Baltimore Watercolor Society
A Mid-Atlantic Organization of Watermedia Artists
The Gallery at Liriodendron
April 27—May 19 2014
Here are the top entries from our show at the The Gallery at Liriodendron in Bel Air, Maryland. The juror for the show was Rodney Cook.
Marilyn J. LeMay Patterson—“World Birthing”
Jim Kuhlman—“Blank Canvas”
Germaine Hughes—“Day by Day”
Mick Williams—“Blossoms Over the Fountain”
Bonnie Sybert—“Stormy Beach”
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Louanne Van Fossen—“Morning Glow”
Rod’s Comments on the BWS show at the Gallery at the Liriodendron Mansion.
First Place goes to Marilyn Le May Patterson’s “World Birthing.” It is an exciting conceptual piece of bright colors and rich textures. It makes the best of spectral color with transparent co-ming-lings on smooth paper and absorptions caused by strands of cheese cloth like fabric. The medium, the texture, and the organic nature of the art are inherently bound to the title of the painting. For all the sense of accident in the textures, there is also a sense of a clear organizing presence. “Artist playing God” It is definitely a lot of fun.
Second Place goes to Jim Kuhlman’s “Blank Canvas.” It explores the meaning of the blank white paper and its transformation from a negative space into a positive roof with a cast shadow assist. The chimney at the top is this roof’s crown jewel. The white captures the bright sun from the tropics (say Bermuda) and is transformed by the turquoise blue waters and the deep greens of tropical vegetation in the negative spaces. It is a compositional game of proportion with some beautiful perhaps, over abundant calligraphy. He draws very well.
Third Place goes to Germaine Hughes’ “Day by Day.” This asymmetrical composition is of a homeless person asleep in an unreal dreamlike space (if you accept the conceit) of his own making. The hard cement and trash have been washed away by escape. And he is bathed in a soft light of kindness. This composition is more about the artist’s attitude toward the subject than living “Day by Day” as the title suggests.
Honorable Mention goes to “Blossoms over the Fountain” by Mick Williams. There is a nice feel to the sun flowing across the urban park. It is a place where you want to be. It speaks with a consistency of the Alizarin Pinks and Yellow Greens of Spring. It is nicely composed with a foreground of shadow patterns and a walk way leading to the fountain, the focal point of this asymmetrical composition.
Honorable Mention goes to “Morning Glow” by Louanne Van Fossen. This is a clean fresh watercolor of a Violet Iris. The colors of the flower glow out from the painting. The artist’s secret is to use no whites from the paper and a luscious dark background. The gold frame helps the illusion with a sense of classical richness.
Honorable Mention goes to Bonnie Sybert and her two very small beach landscapes. Both “Dunes” and “Stormy Beach” present a time of day, a change in the weather, a sense of the ocean breeze. They possess a cool credibility in rather a detailed way for watercolor.
“Snake Charmer” by Harold Walpert has the feel of a woven carpet. The manner of paint application and its color choices significantly contribute to the meaning and exotic nature of the subject. This is an exciting idea for further pursuit.
“Morning Glory” by Michael Kotarba should also be recognized for its warm morning light coming through the banyan trees. A nice asymmetrical composition.
“Plaza Planter” by Chris Dodd nicely captures the hot bleaching sun on an urban patio. The handling of the tiled surface of the patio is terrific. The play of positive and negative with the simplification of the shadow has just the right economy of form. The Azalea color spot is true!