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The Anton Art Center located in downtown Mt. Clemens, MI recently held an exhibit of local art teachers highlighting their work. Now that I am conducting watercolor workshops at the center along with teaching digital arts at a local community college qualifies me to be a part of the exhibit. I entered my painting: "Sentinels". I received 2nd place in the show! The painting was inspired by a trip to Florence, Italy. In Piazza Del Signoria, stands this statue of this lion. Carved into the pillars along with the statue are more weather sculptures of lions. To me, they looked like they are guarding the Piazza, hence the title of Sentinels.

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I attended the Michigan Watercolor Society Show this past weekend which was held in Bay City, Michigan this year. My painting "Paris Graffiti" was picked for the traveling exhibit at various galleries around Michigan. 

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What do you think of this watercolor? Is it a watercolor? Not really. So what am I talking about? This is a watercolor effect generated with Adobe Photoshop! Should I be worried that technology is taking over real painting? NO. NOT AT ALL!
Nothing will replace sitting down with paint and brushes and creating with your own hand and mind.

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Here is my beginning watercolor class. They passed with flying (watercolor) colors. I had them do a tropical sunset scene. They were taught how to do a sunset with 3-color gradient wash. For their first time, I thought it came out well. The classes are held at the Anton Art Center in downtown Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

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My painting "Paris Graffiti" will be part of the 2019 MWS Exhibition in Bay City, Michigan. I did this painting from a trip to Paris and went down a Rue that had this wall of plastered posters and graffiti which I thought was very interesting. to add to the theme, I put a hint of someone stopping to observe the scene. I will keep you posted of any other further developments with the show.

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I have received this information from Laurin McCracken regarding the show coming up in a couple of months in Fabriano, Italy......

Fabriano USA 2019 Artists,


Ken and Frank are reporting that all of your paintings are on the way to Fabriano. Bravo!


I have attached a PDF with all of the USA paintings on 4 pages. After you have a moment to look it over, I think you will agree that the USA is well represented with this body of work. I congratulate you for sending excellent examples of what the USA watercolor community can create. 

I am confident that, once again, the USA exhibition will be considered "Best of Show." I know for sure that the artists that will be attending Fabriano in Acquarello will make the USA exhibition a "must see" stop in Fabriano.

Keep you fingers crossed that our paintings sail smoothly through the bureaucracy between here and there.

Be proud of your contribution to this important exhibition. Share this document with others.

All the best,

Laurin


Here are the paintings representing team USA.



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This is the finished painting. All I did at this level was to blend the dark area on the bottom left a little more to my liking. You just have to know when to quit. Sometimes, I purposely put a painting away for a month or two and bring it out to look at it with fresh eyes. So now my blog followers can see how it was done step-by-step.

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Now you can see, I have developed the reflections in the foreground and put in a darker shadow.
At this stage, it is 99% complete. I still need to look on it for awhile and see what bothers me and to look at it with a critical eye.

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Now you can see how it is developing. I have laid in the dark areas of the pond and removed the masking. The reflections in the pool in the background are worked out and now I will be putting my attention on the reflections in the foreground.


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Here we are at stage 3. I have rendered more of the Koi and I have put in darker washes in the upper right corner. I did this to establish how dark I wanted it to go and adjusted the other greenish blueish color in the water in the upper part of the painting. That area is still masked off while I apply the washes.

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