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California Watercolor Association

51st National Exhibition

We are very pleased to present our National Exhibition to you in this gallery.

Frank Webb, our juror of selection, chose the 97 paintings presented here, and David Savellano, our juror of awards, chose the following 17 paintings for the awards listed. Each of them was kind enough to provide us with their thoughts about why they chose the awarded paintings. We hope that you will enjoy the work presented here as much as we enjoyed preparing it for you.

Dongfeng Li
Dongfeng LiTouch of Light Snow

$7000

Gold Award

Humankind is always attracted to humans. The artist has shown great skill in expressing the textures of this subject, both on the flesh and on the costumes.  ~ Frank Webb

The artist is skillful in depicting the various textures of skin, clothing, jewelry, and ornaments. There are a wonderful array of color contrasts and a masterful use of neutral tones to help set off the complementary colors. ~ David Savellano

Dongfeng Li
Lin ZhuArt Teacher’s Magic Box

$9999

Silver Award

Art materials are surely related to art. I like the angles of the brushes that stabilize the helter skelter of the box full of tubes. ~ Frank Webb

This looks familiar to every painter. The illustrated equipment is waiting for someone to start the creative process. Even though the box is centered on the page, it was slightly rotated to create a pleasing composition. ~ David Savellano

Dongfeng Li
Liz WalkerOn Solid Ground 3

$3000

Bronze Award

Here bright colors look good against a neutral background. There is an interesting contrast between the busy pieces of color and the quiet areas of background. I admire the gradation of hue in the woman’s skirt.
~ Frank Webb

It is obvious that this artist has spent time discovering and developing her own style of painting. The figures are rooted to the earth using bold colors to define the figure shapes.
~ David Savellano

Dongfeng Li
Chris KrupinskiPears Cherries and Stripes

$5000

CWA Signature Members Award One

This is expertly painted with a solid understanding of reflected light, transparency, and shadows. It demonstrates a technically skillful, sophisticated and entertaining use of color, values and design. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Stacy Lund LevyAfternoon In Miami

$2200

CWA Signature Members Award Two

The bird’s eye view, in conjunction with strong diagonals, and the critical placement of shadows creates this captivating scene. The strategic location of figures reinforces movement through the painting, while the umbrellas contribute to the feeling of an afternoon glow. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Woon Lam NgKampong Glam Impression 2020

$5800

Past Presidents Award

Very entertaining; using vibrant colors and repetition of forms throughout the painting. The artist uses the scale of figures, windows and awnings to capture depth, while ignoring traditional linear perspective. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Thomas W. Schaller, MCWABack Street Venice

$3500

Dan Curry Memorial Award

This painting has a sophisticated use of dark and medium values and denotes a good understanding of values to create depth. The restrained nature of this painting shows confident brushwork that defines this signature style.
~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Marilyn Walsh2020

$1500

Dick Cole Memorial Award
Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Award

This high key painting demonstrates that this artist is adept at exploiting subtle color changes creating a piercing look; with the use of a limited range of values. As a result, the captivating eyes of this woman seem to have a plethora of stories to tell. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Mark Smith, MCWAKetchikan

$2000

CWA Blick Art Materials Award

The artist has decided to “bend” the rules of perspective and create a whimsical street scene. This is technically difficult. An artist needs to know how to correctly draw linear perspective before they can confidently distort the view in a consistent and convincing manner. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Elaine Daily-Birnbaum, MCWADream Fragments

$3600

Mijello Co. Ltd. Award

The use of lines and color is reminiscent of a quilted patchwork of fabric. The textures and the edges are rich and varied, while the darks create the illusion of layered depth. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Wenqing HeKitchen in an artists studio

$1200

Arnold Grossman Memorial Award

It takes a keen artist eye to see a compelling design in an everyday scene. The sunlight depicted creates a striking design pattern at the right time and place using a limited color palette. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Sheila Cain, CWAAfter School

$5000

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Award

The repetition of figures, hats, and legs creates a joyful rhythm. A warm dark background sets off the cool blue of the uniforms. You can almost hear the lively school girls’ afternoon chatter. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Son DoDaily chore

$500

Mary Spivey Award for Excellence in Landscape Painting

This bucolic painting has confident brushstrokes and diagonal movement throughout the painting. The artist has demonstrated a superb ability to create a rich variety of greens and textures. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Randy HaleRanch Patterns

$1200

M. Graham & Co. Award

A pleasing variety and repetition of shapes, diagonals, and roof shapes are demonstrated in this painting. The lights and darks move your eye around the painting. ~ David Savellano

Dongfeng Li
Iretta Hunter, MCWAFebruary Rose

$1500

Norbert Volk Award

Masterful handling of edges and shadows. There are transparent passages which are intrinsic to watercolor. Great use of a limited color palette and a high contrast background that helps to create this artist’s unique vision. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Marnie BeckerThai Women

$4500

Watercolor West Reciprocal Award

Expressive figures and bold color contrasts dominate this painting. The artist has a distinctive style for the portrayal of shadows and light. There is a conversation in the painting which extends to the artist and the viewer. ~ David Savellano
Dongfeng Li
Linda CloonanThe Three Graces

$2500

Jade Fon Memorial Award

This composition was created with a warm color palette which is in harmony with the glow of the intimate conversations. The complex, closely related values are handled in a way that defines the shapes. In addition, the reflections have an interesting abstract quality. ~ David Savellano

Congratulations to the 17 award winning paintings. And now, please enjoy these following 80 paintings that were selected from many that were submitted for this year’s National Exhibition.

Inquiries about purchasing a painting can be sent to: nat@californiawatercolor.org

Dongfeng Li
Patricia AbrahamAutumn Moonrise

$1500

Dongfeng Li
Craig AndersonThe Guitar Man

$1225

Dongfeng Li
Mary AxelsonGlass Confetti III

$3500

Dongfeng Li
Rolando Barrero, CWANoyo Harbor Mendocino

$1500

Dongfeng Li
Ronald BeanSonoma Coast

$300

Dongfeng Li
Robin BecicClosed for the Season

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Arlynn Bloom, CWAI’m Listening

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Kathie Boissiere, CWAJe t’aime

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Beth BourlandNovember Pomegranates

$525

Dongfeng Li
Keming ChenBlacksmith 2

$3000

Dongfeng Li
Ginger ChenJohn Walz

$3800

Dongfeng Li
Lei ChiBurano

$4000

Dongfeng Li
Valerie Cohen, CWAEscarpment

$3000

Dongfeng Li
Kathy CollinsBehind the Dazzle

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Kathleen ConoverPeace Offering Searching

$2800

Dongfeng Li
Yuxin CuiDesk series 1

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Linda L. Curtis, CWAAbstraction 20

$575

Dongfeng Li
Robert Davidson, CWACool as a Columbine

$2800

Dongfeng Li
Sandy Delehanty, CWACalm Waters

$1550

Dongfeng Li
Kathy DurdinMemories of Home

$750

Dongfeng Li
Herbert EstesMartinez Cove

$2800

Dongfeng Li
Margaret Fago, CWALee’s Produce

$950

Dongfeng Li
Guoping FanBack At The Dock

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Patrick FanningFreestone Dairy

$1200

Dongfeng Li
Patricia FlynnNatural Elements

$675

Dongfeng Li
Andy Forrest42nd & Ulloa S.F.

$600

Dongfeng Li
Marina GoldbergBefore the Prayer

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Carlo GrunfeldYosemite in Autumn

$500

Dongfeng Li
Helen HayesInformation Overload

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Kelly HildnerOrange Daylily

$350

Dongfeng Li
Ruth Ellen Hoag, CWAWest Village

$2300

Dongfeng Li
Michael HolterCliff Notes

$800

Dongfeng Li
William Hook, MCWANight Crossing

$1000

Dongfeng Li
John HopperRenoir Enduring Arthritis

$1200

Dongfeng Li
Carol HussleinRooftops and Chimney Pots

$1200

Dongfeng Li
Jeff IshikawaSecrets

$1250

Dongfeng Li
Glen JarvisAbbotts Lagoon

$300

Dongfeng Li
Rekha JoshiFlow

$500

Dongfeng Li
Bev JozwiakWhistler’s Daughter

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Susan KeithCrabapple Reds

$800

Dongfeng Li
Shirley R. KleppeBackstreet of Portofino

$10000

Dongfeng Li
Jo KoppGoddess of Fertility

$500

Dongfeng Li
Allen LaveeJhe 1

$1500

Dongfeng Li
Jorge LeonSpringtime Halcyon

$3500

Dongfeng Li
Bing LiuWith dream to travel

$14800

Dongfeng Li
Carolyn Lord, MCWATuesday at the Headlands

$1500

Dongfeng Li
Lisbeth MacDonaldFoggy Rainy San Francisco

$1200

Dongfeng Li
Maura Madden DonovanThe Smoker

$750

Dongfeng Li
Heather MartinTomatoes and Basil

$900

Dongfeng Li
Atanas MatsoureffGoing Home

$15000

Dongfeng Li
Ruth MillerMuseum Shadows

$1200

Dongfeng Li
Corky Normart, CWAMilburn Sunset

$1750

Dongfeng Li
Debbie ParmleyLondon Monday

$1300

Dongfeng Li
Linda PickwickPetals and Porcelain

$2500

Dongfeng Li
Joel PopadicsOia Overlooking the Caldera

$1700

Dongfeng Li
Maria PorterShepherding

$850

Dongfeng Li
Trish PoupardHuntington Cactus

$1500

Dongfeng Li
Michael Reardon, MCWAIssisa

$2250

Dongfeng Li
Ronnie Rector, CWANotre Dame II St. Genevieve

$2000

Dongfeng Li
John SalminenBethesda Arcade II

$5000

Dongfeng Li
Wenling ShiBirds Of Paradise

$500

Dongfeng Li
Vita Sorrentino, CWAForest Remains 2

$1600

Dongfeng Li
M. Stermer-CoxThree Minute Egg 14 Blue Espresso Cup

$550

Dongfeng Li
Yan SunCompanion

$4500

Dongfeng Li
Wu TingIn the Corner

$1200

Dongfeng Li
Joseph TringaliFriends

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Phyllis TsengIn the distance

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Salvador Valencia, MCWACrockett Neighborhood

$8000

Dongfeng Li
Ann Walker, CWAOld Havana at Dusk

$5000

Dongfeng Li
Margaret Washington, CWADreaming en Plein Air

$2500

Dongfeng Li
Marilyn Wear, CWAYosemite Splendor

$1900

Dongfeng Li
Cristine Weatherby, CWA3 Little Boats Ireland

$2000

Dongfeng Li
Lorraine WellsRocks

$450

Dongfeng Li
Leslie Wilson, CWARush Ranch 3

$1400

Dongfeng Li
Kerry WoodwardThe Old Hay Rake

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Jianzhong WuForward Sail

$1600

Dongfeng Li
Yuemeng WuA Quiet Song In A Dream

$1000

Dongfeng Li
Fan WuTeacher Lin

$1800

Dongfeng Li
YaoShi ZhangSong Of Fishing In The Spring

$1500

Dongfeng Li
Yueqi ZhangHomecoming

$3800

Thank you. We hope that you’ve enjoyed our National Exhibition in this very different year. We’ve all been made to find new ways to do all kinds of things this year. On that note, our President, Carol Husslein, had a really wonderful idea and our Director of Workshops, Joe Tringali, worked his technology magic to bring the exhibitors to greet you with their paintings. Please have a look at our CWA YouTube channel to meet them.

We hope to be able to see you all next year at a gallery reception where the paintings will be on the walls and we will all be on the floor to celebrate that very thing!

Thank you!

The CWA 51st
National
Exhibition
Committee

Director
Michael Friedland

Invaluable Assistant
Pat Lauer

Donors and Awards
Andrea Baron

Catalog Design
Patricia Rosa
Ruth Miller

Data Manager
Samantha McNally

National gallery web page design: Michael Friedland
Excellent web development: Adrienne Hefter

Thank you Adrienne!