Good news yesterday! My recent completed watercolor, “Stone Bridge” has been accepted into the 2018 Annual Juried Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of NC—Oct. 7-Nov. 16 at the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, NC. I am absolutely thrilled!
It’s been an exciting couple of months. My experience at the Greenville, SC Artsphere festival was quite good for the second year in a row showing and selling my watercolor paintings. Just before this event, I sold several paintings and got a new commission for a large piece … my largest one to date. Had to build the frame for the canvas, and prep the surface for painting. This is a big project and will take time, but it is exciting and I’m happy for this opportunity.
I just got a call this week that one of my newer watercolors, “Great Blue” won first place at the “A Natural View” show in Gastonia at the Arts on Main Gallery. I didn’t even realize they were having this show and thrilled that this piece was selected! “Great Blue” is a custom framed watercolor, sized 20 x 16″ and available for sale: $750.
Happy news recently … this painting, “Rainforest Waterfall” sold. I visited Puerto Rico with my family several years ago, and we toured the El Yunque Rainforest park. It was so beautiful! I cried after the hurricanes went through this past season and I saw the video coverage in the aftermath of the destruction of this area. I very much hope this forest can recover and the beautiful parrots native to this area survived the storms!
Good news today … I received confirmation that I have been accepted as a watercolor fine artist for the 2018 Artisphere weekend event in Greenville, SC for May 11-13, 2018. I am really happy! I was selected to show/sell for this event last year, and it was a fantastic weekend. It is a HUGE event that is held in the beautiful and historic downtown area. There is a beautiful river that flows right through the middle of the area, and it just a gorgeous landscape for a downtown area.
Last year, while I obviously needed to man my booth for the weekend, I did the get opportunity do a bit of walking around the festival, and I was so impressed with the quality of artists that are included in this event. Not only were there incredibly talented individuals from all over the US, but there were also spectacular demonstrations that included woodworking and blacksmithing.
Because I was accepted as a watercolor artist, that means I am restricted to showing and selling that media exclusively (my oil painting entry was not accepted). So my focus for the start of 2018 is to work on more watercolor paintings. This will be an exciting endeavor!
Exciting news today! We learned that my watercolor, “Sunflowers II” won the Western Region award. This framed watercolor is 21 x 12″ and available for sale for $450. It will be on exhibit in the NC Watercolor exhibit at Greensboro College in Greensboro October 15 through November 11, 2017.
We also learned that “Cypress Knees, ” which is currently on exhibit at The Gateways to the South Exhibit at the Southern Arts Society in Kings Mountain, NC (Oct. 10–Nov. 10) was awarded first Honorable Mention.