Friday, October 3, 2014
Hoping to see a lot of San Diego friends and artists tonight at Liberty Station: 2825 Dewey Rd.San Diego Watercolor Society
I went to the Preview Reception Awards Ceremony which was lovely and I met a lot of wonderful watercolor artists and their families. The next morning, they has a breakfast for us and I learned so much about each painting from concept to the technical painting aspects. I just absorbed everything and can't wait to try my hand with some of this new knowledge. I have a fear of public speaking, but I did get up and speak about my painting which has a double story and how it almost had the name of "The Heavier Side Layer" but I personalized it with "Half Past Bloom". I think everyone appreciated the painting techniques of how I took a photo of the painting when it was almost done and played with an art app on the iPad making experimental teal drips to see how it looked before actually committing to drip in a very controlled way. I learned from the great watercolor artist, Nicholas Simmons, that watercolor accidents are both beautiful and wonderful and so I deliberately use water blooms, drips, splashes all in a very controlled manner as part of my painting and design process.
The painting that won "Best in Show" is truly beautiful live. There is a faint image of a rat and with tic tac toe game pieces. The colors are dark and broody with beautiful teal to balance it all out and it's called "A Dangerous Game". Although the artist was there for the Preview Reception, I didn't have a chance to speak to him about his painting but I sure would like to know more about it. My favorite painting in the show is "Zumba Baby" by Joan Merrick. She batiks her own papers and works in both watercolors, liquid acrylics and collages her papers onto her paintings. She said she takes a zumba class and here was this wonderful woman with her hair up in a ponytail with corkscrew curls and she has a baby strapped to her who slept throughout the whole zumba session. Joan asked to take her picture and this woman graciously agreed. I hope she finds out about this painting to see her gorgeous self and strapped baby! I would just love to take a workshop with this artist. I don't want to infringe on any of the artists copyright by publishing their paintings on this blog, but if you'd like to take a peek at the paintings I spoke about or see the award winners, just click onto the SDWS link above.