I’m not sure I can even explain how incredibly busy I have been in the past year and a half. I was so involved with the Northwest Watercolor Society in the planning and execution of its 75th Anniversary Celebration, my duties added up to a full time job!
I designed a 128-page, hard bound book on the 75-year history of the society; I managed the NWWS website and oversaw the creation and third-party registration website for the convention, mini-workshops and gala banquet; and I was in charge of all the sign-ups for our two 5-day workshops given by Alvaro Castagnet and Judy Morris. In addition, I designed all of the promotional pieces for the entire event, including the catalog for the 75th Annual International Open Exhibition, on display at the Washington State Convention Center through September 30, 2015. If you haven’t seen the exhibition, be sure you do… it is spectacular.
Speaking of the exhibition, my painting “Asian Beauty 2” was accepted into this amazing show, and I was utterly thrilled. Amazing artists from all over the world are represented in this exhibition and some world-famous artists entered but did not get accepted, so this was an amazing honor for me.
The crowning achievement had to be the design, production and print management of the retrospective book on the history of NWWS – A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society… The First 75 Years. I worked in tandem with a good friend in NWWS, Nancy Axell, and a wonderful art curator/writer, David M. Martin. We spent an entire year on this project and I also helped with a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for its production. Currently, I am still in charge of mailing house fulfillment activities. It was a real labor of love, and David wrote an amazing account of the artists who were so important in the formation of the society and the rich and colorful contributions they made to Northwest art and culture.
I continue to teach classes, and come October will do a follow-up to a portrait class I gave in the spring. I love to teach and we had a fantastic, fun class. The students want to continue, so we will. If you are interested in joining us at Tsuga Gallery in Bothell, WA, contact me through my contact form. It is not necessary for you to have taken the previous course to join this class.
That’s about it, my friends. I know I have been “absent” from this site and my blog for a long, long time and I’m planning to make up for that in the year to come. Hopefully NOW I will also have time to actually paint… wish me luck!