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!