Friday, December 31, 2010

Farewell 2010

Most of us will be saying 'farewell' to 2010 with some mixed emotions. The year has passed all too quickly but nevertheless has been enjoyable. Leaving out the world news and statistics - you can read those elsewhere - what's left? I guess that if we each tried to leave the year a better person and the world a better place than when it started we have done ok.
For me lots of exploration of lifestyle, some major decisions, some developing of new skills, met some wonderful people, got involved in some new activities, had some great times with family and friends, saw some new places ....  and more.
Watercolour Wanderings was established in an attempt to keep up with technology and now there is a Facebook page!

On the painting front I exhibited paintings in three art shows [reaching one of my goals for 2010], received a 'People's Choice' Award and sold three paintings [both beyond my expectations this time last year].

What about 2011? Continue to exhibit in art shows, continue to develop new skills, dare to try some new subjects, adjust to retirement [whatever that means!]

As you read this know that my prayer for you is that 2011 will be a wonderful year of discovery for you.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Watercolour Painting

I have just about finished a new watercolour painting. I've called this one 'safe in his hands'. There's a bit of a theme happening here!  You may remember 'In Safe Hands' from an October post.
This latest painting seeks to tell the story of a grandfather and his grandchildren standing on a dock looking out for ducks or swans. He's anxious to make sure they don't fall in the water but wants them to explore and not be afraid. Letting go is as important as holding on - knowing when to do either is where real wisdom is needed.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Watercolours ready for Show

I have prepared and framed two paintings for the Rotary Club of Sorrento Art Show next month. The show starts on Friday 7 January and concludes on 15 January. The two paintings I have entered are 'A Hard Days Night' and 'In Safe Hands'. There is a certain amount of trepidation in presenting paintings for shows - but the challenge is worthwhile and I'm keen to get some feedback on my progress. I will post better photos of these paintings at a later date.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Watercolour - Hard Days Night

At last! yesterday I completed 'A Hard Days Night'. Sometimes it felt as if the painting of it was a hard days night.
The painting came about after we spent one wet, cold April evening in the city. The illuminated Parliament buildings seemed to glow in the darkness and were reflected in the wet pavement and roadway. Most people had already gone home but a few stragglers were still leaving work. The empty chairs and empty tables exposed to the rain were not the least bit inviting and maybe indicated a hard days trading for the cafe owner.
A Hard Days Night Watercolour
Malcolm Lowe 2010
55cm x 35cm

The painting is now framed and ready for the art show in January [more of that later]
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