Monday, May 12, 2014

It's been a while since I have posted anything on my blog. Not that nothing is going on. In January I had a big, wonderful surprise. The past Nov. I had entered the 147 American Watercolor International Juried Exhibition that is held in New York. I had been entering that show for about 25 years and never got a painting accepted and didn't give the acceptance notice date much attention this time. But to my surprise, my piece was accepted this year. It was a painting that had taken 1st place in the North Carolina Annual Juried Show, 'Varanasi on the Ganges'. It was a large painting, larger then any box that I had on hand. The creation of the shopping box required almost as much time and effort as doing the painting! It arrived safely and was on display from April 1 thru the 20th.
Acceptance to the AWS show is considered a high achievement for a watercolor painter and shows the best chosen by a panel of judges. Artists must have paintings accepted in three shows to be considered for Signature Membership. So, two more to go!
The Southern Watercolor Society show in Texas this year had also accepted a painting.
I had not accepted commissions for quite some time but had promised one several years ago. When the person called to see if I would find time to do it I agreed to fulfill that promise. It was the big white barn on the Warren Wilson campus with the ranges of mountains in behind. She was so pleased with the result.
The National Watercolor Society show that I had been working to enter in a recent blog was successful. It is almost on equal footing with the AWS show. There, I only have to have one more painting accepted to be invited to become a member.
It is that time of the year for Quick Draw in Waynesville. Usually the last Sat. in April it was scheduled for the 17 of May this year. Just today I have finished the drawing for the 'practice' painting in the studio. I have to be sure that I can finish the piece in one hour. Usually, I find myself several minutes over the hour and then have to figure out where I can cut corners to save enough time to do all the needed finishing touches that make a successful painting. I'll let you know how it turns out after Sat.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Monday, May 21, 2012

Annart Ann Vasilik Art

This past week while at the beach I finished a painting which I submitted to the National Watercolor Society Annual show today. I'm playing with the big boys! The painting turned out pretty good but I'm afraid it is not in competition with the international crowd to which this show is open. It measured up to many of the criteria that I would expect in a strong painting but I'm not sure how to critique it. This happens when I'm still so close to the work. The selection by the juror isn't until June 25, a long time to wait.
Meanwhile, I have two paintings in progress for the show in Jan. at the Arboretum. The show was to open June 23 of this year but due to extenuating circumstances with the present exhibit my show has been moved up to that date. It was a bit of a disappointment for a moment but now I have the opportunity to create additional pieces. I may even have time to attend to the garden.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'm sitting here with a new desktop computer which replaced the old laptop. Thanks to my whiz kid son I have placed an image of the Quick Draw painting done on April 28. Pretty complex for a hour's work. I accomplished what I had set out to do.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Now that I have had one painting accepted by National Watercolor Society all Member Show last month I am encouraged to enter their Annual Show to open this Fall. It is an international competition so I am competing with the WHOLE world of artists. My chances are pretty slim for getting in. But I love the challenge and competition. It has made me study what the common elements are in winning paintings. They're actually pretty basic but it is somehow difficult to apply them in the dramatic fashion needed to win, to the subject on my drawing board! I have the drawing finished and the painting that I see in my mind meets many of the qualities and I'm getting pretty good at producing that mental image. In that the deadline to submit my entry is just a little more then a week away I don't have much leeway to fail.  I'm told that I work well under pressure. I'll know soon enough!

Monday, April 30, 2012

My week of nervous apprehension about my subject for Quick Draw was realized when I did my practice
painting on Thursday. Despite my working as quickly as possible I was still about 5 minutes over the time on only one hour for the painting. It crossed my mind that I could still change my subject but that was highly impractical since so much effort had gone into my first choice. So I rehearsed the painting once more in my mind, streamlined the techniques,premixed the paints and hoped for the best.
Sat. came and I packed all my gear into the van: overhead mirror, lights, extension cord, one hour kitchen timer and all the familiar watercolor tools.
I set up my table and overhead mirror with everything ready and at hand. The starting whistle blew and I began to paint following the steps as I had planned them. My assistant, Teresa, handled the hair dryer, drying areas for me as I moved through the washes. I had planned to do the painting in three time periods so from time to time I would ask Teresa how much time I had left. I was so efficient that I found that I was ahead of schedule and allowed my self to relax slightly although I was so focused that I didn't hear or see the audience only moving from palette to paper with the brush. To my surprise I was finished several minutes ahead of time! It was exhilarating, nerve racking and fun.
Teresa prepared the painting for the auction as I packed up all the gear. I had drawn the 5th spot in the auction of the paintings. You don't want to be first and you don't want to be last. With a sell-out crowd of about 250 people spirits were high as the professional auctioneer took the mike. My painting was held up as the auctioneer began his pitch. Nine thousand...eleven hundred..and finally two thousand dollars. It was the third highest bid for the night!
I'll be back next year!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blog #1. Being of the generation of a 'certain age I have come slowly to the computer and digital age. But with the help of children and spouse here I am with a web site and a BLOG. So instead of sharing my successes and challenges with only my family and friends I will now be communicating with you and the world.

Next weekend on April 28, I will participate in Quick Draw in Waynesville for my (and their) 11th year. In this event we artists create a piece of art in just one hour then prepare it for the live auction. The guests drink, eat and watch the artists work. I have had the good fortune to have had the highest bid seven out of ten years. The funds raised go to art scholarships and art supplies for teachers. It is not a casual undertaking for me as I try to do a complex painting in the given time. With much mental planning ahead then a practise run through I have succeeded so far. Wish me well!
Much of the past three years my energies have gone into paintings for a up-coming one woman show at the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville. Five years ago I was granted a show as the first exhibit in the then new Baker center exhibition hall with 86 pieces of art. I will have almost that number again at the opening of the Jan.2013 show. With state funding cuts into staff and programs at the Arboretum I have sought to raise money for the Arboretum by looking for painting sponsors for individual paintings in the show. I am pleased to say that many people and businesses have agreed to participate but will welcome any newcomers. Just ask me.
A number of these new paintings have been exhibited in competitions statewide, regionally and nationally. Several have taken awards in the Watercolor Society of NC the most recent being, 1st place in the juried annual exhibit ion in Cary in the Fall of 1011. Another, is presently in Los Angles in the National Watercolor Society all member show. A third has been accepted in the Southern Watercolor Society show to open this summer. I love the competition, rejoice when accepted and look to do better when rejected.
Stay tuned in as I work my way through matting and framing those 80 plus pieces of art and my progress in future endeavors.