37th Annual National Juried Exhibition
Montana Watercolor Society
50th Anniversary Juried Show SVFAL
....a painting in moonlight..
Breathtaking photograph of moonrise at Salton Sea, Ca. sent by friend and former collaborator on painted quilts, Donna Parker. I kept the photograph several years. This first show at Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League is entitled Moonlight Becomes You. For months I have been going outdoors to try to translate a painting by moonlight and did the original first from the picture.
To my delight when I chose colors that spoke of night and this moonscape, my entry for the show resulted!
Time, Place, Memory
In my painting life these words have encompassed my experience. My recent trip to New Mexico bring this back in a new and fresh way. The sketches I made of Pedernal, Georgia O'Keeffe's famous mountain, the photographs of Ghost Ranch from which I will also sketch and later paint, the quick watercolor studies to remind me of the colors of the mountains....
Painting plein air for me is not about accomplishing a finished work that I can bring home (although that is lovely when it happens), but about the entire experience of being out in nature, of rendering something that appeals to me and that is beautiful or interesting, of remembering the weather and the people....
Beautiful Cliffs of Nazaré, Portugal
Ever beautiful Fall
Tulips on Fire
A cold November day in Swannanoa
Plein Air watercolors
Myrtle Beach class with Eric Wiegardt, 2015
Painted from a photograph of San Miguel de Allende in Eric's class