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Watercolor West Award from Dick Cole at CWA 46th National Exhibition for Summit from Curry Point

Summit from Curry Point 18 x 24 I love painting at this spot. It's a panoramic view of the South West side of ...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Watercolor West Award from Dick Cole at CWA 46th National Exhibition for Summit from Curry Point

Summit from Curry Point 18 x 24

I love painting at this spot. It's a panoramic view of the South West side of Mount Diablo that exhilarates me every time I turn the corner and see it.

Dick Cole, an extraordinary talent, awarded this painting the Watercolor West Award.

The exhibit has a wide variety of paintings of a very high caliber, so I am very grateful mine spoke to him.

The exhibit runs through February 28th and now that the Super Bowl is over, the area is once again accessible.


California Watercolor Association 46th National Exhibition
Academy of Art University Cannery Gallery
2801 Leavenworth St
San Francisco

Open Seven Days a week

M-F 9:30 to 5:30
Sat Sun 10 to 6

415 618 8518

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rumpled Landscapes of the Coastal Hills and Valleys on exhibit in National Watercolor Society Invitational Plein Air Painting Exhibition at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton Ca

I am very pleased to share that the National Watercolor Society invited me.
We got to select a group of paintings with a theme. My theme is the lovely rumpled landscapes of the hills and valleys of the coastal ranges of Northern California including Mount Diablo, Carmel Valley and Marin County.

Here are some of the  paintings that will be on display:

After the Fire 10 14 x 14

Where they ride horses 16 x 12 Best Watercolor Carmel Art Festival 2015

Mount Diablo Northern View 14 x 14

Marin Oaks 10 x 12  Sonoma Plein Air 2015

I wanted to display works most fully realized on location and that led me to elect several  from recent plein air events.
My co exhibitors include Mike Bailey, Frank Eber, Dale Laitinen, Carolyn Lord, Mark Mehaffey, Dean Mitchell, Michael Reardon, Thomas Schaller and David Teter.

About the Muckenthaler Cultural Center:

A Legacy of Excellence 

Commissioned at an original cost of $35,000, the Muckenthaler home was built by Walter and Adella Muckenthaler in 1924 atop a hill in Fullerton. The 18-room, 8.5-acres mansion was donated to the city in 1965 by Harold Muckenthaler, who wished to see his childhood home used as a cultural center for the public.
In 1999, the Muckenthaler received designation by the National Register of Historic Places. In its 51st year, the Muck produces more than 60 performances, gallery exhibits, festivals and special events; and more than 6,000 hours of arts education classes at the Muck and in 42 outreach sites serving more than 43,000 people every year.
More information at theMuck.org
Exhibit details
National Watercolor Society Invitational Plein Air Painting Exhibition
Reception Thursday, February 4th, 6:30 pm Free
Feb 4 to Apr 3 The Muckenthaler Culteral Center 1201 West Malvern Ave ,Fullerton 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Looking North" Accepted into the 7th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition by Juror John Salminen

"Looking North" 16 x 20, watercolor on paper, will be traveling to the Fallbrook Art Center outside San Diego CA for the 7th Annual Signature Watermedia Exhibition.

This national exhibit accepts entries from watermedia artists who have earned Signature membership in leading watercolor societies.

They use very accomplished jurors.
This year it is the wonderful John Salminen.
He selected just 90 paintings from 289 that were submitted.

Exhibition Dates:
Reception February 6th -5- 7 pm
Open and Closing Dates Feb 7 to March 20

Fallbrook Art Center
103 South Main
760 728 1414

Friday, December 11, 2015

"Peak Near The Eiger" and "Great Wall Ascending" Two Paintings in California Art Club Exhibition "Traversing the Globe"

Peak Near the Eiger, Switzerland 10 1/2 x 13 1/2
Watercolor on paper

Great Wall Ascending 12 x 12
Watercolor on Paper

These two works are courtesy of my parents extensive traveling a few years back.

I spent some time over Thanksgiving looking at my parents travel photos and found these two of mountains that I really liked.

It was a change to paint snow and architectural elements. And interesting to talk with my parents about their travels.

"Traversing the Globe"
Jan12 to May 15th
CAC Gallery at the Old Mill
San Marino CA

Monday, November 16, 2015

Curry Point Calm 12 x 22 Plein Air Watercolor

 Curry Point Calm, Plein Air 12 x 22

The drought has brought out a very understated landscape, the subtle taupey /lavenders and buff grays are way out of my painting habits.
There is no point in going out to see if I am not going to try to be true to what is out  there
I liked this subject because it was a still day with no wind and I could see across the Central Valley to the Sierras.

Still staring at it, I think it is done, if I want more saturated color I would do another painting vs glazing this one over. It helps to remember sometimes less is more.