Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Acceptance for Poured Watercolor

Today, I was happy to receive notice that my poured watercolor floral, “Water Lily II,” was accepted by juror, Birgit O’Connor, into the Aquarius National Watermedia Exhibition 2014.  This national exhibition, sponsored by the Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, is held biennially at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, Colorado.  Exhibition opens September 27, 2014, and runs until January 3, 2015.

Water Lily II, 11 x 11, Poured Watercolor, ©J. Cellucci

It was my intention not to enter any competitions this year, but try to concentrate on painting.  This is the only exhibition entered, mainly to show support for the SCWS.  With two entries, this poured watercolor was chosen over another more tightly rendered floral.  It does validate this work with its first acceptance into a national juried exhibition and that I haven’t completely lost touch with entering competitions.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Keeping Me Going

Saw this white dahlia outside of a store under a canopy of soft light unfurling into a perfect bloom.  Not having a sunny spot in the garden to plant it, I settled for a picture.  Felt it was perfect for a small painting.  I enjoy painting white flowers, which was done first.  After putting in the dark background, the shadows certainly needed to be deepened.  I’m finding that doing these small 6” x 6” pieces keeps me going in between finding inspiration for larger paintings.

White Dahlia, 6” x 6” Watercolor, ©Johanna Cellucci