Post Office Box 4631
Walnut Creek, CA 94596  USA

2021 Illusion of Light

California Watercolor Association Member Show Now Open!
Sponsored by the San Ramon Community Center and the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon

July 2 – 29, 2021

To purchase a painting, please email us at shows@californiawatercolor.org, or if you’re in person, let the gallery staff know.

The Illusion of Light CWA Member Show is open! You can see these works in person at The Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery, located at 12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

First, the winners: 

1st Place 

Title: Afterglow
Salvador Valencia 

15 x 22 inches
$1200

Juror Comments:  "Afterglow" leaves an extraordinary white shape that comes alive with the use of subtle color in the white and wonderful irregular and softened edges. This is surrounded by rich wet darks that show assurance and mastery of watercolor.  Bravo!


2nd Place 

Title: Boy on the Beach
Leslie Wilson 

15 x 11 inches
$1200

Juror Comments:  This painting of a figure in motion shows sophisticated abstracting while using playful lost and found edges and a composition that lets your eye flow through the painting. The vivid colors in juicy washes show a freshness and play well against the whites.


3rd Place

Title: Memory 395
Allison Spreadborough

15 x 22 inches
$995

Juror Comments: If white is all the light there is, then yellow is an alternate way to capture light.  This painting shows how painting the darks creates light. I love the simplification of the scene which allows one to focus on the feeling of optimism the sky gives me.


Honorable Mention

Title: Chileno Drive
Ronald Bean

11 x 14 inches
$500

Juror Comments: Bold loose brushwork and a beautiful play of well controlled warm vs cool bring this painting life. The very wet washes show a mastery of watercolor.


Honorable Mention 

Title: Central Valley Light in CA 2021
Kathleen Garcia

12 x 16 inches
$600

 Juror Comments: One of the few that put light in the title! So the artists intentions are clear. The layering on this is a different light, the white of the paper glowing through the transparencies of the washes. This is a place I would like to spend time.


Honorable Mention 

Title: Pressed Posy
Iretta Hunter

13 x 17 inches
$675
 

Juror Comments: The eye loves irregularity and this painting gives your eyes plenty to enjoy. Light defined by shadows against white has to be carefully rendered to be believable, without being overly detailed. The washes in these flowers are wet and capture the velvety look of petals.


Honorable Mention

Title: El Capitan Climbers
Carol Irwin

25 x 19 inches
$2000

Juror Comments: This abstract of playful patterns and hard and soft edges struck me as an original concept; I haven't seen anything like it. The subdued cool colors let the yellow shine and the wet into wet technique is very well done.

 



Duncan Field
Ronald Bean
Duncan Field, 12 x 16
$600

Baltimore Street
David Broad, MCWA
Baltimore Street , 13 x 20
$2000
 

Going Over Camino Alto
Michael Friedland, CWA
Going Over Camino Alto, 11 x 15
$1050

Mendocino Fog Rolling In
Michael Friedland, CWA
Mendocino Fog Rolling In, 11 x 15
$1050
 

Pink reflections
Marina Goldberg
Pink reflections, 22 x 15
$1200

Bluefish Cove Summer
Theodore Heublein
Bluefish Cove Summer, 20 x 16
$1100
 

Lemaire ChannelAntarctica
Theodore Heublein
Lemaire ChannelAntarctica, 16 x 20
$1100

Walk in the Woods
John Hopper
Walk in the Woods, 15 x 11
$1100
 

Mountain Reflection
John Hopper
Mountain Reflection, 10 x 14
$950

Galleria Gambol
Sue Johnston, MCWA
Galleria Gambol, 18 x 24
$900
 

Into the Woods
Sue Johnston, MCWA
Into the Woods, 18 x 28
$1200

Lights at the Wharf
Rekha Joshi
Lights at the Wharf, 11 x 14
$550
 

Zig Zag through the Rocks
Rolf Lygren
Zig Zag through the Rocks, 11 x 14
$800

Morning Snow Melt along the Truckee River
Rolf Lygren
Morning Snow Melt along the Truckee River, 11 x 14
$800
 

Fuchsia
Samantha McNally
Fuchsia, 14 x 11
$450

Benicia Depot
Samantha McNally
Benicia Depot, 11 x 1114
$450
 

Sunset on San Pablo Bay
Samantha McNally
Sunset on San Pablo Bay, 10 x 14
$450

Sunbather
Ruth Miller, MCWA
Sunbather, 14 x 19
$800
 

Take 5
Ruth Miller, MCWA
Take 5, 25 x 21
$1000

Flag Day
Marilyn Miller, MCWA
Flag Day, 15 x 21
$1000
 

Chief
Marilyn Miller, MCWA
Chief, 15 x 21
$1000

The Sentinel at Zion
Meghana Mitragotri
The Sentinel at Zion, 15 x 11
$600
 

Beloved Alviso Adobe Pleasanton
Meghana Mitragotri
Beloved Alviso Adobe Pleasanton, 11 x 15
$600

Sutro Heights Park
Craig Moline
Sutro Heights Park, 11 x 18
$550
 

Roaming Ukiah
Craig Moline
Roaming Ukiah, 12 x 16
$425

Benicia Harbor
Craig Moline
Benicia Harbor, 10 x 28
$500
 

Beach Chair
Maria Pazos
Beach Chair, 16 x 12
$400

double arch
Bonnie Joy Sedlak
double arch, 22 x 15
$750
 

Awakening Day
Allison Spreadborough
Awakening Day, 15 x 12
$450

Sierra Storm 395
Allison Spreadborough
Sierra Storm 395, 11 x 15
$400
 

Trees
Stan Stadelman
Trees, 19 x 13
$400

Wood Lake
Stan Stadelman
Wood Lake, 11 x 15
$300
 

Chandler
Stan Stadelman
Chandler, 11 x 15
$300

Siblings
Stephen Testa
Siblings, 11 x 15
$550
 

Angels Gate
Stephen Testa
Angels Gate, 14 x 10
$450

Solitude
Mary Tichenor
Solitude, 22 x 10
$325
 

Sewing Room Blues
Mary Tichenor
Sewing Room Blues, 11 x 15
$250

Natures Window
Joseph Tringali
Natures Window, 19 x 27
$500
 

Capture Wind
Joseph Tringali
Capture Wind, 19 x 13
$350

Tea time
Alka Vaidya
Tea time, 10 x 14
$400
 

Other Side of the Tracks
Salvador Valencia, MCWA
Other Side of the Tracks, 22 x 30
$1800

Solo Reflection
Georganne Zaro-Eddy, CWA
Solo Reflection, 19 x 26
$900