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

The Business Side of Art

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Being an artist isn’t just about painting; the business side takes as much time as the creative time. I just finished an enormous project of scanning old photos of my paintings, and then editing, color correcting and cataloging almost 1600 images. It is something I needed to do as I had digital copies of about 600 of these, but another 1000 were mostly old, bad exposure photos. It took a long time, yes, but in doing this, I was able to revisit these old paintings and the many places I have traveled to paint – Carmel, England, Scotland, San Francisco, Napa, Burgundy, Provence, Dordogne, Paris, Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como, Amalfi, Sicily and more. I have a fairly good color-memory but revisiting a certain painting reminded me of a light-bulb milestone in a painting technique – one you do not forget. I would come across one and think, ‘Wow, I did that?” I had forgotten.

How and why did I do this?  I now have copies of them safely ‘in the sky’ with several additional backups. Each image is in IPhoto, in my Pictures (easier for viewing) and in a FileMaker database. In an instant I can find, for example, all paintings of Paris. I am stating this to emphasize the importance of keeping records (often not too popular with artists). Galleries and your clients will love it!

The watercolor painting above of Angel Island is the very first major competition (the San Francisco Art Festival) I entered and was accepted in about 1970. This information is now instantly at my fingertips.

Facebook Painting Challenge

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DAY 1 – FACEBOOK PAINTING CHALLENGE: I would like to thank Judy Elias for nominating me to accept the Facebook Painting Challenge. The challenge is to put up 3 paintings a day for 5 days and nominate another artist each day. I thought it would be interesting for the viewers to start with some early paintings. One of these was painted as early as 1988. I have recently been scanning and editing over 1500 photos of my paintings. It is quite a project, but I am enjoying revisiting them. I challenge Janie McMahan, a great friend, artist and traveling companion.
  Go to my Business 10389551_764049623686370_1836013759234718869_nFacebook site if you want to see more. I will be publishing 3 each day.