Friday, September 25, 2015

Shadows

Shadows
15" x 22"
Acrylic on Paper
I was honored that Southwest Watercolor Society accepted this painting for the Annual Membership Show juried by Mike Bailey. There were 75 paintings selected and all are either watercolor or acrylic.
I was also excited to receive a Holbein Award for this painting.

Entering juried shows is a bit intimidating, but I feel as if it is a next step in learning and building a consistent body of work, that is something that looks like the same person did them! Of course that often means that for every 10 paintings I complete, only 1 or 2 are deemed possible show entries. Characteristics an artist develops with each work include humility, perseverance. and a thicker skin. Not everyone is going to like the same thing. We are all different. I am learning this as I get older and more experienced. And with each painting that is accepted and sometimes even receives an award, I become more encouraged to stay with it, furthermore to improve and learn from others. Artists are so generous with their techniques and information. For this I am so grateful, as well as the kind and encouraging comments they share.

This painting started with many layers of acrylic and lines. As it developed, I started seeing shapes that are figurative, so I pushed that to where it is. There is also a lot of line work created with watercolor crayons.

Thank you for looking at my work!

Friday, September 18, 2015

RCAS Award - Second Place Mixed Media

I have been a little lax in posting so I am going to play catch up! I have entered several shows and have been excited to be accepted and receive some awards. The awards are definitely a bonus as just being accepted in a juried show is an honor, especially when I see the competition, quite intimidating.

In June, The Richardson Art Society Regional Show accepted two of my paintings and I received 2nd place in Mixed Media for the The City Beneath the Sea. The second painting accepted was Read Between the Lines. Click here to view!


The City Beneath the Sea
30" x 30"
Mixed Media on Paper

I also received the Prismacolor award in the Visual Arts Society of Texas Membership show.
The painting that won that award is shown here. Among Friends has also been chosen for several other awards which has been exciting!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Southwest Watercolor Society Annual Membership Show

My painting Shadows has been accepted for the juried membership show of Southwest Watercolor Society. The show juror was Mike Bailey. The show is up now and the reception is Sunday, September 20, 6:30-8:30. Come and join us if you can. I was honored last year to be accepted and to have my painting hang next to my teacher and mentor, Jane Jones. Jane proceeded to win Best of Show last year with a beautiful painting. I was excited to see that I am again on the wall next to Jane's painting, again a beautiful one. I am showing a photo of the section with our paintings. The other painting belongs to another talented artist, Lynne Buchanan. I apologize for the quality of the photo. I will post a better picture of my painting tomorrow.
The top left painting belongs to Lynne, the painting on the right is by Jane, and my painting is the one on the lower left.
http://www.swswatercolor.org/xPDFs/2015SWS-52MemShowSelectd.pdf
Lynne Buchanan, Kathy Elliott, Jane Jones Paintings

If you are interested in seeing the catalog of all the work accepted, click here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Forney Arts Council Top 40

The two paintings below were juried into the Forney Arts Council Top 40 exhibition. The show is running now through October 29 at the Crumbzz in Forney. If you haven't been there and live in the area, it is a delightful bistro open every day from 7:30-2:00.
http://crumbzz.com/forney-tx-european-bistro.html

The first painting below, I posted in process earlier. It seemed to need a few more characters to complete the scene, some are coming and some are going away. Kind of like people in our lives for whatever reasons or for no reason at all. But for each of them, I like to think they are there for a reason!
Abstract Figuration, Kathy Elliott
Going Away
Mixed Media on Paper
15" x 22"
The second painting started as overlapping bottles. It was fun to fracture and combine them into many different shapes.

Kathy Elliott, abstract artist, http://kathyelliottart.blogspot.com
Unbottled
Acrylic on Paper
15" x 22"

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