The Journey continues..

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable” Robert Henri

That wonderful state, that place you find yourself when nothing else exists but the mood you find yourself in, not realizing you’re in it, exhilaration, discovery, the feeling you can’t describe, only experience. That wonderful state is addictive. Once felt, when the high passes, the need to experience it again is a most enjoyable yearning. Not every painting needs to be a masterpiece, the thrill, the ride, the journey can not be duplicated, like taking a different back road on another weekend road trip.

Currently, I’m working on a collection of pieces for an exhibit in September as the Featured Artist at the Stockton Art League Goodwin Gallery in Stockton, CA. I could write a short novel about the ideas and emotions experienced as the brush danced through the washes and textures of this road trip. The fear of execution eluded me once the paper was wet. These works were for no one, the journey won’t allow it. The anticipation of heralding the exhibit is here. I warned you.

The year has become quite productive. I haven’t had the time to reflect on the commercial projects I produced, and I’m still working on. Forcing myself into two careers, I find the time for a journey through the creative highway of fine art, producing several new works, preparing a new collection for after the completion of the September project, and entering a few different shows. I took home a second place in May at the Lodi Spring Art Show for the 15″ x 22″ watercolor “Percy Lasby Farms”. While leading a team of Walldogs on a mural in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, our hosts treated us to a barbecued rib eye steak dinner inside a u-shaped barn the size of a hanger for an airship. The tractor in the right of the image approaches the lower level storage doors.

The California State Fair, which opens July 12- 29, 2012, accepted the 15″ x 22″ watercolor “Isleton Lines”, and received an Award of Merit. The small Delta town is expressed with colorful washes and lines.

Just yesterday, I received word the 30″ x 22″ abstract watercolor “Calore del Memento” was accepted into the 92nd Annual Open Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society. It would be a lie to say I’m not excited. It’s like finding a special place along the back roads that you will never forget, you may not always get back to, but you hope to, someday.

I inserted all three images of the paintings here for your viewing pleasure. Sit back, hold on and enjoy, the journey continues…

Calore del Memento

Isleton Lines

Percy Lasby Farms

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