Happy holidays and thanks for reading. I’m grateful for you….and the beauty of flowers!
Northwest Watercolor Society’s Online Waterworks show through June 30, 2021
Sunshine Rose, seen above, is one of the 70 watercolor paintings chosen from 420 submissions to this show of members of the Northwest Watercolor Society where I’ve been a signature member since 2012. It’s 30″ x 22″ and currently unframed. Check out the whole show online at the NWWS web site and scroll down to browse through the paintings. This one really stands out, doesn’t it? The juror was Liana Bennett.
There’s nothing like the color orange to summon hope for a brighter day as the petals in his painting glow. This watercolor appears as an abstract because of its cropping from a photo of a yellow rose. It’s point of view is so close-up that it becomes a sky at sunrise, or a bright NW tree fungus or maybe the peel of an orange fluttering your way. What do you see?
The rose was spotted and the image, below, captured at Butchart Gardens near Victoria, BC… which is flower porn for plant lovers! There you’ll see more vivid blooms than you can possibly imagine confronting you at every turn, all cultivated in harmonious beds with other flowers. This was my reference photo.
American Women Artists Spring Online Show
This is the 2nd year I’ve been a part of an AWA’s show of amazingly skilled women artists of all mediums ….mostly representational. So, I’m now considered an “Associate with Distinction!” There were 1,223 entries, of those 120 were juried into the show by Juror Diana Reuter-Twining. If you’ve read my prior posts you’ve seen this painting before, “CascadeDance,” also 22″ x 30″, which was in last fall’s NWWS International Open show. It’s a winner and earned the Jack Richeson Award at that show!
Below is my reference photo, also from Butchart Gardens. I’ve enjoyed painting white flowers this year….finding color in them. You can see how I departed from the white dahlia photo, enhancing the shadows with beautiful blues, a warm core and particularly enjoying the dancing petals as they unfold.
Inspiration is everywhere but last year brought lots of possibilities with references from an important birthday at Butchart Gardens. Maybe it will be possible to return soon as the pandemic gets under control and borders open? Hey, it’s outdoors…..but crowded. In the meantime I still have good references from my 2019 trip to play with!
Stay well, wear a mask! Maybe one with a flower!
The CVG show bills itself as “Washington state’s finest art” so I’m pleased to announce that one my southwest succulent pieces was accepted and will be included in the show opening January 18, 2020 as one of 157 artworks. It seemed like a long shot to enter this painting of an agave plant from the high desert of Arizona. Washington subject matter was clearly not a requirement!
This is #1 of two “Sedona Agave” watercolors that I created concurrently. Its close up view reveals a marvelous abstraction in design with its vertical wavering grace punctuated with ominous thorns. My challenge was not only handling the large scale of the paper’s size where I had to control the watercolor washes of much larger shapes than I’m used to, but also the attempt to create beautiful neutrals with many layers of subtle colors within each leaf shape which may capture a lingering viewer’s deeper appreciation.
The 2020 CVG show opens in Bremerton, WA on January 18 at 11-5pm, with the artist reception at 7:30 that evening after a lavish awards ceremony. More information around all the events in conjunction with the show is at CVGShow.com. You’ll find a link to all the artwork in case you can’t make it in person. Here’s the scoop:
The 2020 CVG Show at Collective Visions Gallery in Downtown Bremerton, WA
331 Pacific Ave – Corner of 4th Ave and Pacific. 360-377-8327
Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm. (Special Sunday hours 1/19/2020 – 12pm to 5pm).
Show closes February 29 at 6pm. Juror: Liana Bennett.
Two close friends from my monthly artist group will also be in the show this year with their digital paintings. Leslie Newman from Indianola with her expressive iPad abstracts, and Iskra Johnson from Seattle with her ethereal mixed media digital prints.
Waking up to no electricity and deep snow on Bainbridge Island this morning was beautiful but chilly and made me yearn for sunny Sedona where this original huge agave lives! Even with its cool color palette, it still radiates the heat of its origins.
And so, our heat and lights just came back on!
The holidays are coming! I’m looking forward to presenting my artwork for the first time at the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle or Edmonds, WA. I’ve only tried to do my own retail from a small 10′ x 10′ booth once before when I had a lone tent at the 2015 Bainbridge In Bloom Garden Tour in one of the gardens as compensation for their choice of my art on the poster. I was a stranger to the island then but felt the welcome from garden lovers. I’m preparing now for this much larger art focused venue. This studio tour includes 55 juried artists in 8 larger venues around the island, a few of which are working studios. I will be in the Masonic Lodge along with 10 other artists. Here’s a link to the full brochure showing the participating artist’s samples and the venues. You can pick up a printed brochure when you arrive, but this pdf can help get you started.
I’ll be presenting many original paintings like Hot Tango above, as well as some more affordable framed and unframed prints and posters. You’ll have a chance to order custom sized prints from my portfolios to fit your decor or gift to someone else who loves flowers. Please come by and say hi while you enjoy the island’s beauty and search for holiday treasures!
Studio #5 Masonic Lodge. 1299 Grow Avenue NW, Bainbridge Island
Friday – Sunday December 6-8, 2019
10am to 5pm each day!
Be sure to also see two other artists from my Sole Proprietors artist group of about 20 years who will also be part of this tour and presenting their work at different venues from me. Paula Gill makes wonderful contemporary Tiny Tiles jewelry, as seen in the promo above, and ceramic hand carved tiles showing at the Grange Hall. Leslie Newman will be showing her vivid abstract limited edition prints at the Bethany Lutheran Church.
I am honored to have my painting Flamenco Whorl as a prominent part of the promotions for this tour as seen on the posters, brochures and web site. I even saw it on the video ad displays on the ferry! That painting won the 2nd place & cash award at the recent NWWS Waterworks show that ended last week, my first juror’s award for my Floralscapes series! You can see the original painting at my booth.
Order Prints and stuff!
Fine Art America is having a 25% off sale on Monday December 2 for all wall art. Pick a painting and size it to your space. Select mats and frames to fit. They make it easy and also offer my artwork on many other products as well that make great holiday gifts! Check it out! Yoga mats, cards, tote bags, mugs, pillow covers and much more. Oh my!
Make gift giving a fun experience!