Since I was in my studio waiting for patrons I did get a chance to check my tablet. Of course, I glanced at facebook only to see a post by the amazing painter William (Bill) Hook. Bill had a post about getting into the American Watercolor Society 2017 show.
I gulped. Crap (excuse my french), if he knows he is in the show- and I do not, then it usually means I was not accepted (most shows send congratulatory emails to accepted artists prior to posting results on the website).
I switched over to my email account, hoping for the best….
.. and wouldn’t you know it. There WAS an email from the American Watercolor Society (AWS).
A congratulatory email 🙂
It looks like my poured watercolor painting of a Buddhist monk will be visiting New York City for the 150th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society- the most prestigious watercolor show in the entire world.
I am honored to be chosen for the show- not because of the sheer number of entries, but knowing my work was ranked as one of the best paintings from the contemporary masters of watercolor. I have yet to see the list of accepted artists, but the facebook posts I have seen include most of the artists whose DVDs and books I own (Paul Jackson, Laurie Goldstein Warren, William Hook, Chris Krupinski, etc). People who can really paint.
I would never say I am a master of watercolor (and anyone who buys one of my paintings can attest that there is probably another ruined painting on the back of the good painting), but days like this make all the hard work drawing, framing, painting, and learning worth the journey.
See you in New York City!
Ryan Fox PWS, WSNC