Just home from Southeast Asia and filled with inspiration, I immediately had to head out again to judge a show, give a demo and workshop with the Miami watercolor society. With jetlag and daylight savings time, one might think I should have been exhausted, but I was bouncing with energy from the previous adventure, and recharged with enthusiasm by the wonderful artists I spent time with in South Florida. The Miami Watercolor Society Spring exhibition was a stunning array of paintings, half of which I was forced to reject because of the space. It’s always a difficult task turning away such talent, but the task suits me, and I have never been run out of town for my selections….not yet anyway. My 90 minute demonstration was a bit of a race, but I actually created a decent painting, although quite simple and atmospheric. Watercolor typically requires a longer period of time to create anything since drying puddles monopolizes the minutes. My effort was well received though.
The workshop narrowed my group down to less than 20, all eager, some already very skilled. I specialize in absolute beginners, but I typically get one or two professionals that sign up. This group was a good mixture, but more pros than beginners. They all did remarkably well and were some of the nicest people I’ve had the fortune to work with. My demo painting was of a dramatic landscape from my recent travels in Cambodia. The silhouette of Angkor Wat provided a nice reference for a painting that could be accomplished in a week. Painting while talking is a bit of a circus trick that doesn’t always go well, but in this case I am very pleased with the result!
I’m sad to leave the balmy weather and wonderful new friends, but I must move on to my next event with the Mid-Southern Watercolor Society in Little Rock.