Awards posted after the First Friday reception.
Grapevine monoprint ghost with pastel by Christine E. Long of Fredericksburg, VA
Looking Inward oil painting by Jane T. Woodworth of Fredericksburg, VA
Albermarle watercolor painting by Marcia Chaves of Falmouth, VA
Raised Beds oil painting by Lynn Mehta of Alexandria, VA
Ladies Waiting oil painting by Nancy Bowen Brittle of Remington, VA
Re/generation acrylic painting by Patricia Smith of Locust Grove, VA
South Brook watercolor painting by Rita Rose and Rae Rose of Spotsylvania, VA
First Friday photos by Kenneth Lecky
Color! I love color as many artists do. It's exciting to realize that shifts in temperature add interest to a sky, or how a judiciously used shocking shade of red carries the viewer throughout the painting, or the harmony created by limiting the palette. A theme of layers of color generates as many interpretations as the number of artists creating the work. Layers of Color, the exhibition, is an example of those many interpretations.
In making selections and granting awards, I tried to keep the theme at the forefront while considering many other factors that make a good painting. I looked for harmonious color, pattern, texture (physical or perceived), composition, and value. I asked myself, does the work evoke a response? What is the voice in the piece? Evidence of mastery of medium? Many of these are common characteristics of the award winners, particularly: interesting color shifts (temperature), harmony, and composition.
Many thanks to Carrol Morgan, Bob Worthy, and the FCCA membership for welcoming me into your vibrant art community. It was my honor.
Daniel Wise is a professional fine artist living in the Washington DC metro area who works in pastel and oil. He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Maryland Pastel Society, a charter member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, and a member of the American Impressionists Society, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, Allied Artists of America, and Audubon Artists.
After studying at Pratt Institute, Daniel earned a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Denver in 1991, followed by additional studies at the Denver Art Students’ League, The Art League in Alexandria, VA, and workshops with Kim Lordier, Albert Handell, and Scott Christensen. Daniel has won numerous awards and his work is in many private and corporate collections. He has served as an instructor, juror and curator in Northern VA, MD and the DC metro area.