Thursday, July 5, 2012

Catching up...


Morning Glorious
watercolor 15" x 18"
Chris Beck

I've been out of touch for a while, so have a bunch of things to share.  I'll start with today and work back.   I just received notice that my painting "Morning Glorious" made it through Round 1 of the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial jurying. For anyone unfamiliar with this exhibition, it held its inaugural exhibition in 2010 and is the largest exhibition of watercolor in the world -- approximately 250 paintings will be displayed for a month in the Quanhua Watercolor Gallery. There were over 4000 international entries and only 127 paintings advanced to Round 2.  (There are another 5000+ Chinese entries, but jurying for the two sets of entries is done separately.)  The second round of jurying will take place in Shanghai from the actual paintings, so my next task is to unframe the painting and figure out how to mail it to Shanghai.  (If any of my readers has a suggestion for packaging a painting for mailing, I'd appreciate hearing from you.)


Heirlooms
watercolor, 10" x 10"
Chris Beck

The next bit of news is that I will be featured in The Artist's Magazine, September 2012 issue.  The article features a selection of my paintings of vintage salt shakers and ceramics and includes a sidebar on the techniques used to paint one of these fun little critters. There will also be an expanded online "demo" which will be more detailed than the sidebar in the article.  I'll post a link when I have more info on that.  The magazine should be on the newstands in the next couple of weeks.


Waiting in the Wings
watercolor, 12" x 12"
Chris Beck

To top off the past week's news, I was thrilled to be juried into the National Watercolor Society show for a second year in a row; the Fezmatics will be heading south in a couple of weeks. The show runs from September 29 to December 2 at the NWS Gallery, 915 South Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA. And this year, I'm happy not to be faced with the stress of sending three additional paintings for signature jurying -- been there, done that!!

18 comments:

  1. Love the morning glories! Beautiful!

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  2. Hi Chris, So good to see you here after a long long time.I am quite awestruck at the beauty of your morning glorious...its so perfect and beautiful.Hope to see more of your wonderful creations soon.

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  3. Hi Chris - congrats on your success with Morning Glories, it's a beautiful watercolour - love the vibrancy of your paintings and wish you all the best with the jurying.

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  4. Congratulations Chris! Your work is wonderful!

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  5. Wow, you have been busy! Your work is so wonderful! Kudos! You deserve every bit of recognition you get. Best of luck in Shanghai!

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  6. Thanks, Jyoti -- and thanks for the "welcome back" note!! I'm so glad you like this painting!!

    Thanks, Sharon -- I appreciate your good wishes for the show and also for my work!!

    Vicki -- thanks for the kind words!!

    Thanks for the support and nice comments about my work, Kathleen!!

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  7. Congratulations Chris, a Trifecta of accomplishments! Well deserved. Maybe we will be able to meet in Shanghai!

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  8. Congrats, Chris!! Such great successes. You might contact Carol Carter, pretty sure she was part of that exhibit last time around.

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  9. Thanks, Myrna -- I've got my fingers crossed for both of us!!

    Carrie, thanks for the comment!! And thanks for the suggestion to ask Carol about the Shanghai exhibit -- I'm quite sure you're right about her being in the first exhibit.

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  10. FANTASTIC NEWS! No wonder we have not seen/heard from you in a while! All the best in the shows - maybe our paintings can visit at the NWS show! I'm sooooo happy for you, and can't wait to read the magazine article!

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  11. Thanks, Deb -- wish WE could visit at the NWS show too!! I'm eagerly waiting for the magazine to show up here too!!

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  12. Great to see you back in Blogville! I'll be watching for the magazine. Congratulations on having your wonderful work recognized on a global scale!

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  13. Thanks, Janice!! Keep your fingers crossed that I make it through the next round of jurying!!

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  14. The Morning Glorious is just luminous! So nicely done!!!!

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  15. Thank you so much, Kristen!! Glad you like it!!

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  16. Hi, Chris! I just read about you in my latest issue of Artists Magazine & was so happy to see your joyful paintings. I too was diagnosed with CFS & your postcard idea has really inspired me. I haven't painted in 2 years! So thank you for the inspiration! I'm hoping to do something like your postcard idea in the future! Need to get back to the studio. Brightest blessings! CC
    P.S. I LOVE your work!!!

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  17. Hi CC -- I'm so glad to hear you're inspired to get back to painting!! And I'm really pleased to know the magazine is actually out there -- I haven't seen one yet!!

    Just to be clear, I was never diagnosed with CFS, although I had many of the symptoms. I started to paint again in desperation to do something that would help me cope with all the health problems I had. It was a life-saver for me and I hope it will help you too!!

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