Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Louisiana Watercolor Society 45th International Exhibition Acceptance

I woke up to some more good news this morning.  'Taking Time' has been accepted into the Louisiana Watercolor Society 45th International Exhibition and will be making its way to New Orleans next month.

The exhibition will take place at the New Orleans Acadamy of Fine Art from April 18- May 8 and then  the Atrium of Place St. Charles 201 St, Charles Avenue from May 9-23.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 39th Annual Exhibition Acceptance

I had some wonderful news yesterday evening. My painting 'Acceso' has been selected  for the 2015 Transparent Watercolor Society of America's 39th Annual Exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin from May 2nd to August 2nd 2015.


Monday, February 9, 2015

From Major to Minor

" Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness but as you go through life's journey, remember the black keys also create music."

We cannot really appreciate happiness without its mirror emotion sadness. Both are part of our  journey of life. Happiness provides satisfaction and resolution, sadness on the other hand helps us develop perseverance and strength.  Accept both and hopefully you’ll be playing a perfect concerto. 

It doesnt really come over well in the small jpg but I tried using several contrasting elements to help accentuate the mood in the 2 sections. In the main happy section my model Mira is using all white keys and in the reflection using mostly black keys. I also played with the sense of light in the main part of the painting versus the comparitive darkness of the reflection to help enhance the happy or sad feeling and lastly I used warm reds for the happy section versus cooler purply reds for the sadder reflection. These subtle colour differences are really lost in the jpg, sorry.


Monday, February 2, 2015

From Major to Minor WIP 2

It's been a while since I last posted progress on the painting I am working on, mainly because the maroon reds that I have used are so hard to reproduce accurately in a photo. I feel as if I have a love/hate relationship with them. Its a real struggle getting it to look even vaguely like the actual painting and has kind of put me off taking many photos along the way. I love the look of them and the atmosphere they create in the painting itself though.

I  just have a few more glazes on Mira's sweater to do. Then  this section will be finished and I can start on the reflection of Mira in the paino.