I am pleased to share that my work entititled "Tooled Up" has been accepted into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 36th Annual International Exhibit. The exhibit will be at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania from September 25 - November 13, 2015. Many thanks to the judge, Iain Stewart, for considering and choosing this piece. With this acceptance I will gain Signature Status from the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Back to my brushes.
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am." - Sylvia Plath
I started a very small painting today. This piece is inspired from a trip to a family farm of a friend of mine. Inspiration can be found in unlikely places. Luckily she gave me free rein to take photos of anything and this little still life is indicative of things that catch my eye. The composition of this piece works very well and I was able to draw it out very quickly and put on the masking today. Back to my brushes.
"Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow." - James Michener
I have completed another piece. I gave myself seven days and it took eight. A little under 80 hours. The concept I love, and it turned out as planned. I don't have time to do it again, so it stands as painted. We'll see what becomes of it. I have so much to do this week, I'm feeling overwhelmed. Oh well, buck up. Back to my brushes.
"How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty." - Eric Hoffer
Sweetness abounds because I have finished this painting. It has taken approximately 230 hours and I have already moved on to another painting. Got an excellent scan and was just thrilled to take it off my board. Taking a break from this subject matter because I need to work on a commissioned piece. I do have a little more to explore in the Measure series, but it must wait for another time. Back to my brushes.
"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel
Close. I'm really close to finishing this painting. My goal is to finish it tomorrow. We'll see if that pans out. Have had some sunshine which has helped. But the humidity we are experiencing is ridiculous. Not unexpected though because the ground is still very wet. Let me just say that I am very happy with the company that provided my latest shipping box, Masterpak. Here is a link to their shipping box product page. They had just the size box I needed (square - which is brilliant) AND I got it the next day. Wasn't expecting it that fast, but it was unbelievably helpful that it arrived so quickly. So, I tip my hat and thank you kindly for your excellent service. Another accomplishment this week, I got the writing and paperwork for Splash 17 finished (publish date July 2016). If you haven't checked out Rachel Rubin Wolf's Facebook page, be sure and do so. She is putting up work that were runners-up for Splash 17. Really makes you appreciate the difficulty in choosing watercolors for these publications. With such a plethora of outstanding work to choose from, I am indeed honored to have had my painting chosen for Splash 17. Back to my brushes.
"Justice is a machine that, when someone has once give it the starting push, rolls on of itself." - John Galsworthy
Why is it that you think you have everything ready to ship out and something ridiculous happens? How can it be just right on paper, but the reality is...it doesn't fit. Sort of ironic considering the topic of the work involved, but there you have it. I finished everything else so when the order arrives, it will be quick to fix. On top of that, clouds all day. There was a glimmer of hope at the end of the day, but too late for any enjoyment. I really need some flipping sunshine. Back to my brushes.
"Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge." - Stephen Hawking