As a teacher and painter for almost 50 years, my passion has always been watercolor painting. A difficult medium to begin with, painting without using any opaque medium is even more challenging. To gain signature status in the Transparent watercolor Society of America, an artist must meet the strict criteria set forth by the society, and be accepted into three separate annual exhibits.
In my previous blog I announced that my painting "D and M Falls" was accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society's annual exhibit and awards dinner, when I would be awarded signature status into the TWSA.
I enjoyed great conversation with many of my peers, as well as with several of my students who came to share in the days' events, and celebrate with us.
Donna Jill Witty, TWSA Master, president of the TWSA, and former student of mine, gave a very personal, touching presentation, expressing gratitude to me for her own success as a professional artist. I was deeply moved by her words.
I was also awarded the $1000 Winslow Homer Award, and the painting was sold as well!
It was a rewarding time of success, surprises and celebration!
The title of the painting is "D and M Falls". Debbie on the right and Melissa are the "D & M" for contributing to the success of this painting.
6/24/2019 05:26:07 am
Congratulations, Bob! You certainly deserve the signature status and the award! You are a great teacher and all-round good guy. I appreciate the years under your tutelage more than you will ever know.
6/24/2019 06:42:26 am
Well deserved. I feel very fortunate to be a student. Watching you paint is magical. Congratulations!
Congrats, Bob! You were the best teacher I ever had. Period. I learned more from you in a week than I did from some teachers in a semester. I love how you always led by example with your immense artistry, patient tutoring, and laser focus on the work. I think of you just about every time I draw today, or write, or create an ad campaign. At the very least, I carry with me your singular molding of my talent and it’s evident in every move I make in my various fields and endeavors. Bravo, Bob! And thank you.
6/25/2019 05:05:05 am
Congratulations on an honor so deserved. You are of course a top teacher and an amazing artist.
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