It’s turned cold in these NC mountains the last few days making the desire to paint outside diminish, but not the desire to wet my watercolor brushes.
Feels good….for this…
To turn to this…
To turn to this: Busy About Her Business
12 x 15 , Fabriano 140 lb CP
Stay tuned for the story behind this image and a little of what happened in between
Letting Go turned three this year.
At first glance, you see an aging, rust-stained house surrounded by curled, dead leaves. If the rendering succeeds one notices a few leaves sprinkled on the steps like breadcrumbs leading the viewer’s eye to study a weathered door. Behind the door hangs a worn, torn shade and behind the shade a soft glowing light emanates.
Eventually, many of us will enter into seasons of decline. But within the dwelling, within us, the light is there. Indwelling. Transforming.
I love this imagery.
Especially, this time of year.
I entered Letting Go into as many art shows as I could her first two years (most competition guidelines require the work not be over two years old). She did well and was even published in October 2010 Watercolor Artist, Rough Starts: Creativity Workshop, a column I wrote explaining how I create texture.
I had considered never selling her. Some things you just want to hold on to. But a few weeks ago someone, while visiting in our home, asked about her…Something inside me shifted and…
Letting Go is now happily hanging in New Zealand!
The new digital camera body that takes the interchangeable Canon lenses that have been sitting in my closet for 8 years sure feels good. Not to mention the watch I was able to buy my husband for Christmas.
Letting Go Can Be a Good Thing.
Playing around with experimental texture
techniques in watercolor today.
Giving away my secrets on Oct. 21 in
Let’s Talk Texture Workshop at Artists League of the Sandhills.
See examples of how I use texture at: Texture Series
The October 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist is featuring the painting process for Mixed Messages (shown below) in the “Rough Starts,” Creativity Workshop. Follow this link to read more: http://www.artistsnetwork.com/article/wca-creativity-rough-starts/
Want more texture in your paintings? Take on the creativity challenge and submit your entries. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/article/wca-creativity-rough-starts/ Deadline: October 11, 2010
Letting Go received 3rd place in the watercolor category in the 30th Annual Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Arts Council of Moore County. The juror was Peter Nisbet, Chief Curator at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This exhibit of 220 pieces of artwork, photography, digital art and 3-D is open to the public through August 26th at Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC. Call for hours: 910-692-2787
Letting Go is part of my Textured Series which is shown on my website www.artbyjune.net. This piece has a lot of personal symbolism. It’s interesting to me that I took the photo in Lexigton, NC fourteen years before painting it in 2008. Which either reveals I have a good filing system for reference photos or I’m a procrastinator
I also entered Iris #3, Light Within, from my All About Iris Series. It did not receive any special recognition from the judge, but Phyllis was impressed with it. Which did my heart good.
I completed Iris #9 yesterday and feel like I am just getting warmed up in wanting to delve into the mystery of this flower. Something I can’t put into words is luring me. A good problem for an artist to have.
If I could say it in words,
there would be no
reason to paint.
The e-mail came last Sat., Mar. 13th. The subject line read American Artist Magazine. At first I thought “solicitation,” until I recognized it was from one of my students. What did Fran have to say? I opened it.
Congatulations on your painting being in the Spring Issue of Watercolor! Looking forward to the April 9th class.
She must be mistaken. No one had contacted me from the magazine. Surely I would know. I had gotten the issue a few days ago and had not had time to look through it. Suddenly, I had time.
I didn’t have to look far. Right there on page 15 was my watercolor, ”Mixed Messages.” It was shown with three other paintings by other artists, all accepted by juror, Cheng-Khee Chee, into 33rd Annual Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society in Madisonville, KY.
And if that wasn’t good news enough. I had thought the twelve hour drive out of the question, but my husband tells me we are going to the Mar. 27th opening reception! Rob knows how much this means to me because this year I receive signature membership in SW.