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Watercolor Reflections & Resolutions

Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012

Bring your tree shapes to life. Paint a stream so that it looks like moving water, or create a sky so that it feels as though it goes back for miles and miles.

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential" (Ellen Goodman).

It's a time of year for resolutions, and I've made a couple - to become a better watercolorist and a better teacher. Basically, the same resolutions I've had for the past 20 years or so (I'm always trying). And every January, I make a list of things to help me accomplish those goals.

Sometimes I focus on technical stuff, like perfecting an intricate sky wash on an oversized sheet. Or improving the way I texture a foreground or capture the reflective colors in a copper vase. These are goals I've worked on in the past. It's a never-ending process, and that's always a good thing.

If you paint, take a yearly, critical look at your work. Assess what you do well and what areas need improvement. If you're stuck, ask your painting instructor for some constructive criticism and have him/her list a few things that you might work on. Look at some areas you may want to improve. Recognize what you have done well, and cultivate that.

Maybe you feel that the commitments in your life leave little room for personal expression. Make it a goal this year to establish a regular painting schedule and to take a watercolor class. A couple of hours, even once or twice a week, can make a huge difference in your artistic development. It's remarkable what you can accomplish in just a few hours. That's why a class in a studio environment may help you achieve this goal. Many people who paint with me on a regular basis tell me it really makes a difference in their progress and their enjoyment of the medium.

Perhaps it's your resolution this year to take up watercolor for the first time. Why not consider taking my classes at the Ridgewood Art Institute? The Barn's spacious, north-lit studio provides a unique experience and an inspiring place to paint. Don't underestimate the value of working in a group, either. Why wander aimlessly in the desert alone, when you could benefit from the insights of professional artists and the encouragement of others in a studio setting?

Want to make rapid progress in painting? Why not enroll in a weeklong painting workshop? I'm planning two this summer. A trip to a beautiful location does wonders for your spirit and helps you make great strides as an artist. Let your vacation include doing what you love. Allow it to be something you've always dreamed of doing. In past plein air painting trips, many participants have told me the experience made them a more confident painter. 

This year, I look forward to sharing my experiences as a painter with you, and am always learning through teaching. In 2011, my painting, "Great Head Trail" was selected for inclusion in the 144th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in NYC. "North Boothbay" was selected for inclusion in the 91st Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro, CA. (This painting is currently part of the society's annual traveling show, which will continue through 2012). "Surf at Acadia National Park" was selected for the 30th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors held at the Arts Center/Old Forge in Old Forge, NY from August 20 - October 2. And "The Conservatory" was selected for the 98th Annual Exhibition of the Allied Artists of America, Inc., held at the National Arts Club in NYC from November 4 - 20.

I was awarded the "Joseph Krasnansky Memorial Award" for my watercolor, "Pleasant Bay," from the Hudson Valley Art Association's 80th Annual Exhibition held at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT. And "Breakers, Otter Cliffs" was awarded "The Virginia Fleugel Memorial Award" at the NJ Watercolor Society's 69th Annual Open Juried Exhibition held at the Monmouth Museum in Monmouth, NJ.

Those honors affirmed that I am always active in a vibrant, distinguished, and growing arts community.

When you are making your resolutions, put "art in my life" on your list. Realize your potential. Connect with your community. You owe it to yourself. Happy New Year, and happy watercoloring!