“Best Wyoming Artist” award

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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!)

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Anatomy of a Painting

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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.

Initial pour
Initial pour
Add white
Add white
More blending
More blending
Remove color
Remove color
Add color
Add color
Landing Gear
Landing Gear