Friday, June 1, 2012

Edge of Summer II (Larger Version), Peppermint Rose (Still in Progress... It's Taking Forever!), and Some Exciting News from Juried Shows...

As my first trimester's study in the Golden Gate Atelier is drawing close to a finish, things start to get more hectic here, with me spending most of weekday evenings in studio trying to finish my current master copy drawing project, and working on the backgrounds of my figure drawing (I will post those at the end of the semester with a detailed summary of the valuable information I have learned from the classes, I promise). This means, sadly, a little less time to work on my watercolor paintings, which is really really really hard for me since the summer gardens here in the city is booming with inspirations! Also, I really need to work on some quarter sheets paintings in preparation for submissions to various juried shows. Here's my attempt for a larger version of the orchid painting, "Edge of Summer". I have washed in the first passage of layers on the flowers, starting from the lightest areas, using only Permanent Rose and Antwerp Blue -- I have to admit I am more and more taken by the harmonious results that can be achieved by using a limited palette...

Edge of Summer II, Watercolor on Arches 140# Cold Press Paper, 10"h x 14"w, WIP 1

I am also trying to put finishing touches and make adjustments on some paintings that has lingered in the studio for much too long! "Peppermint Rose" is so close to finish now, with most of the backgrounds being darkened wet-in-wet, and only a few shadow areas on some petals to be put in. I think the upper right corner shapes are too much like a Chinese 'Yin-Yang" sign and start to be distracting. It may need to be downplayed or even eliminated. I will look at it for a day or two before making the final decision...

Peppermint Rose, 
Watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# Cold Press Paper, 8"h x 8"w, WIP 7

Finally, some exciting news! "Hide and Seek II" has won an honorable mention in Illinois Watercolor Society's 28th National Exhibition! When I saw all the quality of work of the award winners shown on their webpage, I feel extremely honored to be chosen for this award. It has certainly made my day! 

Hide and Seek II, 
Watercolor on Jack Richeson Zoltan Szabo140# Cold Press Paper, 10"h x 14"w, 2012 #28


  1. Arena, Your "Peppermint Rose" is superb!!!

  2. Arena, your work is exquisite!!! Congratulations on your award, your work is so deserving!!!


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