Sunday, August 19, 2012

NWS Masters Award


Tsarina won the Masters Award at the 2012 National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition. This is a special new award funded through contributions by signature members, and I'm very lucky to receive the first  ever given. A big thank-you to NWS, and of course to the judge Barbara Nechis, one of the living legends of contemporary watercolor.  Special thanks also to the model, my beautiful wife Olga!  :)  

Opening for the exhibition is September 29.

Thank you to Creative Catalyst Productions for creating this newsletter re the award. 

9 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

Congratulations, Nick. What an honor to receive the first of the Masters' awards!

debwardart said...

Congrats Nick!

Nick said...

thanks Rhonda and Deb - it was a last minute entry ,big surprise to me, very grateful

Rajeev Mohan said...

Fantastic news Nick! What a painting! Amazed how you can even think of attempting a watercolour of this size.

JANE MINTER said...

Many congratulations Nick !

Nick said...

Rajeev - I started out in the beginning painting on 30 x 40 (76x100 cm) watercolor board, so size has never been an intimidating factor. I also think it's important to start large, which is the opposite of how most watercolorists begin (and rarely move beyond). In judging paintings and in workshops, I constantly see how thinking small has hurt so many people's development, and how much they are missing out on. It has also held back the medium, and contributed to its second-class status. There are many reasons for it, too much to get into here, but consider this: you learn how to handle paint when there's a lot of paint to be handled!

Jane - grazie! :)

Fernando Pena said...

Congratulations Nick, an honour to receive that award.
I liked and agree with your explanation on painting size, so true, so different to paint. Just look at the difference of moving the brush with your wristle or your entire arm or body :)

darrenjamesblog said...

Yay!

Nick said...

Fernando - thanks for the visit, and yes I believe painting larger in watercolor is important for furthering the medium

Darren - I'll accept that :)