Looking to Magazines for Inspiration

Looking for inspiration and the desire to learn what other artists are working on?  It can be difficult when you are working by yourself, in your studio, to continue to learn and grow your skills and to continue to feel inspired. Sure there are plenty of things you can Google on the internet, but I often find that can be a bit overwhelming and very time consuming.

But, I can bypass that whole step just by picking up one of my favorite art magazines. I can meet popular artists that are working in the same medium I am; discover their techniques for mastering watercolor and gouache. I wouldn’t have been able to “meet” most of these artists just by doing general online internet searches.

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A 3D Watercolor Seahorse Painting

Well, here he is at last! My three dimensional watercolor seahorse!  I just finished framing this little guy. The painting measures  2.75” x 3.5” and is in a 5” x 7” shadowbox frame. I am particularly pleased with the added depth I was able to achieve on the seahorse and coral in front of the seahorse. I am really happy with this piece!

5 x 7 Seahorse An Original Watercolor Painting in Paper Sculpture Illustration

Live From the Maryland Federation of Art’s 50th Anniversary Artist’s Reception

On Thursday, August 1st, I attended the Maryland Federation of Art’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in Annapolis Maryland.

First, I’ll tell you a little background info about the organization. I think it is pretty interesting that the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) is the oldest artist-run organization in Maryland. In 1963 artists US Navy Commander Charles Holley, Mrs. Margaret Farmer, and a group of artists in Annapolis formed the MFA. It is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization.

One of the other things that struck me about MFA is their philosophy.  Allowing artists, at all levels,  whether they are just in their beginning stages of learning, or a long-time professional, a place to showcase their work, through juried and solo exhibitions, as well as supporting artists through professional education and community.

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