|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
I returned home today to find my issue of Splash 19: Illusion of Light waiting for me in my mailbox. I have had a wonder filled afternoon looking at the works of art throughout this book. I have enjoyed each genre in turn and the contributor page arrived much to quickly. How I wish I could see each painting in person! Thanks to each of the artists for sharing their work and words. And many thanks to editor Rachel Rubin Wolf and content editor Christina Richards and all the staff at North Light Books and F&W media for this exceptional publication. I am delighted my work was included. Back to my brushes.
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." - Voltaire
It's been a month since I posted and I thought I'd just jot a note here. Two weeks ago my parents were in a car accident and the following day so was my youngest. When it rains it pours. Yes, It was raining. Why is it always freaking water? I suppose it must be the gods of irony. Back to my brushes.
"It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety." - Isaac Asimov
My entry in the Watercolor West 50th International Juried Exhibition has been accepted! My painting titled A Weather Eye will be headed to the City of Brea Art Gallery in Brea, California for the exhibit which will be on display from October 13th to December 16th, 2018. My thanks to the juror Katherine Chang Liu. If you plan to be in the area be sure to add this exhibit to your itinerary. The opening reception will be October 13th, 2018 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Back to my brushes.
"Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure." - Irving Wallace
I will be exhibiting with the Artist's of Northwest Arkansas at the 24th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Thanks to the jurors of selection: Phil Starke, Simon Kogan, and Selma Blackburn. I look forward to seeing the many talented artists from the area and meeting new ones as well. This exhibit is a gem of the region and hosts all different mediums. I hope if you are in the area you will stop by Art Ventures on the town square at 101 W. Mountain, Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event opens September 6th and closes September 28th, 2018. If you would like to meet the artists, stop by from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. the night of the awards ceremony and reception September 15th, 2018. Back to my brushes.
"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see." - Anais Nin
Well, what can I say...I've been busy. I'm pretty close to finishing my latest work. I have been working on my next piece in my spare time, completed 25 books since March and a few other surprises. Apparently I'm a high-functioning insomniac and don't need to fret about it... much like President Clinton. Okay - I'll take that. And by the way, I've already finished his latest collaboration five books back. Just saying. Back to my brushes.
"Don't stress out about the white space - the path you can't draw - because therein lies both the surprises and the opportunities." - Sheryl Sandburg
I've been working on a piece and making some delicate decisions along the way. It's been enjoyable and I like the results. I travel back and forth, but pure hues ever call me. I have continued with late nights that have included books by my new fav Christopher Moore, as well as James Patterson & Bill Clinton, and James Ryan. I enjoyed each and every one and I send my thanks for the respite/entertainment. But I have also added a new documentary to my art documentary page if you are more interested in film. I will rest another day. Back to my brushes.
"Better to make a hundred mistakes than to stare at a blank piece of paper to scared to do anything wrong." - Neil Gaiman
My painting, In Line With 19, will be displayed in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 39th Annual Exhibition. I am really happy to have this piece excepted in a show. It is not my normal subject matter, nor part of a series, but a painting I did specifically for my eldest. Why do I like this painting? It has some abstract elements that were a lot of fun to paint and I think are interesting and unique. It has some really fun placement of color, and yet it stays true to my realism roots. A recollection of good times. Back to my brushes.
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." - Daniel Boone
I've added a new series to my art documentary page, newest at the bottom of the page, as usual.
So here's a question? Do you paint because it's easy or hard? Would it be as much fun if it had no challenges? For me, it is the challenge that makes me pick up a brush. Can I do that? Will it work? For instance, I began a painting that included tin cans. Could I do it? Would it be artful? At the time...no. I threw it away. I tried again a year later. No. I burned it. I tried again a year later. Success! Was it as I had first pictured? No. It was better. There were years of experience between the first and the last painting. So I say with authority that I paint because it is challenging. Easy is just another word for boring. Back to my brushes.
"My stories run up and bite me in the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite." - Ray Bradbury
I started a new painting and that is always an exciting time for me. I have it all planned out in my head, well, mostly anyway. I have my palette reconstituted and it is bright and beautiful and I can hardly wait to dip my brush...but first I clean off the mixing area. It's not logical and it's a terrible waste of paint. I'm not changing my palette after all, just starting a new painting. I suppose that's the explanation as well. It's a beginning. The last painting is done. I want to be totally in the moment with this painting. So I wipe the "slate" clean and begin. It feels good. I can't recommend it; but it is what I do. Back to my brushes.
"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don't need to escape from." - Seth Godin
If you haven't seen it already, here is the cover of Splash 19: Illusion of Light. You can preorder your copy now at North Light Books. I am delighted to have a painting included in this issue. It is always an honor to have your work chosen and along with you, I too look forward to sitting down with a cold drink and gaping, awestruck at all the paintings I wish I had done. Splash always inspires me.
I've been working hard and am trying to wrap up my latest painting, but it is slow going as usual. I am happy to share that we have finally had a weekend without rain! And we slipped right into summer and skipped spring. It was hot today! But who cares, that bright shiny thing was out and made me squint when I walked outside. What a treat. What else have I finished...oh yeah, books. Two months - fifteen books. Christopher Moore where have you been all my life? Amor Towles, Jeremy Robinson and Matt Goldman - what can I say except thank you. I was truly entertained. And if you are looking for some encouragement art wise - Danielle Krysa might help. When do I have time you ask? What time is it? Goodness, I'd best get some sleep before the sun comes up. Back to my brushes.
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx
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