Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Judy Welsh

Sunflowers, 26" x 20"
watercolor on Yupo

A fourth generation Californian, Judy Welsh grew up in the coastal town of Santa Barbara, and her love of the outdoors has been nurtured by the beauty of her state from the sea to the Sierras. Since her early childhood, painting has been a way of seeing and celebrating the Creator. She finds plein air painting especially inspiring because it brings forth an emotional response that is not readily accessible for her in the studio. Using rich, saturated color and interlocking shapes that hug the contours of her subject matter, she hopes her audience will be as excited by her finished paintings as she was when she painted them. Recently, she has been experimenting with alternative painting surfaces such as watercolor canvas and synthetic paper, both of which present new technical challenges and offer new avenues for creativity.

Wet Medium/Wild Color, 20" x 26"
watercolor on Yupo

Judy holds a bachelor's degree in fine art and also did graduate work in art at San Jose State University. She has won many awards, including second place in a recent landscape competition in "International Artist Magazine," has had her work published in Splash 9, The Best of Watercolor (North Light Books, 2006), and is represented in both private and public collections. She is an award-winning signature member of the California Watercolor Association, and her paintings have been included in exhibitions at The Triton Museum of Art, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, and The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, as well as in Europe and Japan. Judy has owned and managed an art business for the last twenty years, doing freelance art, teaching art to all ages, and consulting for both business and private clients. Her most recent passion involves teaching both art-making and art appreciation to her three grand-daughters.

Rock Dwellers, 20" x 30"

Cinnabar Hill, 30" x 22"

Ahh Umunhum, 22" x 30"

Please visit Judy's website to see more of her work.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sandy Maudlin

Past Images, 24" x 36"
watercolor with wax batik and sumi ink on rice paper

Like many artists, Sandy Maudlin enjoys the process of painting at least as much as the final result. She loves to explore the varied possibilities of what paint can do and how she can use it to express what she feels. Working in everything from transparent watercolor to oils, she is hard-pressed to identify either a favorite medium or subject, preferring to push forward to discover the next surprise. As a watercolorist, Sandy is equally adept with transparent watercolor and fluid acrylics, applying them to either traditional watercolor paper or Yupo synthetic paper, and presenting her subjects in styles ranging from traditional realism to experimental and abstract. She brings a willingness to experiment and a fondness for novel techniques to her painting, with exciting results. Sandy firmly believes that an artist's style is within and will be expressed no matter what, and her fervent hope is that people will be engaged by her paintings and feel an emotional response to them.

Golden Venice, 19" x 24"
fluid acrylics on Arches watercolor paper

Sandy earned a bachelor's degree in art from Indiana University and has furthered her education with workshops taught by many well-known artists such as John Salminen, Carla O'Conner, Jean Grastorf, and George James, among others. She is a signature member of both the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the Ohio Watercolor Society and has won numerous Best of Show awards in many annual juried shows. Her paintings are included in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Finding it very fulfilling to encourage and watch as others grow creatively, she also teaches weekly classes in her home studio near Cincinnati, Ohio and gives workshops both nationally and internationally.

Junior's Advice, 26" x 20"
transparent watercolor on Yupo

Interlude, 26" x 18"
transparent watercolor on Yupo

Party, 40" x 26"
transparent watercolor on Yupo

Go to Sandy's blog to find out more about her work.