I apologize to my patrons who may have been expecting new YouTube videos only to be disappointed, and I will give my $3+ patrons their video updates as soon as I can come up for air. Only a few of you watch those, so I've had to de-prioritize (is that a word?) them for the time being. But once I'm back, I'll make sure those will be worth the wait, assuming any of you are waiting for them.
Please know that this huge project will be something you'll be able to take part in once it happens. Any of you who are following me in order to learn how to paint will be very pleased with this thing I am making, I hope. :)
Meanwhile, I've had some good things happen with my paintings. "Pop" (above) was selected for the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's huge exhibition. It's happening now through August at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, WI. This is a huge deal. TWSA rejects 90% of all entrants (they said no to me last year). And these are painters who spend good money--I think it was $50--just to enter the competition. So these aren't just casual hobby painters. These are pros.
Anyway, I entered TWSA back in the winter, and I received notification that I was rejected BUT they wanted to reserve "Pop" as an alternate in case one of the accepted paintings was rejected by the juror upon viewing it in person. Artists submit digital entries for almost all art competitions, and sometimes an entry is substantially different from the real thing or doesn't conform to competition guidelines in some way. TWSA is super picky, or at least their juror was this year, and in late April I got the call: they wanted "Pop."
I quickly framed it, found a suitable shipping box, and drove to the nearest FedEx (50 miles away) to send it off, hoping that they wouldn't find something wrong with it. And they didn't! I am in the TWSA exhibition this year, albeit by the skin of my teeth!
In other news, "Hooked" (my painting of lures fighting over a diamond ring) was accepted for the Missouri Watercolor International exhibition, and "Old Timers" (more lures, finished earlier this year) received an honorable mention at the Illinois Watercolor Society's national show. Very happy about those, too!