I often tell people that I rarely win anything. Of course, saying that encourages people to buy a chance from me whenever I have a handful to sell or if I’ve just spent a few bucks to buy some chances! 8-) My wife Barb is always reminding me that “…it just isn’t true!” She says I win a lot. After all, didn’t I win the prettiest gal in high school? And, of course, I have to agree with her on that one!
Well, despite the fact that I did get the prettiest gal in school I continue to complain about my luck. Then, I’ll be darn if something really nice happens to me! I win!
Just last month, in October, the Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Arts Councils picked me out as a recipient of one of their prestigious grant awards. My project was actually funded as a cooperative venture of Alleghany Arts Council, Ashe County Arts Council, Watauga County Arts Council, and Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes with support from a Regional Artist Project Grant of the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
The grant enabled me to attend three different workshops on the use of water soluble oil paints, all presented by the nationally recognized expert in multiple media, Sean Dye of Burlington, Vermont. Sean is especially well noted for his water soluble oils! The three workshops were held just 200 miles from my studio in Raleigh, North Carolina. The workshops were without a doubt the best I have ever attended. I learned so much over that short weekend in November that I can’t wait every morning to start painting.
My art has taken on a new dimension and energy! It has been twenty years since I’ve dabbled in oil paint, and now water soluble oils have made it possible again. As a result of my workshop experience I learned that a finished painting created with water soluble oil paints looks, feels, and smells like an oil painting. And, the most exciting part of this discovery is the elimination of messy clean up, end of noxious fumes and a brilliance of color that is nearly impossible to get with watercolors. I will be able to create oil paintings without the potential health hazards that actual oil paints and chemical solvents produce.
I’ve already begun to experiment with this new media and I’m anxious to get a few ready to show.
All I can say is, thanks to the Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Arts Councils for this opportunity and thanks to Sean Dye for his excellent workshops. Check out Sean’s website here on my Blog.
P.S. If you haven’t tried Water Soluble Oil paints I recommend you at least try them. I think you will be pleased with the outcome.
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