Hard to believe it’s been about a year since I last sat down to write. What a wonderfully busy year it’s been. I’ve had amazing opportunities to exhibit my work in such locations as Bulgaria, China, Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton) Greece, and the Unites States, (NYC, San Diego, Kenosha). I was even able to pick up a couple of awards along the way. I’ve met so many magnificent people at the exhibitions I’ve been able to attend; it’s been wonderful to make connections like that. I’ve been fortunate enough to be published several times this year, which is always a thrill. I’ve had a blast teaching; workshops and privately. I love to spread the wonders of watercolor, as it’s such a cool medium! Volunteering for Fort Edmonton and the Historical Society, painting their carousel rides has also taking up some time since spring. It’s always enjoyable doing this work but the special part for me is painting along side one of my daughters, who are helping out as well. Now, as fall is done and winter is here, I find myself back in the studio excited by some new pieces that I see taking me in a new direction, more details later. :)
On a personal note, one of my favorite things this year was witnessing one of my daughter’s getting married. What a joy to see this young couple so ready and happy to start their new life together.
So, as I mentioned, life is busy and wonderful… I hope this year has brought you many happy moments as well, and the new year to come is full of wonderful surprises and constant wellness.
Wishing you all a great holiday season.
We started our year with an amazing trip to Africa. I came back with loads of pictures and loads of inspiration. While travelling I received some wonderful emails which re-enforced that I am never very far away from my work in the art world. I was notified of two publications of my work: one in a Chinese Art Magazine, and one in an American Art magazine (International Artist). I was also notified of a sale (one of my pieces in China) and of acceptance into an exhibition in Bulgaria. What a great month all around. I love that I can travel half way around the world and still feel so in touch with my passion for art.
This is a piece that I finished just before my departure to Africa. It was inspired by a trip to Japan. I loved the detail of her Kimono, and the drama of the light, so those are what became important to emphasize. Hope you like it.
"The Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society is juried by Signature Members who have been elected by the AWS membership. It is the purpose of the Society to promote the art of painting in water media and to exhibit works from the best contemporary watercolor artists. " http://www.americanwatercolorsociety.org
Yippee! I was finally accepted...and can't pass up on the opportunity to take it all in with a trip to NYC.
I sent this piece off today and I hope to follow tin April, to be there for the awards dinner on the 15th, should be quite the celebration.
I would like to share some exciting news. I have been invited to participate in two shows in China in December and since they just happen to run at the same time, I have decided to go over and celebrate! The first show is a juried exchange with the National Watercolor Society of America, of which I am a member, and the Shenzhen Watercolour Society. The show runs in China for a couple months and then moves to California for two more months. The Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial (the second show) is huge for me. It started as an international competition in watercolor with about 4000 people entering from around the world. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the 100 people outside of China to be invited to participate in this exhibition. I am thrilled to be able to attend both openings.
People and Places of Inspiration
September 9th to October 3rd, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday September 10th, 5pm to 8pm
Anne McCartney's second solo show emphasizing the significance of people and places in her artwork. Anne has found her travels especially inspiring. Her trips allow her time to step back and gaze at the world around her. Her paintings capture people who have inspired her art and details of places that have caught her eye; the light, the architectural detail, or the posture of a person. This bright series showcase special moments and all the things that inspire Anne while travelling.
Anne has had many solo shows and has participated in groups shows with the Society of Western Canadian Artists, Edmonton Art Club and others. Her paintings hang in many homes across Canada, the United States and Europe. Anne loves the freshness of watercolor and the commitment one needs to make to the page when starting. Anne's artwork is bright and inviting, full of subtle details and light.
Well I think I can finally say spring is here, and I have a feeling that summer will follow close on its heels. As far as winters go, it wasn’t a bad one for us this year, luckily we were able to escape, and enjoyed a wonderful trip to Ecuador and it’s Galapagos Islands: oodles of inspiration with it’s diverse landscapes and lots of creatures willing to pose.
I am heading into summer busily painting for a solo show that will be held at the Daffodil Gallery in Edmonton in September. Very exciting for me! I am now incorporating people into some of my paintings, and I find them so much more engaging to paint, and I am hoping they will be just as engaging for the viewers to look at.
Some big news for me was my acceptance into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s 39th Juried Exhibition in Wisconsin… it took many attempts but I finally made it and am thrilled. I am even going down for the opening.
Have a great summer everyone, I hope it’s filled with good friends, family, and wonderful art!
2015! Hard to believe. Thinking back on last year I have good thoughts, it was a great year all around, lots of travel, good health and an upward slope when it comes to successes with my art career. 2014 brought publications in Splash 15 and a mention in Artist Magazine, lots of exhibitions including ones overseas, and teaching (most memorably to some wonderful children at a school in Guatemala). I look forward to the upcoming year and all the possibilities it might bring. I hope to reach my many personal/career goals such as increased gallery representation, more teaching, and raise the medium of watercolour painting to the prominence it deserves.
Wishing you all a colourful, creative and compositionally correct new year! Happy 2015...
I am an artist currently living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada... I love to paint! My favourite medium is watercolour. My favourite way to spend a day would be to be outside with fellow artists sketching or painting. AAAHHH! I have been fortunate enough to do what I love as a career, spending many hours in my home studio painting the days away. Some of my 'successes' hang in homes and corporations around North America, Europe and Asia. I hope you enjoy the pieces I have to share with you.