Finally, my watercolor painting of the American Flag flying over Joe Patti’s in Pensacola, FL is done. This is the first of my seven painting series for my upcoming exhibition “Pensacola, an Artist’s Perspective” in July, 2014 at the Quayside Gallery.
The completed painting.
Naturally, now that this painting is done, it is time to move on to the next . . . . patiently waiting for “inspiration.”
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With the background sky color painted in and dry, it is now time to begin painting the flag. I decided to so with a wet-against-wet technique. This will allow colors to blend on their own with each other creating some of the dark shadows and lighter areas of the stripe. I have started laying in the reds of the flag, and I just love the way they are turning out. What I found very interesting in this flag is how the white of the stripes pick up hints of the red and blue. I will be adding that in next. Moving along on the Stars and Stripes ……
Applying red paint to create the stripes
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It was a day of mixed news…..lets do the bad news first. I submitted my painting “Stuck in Neutral” to the American Watercolor Society for acceptance into the art exhibition this year. In order to be a signature member, I need to be juried into their show twice. Today, came the unhappy news that my painting was “rejected”.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t as devastated as I thought I would be. You see, I am taking a workshop with John Salminen, who’s art I greatly admire. http://www.johnsalminen.com/index.jsp He has actually won the first place award for the American Watercolor Society exhibition twice. The salve for the wound to my pride was when John announced during the workshop, that he also received his rejection from the American Watercolor Society today. In that case, I am in good company.
Now for the good news! In the same afternoon, I also received an email from the Florida Watercolor Society, that my painting “This Little Piggy” was accepted into their online exhibition. That also helped take the sting our of my American Watercolor Society rejection! I guess you must take the bitter with the sweet.
Accepted into the Florida Watercolor Society Online Exhbition
Life goes on, paintings will continue to happen, and there is always next year . . . so look out AWS, because I have an entire year to prepare my next art entry.
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