Technique for Painting Watercolor on Aquaboard

Walking Grand Traverse

Attached is a small painting I just completed, “Walking Grand Traverse”, 8″ x 10″ image size, watercolor on aqua board. I have been experimenting with this new surface (aqua board by Ampersand) which enables you to paint your watercolor in the normal manner, then spray it with an archival finish so it does not require a mat or glass.  It gives your work an entire new look. The surface is a bit clay-feeling, absorbs watercolor well, and the best part is you can easily lift back to white. It is a bit tricky at first until you get the feel of it, but it is really fun!

Turner Exhibition

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TurnerexhibitonWhile Gene and I were in Los Angeles staying with our granddaughter while her parents went to Korea to get their new adopted son, we were able to go to 5- LA museums! Favorite show was the Turner Exhibition at the Getty Center, organized by the Tate and you won’t want to miss it. I had seen many Turner watercolors but not these oils and the wonderful way he could paint transparent textures.

February 24–May 24, 2015GETTY CENTER, Los Angeles.
June 20, 2015 – September 20, 2015 FINE ARTS MUSEUM, San Francisco

Another great thing the Getty is doing is offering a free mobile tour like you can do in the museum, only you can do it on your mobile or home computer. You do not have to be there! You can hear about the paintings and techniques. Check it out: http://www.getty.edu/mobile/gettyguide/center/exhibitions/turner/list.html

Palmetto Shadows accepted into Carolina’s Got Art exhibition

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Palmetto Shadows

Palmetto Shadows

This painting titled “Palmetto Shadows” (30″ x 30″ acrylic on linen) has been accepted into the Carolina’s Got Art exhibition in the month of May, 2015 at Elder Gallery, Charlotte. This competition was open to both North and South Carolina and only one in ten was accepted, so I am quite honored to participate. If you are in the area, opening date is Friday, May 1, 6 – 9 PM. Would love to see you!
http://www.carolinasgotart.com

2015 Painting Holidays in Italy – Venice and Lake Como

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As I am nearing retirement, there are a couple of spots available on the Painting Holiday Workshops to Lake Como and Venice, Italy – two very popular sites so they have filled quite rapidly and it isn’t until now that I am publicizing word about them.  However, we have had a couple of cancellations in each, so I am now offering them on these links below.  It will be on a first come-first served basis and the euro exchange is great! Please email me ASAP if you are interested (jannpollard@mac.com). They won’t be around very long. I will send you more important information by email. Please view the red links below for answers to most of your questions.

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Reflections on Lake Como

LAKE COMO, BELLAGIO  http://jannpollard.com/2015-lake-como-italy/

VENICE   http://jannpollard.com/2015-venice-italy/

Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition

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I am proud to announce my painting, “Paris Street Shadows” has been accepted into the Southern Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Exhibition. This show includes entries from all of the southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

I had purchased a special bark paper in my favorite historical, Paris art store, Sennelier – no saving of whites in this one. The paper had a lot of great, natural texture and it was fairly dark. The challenge of this painting was to make the texture work with the painting’s design. I used a touch of iridescent acrylic in the sky area.

The exhibition will be at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, May 8 – July 5, 2015. www.customshousemuseum.org