Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monet's Garden and Studio

 I recently had the privilege of going to Monet's Garden and House in Giverny, France.  It had rained off an on that day in May.

 But it was a wonderful experience.  I stood in his studio and could myself there.  Here are some of the photos that I took that I would like to share with my watercolor enthusiasts.  I believe you will see some of my watercolors inspired by Monet's Gardens!

This is his studio.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

International Artist Magazine Challenge

I participated in International Artist Magazine Floral and Gardens Challenge and became a finalist!
My painting "Peony" was the one accepted.  You can view it in the June/July 2016 109 issue. Thanks IA for the exposure!




Saturday, March 12, 2016

Received Shenzhen Biennial Catalog and Certificate


I believe it is necessary to say that I have never been so impressed with the incredible level of watercolor expertise from an exhibit as what is shown in the shows catalog! 
I wish I could have attended and will seriously consider attending the next one.

The catalog is fabulous and the certificate that I received is one that I will cherish.  My painting was even mentioned in an article that was written by one of the jurors:  Hui Shang Ph.D who happens to be Executive Editor-in-chief of "Arts" magazine, China and vice Director of the Commission of Theory of the China Artists Association (CAA).

I would recommend that if you can purchase the catalog for yourself, you will have a chance to expand your vision of what watercolor is all about.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Peony

Have a brand new painting just completed entitled "Peony". It is 19" x 34" done on Arches 260 lb. watercolor paper.  I have been interested in doing florals and hope to continue adding to a series. I wanted to show it in a garden with rays of light hitting the pedals and creating shadows and shades of crimson pink surrounded by a seeded eucalyptus also caught in in the backlight of the sun.

Photos from Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial






I wanted to share with you some photos that were sent to me by Maggie Wu, Assistant Curator for the Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial.  It appears to be a really impressive and well attended show in China.  I can hardly wait to receive the catalog from the show to see all the works of art that were accepted.  I am happy to be included in such a prestigious exhibit.  Only makes me want to pursue more and continue to keep refining my art and ideas to the next level.  Thank you Maggie Wu for taking the time to send these images. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Judy Morris in Shenzhen, China

This is my good friend and fellow artist, Judy Morris with my painting in the show in Shenzhen, China.  I am grateful to her for taking a photo of it as I could not make it to China to see the show myself.  She reported back that is was one of the most top-notch shows to be in as the quality of the paintings were exceptional.  She said I should be very proud.  Which I am!  I have always admired Judy's work and it had been a wonderful experience to attend her workshop in the Southern region of France in 2013.  I hope our paths will cross again soon.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"The Bishop" accepted into Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial!

I am so pleased to hear that I made it into the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial for 2015-16 exhibition!  Now I am beginning to believe that I have arrived.  I received this information from another artist that will be part of the show the statistics on how many entered:  233 paintings out of which 118 were chosen from 3,779 entries (2182 artists from 72 countries) worldwide.  I am honored to represent USA. http://www.shenzhenbiennial.com/

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Whole Series





This is my series complete!

Traditions du Perigord


This is my last painting in my series of scenes from the quaint, medieval villages I had the opportunity to visit on a trip to the southwest region of France.  My goal was to try to capture the texture in watercolor of the buildings that dated way back to 15th century or was it 16th century?  In other words, it is old with so much history.  Once again, this was from the Village of Sarlat.  The wood is weathered and sagging in places but they are still standing and solid as a rock.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wisteria


Wisteria is a flowering vine that I have been wanting to paint for some time now.  I finally did it!  Here it is and it took awhile.  During these long winter months, it was inspiring to work on something that would remind me of Spring.  I used Cheap Joe's Kilamanjaro watercolor paper 23x30 and Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Whole Painting!

Here is my latest painting "The Bishop".  It is called "The Bishop" because the mask has the name because of the shape of it's hat.  It is modeled after what bishops wear on their heads.   Along with the bishop is a harlequin mask and a bishop chess piece incorporated into the still life. The masks all come from Venice.  All of this is resting on a rich, colorful background and design from France.  I put this still life together in the summer and the light was filtering through the window and casting shadows and creating light and shaded areas on the subjects.  In the corners of the painting you can see some vintage script laying on the table.  I had hoped that the American Watercolor Society would have accepted it into the show this year but the judges did not pick it.  Other paintings and other shows to come!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Painting Not Revealed!

I have decided to not reveal the full image of the painting just yet!  Why?  Well I don't want to show it probably until sometime next year because I would like to save it for entry into a major show.  This is a tease I know. All I can say it that it is another one of my "Venetian Mask" themes that I love to do.  The masks are my favorite subject.  This will be my fourth painting.  Between visits to France and Italy, I have gathered up fabrics, papers, and objects of all kinds that I use in my paintings.  Love the patterns and the colors.  Not to mention the cuisine of both countries!  The size of this painting is "22x30" done on Cheap Joe's Kilimanjaro watercolor paper which I happen to use quite frequently now.  I will show the complete painting in due time.  Or maybe I will cave and post it anyway.  I like to get feedback from other artists which is always interesting and informative.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monpazier New Painting


Still stuck in France!  Still have many ideas to put to watercolor!  This is a scene that I saw while traveling to the village of Monpazier in the the South of France.  Three gentleman sitting having a chat and an espresso before opening the cafe.  I love the texture on the old stone walls and have been working on capturing the cracks and stains and weathering that only time can create.