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Painting - Watercolor On Arches 140# Cold Press Paper
I found these lilies spilling out of a black bucket in the Granville market in Vancouver, BC. The shapes, folds and color transitions called out to me. The challenge for me with watercolor is to represent the darks with many colors and still retain the glow of the paper coming through. Over a dozen layers of glazed color were used to achieve this. When you look closely you see the greens and purples and blues shining through....if you can take your eyes off those flowers! This painting was recently exhibited in the Northwest Watercolor Society Signature members show at the Schack Art Center in Everett, WA.
The original painting is framed with archival mat and backing and white metal 1" frame for a contemporary look. Frame size is 28" x 23".
For the past year I've been painting flowers up so close that they envelop the viewer in their sensuality and rich color. Enlarged, they become almost abstractions from nature without seeing the outer shape or the environment around them. I call this series Floralscapes.
I was honored to be the gold medal winning poster artist for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in 2016 with my watercolor painting of a tulip bouquet.
In 2012 I qualified to be a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS). This is earned by being juried into a select number of local chapter and international watercolor society shows sponsored by NWWS. The initials now follow my signature on recent watercolor paintings.