Sunday, August 30, 2009

Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society Show

My good friend Janie Brown asked me a few months ago if I would be interested in joining the Watercolor and Graphics Arts Society. Of course, I was interested. You have to be nominated as a prospective member and submit two watercolor paintings for consideration by the society members during their Fall show. I decided to enter my "Life Is Good" watercolor, and then just finished this other watercolor a few weeks ago for my second submittal. This is a fellow I often see riding his bicycle to McNally Park, with his Shitszu riding in the back basket. Last fall, several of us were doing some plein air painting at McNally Park and this fellow rode up to observe what we were up to. My friend Jami Buck took some photos, and agreed to share them with me so I could do this watercolor. I call this "McNally Park Regulars". It is framed 24" x 18" (image approximately 18" x 12"). The two watercolors will be hanging in the WGAS show at West Regional Library beginning Monday, August 31, and through the month of September. Looks like it will be a really good show, so go check it out. The public reception and awards are on Thursday night, September 3, 6pm-8pm. At the end of the month, the prospective members find out if they were accepted into the society or not.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Spy - Through a Child's Eye

The Cathedral Square Gallery theme for August is "Through a Child's Eye". I did this quick watercolor sketch, with acrylic background, based on a photo of grandchild Silas. I loved the sideways glance and called this "I Spy...". I hung this watercolor along with the "Priya Loves Cherries" at my space at CSG, as examples of children's portraits I'd be willing to do. We'll see if there is any interest. I'm having fun with the watercolor because it is so quick. I seem to be so much more methodical and slow doing the acrylics and still trying to become more facile with oils, so right now watercolor is my "happy" medium.