Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Online Member Show

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My entries in this year’s PWS Online Member show:

http://www.pawcs.com/2015MemberShow_ALL/

I didn’t win an award, but the competition within this organization is fantastic.  Things like this (not winning) just make we work harder for next year.

Who can find my other image?  I’ll give a 20% discount on etsy for the first person who does…

Happy painting everyone.

 

Ryan

www.rfoxphoto.com

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RFoxWatercolors

148th Annual International Exhibition Award Winners- American Watercolor Society

A short anecdote about putting your artwork out to be judged by your peers- whether fellow artists, friends, family, or enemies:

“If you do not enter- you cannot get accepted”.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  Yeah, I’ll lose a few pounds.  I’ll stop cramming ALL the dishes into the dishwasher the last second before my wife gets home (I work from home), I’ll BLAH, BLAH, BLAH…

So a few dishes get broken.  That is why they make SuperGlue…

I do have goals.  Since I gave up my photography career four years ago, I have made a goal every year.  Year one was to get my work accepted in a national juried exhibition.  My second year was to get into three national juried exhibitions.  My third year was to continue to get work accepted in juried exhibitions.  However, I felt I needed to take a step forward.  It is fantastic to get into juried shows, but I wanted to elevate my standards…

Everyone loves ribbons: the kind you get at swimming meets when you are 7.   I schooled that kid in lane 4.  Of course, he refused to jump in the water- but I still won…

Seriously, I wanted my work recognized, so my goal for year three was to win an award.  I accomplished this in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 69th Annual Juried Exhibition.  I won the Cheap Joe’s merchandise award- the top merchandise prize in the show.  Special thanks to Joe Miller of Cheap Joe’s.  Your generosity allowed me to stock up on supplies and Joe even helped me carry goodies to the car when I visited the store in Boone, NC.

My goal for 2015 was to try to get into ANY of the big three competitions- American Watercolor Society (AWS), National Watercolor Society (NWS), or Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA).  All are amazing exhibitions with entries from around the world.  The competition is ridiculous.  AWS gets 5000+ entries per year for the show.   They accept approximately 150 paintings.   Artists can enter ONE painting.  Per year.  Your chances stink. I entered the first two years thinking I had a shot.  Later, when reviewing my artwork against the winners- I was embarrassed.  I needed to improve; because I had wasted $60 (each year).

Last month my painting was accepted into the 2015 American Watercolor Society of America show.  I’m honored to be hanging next to many of the modern masters of watercolor.

The last two weeks stunk.  There were notices all over facebook about the Missouri Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society shows.  I wish watercolor societies (hint, hint) posted acceptance and denial notices at once- because finding out everyone else was accepted in a show, and you were not, stinks.

I heard the American Watercolor Society was announcing award winners yesterday.  So I checked their website every 15 minutes hoping I was on the list.  Nothing.  So I gave up.  Today I worked on framing a solo show in Elizabeth City, NC.  Then I checked my email.

Thanks Iain Stewart for notifying me.  I won an award.  Wow.

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“Walk Down the Street”- 148th Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

 

Walk Down the Street” was not my typical painting.  I tried something different by pouring watercolors.

Art is amazing.  Every artist can take a scene, photographed or plein air, and interpret it differently.  This painting was not usual.  In fact, I tried to paint completely different since I had just had ankle surgery and could barely move.  I adjusted and created this….

I’m glad I entered the competition.

Do you think you can compete at the national/international stage?

Look at the competition.

Analyze their work.  … and yours?

What makes your work different?

Is your work unique?  I hope so. Analyze the competition.  How does your work compare?  Is it different?  Does it have a unique style?

Do not give up.  If you do not compete, you cannot win.

I hope this gives you inspiration to compete.  Enter shows.  Compete.  And (hopefully) win.

Ryan

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

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148th Annual International Watercolor Exhibition- American Watercolor Society

American Watercolor Society, poured watercolor

“Walk Down the Street”- 148th Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

Sometimes you need to take a chance.  One of my personal goals as an artist is to submit paintings to the top yearly watercolor shows.  It’s fun to see how your work stacks against the top names in the industry.  It’s  frustrating when you do not get accepted in the show and think-  “I just wasted $xx.xx entering this show.”

Rejections are what help me grow as an artist.  I experience a little bit of anger.  How could the juror not seen the “brilliance” in the piece?  How could they not have “seen” my vision?  Arrggh (in my Jack Sparrow voice).

Most show entries include a catalog of accepted paintings-  including award winners.  I study these catalogs later, trying to think why the juror chose certain paintings- analyzing compositions/colors.

Last week I noticed a lot of posts on facebook by artist friends.  Their work had been accepted in the 148th Annual International Watercolor Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.  The AWS show is the most prestigious watercolor show in the USA- and entire world.  You are allowed to enter one painting a year.   I was entry #4005 or something, and this was several days before entries close.  The show only displays 150 or so paintings- you can estimate my chances…

I hate it when fb friends start posting acceptances about shows I entered: especially if I have not been notified.  This means they were notified of acceptance in the show.   And if  I was not notified of acceptance in the show before they were….

…well, you get that email/letter a little later.  🙁

Usually bad news.

I went to the AWS website and tried to find a list of accepted artists.  No luck.

Then logged in to the AWS system.

I still can not believe it.  My name was on the accepted list (see below):

2015–2016 EXHIBITORS

Anne Abgott, AWS Henrieta Maneva
Jennifer Annesley James Maria
Ali Aryan, AWS* Daniel Marshall
Denise Athanas, AWS Antonio Masi, AWS
Mike Bailey, AWS* Jinnie May
Linda Baker, AWS Mick McAndrews
Ferenc Besze Laurin McCracken, AWS
Glenn Blue James McFarlane, AWS
Manon Boisvert Jeannie McGuire, AWS
Denny Bond, AWS Lynn McLain, AWS
Elaine Bowers Pam McLaughlin
Cindy Brabec-King Carol McSweeney, AWS*
Betty Brown Mark Mehaffey, AWS
Chica Brunsvold, AWS Robert Mesrop
J Henderer Burns Joe Miller, AWS
Dan Burt, AWS Dean Mitchell, AWS
Jim Camann, AWS Jean-Luc Mossion
Sally Cataldo, AWS Robert Nardolillo
Cheng-Khee Chee, AWS Barbara Nechis, AWS
Chung-Wei Chien Bob Noreika, AWS*
Barbara Jeffery Clay, AWS Elaine Nunnally
Kathleen Conover, AWS Robert O’Brien, AWS
Guy Corriero, AWS Carla O’Connor, AWS
Tony Couch Catherine O’Neill, AWS
Elaine Daily-Birnbaum, AWS Thomas Owen, AWS
Don Dalton Kris Parins
Walt Davis, AWS* Monika Pate, AWS*
Pat Dews, AWS Ann Pember, AWS
Frank Eber, AWS Carole Pickle, AWS
Howard Eberle, AWS Carlton Plummer, AWS
Debra Edgerton, AWS Joel Popadics, AWS
L. S. Eldridge, AWS Stephen Quiller, AWS
Robin Erickson, AWS Steve Rogers, AWS
Cindy Evans William Rogers
Andrew Evansen, AWS* Chuck Rouse, AWS*
Cheryl Fausel John Salminen, AWS
Z. L. Feng, AWS Lois Sanders
Francesco Fontana Prafull Sawant
JoAnn Formia Lynn Schilling
Ryan Fox Diane Schmidt, AWS
Frank Francese Ong Kim Seng, AWS
Karen Frey, AWS* F. Charles Sharpe, AWS
Leslie Frontz, AWS Edwin Shuttleworth, AWS
Carol Frye, AWS* David Smith
Louis Gadal, AWS Jerry Smith, AWS
Qian Gao, AWS* Sue St. John, AWS*
Jack Garver, AWS Robert Steinmetz, AWS
Vi Gassman, AWS* Iain Stewart
Jean Gill, AWS Ron Stocke, AWS*
Ken Goldman, AWS* Eileen Sudzina
Frederick Graff, AWS Tan Suz Chiang
Jean Grastorf, AWS Linda Thomas
Lane Hall Susannah Thomer, AWS
Susan Hanssen Gerry Thompson
Kiff Holland, AWS Ron Thurston, AWS
Stephen Holland Zhou Tianya, AWS
William Hook Donald Van Horn, AWS
Xiao Xing Hu William Vrscak, AWS
Hsiao-Hui Huang Myrna Wacknov, AWS
Peter Jablokow Carrie Waller
George James, AWS Frank Webb, AWS
Russell Jewell Susan Weintraub
Kim Johnson, AWS Jennifer Wharton
Marilyn King Stewart White, AWS
Chandler Kissell John Wilkison, AWS*
Mike Kowalski Jarrod Wilson
Christine Krupinski, AWS Vladislav Yeliseyev
Alexis Lavine Choon Seng Yeoh
Law Wai Hin, AWS Sarah Yeoman
Deanne Lemley, AWS Barbara Yoerg
Doug Lew Donna Zagotta, AWS
Steven Lush Steve Zazenski, AWS*

 

Wow. My painting was accepted.

Though I have had  success with regional and state shows, I never, ever, expected to get into AWS.  Especially the third year I entered.

I would like to thank many of the artists on this list- many whom I have studied under via magazines, books, YouTube, internet, or workshop (thanks Iain and John for instruction in your workshops).   Your teachings on subjects, compositions, and colors helped guide my work.  Though you may not have known it, I am indebted you in many ways and honored to be included with your names in such a prestigious event.

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox

    WSNC Signature Member

www.rfoxphoto.com

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

P.S.- My other two entries were terrible!  No wonder I was rejected.

Keep painting people- your master piece is coming.

Watercolor batik classes in Raleigh/Cary, NC

Do you want to learn the art of watercolor batik?

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Watercolor batik painting on rice paper of sun’s rays shining through forest

 

Watercolor batik is the process of using traditional watercolor paint and wax to create unique and beautiful batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper.  This process is similar to the age old technique where melted wax is applied to fabric as a resist and then the fabric is dipped in dye.

Students will begin the process with a drawing and then learn to create highlights and shadows, as well as how to mask areas of the project with wax.

This class is suitable for both beginner and experienced painters with little or no watercolor experience.  Artists will create a 12×16” batik painting in the class.

Watercolor batik on rice paper of Stonehenge- UK by Raleigh, NC artist Ryan Fox

Irons, electric skillets, newspapers, wax, and brushes for applying wax will be provided.  Artists will need to bring watercolor paints, brushes, and suitable clothing (wax does drip and sometimes ends up on clothing).

Artists can use reference photographs provided for their drawings or are welcome to bring a high contrast photograph or line drawing to transfer to rice paper.  Lightboxes will be provided for transferring images to rice paper.

To see more of Ryan’s work, visit his website at:

http://www.rfoxphoto.com/

Place: Waverly Artists Group Studio

When: February 1 (session 1), February 15 (session 2).

Both sessions have the same curriculum.

Time: 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Price: $75 each session. Max. 6 students per session

Supply list sent after registration

Contact Monica at eventsWAG@gmail.com to register

Place: Art Bar Raleigh

When: February 28th 

Time:  6-9pm

Price: $75.  Max 8 students per class

Contact:  ArtBarRaleigh@gmail.com

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Watercolor batik painting on rice demo- step by step guide

Ryan Fox, watercolor painting, New York watercolor, New York skyline

Painting watercolor batiks on rice paper is amazingly fun.  I melt paraffin wax in a cheap cooking skillet (available in the kitchen department of most stores), apply it with cheap natural hair brushes, and throw a lot of paint on.

As you can see from the photograph above, wax was applied to the whitest areas.  This is evident in the lower parts of the painting.

watercolor painting on rice paper

More wax was applied to the next lightest values.  I continued to build the darks to define the buildings of New York city.  The sky was completely covered in wax at this point- you can detect the glossiness of it in the photograph.

NewYork4

More definition…….

NewYork5

This was the problem solving stage.  I felt the building to the left of the Empire State building was not dark enough, so I darkened the top.  Also, the building and river to the far right of the painting needed separation.

NewYork6

This is what I call the “fun” stage.  I cover the entire surface of the 25×38″ paper with wax and let it cool.  Once the wax is hard, I crumble it up into a ball, creating cracks in the wax.  With a very watery solution of darks, I use a stiff bristle oil brush to work color into the cracks.  Once I see lines forming in the cracks, I cover the surface of the painting again with another layer of wax and let dry.

It is somewhat unpredictable where the water goes.  If you don’t like the look of a crack, run clear water of the area and soak it up with a dry cloth/paper towel.

Once dry, the painting is sandwiched between sheets of newspaper.  Using a hot iron, I melt the wax.  The wax is absorbed into the newsprint.  This step takes a lot of time, and a lot of newspaper- especially for a large piece.

Once the newspaper is no longer soaking up wax, I mount the pieces on hot tact foam core.

 

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Final image

The final image photographed and color corrected.

The original painting and reproductions are available on my etsy account:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/RFoxWatercolors

Hope you enjoyed viewing the batik process.

Ryan

(919) 645-8345

ryan@rfoxphoto.com

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