2015, An Exciting Year, I Became a True Artist

This is the year I believe to be my breakout year. This is the year I am becoming a true artist. I am continuing to develop my own, unique style which I call my Play Drawing paintings. “Play Drawings”, a phrase I coined to describe my work, are like doodles where my imagination can run free. I imagine I am actually in the drawing and I can add things that I see with my mind’s eye not a camera’s eye. I have total freedom of design where buildings can be skewed, people can be a myriad of colors, birds can fly upside down, and the scale is however big or small as I imagine it to be. It is a place where I can mentally escape, it is a happy place and it is all mine.

I initially design my drawings using my mental visions and sketchy doodles incorporating the principles of design (movement, focal point, rhythm, dominance, repetition, variation, balance, harmony, overlap and unity). I then transfer the design onto watercolor paper. Using the basic visual elements of design (line, value, color, shape, form, pattern, texture and counter change) I paint my drawings. The drawing of the idea is from the gut where as the painting itself is a reflection of the years of learning how to apply the watercolor paint using the above elements. The two work hand in hand to create something unique.

My Play Drawings are a narrative of an experience from a place that I have mentally or physically visited. I just go into play, make-believe mode and tell a story from the impressions I have of that place. I am in tune to my mental and physical surroundings, the smells, the sounds, the colors, the activities, the way I feel at that moment. At some point I can enter my imaginary place and it all comes together.

I taught plein air painting for a week in September for the Yosemite Conservancy in Yosemite National Park. In this workshop, I tried to convey the importance of not only looking at your surroundings but also feeling your surroundings. I think this is the key to a personal painting experience where the painting becomes uniquely yours and you too can become a true artist.

This year, I have had paintings accepted into California Watercolor Association, Watercolor West, National Watercolor Society, Orange County Creatives Art Gallery and the Orange County Fair. I have also won awards from the Huntington Beach Art League.  Oct 1, 2015 I found out that I was awarded Signature Member status for National Watercolor Society.  A true honor, indeed.

One of the biggest things to happen to me this year is being nominated and accepted for the article “Ones to Watch” in Watercolor Artist Magazine. The edition will come out in mid October. This is an unbelievably exciting and humbling experience. Thanks to my mentor and friend Mr Tom Fong for nominating me for this great honor. See the following link for more info about the article. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/category/art-blogs/watercolor-artist-blog    It is really cool!