“Hurray for our side!”……That’s what my Dad would say when someone in the family accomplished something worth crowing about. All of us knew just what he meant: he was proud and wanted us to know that. When I got the news that “The Fierce Call of Morning” (12×18 woven watercolor on yupo) was accepted into the 2021 Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration exhibit of the Tennessee Watercolor Society, I was sure I heard Dad celebrating with me with that expression. Then it got even better this week when I was invited to attend a virtual zoom awards presentation where I was pleased to receive an Honorable Mention award. Yep, there was Dad, cheering once again. On-line only, the exhibit represents some of the finest watercolor in the South. Hurray for my side! You can enjoy the exhibit in its entirety here.
I have been experimenting with woven watercolors since January 1, 2018when I decided to try “something different” for the new year and did a small piece I called It’s a New Day which now lives in Springfield, Missouri. I have lost track of how many I have done since ,but they are fun, challenging, and surprising. The technique involves painting two paintings about the same size and similar or complementary subject matter, then cutting the two in opposite directions and weaving them together. The result is hard to envision in advance and some end up in the recycle bin! This one didn’t!