Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is currently having their annual show at the Rose Shenson Gallery, and today was the reception and award ceremony there.
It rained the whole day since early morning too. The Rose Shenson gallery is relatively small, the SCVWC show takes all the space there, so refreshments and seats for the award ceremony have to be outside. There were plenty of canopies there to shelter artists and guests, and food and drinks fit nicely under the eaves. Art, fellow artists, drinks, and rain – it does not get any better than that!
I hope SCVWC will post the name of winners on their web site soon, so I will only mention a couple pieces from the show that I liked the most:
Diane Fujimoto. Ah Paris – My Alternate Reality
Nancy Calhoun. Blue Shadow
Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos is having an unusual show this July. It features 5″ x 7″ watercolors created by long time friends Floy Zittin, Elaine Frenett and Jean Warren from 2005 till 2010 as a form of keeping in touch after being separated by family moves.
I never saw anything like that – a beautiful collection of small masterpieces with a deep meaning behind them.
Today was the reception at Nina Uppaluru’s show at Gallery 9. Nina has about 20 watercolor and acrylic paintings there.
“Up And About” is probably my favorite from the show. All those lush colors and intricate shapes are mesmerizing. I say “probably” because other works make it hard to choose just one.
Up And About – acrylics on canvas, 36″ x 48″
It was nice to see how many people came to see Nina’s beautiful art and to talk to her. Attention well deserved.
Stumbled upon a very nice blog – Illustrated Life by a Jeanette Jobson. It’s a wonderful collection of many styles, media, and subjects paired with great writing. And she does something that I don’t think I was aware of before – gyotaku, fish printing.
Roses in the Snow, iced watercolour, 9 x 12
Today was a gallery day. We went to see the Absolute Abstraction show at the Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos. I anticipated seeing Jane Ferguson’s acrylics which of course were awesome but was surprised to see that Floy Zittin created an abstract too, ant it was a very unusual one with tree branches growing from nowhere. I love Floy’s new pieces done on canvas, they have a wonderful touch of magic to them; not a fantasy art, just something a little different than traditional realism. It’s still watercolor, but it looks so different on canvas, its amazing.
The rest of the gallery was just as much pleasure to see as the featured exhibit: Terri Ford’s glowing pastels, Jean Prophet’s pottery, Berni Jahnke’s watercolors (she had portraits of old people on display, and shared their stories with me and Slava), Diana Jaye’s colorful oils, Kathleen Alexander’s graceful flowers and exotic fruit (at least I think that green thing was a fruit, I loved it more than flowers, and it looked great in watercolor), and so much more. It seems that every time we visit this gallery it becomes better and better.
We stopped at Gallery 9 too, since it is located on the next street. Nice to see what Belinda Lima and Rajani Balaram have there, and I don’t remember if I saw Kiyoco Michot’s ceramics before but those bowls that resemble fruit split in half are very beautiful.
To add to the pleasure of taking in art, it was pouring outside. Such a wonderfully quiet, rainy day!
Terri Hill presented her unusual approach to watercolors at the FALC meeting today. She starts with an underpainting – an abstract shape in primary colors that will later shine through the finishes artwork, unifying and complementing Terri’s vibrant colors. What else that underpainting does is suggest very natural highlights and shadows as if created by objects not visible in the painting. The result is nothing short of magical.
Terri painted from her own photos, but what I loved was that she was using them as a vague reference, an idea for the subject and composition, but not as something that should be copied.
In an odd way, watching her working on a background that progressed from an abstract to gently moving water helped me to overcome a creative block with one of my colored pencil pieces. Where nothing seemed to work, to the point of not wanting to even try anything anymore, I now see many new possibilities – so nice to feel free again, thank you, Terri!