Note about sales: If someone expresses an interest in buying a painting displayed in the Members Online Show, PWS will contact the artist who will be given the prospective buyer’s contact information. It will be up to the individual artist to pursue and finalize the prospective sale. PWS will charge no commission if a sale is made. If a sale is made, PWS must be notified so the painting can be marked as sold on the website.
Joye Moon - Midnight Tulips
R.Mike Nichols - Covid Cha Cha
The biggest difference between an online exhibit versus a local brick-n-mortar venue is that it allows all members to enter and participate, regardless of where they live. Opening it up to all members results in more entries, and it also makes it much easier for artists to enter their very best work. This is acutely evident in the 2023 PWS ME by the incredibly high quality of artwork submitted.
It was extremely difficult to choose just 15 paintings out of the 227 entries in this exhibit. It may sound like it’s a lot of awards, but it’s less than 7 percent of the entries. The exhibit has a vast array of beautiful paintings, and there are many more than 15 that are deserving of an award.
When making my decisions, I looked for originality first. New things are always more eye-catching and are more likely to catch the attention of the viewer than things that have been seen many times before.
Then I narrowed those down by looking for mastery of the medium – how well the artist handled the tools and materials that they used to create the artwork.
Composition and harmony were important elements in my decisions, and I looked for paintings that pushed boundaries or challenged aesthetic traditions beyond the ordinary.
Last, I looked for the artist’s knowledge of their subject – this is where the emotion of the painting comes through, as the artist brings their subject to life and is able to bring the viewer into the painting through an emotional connection.
The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society has once again proven, through the talent of its members, that it’s a leader in the world of watercolor. The overwhelming talent displayed by the members of PWS made this a very difficult show to judge and I wish I could give recognition to more of the worthy paintings in this exhibit.
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