Watercolors by John Blackwood



The artist with "Drifter" - 22' x 30
 MSW Annual Exhibition, 2000.

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From the Artist:  My paintings are fairly diverse in subject matter and style.  Starting to paint later in life probably contributes to the many different ways that I approach my work.  Like a kid I want to try it all...so I do.  Although I paint the things that I find interesting, the subject of a painting is not necessarily the most important part of the work.  The elements of line, shape, color, texture, direction, size and value all contribute to the challenge and fun of creating each piece.

Watercolor is a medium that can be adventurous as well as humbling.  The dynamic nature of it seems to promote experimentation and that, in turn, contributes to a learning process that is essential to my progress in art.  The results of my painting efforts are sometimes surprising, if not downright startling to me...and sometimes thrilling…but not always.  I wish I could say that everything I paint is successful – it isn’t!  Working with watercolor is an intriguing and continual learning experience that is hardly ever conquered but rather discovered, piece by piece, as we explore the medium in pursuit of creative expression.

I use the finest grades of paint and paper in my work and I prepare my paintings for hanging with the best materials. I believe that neither a frame nor a mat should detract from the image itself so, unless otherwise instructed, I frame using an off-white mat, glass (or Plexiglas) and a simple dark frame.  With archival-quality supplies and preparation, a work on paper will last for generations.

Please feel free to send me your comments or questions.  If you are interested in any particular subject matter for a commission, please contact me.  Prices are available on request.


Juried exhibitions include...

2006:  MSW Annual Fall Show, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Texarkana, Texas, Nov 18, 2006 - Jan 6, 2006, "Prying Eyes" -  (juror, Ovita Goolsby)

2005:  MSW Annual Fall Show, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Nov 5, 2005 - Jan 6, 2006, "Ken" -  (juror, Kitty Harvill)

2004:  Mid-Southern Watercolorists 34th Annual Exhibition – Cox Creative Center, Apr 3  – May 9, 2004, “Studio 24”, (juror, Catherine Anderson)
MSW Annual Winter Show, Garvin Gardens Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2004, Studio 23" - (juror, Nancy Dunaway)

2003:  Mid-Southern Watercolorists 33d Annual Exhibition - Arkansas Arts Center, Jan. 10,  – XXX, 2003, “Dance?”, Arkansas League of Artists Award - (juror, Tracee Williams Robertson)
                MSW Annual Winter Show, Historic Arkansas Museum - December, 2003, "Landscape" - (juror, Barbara Satterfield)

2001:  Mid-Southern Watercolorists 31st Annual Exhibition - Arkansas Arts Center, Apr, 6 – May 27, 2001, “Alley Kats” - (juror, Ken Hosmer)

2000:  Mid-Southern Watercolorists 30th Annual Exhibition - Arkansas Arts Center, Mar. 17 – Apr. 30, 2000, “Drifter” -  (juror, Nita Leland)

1999:  Mid-Southern Watercolorists 29th Annual Exhibition - Arkansas Arts Center, May 6 – June 27, 1999, “Backyard Friends" - MSW Special Award - (juror, Joan Rothermel)
                MSW Annual Winter Show, Arkansas Artist’s Registry, Dec, 1999,  "Money Talks" -   (juror, Brian Young)


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