I recently went down to Scottsdale, Arizona to the Western Federation of Watercolors Societies Show where I received signature status.
This is the fine group of ladies from Utah that made the trip down to Scottsdale for the show.
This is the painting that made it into the show.
To get signature status, you need to be juried into four Western Fed Shows.
One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Grace Haverty. She did a workshop on sketching for anyone that wanted to attend. We traveled from the hotel to downtown Scottsdale. Grace always carries a sketch book bag in her car so she’s ready to sketch at a moments notice.
I set up my paints and paper and started sketching a street in Scottsdale and was about half way through my painting when the scene changed.
You expect the light to change with clouds or wind but this time a big bus pulled up right in front of me and parked. A group of young interns slowly got off the bus. One intern said sorry as they spread out into the streets. I was worried that the bus had found a good parking spot for ever but luckily he pulled off and I could finish.
After the workshop we ate lunch with Grace and she invited the Utah group to her studio to take a look at her paintings. I guess our group was crazy enough to stick around til the afternoon when it turned into a downpour, another hazard of plein air painting.