Wow, what a great surprise to open my email yesterday to discover I was awarded the Best Wyoming Artist award at the Watercolor Wyoming 30th Annual National Exhibit this year, which is hanging at Sagebrush Community Art Center in Sheridan. I am thrilled, to say the least. The painting that won the award is titled “Caldera Beauty”, and is a colorful depiction of equally colorful thermal hot springs in Yellowstone National Park. I was playing with some new techniques in this piece, namely watercolor crystals. I use them to add colored texture in appropriate places and paintings. I love the results and this painting in particular benefitted from their application. (Update to this post – the painting was not even in the gallery for 2 weeks before it sold – yay!)
Please visit the Exhibits and Classes page to learn more about the weekend Splash and Pour workshop I am teaching at Turpin Meadow Ranch in September. I am SOOO looking forward to it! Here I will talk a little about Jackson Hole in the fall. You may know that summer is our “high” season. It is lovely here in the summer, and adventure packed as well. We cram all of our outdoor activities into a few months and proceed at high speed. (Well,that is not entirely true. We do the same in the winter.) But late fall has its own rhythm. More laid back, moodier colors, contemplative, striking contrasts, aspens turning, a wonderful time to tap into your creative side and get serious – about painting. Do think about coming to experience our other season – autumn.
Here is a look inside my studio at a painting in progress, and the finished product. It is called Landing Gear, watercolor and gouache on gold shikishi board, 20″h a 24″w. The initial pouring and blending of color happens all at once. Removing the color from the background and the adding of detail color can be done more slowly, step by step, after the initial pour is dry.