American Watercolor Society (AWS) Signature status

What an amazing weekend.  I had the pleasure of flying up to New York City to receive signature status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS).  The AWS is an international juried show featuring the best contemporary painters in the world.   This was my third acceptance in the show and with this I received signature status.

 

I can now use the AWS initials after my signature.  I am proud to be one in the 500 people in the world who are signature members of AWS. The American Watercolor Society is the longest running watercolor organization in the world.   The show is held yearly at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  2018 was the 151st annual exhibition of the society.

Watercolor painting of Triumphal Arch in Washington Square at dusk- New York City, New York (USA).

 

The awards dinner and reception always passes too quickly.  I met some amazing artists (Fei Xiqiang, Xi Guo, Marnie Becker, Tim Oliver), engaged in conversation with great artists/friends (Kim Minichiello, Anne McCartney, Laurin McCracken) and had the honor of spending time with some of the best painters in the world (Andy Evanson, James Maria, Antonio Masi, and 100+ more).  What a beautiful show!

Thank you American Watercolor Society!  I hope to return next year and for many years to come.

If you are interested in learning my painting techniques I have many (some would say a plethora) of workshops and classes scheduled for 2018 in Raleigh, Charlotte, Boone, Wilson, and New Bern (NC).   I will be in Allendale, NJ in May 8-10th at the Community Arts Association teaching watercolor batik and watercolor pouring and atomizing.  Click here to register.

My calendar for 2019 is filling fast too.  Looks like I will be heading all over North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina .  Stay tuned!

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Interview with Creative Catalyst Productions online blog

Recently, I had the honor of being interviewed for an online article by the folks at Creative Catalyst Productions.

I talk a little about my inspiration, my resource photographs, and most importantly- why I enjoy working with multiple techniques.  I hope it sheds some light on why I am constantly experimenting and trying to grow as an artist.  Take a look!

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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!

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2017 Georgia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition

I returned from the Georgia Watercolor Society 2017 National Juried Exhibition on March 11th. The show was held in the beautiful Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in historic Carrollton, GA. It was a long drive from Raleigh (482 miles).  However, it is not every day you get signature status in an a watercolor association (for GWS you have be accepted in 3 of their international juried shows), and I love a good road trip! 🙂

 

Diana Toma in front of her 2nd place award winning painting.  Congratulations.

(GWS Board Member Viviane Van Giesen, juror Fealing Lin,  and GWS Board Members Marian O’Shaughnessy , & Kathy Kitz)

Inside room of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center with accepted paintings.

Show attendee looking giving Gloria Baker’s painting a closer look.

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Me looking like a doofus in front of my poured watercolor of Tunisian perfume bottles. 🙂

 

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Suck that gut in!

 

GWS President Marian O’Shaughnessy and Second Vice President Viviane Van Giesen presenting awards.

Rosie Coleman being presented with her award.

-Dylan Scott Pierce in front of his absolutely amazing painting of a woman from Africa.  His use of complementary colors next to each other (with no hard edges) is incredibly difficult to do.  Frankly, I don’t know how he does it.  Dylan has a series of online courses for anyone interested.

Wish I could attend more of these receptions.  Not enough time in the day….

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New watercolor class at Sanderson HS. Begins 9/21

I will be teaching a 6 week course beginning September 21st at Sanderson HS. I hope you can join us as I focus on letting watercolor do what it does best- move in water. I have taught a lot of workshops/classes lately on different techniques such as pouring or atomizing. However, this will be a chance to loosen up and let water do it’s thing- move color.

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Snowy barn scene watercolor landscape painting. Watercolor barn scene winter fine art painting

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Tree landscape painting. Watercolor landscape painting of trees in forest. Forest painting watercolor fine art.

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Imagined watercolor painting of landscape with tyrannosaurus rex in background.

 

To register visit: https://cs.wcpss.net/index.php?route=lllcoursecontroller/course_detail&course_id=1443&cat=6https://cs.wcpss.net/index.php?route=lllcoursecontroller/course_detail&course_id=1443&cat=6

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