Baltimore Watercolor Society
A Mid-Atlantic Organization of Watermedia Artists
The Value of Three Exhibit
Howard County Arts Center
September 2—October 14, 2016
Our judge was Bonny Lundy.
Stephanie Lyons—“Sarah Times Three”
Marilyn LeMay Patterson—“Ladies Three”
Jack Harding—“Mesa Verde”
Wanda Hurt—“Fantasy Trees”
Deb Cohan—“Alone Together”
Lois Wolford—“Trey Missions”
Many thanks to Shirley Jenkins, the Baltimore Watercolor Society and staff of Howard County Arts Council for the honor of jurying this wonderful show. All of these water media paintings have strong qualities. As I studied the methods, composition, value patterns, original concepts, it seemed that most pieces were completed with authenticity, many conceived from the heart.
An impressive array of styles and approaches made it a pleasure to spend time with these paintings. Some are very well done, but do not represent the Value of Three theme clearly and therefore could not be awarded. The paintings that speak to me are not just replicas of photographs. Unique subject presentation is striking with experimental texture and strong value shapes such as Jack Harding’s Mesa Verde and Marilyn LeMay Patterson’s Ladies Three. Stephanie Lyon’s Sarah Times Three has strong, expressive movement. Deb Cohan’s Alone Together has a special transparent clarity with beautiful light, color and decisive shapes. Wanda Hurt’s Fantasy Trees is compelling, intimate and refreshingly creative. Lois Wolford’s Trey Missions has strength and feeling in composition and painting technique. I encourage you all to continue to be innovative, original in your subject matter and approach, to create with determination what is meaningful to you in a free way and to strive for inventive excellence.
After all, that is why we are artists- to share our unique creations.
About Bonny Lundy
Art has been my life path. As a young person, passion for ceramics grew and I worked in batik, using powerful colors to celebrate nature with wax and dye on fabric. Summers were workshops in clay and painting at Juniata College with Jack Troy. Most compelling were watercolor’s natural cotton surface, the softness of the sable brushes, the unpredictability of the pigment moving through water. A deep love for Vermont and plein air painting began in 1976 at Goddard College. I briefly studied art therapy and graduated with a BFA in painting from Lake Erie College, Ohio in 1980. Independent experimentation, exhibitions and teaching art happened in Ohio. Soon after moving to the Washington, DC area, I began teaching watercolor at Glen Echo National Park in Bethesda, Maryland, a center for the arts. Other teaching venues have included Yellow Barn Studios, Artists and Makers Studios, Smithsonian Associates, Frederick Community College, the Delaplaine Art Center and other groups in the Washington area. I have juried several exhibits, presented art talks, demonstrations and critiques. Leading workshops to Honduras, Italy, France, Lewes, Delaware, the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia and many beautiful Maryland locations has been fulfilling.
My artworks are exhibited and collected throughout the United States and Europe.
Currently, Pleasant View Studio in Brookeville, Maryland is my creative base. The land that surrounds this peaceful place provide great inspiration for expressive watercolor and oil landscapes, close ups, figure, still life, clay work and batik.
My connection with nature is conveyed through color fusing and flowing, impressionistic brushstrokes. There is great joy in sharing emotional experiences expressed through nature’s texture, movement and contrasts. Winter and Autumn woodlands, streams and mountains are especially inspiring. Flowers embody color energy and elegant shapes, a poignant display of the life cycle, which continuously fuels my intuitive creations. Abstract experimentation with water patterns has recently become my new passion. I look forward to many more days of discovery.