News And Note
Sunrise Glow From the Studio (photo) NEWS What a strange year we’ve all had! Making art has been my refuge and I have completed 22 paintings. I have been fortunate to have 22 out of 28 entries accepted for national juried shows and of those, 7 received awards, including the Best of Show with a gold medal in the Montana Watercolor Society Annual Watermedia Exhibition. See “Dancing Light”, right. I also earned Signature membership in the Northwest Watercolor Society with my painting, “Opulent Water Lily”. Here are a few new paintings.
Double Rainbow Over Schuyler Island From the Studio (photo) Summer has flown by during the Pandemic quarantine. I have been painting most days and below are some of my new paintings. There is a series of my neighbor’s Hydrangea bush, which was loaded in blooms this year. These are all half sheet paintings. I hope you are all well and finding time to paint.
NEWS The past year was a rewarding one for me. I had paintings included in 19 national juried exhibitions all over the country. Four of those paintings won awards: HUDSON VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION’S JOHN TATGE MEMORIAL AWARD, ADIRONDACK NATIONAL’S UPPER HUDSON VALLEY WATERCOLOR SOCIETY AWARD PENNSYVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY; PRESIDENT’S AWARD & THE SYLVAN GROUSE AWARD.
It’s hard to believe that summer is over. yet here we are entering Fall. I’ve been de-cluttering the studio again and organizing my supplies and art works. I admit I haven’t been painting much lately, but enjoyed my break during the lovely weather we’ve had recently. I’ have re-worked a few older paintings and think it’s an improvement. They follow. River Rapture Some shapes were altered color enhanced and values adjusted in both paintings. Shady Sanctuary NEWS Homeless was selected for inclusion in the book, Splash; Capturing Mood, to be published in 2020 by F&W Publications.
I’ve been enjoying painting a variety of subjects lately. This portrait of my husband, Jay, was a great subject for painting the light pattern. I chose a simple palette of warm colors and tried to avoid adding too much detail. Patches is the resident cat at the assisted living where my 102 year old Mother lives. She loves having visits from this lovely, friendly fellow. I felt compelled to paint my feeling about him. I softened a lot of edges here to portray the softness of his coat. NEWS SUMMER I received notice that
The year was off to a snowy, sub zero start and I’ve procrastinated painting while doing paperwork and other cleaning and clearing in the studio. Here are my first efforts of the year. Illuminated is a new painting on Strathmore Plate 5 ply illustration board. The palette is a simple one of earth colors and blues, mingled on the surface. The composition is a close focus of a grouping of several rocks and the water around them. The background is minimal and hints that there is a forest. Unfolding is a painting of a Peony bud partially opened, on
My fall was busy with preparing paintings for many national juried shows. I also did some garden clean up and managed to complete several new paintings. Some of those follow with brief explanations. Secluded Stream is on Crescent watercolor board, which allows some lifting and assists textures to form. This was painted with warm and cool blues and yellow browns. They were allowed to mix on the surface and it was completed with glazing. Illumination, is on Waterford rough paper, which let me easily soften edges and do a certain amount of lifting. The pattern of light was all
Summer has flown by and was spent doing lots of weeding and mulching when I wasn’t painting. I have completed several landscapes and a few florals. Below are the results and a few comments about each one. Ruth Ann’s Peony was painted on vellum Strathmore heavyweight Illustration board. This board usually allows lifting, but I suspect the warm weather has affected the surface, as I found it was not possible. In fact, each time I wet he surface with a wash an ugly texture appeared. I discovered it calmed down once dry, resulting in a mostly normal texture. This made