Thursday, March 17, 2011

Watercolor – Red Head III - A Pleasant Surprise

Our local watercolor society (Central Florida Watercolor Society) held its annual juried competition recently. I entered a portrait I painted this year with absolutely no expectation of an award. To my surprise it was awarded first place. My goal in this show was to “participate” and to just show my fellow artists the work I have been doing lately.

The juror was Pat Weaver, an international watercolorist, author and workshop instructor:

Pat Weaver

On the day of the show opening, I walked through the gallery and saw such excellent work, I was just pleased my piece was accepted into the show. As the crowd gathered, and the food and drink flowed, I began to receive complements from the society’s artists on my painting. That in itself was my reward for showing the piece. At this point I was pleased. Then when the juror announced the awards, and my painting came in first, I was just blown away. Words cannot express my excitement.

Here is a better photo of the painting: