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