A Signature Evening

Saturday, September 22nd was a very busy day! Not only did I teach my first workshop on painting watercolor on yupo, but I attended the Reception & Awards for the 49th Annual 2012 Southwestern Watercolor Society Members Exhibition. The reception was held in the spacious entry hall and gallery of pFAMILY Arts, a community arts facility in Plano. My husband Bob and friends Barbara, Sky, Emmy and Byron accompanied me.

That evening I received my Signature Membership in the Society. Signature status is awarded to those SWS members who have had five paintings juried into the annual SWS show (or in the annual Western Federation show). The honor allows me to place the letters SWS after my name when I sign my paintings, plus I have a sterling silver SWS pendant to wear. It only took me about seven years to achieve this, so I am celebrating!

The fifth and final painting that earned me the honor is “Evanescence”, which is on display through Oct. 19. It is an abstract acrylic painting on yupo that utilizes the alcohol technique for texturing. SWS accepts all forms of watermedia painting into their shows, including traditional watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein, inks etc. Also collage is accepted, if it is artist-painted paper — my 2011 painting was acrylic collage. The support must be paper, but yupo (plastic paper) was added a few years as an option.

All in all, 2012 was a great watercolor year for me. In January I also earned my Signature in the Society of Watercolor Artists (SWA), a Fort-Worth group that is the sister organization to SWS. Both came from the split of the original North Texas Watercolor Society in 1963.

I’d like to convey my thanks and gratitude to the officers and volunteers (especially the exhibition committees) of both societies for all their efforts that have allowed me to exhibit my artwork and achieve these honors.

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