|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
My painting "Tooling Around" will be included in the American Watercolor Society's Traveling Exhibition (2019/2020) which will exhibit at the following galleries:
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum May 3 – July 21, 2019
159 Ginny Stevens Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Pryor Art Gallery August 2 – September 22, 2019
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401
Eastern Shore Art Center October 4 – November 24, 2019
401 Oak Street
Fairhope. AL 36532
The Next Picture Show December 6 – January 1, 2020
113 West First Street
Dixon, IL 61021
Wassenberg Art Center February 7 – March 8, 2020
214 South Washington St.
Van Wert, OH 45891
Plymouth Center for the Arts March 13 – April 20, 2020
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
I hope you have the opportunity to view these works if you are in the area. You can also find this information on my Events page. Back to my brushes.
"The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surrounding." - Okakura Kakuzo
I'm pleased to share that my painting "Tooling Around" has been awarded the High Winds Medal in the
American Watercolor Society's 152nd Annual International Exhibition. My thanks to the Jury of Awards, Frederick Wong, Carole McDermott, and Chris Krupinski for honoring my work. The exhibit is on display in April at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. If you are in the area I hope you will take the opportunity to see it. Congratulations to all the award winners and exhibitors! Back to my brushes.
"Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it." - Dee Hock
I'm pleased to share that my painting "Losing Traction" has been accepted in the Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Art Exhibition which will tour the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma during 2019 and 2020. This exhibition celebrates, through the medium of fine art, 200 years of history of the geographical area referred to as the Arkansas Territory of 1819. I hope that you will be able to see the exhibit at one of the locations listed on my Events page.
Starting the year off right, I have read a few books (postponing some earlier picks) starting with Rivals by Sebastian Smee, Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn (a reread) , Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton, and rounding it out with a nice little mystery. My stack of reading continues to grow and I have even received some books from friends, which is always nice and appreciated. And I continue to paint on my latest work. Both the last piece I finished (on its way to Italy) and this current piece have been different and educational. A time vortex to be sure, but fun and invigorating.
I will add that I am finally getting better health wise. I have been sick (except for a couple of weeks) since November. So it has really been a difficult winter for me. With improved health, things are looking up! Back to my brushes.
"Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts." - Alan Cohen
I'm pleased to share that my entry in the American Watercolor Society's 152nd Annual International Exhibition has been accepted! A heartfelt thank you to the judges of selection: Antonio Masi, Robert McIntyre, Laurin McCracken, Joel Popadics and Rosa Sepple. Back to my brushes.
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." - Guillaume Apollinaire
I have finished wrapping gifts! It's time for a cup of nog. Happy Holidays everyone!
I haven't posted in forever, but I've been sick. Twice. So over the last eight weeks I've been sick for six weeks. I just got over being sick the first time and about five days later I was worse than ever. Geez. Anyway, when my ears finally unclog I will consider it a good day at last. In the meantime, art wise, I continue to work and am pleased to share that one of my paintings will be in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists 49th Annual Juried Exhibit in the spring. I love the HAM (Historic Arkansas Museum)! It is one of my all time favorite venues and when I read that the show would be there again, I entered. So it was a good day when I found out one of my paintingsI got in the show. Also, I just (and I mean just) completed my latest painting. It was a joy from conception to the last stroke of my signature. I'll tell you more about it later. Hooray!
Also, I am about to finish my 50th book for the year 2018. Except for one, I have enjoyed them all. Most have been for my pure entertainment. Of those I would consider books by Christopher Moore to have been my favorites: A Dirty Job, Secondhand Souls, Lamb, Sacre Bleu, and Island of the Sequined Love Nun. I have two more waiting for me: Noir and Fool. (You have to be in the mood - just saying.) Mysteries, I would have to say are my favorite genre and I completed 25 of those. I enjoyed two books by Matt Goldman: Broken Ice and Gone to Dust. Also there were some pretty dry books about history, medicine and art, interesting to be sure, but entertaining....meh. Novels: I'm not sure where The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert lands, but I enjoyed it. A Gentleman in Moscow, and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles were both recommendation worthy. For fun I reread Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne and Emma by Jane Austen. James E. Ryan's Wait, What? was notable. The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman was a whim, and I would recommend it to anyone. Atlas of a Lost World by Craig Childs was at the top of my list for fascinating reading. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly was imaginative and I would recommend it as well. After reading a few mysteries about art forgers, Breaking Van Gogh by James Ottar Grundvig was a great way to finish that genre. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is worth mentioning again, it was terrific. Anyway, those are the highlights. So what is 51 you ask? I have a few waiting for me but I think it's a toss up between: South of Broad by Pat Conroy, and Soul of An Octopus by Sy Montgomery. I'll let you know. Happy Reading everyone and now it's back to my brushes.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. - Tecumseh
Happy to see that my painting is keeping "A Weather Eye" out at the City of Brea Art Gallery in California. If you plan on being in the area, phone a friend (it's okay if you use your smartphone) and be sure to see the 50th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition which will be on display through December 16th, 2018 at the Gallery located at 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, California. Also, I'm pleased to share that my painting was awarded the Canson Heritage L'Aquarelle Combined Award and with this entry I received Signature status. Hooray! Back to my brushes.
"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" - Henry David Thoreau
I'm pleased to share that my painting "A Weather Eye" has been awarded the Canson Heritage L'Aquarelle Combined Award at the 50th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition at the City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California. With this entry I received signature status with this organization and I am honored to add the initials WW to my signature line. My thanks to the judge Katherine Chang Liu, the City of Brea Art Gallery, and everyone involved with putting this exhibit together. Congratulations to all the exhibitors and to all the award winners. Back to my brushes.
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar
I never aspired to be a center spread in a magazine, but not surprisingly in this instance I'm okay with it. I hope you have a chance to read the article about my work in the December issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. My sincerest thanks to writer and interviewer Rebecca Dvorak and editor Anne Hevener. To purchase a copy you can click the link here: Watercolor Artist Magazine December 2018 or look for it at your local bookstore. Don't miss the Editor's Notes where I learned I have a kindred spirit out there in the watercolor world. In mutual understanding, I tip my hat. Back to my brushes.
"I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work." - Neil Armstrong
I'm pleased to share that one of my paintings will be included in the Arkansas Arts Council Small Works on Paper exhibit this year. This is a sweet little watercolor titled The Patterns of Home. A landscape. What...?
Also, I am pleased to share that my painting In Line With 19 was awarded a Merchandise Award at the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 39th Annual Exhibition. Thank you to the judge and a big shout out to the Crary Gallery. A truly beautiful venue and it looks as though everyone had a great time in the pics of the award ceremony. Wish I could have been there.
"Forget your perfect offering; there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen
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