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.