Watercolor in floating frames

Just picked these up from Tsuga Fine Art & Framing in Bothell. They’ll be on the wall at Parklane Gallery in a couple of days! Whew, things move fast sometimes…

Reflections of Lopez and At the Turn of the Trail are 11″ x 30″ watercolors that have been varnished and mounted to board. That allows for a presentation without glass. Really loving this look, and am starting to do more and more paintings this way.

One downside is that paintings shown this way cannot be entered into most juried watercolor shows. Most still require the painting to be surrounded by a white or off-white mat and framed behind glass or plexiglass. Galleries seem to like this method, however, as many customers say they love a painting but can’t stand the glass. Will be interesting to see what the reception is as I put more of these “out there”…

One weekend, 3 1/2 paintings…

The Samish Island Paint Out is a five-day art retreat that happens three times a year. Artists from all disciplines and experience levels enjoy a break from “real life” and a chance to create as much art as we want.

We just finished the September session, and it was a very productive three days for me (I went up Thursday through Saturday). The painting at far left was started Saturday morning and is about half done. The blue roan Arabian and the lighthouse were both started and completed over the weekend, and the foal was finished up. Each painting uses half of a 22″ x 30″ sheet of watercolor paper.