Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 36th Annual International Juried Exhibition Acceptance

I was very pleased to find out today that my painting 'Journey' has been accepted into the The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 36th Annual International Juried Exhibition.

There is a full list of all the accepted artists on the PWS website. Looks like Juror of selection Iain Stewart has put together a great show. The exhibition will take place At the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, 38 W. Pomfret St, Carlisle, PA 17013 from September 25 – November 13, 2015


Thursday, June 18, 2015


10 of my Ted series paintings are now on display at the Aurora Public Library, 15145 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M. The exhibition will be there until August 24th and will be open each day except Sundays and bank holidays during regular library opening hours.

Here are a couple of photo's that the library took of me with a few of the Ted paintings to use for their publicity

 This is the promotional video that was created by the library.  I was asked to talk about the idea behind the series as a whole and about a few of the paintings themselves.

I hope if you are close enough you will be able to visit the exhibition.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TWSA awards dinner

It was wonderful to see so many good friends and amazing artists at the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Celebration weekend and dinner in Kenosha this past weekend. It was a special moment for me and several of my wonderful friends Saturday evening when we received our signatures at the annual dinner.

Here are some more photos from the weekend. I am on the left with Chihro Yabe, Marilyn Wear and Jane Freeman

 From left to right, Me, Cindy Agan, Mary Jansen, Chihiro Yabe, Chris Beck, Marilyn Wear, Janet Belich, Carolyn Sommer and Kaaren Oreck

A whole bunch of us celebrating together

John Salminen and I

John Salminen, Chihiro Yabe and I

Cindy Agan and I

Jane freeman, Tuva Stephens and Janet Belich

Mary Jansen Marilyn Wear and I

and me with my painting from the exhibition

 I am so proud to be part of this wonderful organisation and to be able to sign TWSA after my name.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Midnight Blues

It was great fun playing with light and dark in this painting and using the bell of the saxophone to create a misty dramatically lit stage for my saxophone player. I really enjoyed creating the concept for this painting. I used the lyrics from the Gary Moore song Midnight Blues as my stepping stone. I know Gary plays the guitar not the saxophone but it was more the emotions in the lyrics that inspired me.
When the shadows fall
I feel the night closin' in
There must be some reason
For this mood I'm gettin' in
Can't get no sleep
Don't know what to do
I've got those midnight blues

It was a great excuse to use all the different blues and purples on my palette too.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Canson Award Pikes Peak International Watermedia 2015

I was very pleased to receive a message this morning to say that Juror Ted Nuttal had awarded ‘A penny for your Thoughts’ the Canson Award in the Pikes Peak International Watermedia Exhibition in Colorado Springs US.

What a great way to begin the month of June.