This review is my addendum to Bruce MacEvoy's excellent research on other professional grade watercolor paints that can be seen on his website. It is also a response to a company that, until recently, was welcoming and supportive of me and appreciated my applied and shared knowledge of art practice. Note : results of my review are based from careful reading of labeling (comparing to 2016 ASTM lightfastness ratings) and personal use during a handful of demonstration opportunit
I sit myself down quietly in a second row seat as Frank Eber continues his demonstration during the Transparent Society of America's annual "Celebrate Watercolor Dinner." A corrugated plastic flap dangles loosely from foam core backing and props on his wooden storage box at 45 degrees. To his right and left are storage tubs labeled "Plein Air" that contain his tube paints. Initially coming across as tackle boxes when compared to his outdoorsman style of dress, they allude t
Normally gatherings are epitomized like in March to a standing room only crowd of around 50, but the seats felt a bit lonely as the Illinois Watercolor Society welcomed Catherine Nash. Once the president of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America board, she has since retired to more comforting practices in art. Those of you who missed today's presentation can walk with her as she commentates a tour through the member show gallery on the 22nd.
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My rendition of the "mad god," Dionysus, in the form of a self-portrait feasting on the blood of pomegranates was selected from a pair of submissions. I call it "Insipientiam somber," or "Somber Madness." It is a special honor to be among the elite of the medium that compete for the highest award, the Skyledge, this year received by Dean Mitchell for his "Buffalo Soldier." There are 22 total designations that are presented at the private reception on June 10th. They host on
On a beautiful day a week ago, I drove out into the middle of the state to the Next Picture Show Gallery in Dixon for the Illinois Watercolor Society's annual National Show. Just the previous Wednesday, I hurried to drop off my submission, "Tago vos," at the gallery past its due date. The facilitator was very willing to give it a space. It was their 32nd national show, with one Taiwanese applicant (not accepted) who gives prudence to the group's influence gaining strength in
Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook hosts Illinois Watercolor Society's member show the first show of the new year. Fifty-two paintings span the walls in the main lobby and side rooms. Among them is "Fructus mysticalus II", displaying a playful bunch of grapes between the legs of a naked torso. It is a continuation of the "Sober Madness" series of works exploring intoxication, sensuality, and madness. It acts as the first of many compliments to "Fructus mysticalus I" currentl
The Naperville Art League approached me in need of an instuctor for Advanced Watercolor last week. I'm happy to announce my acceptance and the dates of the Fall 2015 classes: Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 9:30a to 12p. If you would like to sign up, contact Debbie at (630) 355-2530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The course will not be available through the Naperville Park District until Winter 2016 classes are posted. Those dates are: Fridays, January 8, 15, 22, and 2