Jewelry, puppies, macarons. I told you the best things come in small packages! Paintings do too! Both of these paintings are in the Utah Watercolor Society "Small Works" show, on display at Red Butte Gardens, June 22 through July 15th.
One unique aspect of this show is every painting has to be 12" or small in both directions, including the mat and frame! It's like seeing the sparkling gems of the Crown Jewels, only without the hefty pricetag and the long lines. These smaller paintings are priced affordably.
The other unique aspect is that this show is supporting the mission of the gardens, which is "to cultivate the human connection with the beauty of living landscapes." That's an invitation not just to view the show, but to experience how the artists connect with nature, and how you connect with the beauty portrayed in the artwork! You have to come see these in person!
LEFT: This is my third in a series of Hydrangea paintings. I am so in love with these flowers! I'm calling this one "Hydrangea Fireworks," because don't those big, bright blossoms resemble fireworks exploding in the sky? They never fail to take my breath away!
RIGHT: This is possibly the eighth in a series of small tulip paintings, and my favorite so far. I love the serenity of these particular tulips as they all lean in harmony, and I imagine a faint breeze nudging them ever-so-gently in that direction. We could all take a lesson in rhythm and harmony from tulips.
UWS "Small Works" Show
June 22–July 15, 2018
Red Butte Gardens
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
QUESTION: What is your favorite thing that comes in a small package?
"In the Distance, A Castle Looms..." 14 x 20, watercolor. SOLD.
I ended May and started June in the best possible way: painting on location at Capitol Reef National Park, surrounded by beauty and grandeur and magnificence at every turn. Painting there is such a powerful experience, and sharing the magic with lovely artist friends just adds whipped cream and a cherry to the already-decadent dessert. This time it was especially beneficial, as it pulled me out of a little bit of a funk and motivated me to keep painting, and keep painting, and keep painting.... I didn't want to stop! I completed six paintings in the two-and-a-half days I was there.
I am an artist and art instructor working in water media. Just knowing I can watch colors run together makes it worth getting out of bed every morning! Helping students capture the same excitement is equally rewarding.