I’ve recently entered three of my paintings into the juried international exhibition the International Watercolour Society’s Canadian Branch (IWS Canada) is holding in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. The exhibition is called A Symphony in Watercolour, it’s taking place in Richmond Hill, Ontario, this fall, and promises to be a great event for artists and art lovers alike. Maybe, if you are a watercolour artist, you’d like to enter too! The deadline is March 20. There are some great prizes available, thanks to our sponsors. I am the Publicity Director. If anyone knows how to do that job best, please inform me because I am so new at this!
We shall see what happens with my entries when the jurors do their thing. We have Peter Marsh, CSPWC, and Anne McCartney, CSPWC, as jurors for the over 25 crowd, and Rainbow Ze as the youth juror. I am hopeful that at least one of these paintings will be chosen for the exhibition. But in the meantime, IWS Canada is posting all the entries in an album on Facebook for people to vote on with likes, loves and wows. New entries are added every week, and mine were just added last week.
I’d love to have your support in this, but the tricky part is you have to be on Facebook, and you have to click on the actual photo to get to IWS Canada’s post, rather than the post on my Lianne Todd – Watercolour Artist/Digital Artist page. You’ll know you’re in the right place if your window is dark except for the photo and you see the IWS Canada emblem at the top of the written text to the right. I’m not sure any votes will be counted if they aren’t on IWS Canada’s album posts. So thank you very much if you take the trouble to do that! I personally hate being asked to like or share anything (I’m a bit of a rebel that way) so of course I will understand if you choose not to. I am not even sure these links will take you directly to the photo (they are supposed to!), they might take you to the whole IWS Canada album of entries, and it might depend on whether or not you are signed in to Facebook when you click on them. One tries, but one can never quite be sure how these things will work!
This one above is called ‘Through the Stand’. It is 15×22″. Remember when I was talking about our hike on the Pyramid Trail in Jasper a few posts ago? This is the breathtaking stand of birch trees – or a portion of it – that we were treated to on that trail. In this scene we have come through the trees and turned around to look back up the mountain at them. I am not sure my photograph of the painting does justice to the clarity of it, and certainly not to the startling clarity of the real birch trees against the beautiful blue sky. I started painting it before Christmas and finished it a few weeks ago.
These two are both paintings on gesso-coated paper, and both are scenes from our trip to Sonoma County, California a few years back. I was saving them, along with some others, for a solo show just based on the Sonoma trip. My usual distracted self has not got that organized yet – nor have I finished the series!
Anyway, the top one is called ‘Last Light Near Goat Rock’ and it is also 15×22″. This area of coastline was just so beautiful at sunset. I remember coming around a bend in the road and the sun had lit up all of the headlands, including a house with plenty of windows reflecting it back. It was really pretty, but a very fleeting sight. We watched the sunset from the beach by Goat Rock (I have done a painting of that as well – it’s still in hiding) while we watched the waves crash in, and after a while headed back up the hill and kept on snapping photos along the way.
Before we went to the coast, we spent time hiking in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. This painting doesn’t exactly feature any of the gigantic and majestic trees we saw there – it’s more about the way the light was coming in to the forest. Hence its title – ‘Light in Armstrong Woods’. It is smaller, just 11×15″. It’s one of my favourites – I hope you like it too!