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Art Collectors are a blessing

Last Friday night (4/6/2018) I was downtown Spokane WA for First Friday at the Spokane Watercolor Society Membership Show 2018 opening receptionThe host of our show is the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps willing landowners place conservation easements on their properties to protect land in watershed areas. The show location is their Community Building lobby, at 35 West Main Avenue, (corner Browne and Main) all hanging art will be on display from April 6th through April 27th 2018.

During the reception I was helping teach watercolor techniques at a table we had there. A great thing for me as I find it difficult to mingle with large crowds of people I don’t know, exchanging meaningless pleasantries. Public events can make me feel down, hearing careless comments about “starving artists” and the general low rumblings from fellow artists about low sales and other struggles of the industry.

There was a bin setup on the side that I had placed some small pieces of unframed art (I did not want to keep anymore).  They were not marked with a price, and I was fine with them being free giveaways.  I am trying to clear out excess inventory in the studio with a goal being to find a nice home for my art children if possible.

A beautiful lady went through the pictures and prints that were in the bin, Quickly picking up a small watercolor that I had entitled, “Chocolate Delight”.  She asked how much it was and who painted it at the front desk so they came over to me asking if it was me, and how much etc.

When I saw the absolute love on her face as she held the piece close to her chest I felt instant joy all over . I said, “Yes, it was me,” and asked her “You like it?”

“Definitely, it is emotion and…”

I shared with her that I remembered painting it as a testimony to how I feel when eating a piece of Dove chocolate. She absolutely got it, loving the way that the facial features showed the rapture of chocolate flavor almost to the pint of having tears come from her eyes.

In my mind I thought, “The illusion of the tears on the piece were more a watercolor lucky imperfection than a planned process by me. I love how watercolors give me those surprises.” A comforting envelope of relief came over me as I signed the back and endorsed it with her name, Darlene. Next I was telling her the price was free, and she immediately replied, “No, I insist to pay for it.” It is funny that I was worried about not making sales and should I keep making art earlier and her love of my work just blew that worry away. The emotional connection is what is important, not the money. I collected the funds she offered, thanking her with another hug. An angel just when I needed it. She and her husband enjoyed the rest of the show and left shortly after.

A daily art creation routine is really a creative venture or experiment where the artist tries to share their innermost soul with the world, our feelings and emotions that touch us so very very deeply. It is always my hope that my art will be able to give the same depth of feelings to any collector feeling drawn to purchase it.

I was given a gift from Darlene worth more than money. She gave me undeniable assurance that my work does touch hearts and is worthwhile. I may need to offer it up for discounted amounts to clear the inventory in my studio, but that does not mean that it then becomes worthless art to the people that receive the gift.

BTW this story is not over, it has a part two for the next post.

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SWS Member Show Opening

I am a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society which is a group of very talented artists that get together and share ways to improve our skills. This is the original watercolor that is being raffled at our show opening on First Friday.

Catching Bubbles by Becky Gromlich

Catching Bubbles by Becky Gromlich

The Spokane Watercolor Society Membership Show 2018, has a show theme of, “Nature” this year. There is an opening reception as part of Spokane’s First Friday Art celebration on April 6th from 5-8pm. All of the hanging watercolor paintings by our members will be for sale and will be on display from April 6th through April 27th 2018. The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy Lobby hours are weekdays 9AM-4PM (no weekend days).

The host is the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy
Community Building lobby

which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps willing landowners place conservation easements on their properties. They are focused on protecting land in watershed areas. The show location is in their Community Building lobby, at 35 West Main Avenue, in downtown Spokane WA 99201 (corner Browne and Main).

We invite you to come meet the artist’s and enjoy refreshments or even learn to paint at our teaching table. Artistic fun at the opening reception and raffle on First Friday 5-8pm. That night there will be additional small works and cards for sale.

 

Imagine winning a full sized original to grace your décor for $1. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $1 each up until the ticket is drawn for the winner. You need not be present to win. If you would like a raffle ticket contact me.

or contact any Spokane Watercolor Society Member.

Chakra Whites are Revealed

I am able to add a few shadows around the shapes in the symbols and on the figure to give it some 3D feel with the resist still on.Once all is completely dry, I mean totally dry! I usually wait overnight because if you don’t, you will find that watercolor paper does rip and rub off when damp and there is no way to make it look right again. A painful lesson on a finished painting to say the least.

Get ready for a shock! I remove the mastik and reveal the saved white areas. I also go across the whole surface and erase out as much of the pencil as possible. Wa La! Isn’t that amazing?

Chakra Root

Chakra Root Level 1,  is connected to career, money mindset, and sense of belonging. It’s colors are Red and Rose Red and it is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.

First I am painting the symbol from the middle out to the exterior . This root symbol is located on the figure base so I have to be careful to preserve the image of the figure in the background. No opaque painting allowed. In order to  the keep the figure separate from the background I drop brushfuls of red into the ray background, to emphasize the outline of the figure. Finally I add darker values to retain the leg edges on the interior behind the symbol and also add  shadow darkness to the symbols to keep them from looking too flat.