the first time that I've actually created a fully realized painting using watercolor. I've documented the process to show the evolution of the piece. I began by painting all of the shadows on my body blue. Much of this was covered up in the final image, but I was careful to leave much of it around my neck.
As a quick update, this painting was accepted into a nationally juried show at an art center in Golden Colorado. It was exciting, however, when I turned in the framed piece (shown above) they said that the frame was unacceptable and if I wanted to piece in the show I would need to reframe it. Though this was disappointing I opted to just retract the piece from the show, instead of paying a couple of hundred dollars to have it put into a frame that I didn't like.
I only bring it up to highlight part of the stigma that surrounds watercolor as a medium. The reason that my frame was deemed unacceptable wasn't because it was unprofessional, it was because it didn't fit their ideas of what a frame should look like. Many practitioners are mired in the traditions that have kept the medium from being relevant. I say this, because at the very same time that this frame was rejected I had a drawing on display that was framed identically in an Internationally Juried Drawing Exhibition at a more prestigious art center in Denver, which was by far the most impressive show that I've ever been involved with, and they had no issue with the professionalism of my frame.
I know it sounds like i'm complaining about not being in the show, and yes, I am doing that a little bit, but after that experience it really made me want to make more watercolors, to push the medium into the 21st century. There are a lot of amazing contemporary artists working in watercolor, but they really don't get much recognition. It's a beautiful medium and I hope that it becomes more prevalent in the landscape of contemporary painting.