Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Abundance" watercolor painting 14x11" wins Quarterly award SOSA.

"Abundance" is my latest watercolor painting. It's a SFA (Small Format Art) - 14x11". A fairly intense work, covering a couple of weeks.

The scene is a typical Rogue Valley view. Eagle Point, to be exact. Showing the abundance of the area. It's as if one is peeking through blackberry and other bushes at the landscape beyond, that includes two grazing horses. The colors are typical summer golds, mixed with rich greens.

Monday night (last night) I attended the SOSA meeting and submitted this painting to be judged at their quarterly critique. To my surprise and delight I was one of the 6 quarterly award winners, making my work eligible for the end of year show for SOSA. The judge was very kind with her comments, and I am grateful.

It was lovely to find that others appreciated my work.

Plein Air at Hanley Farm, Jacksonville. Painting SOLD!

In June (on Flag Day) I went to a Plein Air/Watercolor paint-out at Historic Hanley Farm, in Jacksonville. I was motivated to do this pen and wash of the front of the old house - it was all decked out for the occasion, and for the up-coming 4th of July.

I had just been accepted as an artist in the "Art Presence Art Center" in Jacksonville (museum grounds), and so planned to frame it and put it in their July "Red, White, and Blue" exhibition.

I ended up with about 16 paintings in the exhibition, and included 4 of my miniature watercolors, along with a large magnifying glass so that the details in these paintings could be enjoyed.

Being a "Co-Op" gallery, I was doing my turn to tend the gallery one Saturday, and a gentleman came in and purchased this artwork. It was a lovely surprise!

It's a SFA (Small Format Art), 7x5".