Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Three Times and You're Out (or In)

"Bertina on Her Wedding Day"
8" x 10" Watercolor

This is my third time painting Bob's paternal grandmother from her circa 1910 wedding photo. I am finally satisfied, though the photo does not replicate the richness of the color well. I have competed three small pieces for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society juried summer show, "Think Large, Paint Small."  I entered this piece, my "Tango in La Boca," and  "Poppies on the Fault Line II," which I will show you in my next post. I decided to enter a couple experimental pieces as well as this more traditional painting. The juror is Charlotte Huntley

This is the first show that the society has used digital submissions, which have become the norm today. Many of our artists have been in the society for years and are not computer savvy, so Co-Chairs Jen and Nancy have done everything they can to help. They even scheduled a session with a member professional photographer and will upload the entry right there. I must say it took me some trial and error to match the requirements using Photoshop Elements at home, and I'm not quite satisfied with my Bertina photo. The advantage is not having to go to the expense of framing and delivering an entry unless it is accepted into the show. 

This exhibit awards ribbons, but no cash prizes. The member show in the Fall is not juried and offers many cash and product awards. Members enter the piece of their choice. Join the society for a $30 annual fee and show your work.


hmuxo said...

This is a beautiful portrait, Mary. I love the look from that time. My mom was married 1941 and loved her dress. I also love your previous "spring flowers"...lovely job.!!

Barbra Joan said...

I'd be very happy if this were my painting. You've done a beautiful job with it Mary.. Good luck with the exhibit... BJ

hw (hallie) farber said...

I think Bertina would love this portrait--I like the way she fills the canvas.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Exquisitely soft and beautiful and such a sense of yesteryear.