2017 American Watercolor Society

First Friday in Raleigh went out with a whimper because of the impending doom (2 inches of snow) brought on by winter storm Helena.  Artspace closed early and attendance was sparse.

Since I was in my studio waiting for patrons I did get a chance to check my tablet. I glanced at facebook  and saw a post by the amazing painter William (Bill) Hook.  Bill had learned about his acceptance in the 2017 American Watercolor Society show.

I gulped.  Unfortunately, if someone knows they have been accepted in the same show I entered,  and I do not-then it usually means I was rejected (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  world.

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Poured watercolor painting of monk in saffron robes standing in doorway of house on grounds of Wat- Luang Prabang, Laos

 

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.

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
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