Third Time is a Charm!

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This is my painting that I entered into the American Watercolor Society‘s 149th Annual International Exhibition. To my delight it was accepted, and because it is my third time, it means I will receive the coveted Signature Status, allowing me to add “AWS” after my signature on my watercolor paintings. A signature status means that an artist has met the required standards of an art organization signifying a high skill level and achievement in a specific medium. The American Watercolor Society (AWS) is the oldest watercolor organization in the US and had their first annual exhibition in 1867. A few past distinguished members are Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edward Hopper, William Merrit Chase, Thomas Eakins, Samuel Colman, Charles Burchfield, Gladys Rockmore Davis, Childe Hassam, John LaFarge, Alphonse Mucha, Edward Potthast, Mahonri Young and Andrew Wyeth. I feel honored to be accepted as a signature member and follow in their footsteps!

A few years ago I earned the signature status in the National Watercolor Society (NWS), which is only half as old as the AWS. It has a similar requirement/process. I was just as excited at that time because for both shows I had been rejected for many years and I was ready to give up entering. My persistence paid off! So now I have the status for both of the largest US watercolor organizations. For the American Watercolor Society, the criterion is to get accepted into the annual International Exhibition three times. This is a very difficult accomplishment since getting in just once is a challenge! Each competition has 1200-1600 entries from around the world. The artist may only submit one image for review, there is an entry fee and entries are submitted digitally. The entries are viewed independently by 5-6 jurors, who must all concur (without discussion). Approximately 140 – 150 paintings are selected to be in the exhibit, so jurors must continue viewing the entries until they select the designated number of paintings. The original art is then shipped, at the artists cost, to the show in New York. Then the art is reviewed in person by an awards jury, who are three different jurors from the selection jury. Any artist qualifying for the signature status is judged separately and must submit two paintings to be juried.

The entire process is quite extensive. As I commented in a previous post, jurors must be exhausted after reviewing art because if they view each image for 30 seconds that would be about 12 hours for the first round of screening. It gives one a better understanding of why it is so important to submit a good photo of your art and the painting needs to be exceptional. An image only has a few seconds to catch the juror’s attention, so it needs to stand out. There are also size requirements and media limitations to be mindful of (no collage or non-water based medium). Also, entries must be from an original source, painted in the past 2 years and not shown in another national or international competition.

The accepted painting, “Diablo’s Delta,” is from a flight I took with a local pilot.  Look closely at the lower right corner, far side of the river and you will see the hangar and little air field we flew out of. We flew late in the day over the Sacramento Delta and you can see Mt. Diablo in the background. It was an amazing flight in a very special plane. I will add more about the flight and plane in a later post.

If you are in New York City be sure to see this great show. You won’t be disappointed! It’s at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10003 from April 4-23, 2016. Selected paintings will then travel around the country to about 8 cities in the next year. Catch the 2015 traveling exhibit at its last stop here in Sacramento, CA. It is at the Sacramento Fine Art Center through April 9, open daily 10-4. The location is 5330-B Gibbons Dr., Carmichel, CA 95608.

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Talented Budding Artist

Iceland explodes

Iceland explodes

As I’ve posted before, I absolutely love children’s art! So here is a wonderful painting by Liv, a third cousin once removed, done when she was 11 years old.  We have never met, but are connected through our art and related by our Icelandic heritage.  She lives on acreage in Alberta, Canada with her family and a variety of dogs, cats, chickens and other critters.  She is a very good student, learning French and becoming bilingual.  She also takes figure skating lessons.

When she visits her grandmother she loves to do arts and crafts.  She watched an instructional art video and created this painting.  It features an exploding volcano with a red sky. There are boats in the ocean near a detailed lighthouse with a red flag on top. Her artistic use of red adds drama to the scene. The light and lava bursting from the volcano is reflected on the lighthouse as a boat hurries away. Another fishing boat is hauling in its catch and the red sky is reflected in the sea.  The artistic details Liv added after watching the video suggest an untold story behind the image and a budding artist in bloom!

Back to blogging after painting like crazy!

"Birdseye View" Show

“Birdseye View” Show

Many of you may be wondering what happened to my blog posts.  Well… my website server changed the offerings and no longer hosts the blog feature.  So I had to change things up and learn a new system.  I have a big learning curve, so hang in there with me!  After all, I’m not a writer or tech person, I’m an artist.   What I do best is paint, but I’m learning how to use this social media!  I still don’t do Facebook, so this is the best place to see the lateset work I’ve been doing and where my inspirations come from.

I was also getting ready for a huge gallery show and had a large quota of paintings to do.  Since my bigger watercolor paintings take a minimum of 3-4 weeks, I had a lot to do in order to be ready to hang the show by my deadline at the beginning of this past September.  Hopefully many of you were able to see my show “Birdseye View” at the Gallery at 48 Natoma (see photo).  If not, you can visit my website and go to “recent works” to see most of my paintings that were in the show.  You are also in luck, as I will be showing many of them in an upcoming show in June 2015 at “The Tong Gallery” in Walnut Grove, California.  I hope to have some additional paintings to show of the Sacramento Delta.

After the holidays I will do my best to post again on a regular basis .  I have lots of things to share with you about some recent travels and inspirations.  I’ve also documented the creative process of many of my recent paintings, so I will post photos of the work in progress soon.

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