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
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!