavement card in regard to my last blog-post (on 2/28/17), and I laughed so hard I thought it was worth sharing. I don't usually share my failures, but if this is the result perhaps I should do so more often. Inside the card read as follows: "It was with a heavy heart that I read today of your bereavement. Know that my deepest sympathies are with you in this sad time." And continued: ("That sucks,....) Hope this made you crack, at least, a smile! I must admit that there is hardly anything I regard so highly as humor. I am fortunate to have such funny, creative, and dear people in my life. Thank you. You made my day. Back to my brushes.
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. - Truman Capote
It's been a tough few days. I was about to wrap up the most important aspect of my newest painting, but I am sorry to share that I ruined it. Yup, flat out ruined it. It was devastating to realize that all that energy and time was for...well...squat. It happens. Let's just say I know why artists drink. (And here is a shout out to my good friend who, upon hearing this sad tale, sent me a text that read - "Cheers.") This was one of those times. So, it's been a couple of days and I am dragging myself to the drawing table today to begin again. Ugh. On an up note, I did add a new documentary review. So...back to my brushes.
"I don't expect it all to be good. I have fat dogs because I scrap that stuff out the back door." - Guy Fieri
I was pleased to receive the news that my painting was accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's 41st Annual Exhibition which will be at the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin) from May 6th to August 6th, 2017. Also, it is with great enthusiasm I share that with this acceptance I will receive Signature membership in the organization. I hope if you are in the area you will make plans to visit the exhibit. Congratulations to all the accepted artists! Back to my brushes.
"A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine." - Henry David Thoreau
I have been absent from my blog, but I remain busy. I have a few things on my plate that will wrap up this week, including, crossed fingers, my newest painting. This one came together rather quickly, but I admit I have held this idea in reserve for about seven years. It is rewarding to have it in front of me as I envisioned and the timing was important. I have added a new documentary review. Back to my brushes.
"You have to get to the point where going for it is more important than winning or losing." - Arthur Ashe
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