The iris have been in bloom for the past several weeks. Now that they're fading, I'm working fast to try and capture these beauties in watercolor paint. I think that a series of iris botanicals will make nice prints..everyone likes the iris.
I have just two weeks before I participate in the "Plein Aire Mountain Maryland" competition in Cumberland, MD. I LOVE competition: I welcome it and thrive in this sort of environment. Deadlines and pressure are two things I understand and enjoy. The judge for the Cumberland event is Steven Dougherty, who was once editor of American Artist Magazine and he selected my work for publication in 2006. I'm so pleased that he's selected me for this plein aire competition. I hope to do well. I only began competing in plein aire events last year, although I've been competing in watercolor competitions for decades. This is different. Plein aire takes quick thinking, drawing, designing and painting.
So, I'll paint iris for a few more days, but I'm going outdoors to practice every chance I get.
Italy and living "la vita dolce."
6 years ago