Watercolor painting by Lynn Slade titled "Snag Down Red Lake"

2019 Annual WASH Go With The Flow – Open Show

Juror Judging Statements

from Steve Walters:

When I select paintings for a show, I look for many things.  I look for the way the artist has handled the technical end of painting — things such as color, composition and the various elements of design.  An unusual or interesting use of technique, unexpected subject matter or fresh individual ideas can certainly catch my eye.  A strong display of skill and execution are always noted.  Most important, I look for the artist’s uniqueness of vision — that special energy and way of seeing — memorable and personal.  Lastly, a good, clear digital image is important to properly show off an artist’s best work and be competitive.

from David Lobenberg:

No matter if a work is representational or abstract, I look for several artistic qualities in determining a watercolor’s acceptability into an exhibition:

  1. Control of the medium (does the artist show a competency of applying paint to paper?)
  2. Imaginative content (has the artist created something out of the ordinary?),
  3. Strong use of composition (a unique point of view, well balanced, purposeful direction, flow, and rhythm), and
  4. Competent use of the five elements of visual art (line, texture, shape, value, and color).

There is one more artistic quality that gets me super excited and is unique to the medium of watercolor: “Controlling the flood”. These three descriptive words were penned a number of years ago by Jose Montoya, art professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. How apropos, considering that the pigments in watercolor paint are immersed in washes of water when applied to
watercolor paper. For me personally, wet-on-wet and spontaneously washes of overlapping hues is the most dynamic manifestation of controlling the flood.

Controlling the flood and the four previously mentioned artistic qualities make for the yardstick that I use for judging. They work in attracting eyes and enticing viewers to stop and linger before a painting. Heck, the viewer may even say “Wow! I want to buy that!”

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