Today, I finally got out there and started painting en plein aire again, and I plan to go out again this weekend. Since I had Lyme's Disease last September, it's been a bit worrisome to go out. But, it's no good to be fearful. This is what I'm meant to do, so I'll be staying out of weeds, wearing insect repellant, and staying on sidewalks. I've happy to announce that I've been accepted into the Mountain Maryland Plein Aire Event, which takes place in Cumberland, MD, the end of May. Come and see me work!
My favorite watercolor teacher from long ago, Judy Wengrovitz, called to tell me I'd won a cash award at the state show awards dinner last Saturday! How exciting, and what an honor to be one of my state's winners.
Also, I'm one of 29 artists selected to paint"en plein aire," in the Mountain Maryland Plein Aire Event in late May in the Cumberland, MD area. I have not participated in this event before; I look forward to it.
I'm currently working on a series of "From the Top" paintings of Italy. All of these works have strong dramatic lighting and are landscapes with a different perspective. Here's an early look at "Minor Adjustments;" a landscape of the Cinque Terre region in Italy.
Thank you, Vienna Arts Society, for honoring me and asking me to judge your beautiful show "Art in Bloom." The winners have now been selected and I just want the members in Vienna to know: Great Work! It's an honor to view your paintings, but it's difficult to know I cannot give everyone a ribbon. I hope that the folks in your community will come by the gallery in great crowds and see what wonderful talent they're privy to. I'm looking forward to presenting a workshop at the VAS this spring.
On another note, I opened my email tonite to find that my painting "My Viewpoint" has been selected for the book, SPLASH 14, to be published in 2013. This is my second time to be included in the book in three years and I am overjoyed, honored and so happy to be recognized for my hard work.