Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This week at Brush-Paper-Water...

A New Day
watercolor, 16" x 24"
Verena Heroux

This week marks the second anniversary of the watercolor showcase! As I did last year, I've posted a retrospective slide show featuring one work by each of the artists who has appeared on the blog during the past year -- a grand total of 25 in 2010. My thanks to all the artists who participated by sharing their work and their histories and by spreading the word about the blog.

I received many more images than I could post from most artists. The painting shown here was one of my favorites, but it didn't fit the flow of Verena's feature so was set aside. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.

For 2011, I'm planning to make some changes to the format I've followed for the past two years. At this point, I'm not entirely sure where I'm headed, but I want to give myself a bit more flexibility and maybe give you a few surprises. I hope you'll stick around for the fun!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mousie news...

A Shocking Discovery
watercolor, 12" x 12"
Chris Beck

I'm a bit behind in posting my own art doings, but Nosey Mouse has two exciting bits of news. First -- his starring role in A Shocking Discovery netted him a spot of the cover of Steve Worthington's book, The Mouse Project. You can read all about it and order copies of the book on Steve's blog. For anyone new to my blog, Steve invited 22 artists to create paintings featuring one of his bronze mice and then assembled the works into a book, proceeds of which will go to animal shelters. For the backstory on my painting, see my earlier post.

Second -- Nosey is also thrilled that A Shocking Discovery won an honorable mention in the California Statewide Watercolor Exhibition, which opened on December 11 at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA. The exhibit runs through February 27, 2011 and Nosey would be delighted if you stopped in to say hello.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

This week at Brush-Paper-Water...

Trafalgar Square
watercolor, 7" x 5"
Bill Hook

Over the past 18 months, I've enjoyed seeing the direction Bill Hook's work has taken as he spends more and more time on plein air painting. He captures such expressive qualities of place -- even when painting small format pieces -- that his work creates a strong sense of personal presence in a viewer's mind. His palette is subtle, often featuring greys and muted tones, but there is a marvelous use of light in each piece and sparks of clear color serve to draw the eye through his compositions.

Please go to Brush-Paper-Water to see more of Bill's work and then link from there to his website.