Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Exhibition and Publication News Update

It has been a busy month preparing paintings to be sent to exhibitions around the world.

I also received this e mail yesterday "Congratulations! We are very happy to inform you that your watercolor 'Chocolate Chipadees' has been selected for publication in Splash 21: Capturing Mood!" The book is scheduled to be published August 2020.

 This painting was also juried into the Adirondacks National Exhibition of Watercolors which will open in August this year.

 Another of my paintings 'Vertigo' was accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society National Exhibition which opens next month.

  This painting is also part of the Grandmasters of Fine Art online exhibition.

 'Once Upon a Dragon' was invited to be part of the World of Watercolor Masters 2019 Exhibition in Holland. This event takes place later next month

 and 'Wings of Enchantment' will be part of the IWS Finland exhibition in July this year.

 I also recently finished a small painting 'I see you' for an invitational to the Joint IWS Switzerland and IWS Thailand joint exhibition in Zurich this summer.

 I would like to thank the organizers of each of these exhibitions. I know how much work goes into the planning of large exhibitions and I am honoured to have been invited to take part in them. Oh, to be able to squeeze into the tube or box with my paintings and visit all the wonderful places they go to.

Monday, April 8, 2019

From an Angel's Wings

'From and Angel's Wings'
Transparent Watercolour 17 by 22.5 inches

'A feather appears when a angel is near.' Whether you believe the feather was sent from your guardian angel in heaven or from a bird it is an equally magical experience to watch it falling down. It sways this way and that, getting caught by the breeze as it gently falls to the ground, so unpredictable but so beautiful too.  The falling feather teaches us that unpredictability has a charm and beauty all of its own.  You just have to embrace it, go with the flow and see where it takes you.

The falling feather is really the symbol of working with watercolour. You have to embrace its unpredictability and expect the unexpected. We may plan but just as when the feather falls, our painting journey full of twists and turns. So embrace it and work with it rather than fight it. Its a magical experience when you do.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Urban Chameleon

Urban Chameleon. Transparent Watercolour 25.5 by 19.25 inches.

Fear of rejection and failure because we are different has taught us the art of adapting constantly to our ever changing surroundings. It is a profound and sensitive reflection on the human condition. We try so hard to fit in, to be valued, to be loved, that we change our approach, our behaviours, and sometimes even our appearance to increase our chances that this will happen. But however hard we try there will, on occasions be failure or rejection. So just be you, be true to your originality and embrace your differences, your imperfection and Be Real!