Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Finally Accepted

Recently, I received notice that my painting, “Peony Perfection”, was selected for inclusion in International Watermedia 2013, which is the open, juried biennial exhibition of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society.  "Legacy" is the theme of the 2013 exhibition, which will be held at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, June 7 through September 7, 2013.  It will open with an Awards Reception on Friday June 7 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

“Peony Perfection”, Watercolor, 10.75 x 14 ©Johanna Cellucci
Although this painting had been shown in local juried shows, this is the first time it has been accepted in a major exhibition.  I had submitted my three most recent works and, to my surprise, this one was chosen by our juror, Linda Baker.

Always painting wet-in-wet, I wanted to challenge myself by not pre-wetting the paper, but working the numerous petals, with all of its shadows, by simply glazing one color over another without the use of frisket to preserve the light.  I used multiple layers of yellow, pink, red and magenta, and feel I have succeeded in capturing this flower’s beauty and depth.


Kara K. Bigda said...

This is just BEAUTIFUL, Johanna. And I also LOVE the Echinacea from your earlier posts. I also want to thank you for your lovely comments over the past few months on my blog. I apologize for not responding sooner. I just got spammed on my blog today, actually, and when I went to mark it as "spam" was taken to a folder where for some reason, your comments were. I had never received them. Apparently blogger thought they were spam. So I "unspammed" them and read through them all. Thank you so much! :) Hopefully the problem is now fixed. Anyway -- just gorgeous paintings -- and congratulations!

Johanna Cellucci said...

Hi Kara, thank you so very much for your compliments. I haven't been on blogger that often, but do check from time to time and see that people are having problems. It also seems people aren't blogging as often. Have gotten caught up in FB for myself and my watercolor society. Not even that is totally safe, but at least it seems you have a little more control. Keep up your nice work, and thanks for writing.