My painting, The Nature of Tools in The Best of Watercolor 2022, Special Issue presented by Artists Magazine and American Artist arrived in my mailbox today. I am grateful when my work is included and I must admit I am delighted with the category. My work has been called realist, still life, and surreal. So “Inspiration Everywhere” was all-encompassing and felt like a big warm sweater in winter. The icing on this cake was the Kandinsky quote for this particular category. When I am looking for inspiration; I study his work. So it felt both appropriate and somehow personal. I hope you pick up a copy and are as awestruck as I am by the work of my fellow watercolorists. Back to my brushes.
I'm pleased to share that both of my entries in the 3rd Annual Women in Watercolor International Juried Competition were awarded an Honorable Mention. This year's competition had 1615 submissions from 56 countries from the best of the women in watercolor artists. Only 220 paintings were accepted overall. Back to my brushes.
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity." - Louis Pasteur
Had a lovely interview with Philip Mayeux, on the Arkansas Art Scene Blog. If you have a moment, click on the link and read it. Other news, I was going to enter one of my latest paintings which has an out of the ordinary subject matter for me, but unfortunately everyone at the store where I have my scans done tested positive for Covid and I couldn't get it in time. They are all doing okay which is the important thing. I'll find somewhere else to enter it eventually. Back to my brushes.
"A new broom sweeps clean, but an old brush knows the corners." - Irish Proverb
We experienced "The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit" in Dallas recently. We met up with family and had a terrific time. My level of comfort was pretty high since masking and social distancing was required. Plus, there was a bag search and metal detector at the beginning. I do prefer seeing the original paintings, but this was fun and a different way to experience the images. It's been a long time since I went ANYWHERE! The company was great. We had some great meals: Ten50 BBQ (highly recommend), and also at Las Palmas on Routh Street where we ate outside because the weather was absolutely perfect. Good times. Back to my brushes.
"I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream." - Vincent Van Gogh
I'm pleased to share the my painting was selected as a finalist by special awards juror, Mary Whyte in Splash 23: The Best of Watercolor! It is scheduled to be published in the special issue set to hit newsstands mid-2022. My thanks to the special award juror, Mary Whyte, and Golden Peak Media. You can find out more by visiting the Artists Network. Back to my brushes.
Also, if you are looking for a good book to read, let me recommend a few. Art & Fear by David Bayles, and Ted Orland is one I may have suggested before. It is a quick read and if you are an artist you will definitely recognize yourself as the pages turn. I find it entertaining and funny every time I read it. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis was very enjoyable. Sort of a back and forth time travel setting. I was working on a painting of Grand Central Station when I read it, so it was a nice tie-in. Finally, I recommend for your children Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter. Rather touching actually and I thought it was well illustrated. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Back to my brushes.
"So you plant your own garden and embellish your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring flowers to you." - Jorge Luis Borges
I am pleased to share that my work can now be viewed or purchased at the Concordia Hall Gallery at The Galleries at Library Square, located in the River Market, 401 President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas. Go by and take a look at the work by Arkansas artists! Back to my brushes.
"However crazy you may think it is, there is a place for what you want to do and who you want to be." - David Bowie
I'm pleased to share that my painting for the #2020Horizon competition was chosen for their permanent collection and will be exhibited in Fabriano, Italy at the International Watercolor Museum as a testimony of the 2020 world watercolor community linked by Art during the Covid pandemic. I am honored to have this painting included. Back to my brushes.
"If I had my way, I'd make health catching instead of disease" - R. G. Ingersoll
I'm pleased to share that my painting Off The Rails was accepted for the National Watercolor Society's 101st International Open Exhibition. Hooray! This exhibit will be held online from October 1 through December 11, 2021. Make a note in your calendar to see the exhibit on these dates at the NWS website.
In other news, by the end of April we were fully vaccinated at our house! So few are vaccinated in our area though that it continues to limit our activities and we still mask up. I'm pretty much used to that now and it really helps during the spring allergy/asthma nightmare. Back to my brushes.
"Perhaps the safest prediction we can make about the future is that it will surprise us." - George Leonard
I'm pleased to share that my painting The Tools of Color and Line has been selected to receive the Watercolor USA Honor Society Daniel Smith Merchandise Award in this year's Watercolor USA. My thanks to the judges Alicia Farris and John Fitzgibbon for this honor. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, there will not be an opening reception this year. If you are in the area you will be able to see the show in person following stated guidelines. (Thank you to the Springfield Art Museum for continuing to keep the staff and patrons safe!) The Museum is planning to do an online exhibit similar to last year. If you can't visit in person, be sure and check out the online exhibit instead. Back to my brushes.
"How can you know what you're capable of if you don't embrace the unknown?" - Esmeralda Santiago
I am pleased to share that my entry into the American Women Artists: Lifting the Sky National Online Juried Show was accepted. Hooray! You can access this show through the AWA website or google it. It is online now so check it out. Also, I am pleased to share that my entry in the American Women Artists: 2021 Spring Online Juried Show was accepted. This online exhibit will be available for viewing for one year, and should be online soon.
Also, I am pleased to share that my entry in the Watercolor USA 2021 exhibition was accepted. The exhibition opens to the public on June 5, 2021 and closes on August 29th, 2021. If you are in the area be sure and stop by the Springfield Art Museum to see the exhibit.
In other news...yes the pandemic continues, but hopefully vaccinations will become easier to obtain shortly. I don't know how I will be able to give up wearing sweatpants full time. I look forward to eating out and seeing my family again. Back to my brushes.
"Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold." - Leo Tolstoy