Today I got a call from Hawaii letting me know that "Orchid Eruption" won the Best of Show award at the Hawaii Watercolor Society Open Show in Honolulu. This is my first ever top award in any venue and I am really thrilled. I personally love this painting, but that has nothing to do with how a juror might respond to the painting. In this case, the juror, Ann Pember, paints very realistic flowers, so the fact that she chose this very abstract piece is interesting.
Further art news, I attended the Watercolor Society of Oregon convention this past weekend in McMinnville. I enjoyed reconnecting with friends and being around so many wonderful artists. "Caribbean Cornrows II" made it into the show, but did not win an award. It will be hanging in the McMinnville Aviation Center for the following month and returning to me at the end of the month.