Shadows

Shadows
15" x 22"
Acrylic on Paper
I was honored that Southwest Watercolor Society accepted this painting for the Annual Membership Show juried by Mike Bailey. There were 75 paintings selected and all are either watercolor or acrylic.
I was also excited to receive a Holbein Award for this painting.

Entering juried shows is a bit intimidating, but I feel as if it is a next step in learning and building a consistent body of work, that is something that looks like the same person did them! Of course that often means that for every 10 paintings I complete, only 1 or 2 are deemed possible show entries. Characteristics an artist develops with each work include humility, perseverance. and a thicker skin. Not everyone is going to like the same thing. We are all different. I am learning this as I get older and more experienced. And with each painting that is accepted and sometimes even receives an award, I become more encouraged to stay with it, furthermore to improve and learn from others. Artists are so generous with their techniques and information. For this I am so grateful, as well as the kind and encouraging comments they share.

This painting started with many layers of acrylic and lines. As it developed, I started seeing shapes that are figurative, so I pushed that to where it is. There is also a lot of line work created with watercolor crayons.

Thank you for looking at my work!