Inspiring reflections

Multicolored glass for painting workshop

Inspiring subjects for painting, from the workshop by Paul Jackson

Look what I will be painting this week, very inspiring glass! I’m taking a workshop called “Painting Glass and Shiny Things” taught by watercolorist Paul Jackson, this year’s juror and instructor for the Iowa Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition and workshops (held in conjunction with the IWS annual luncheon and meeting). After serving as President, I’m going off of the IWS board, leaving it in wonderful and capable hands. (I’ll have time to paint!) I’m thankful for the board members who will continue to serve.

This year’s exhibition at the Ankeny Art Center has 65 watercolor paintings by many different Iowa artists. The show continues in Ankeny through September 27, 2012 and about 30 works from the exhibit will be picked by the juror to make up this year’s traveling show, an Iowa Watercolor Society tradition. This new batch of traveling artwork will start in Dubuque in October, then continue to art center galleries around Iowa with a month or two at each place.

Last week the red van hit the road to pick up the 2011-2012 traveling show in Storm Lake and bring it back for the artists to claim their works, completing their travels. I’ll be back in Gilbert for the start of new classes at The Left Bank Studio on Thursday, September 6. I hope to see you there! (Update: I’ve sold the little bank in Gilbert, and now I’m based in Iowa City. Check out my blog to see what I’m doing these days!)

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