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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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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Holiday craft fairs and ideas- schedule and more

The 2017 holidays are looking to be busy.

Fine art watercolor painting of elephant walking across savannah.

 

Watercolor painting of light rays streaking through window inside of St. Peter’s Basilica- Vatican, Rome (Italy)

 

Watercolor painting of trees silhouetted in forest during sunset. Watercolor landscape painting. Tree painting. Tree art.

 

Brooklyn Bridge and skyscrapers of Manhattan at sunset in New York City- New York, USA. Watercolor painting.

 

If you are looking for some artwork for the house as a holiday, birthday, or when-ever present, I will be selling prints and original paintings at:

Artspace

201 E. Davie St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

Studio 104

Most days from noon-6pm. 

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Original watercolor painting on YUPO synthetic of Raleigh skyline ($50).

 

Most days I can be found in my studio at Artspace.  I have tons of originals on the walls as well as lower priced unframed originals from locations around the globe.  In addition, I have a plethora of prints from North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and more.

Around town, I will be participating in several craft fairs:

November 25th- Holiday Shopping Extravaganza in Willow Springs

December 2nd- Holiday Bazaar in Hedingham (SE Raleigh)

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December 3rd- Boylan Heights Artwalk

One of the largest art fairs/ craft markets in Raleigh

https://www.facebook.com/boylanheightsartwalk/

 

Check them out.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox GWS, IWS, MOWS, PWS, WSNC
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$50 original paintings available in Studio 104 at Artspace

The holidays are rapidly approaching and I have been busy creating a bunch of small original watercolors at perfect holiday prices.

Approx 8×8″ originals of Raleigh skylines, downtown scenes, North Carolina lighthouses (Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island, and Cape Lookout) painted on YUPO synthetic.

These paintings have all been sealed with UV archival finish and are available for only $50 plus tax.

Fine art watercolor painting on YUPO synthetic of Cape Lookout lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina- USA

 

These paintings were started as abstract images on YUPO.  I used a combination of razor blades, sandpaper, scraping with credit cards, and wet paper towels to create textures.  Abstracted images became icons of North Carolina.

I created a set of 50 images last year and only a few remain from the original series.  This new set has already been a big seller- if you want to get one stop by Studio 104 at Artspace for an affordable and unique holiday, birthday, or random gift.

Look forward to seeing you.

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox GWS, IWS, MOWS, PWS, WSNC
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