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January 2018 and beyond

New Year’s Day Paint and Demo Party
January 1, 2018, 3:30pm
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
609 Thompson Creek Rd, Stevensville, MD
I will be doing a watercolor portrait demo at Chesapeake’s annual New Year’s Day party.  From 3:30-5 there will be open painting with models and critiques, and at 5 demos from faculty and guest artists will begin.  Later, there will be dancing and music, as well as drawings for scholarship certificates and door prizes.  This event is free if you bring a potluck dish or a bottle of wine to share, or $20 if not.

All-Level Watercolor Workshop with Joanna Barnum
Saturday, January 20, 2018 9am-3:30pm (w/ lunch break)
Artists’ Emporium
220 North Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD
$65 per person
Register online here through Eventbrite!
Join Joanna Barnum NWS for a one day watercolor workshop open to students of all levels. Experienced painters will have the opportunity to learn new approaches and get feedback and assistance on personally directed work, while beginners will be introduced to the fundamentals of this exciting media.  The day will include a combination of group exercises, demonstrations, skill level appropriate assignments, and independent work with personal attention.

“H2OMG! Watercolor Gone Wild”
Exhibition February 1-April 8
Opening: February 1, 6-8pm
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA
I will have several experimental portrait paintings included in this group invitational exhibition featuring Signature members of the National Watercolor Society.

Portraits in Watercolor with Joanna Barnum
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11-3pm
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
609 Thompson Creek Rd, Stevensville, MD
$65
Register online here!
Learn how to build layers of warm and cool washes over a preliminary drawing to create naturalistic skin tones and build the illusion of three dimensional form, creating lively and expressive portrait paintings in watercolor. This class will include step by step demonstrations and the opportunity to work on personally directed pieces with assistance and critique.

 

Exhibits and news Oct/Nov 2017

I am very proud and honored to announce that in addition to having my painting “Rift” accepted into the National Watercolor Society’s 97th International Open Exhibition, I was invited to apply for and was awarded my Signature Membership in this prestigious organization.  I also recently received the Ron Schloyer Outstanding Watercolor Award at the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 38th Juried Exhibition.

 

Philadelphia Water Color Society 117th International Works on Paper Exhibition
Wallingford, PA
September 9-October 15, 2017
My painting “Panorama” is included in this exhibit.
Awards reception: Sunday, Oct. 15, 2-4pm

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 39th Annual International Juried Exhibition
Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg, PA
September 11-October 28, 2017
My painting “Gaze” is included in this exhibit.
Opening Reception: Sat, Sept. 16, 2017, 1-4pm

“The Artist & The Art”
Crystal Moll Gallery
Baltimore, MD
Extended through January 2018
Small group exhibition along with Tim Kelly, Palden Hamilton, and Hai-Oh Hou.  Each artist will display a self portrait and a selection of recent work.
Opening & Artist talk: Wed. Oct. 25, 6-8pm
Jazz receptions: Thurs. Oct 19 & Nov. 16, 6-8pm

Maryland Society of Portrait Painters “Face to Face: The Evolving Story of Sandy Spring”
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
October 4-November 19, 2017
Members of the MSPP exhibit new works inspired by the Sandy Spring community, past and present. I will have several portrait and plein air works included.
Reception: Sat, Oct 7, 12-2pm

National Watercolor Society 97th International Open Exhibition
San Pedro, CA
October 5-December 15, 2017
My painting “Rift” is included in this exhibit.
Reception: Oct. 21, 2-5pm

Harford Plein Air Festival
Bel Air, MD
October 8-October 15, 2017
I will be participating as a juried artist.
Public exhibition: Sat/Sun Oct. 14-15
Additional free and ticketed events throughout the week, see Festival website for details.

Illuxcon Showcase
Reading, PA
This is a convention of “Imaginative Realism” in painting- both fine art and illustration- with an emphasis on traditional media.  Many notable fantasy artists will be present exhibiting, lecturing, and teaching.  The convention’s main show and programming is ticketed.  I will be exhibiting in the open showcase on Friday and Saturday evenings at the DoubleTree, which is free and open to the public without the need for a ticket or convention pass.
Showcase: Fri, October 20 (8pm-midnight) and Sat, Oct. 21 (6-8pm)

Featured Guest Artist Exhibition: “Lost Edges”
Hamilton Arts Collective
Baltimore, MD
November 3- November 24, 2017
I will be the featured guest artist at Hamilton Arts Collective for November, displaying a collection of my experimental watercolor portrait paintings entitled “Lost Edges.”  Rotating work from the collective gallery members will also be on view.
Opening reception: Friday, November 3, 6-9pm
Artists’ reception: Sunday, November 19, 1-3pm
Gallery hours: Friday 4-8pm, Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

 

 

Upcoming exhibitions, Sept/Oct/Nov 2017

Featured Artist Exhibition
Artists’ Emporium
Havre de Grace, MD
I will be the September featured artist, with a special exhibition and reception in conjunction with the gallery’s rotating work from regional artists and the themed “American Worker” exhibit.  You can also always find a selection of my work available here throughout the year!
Opening reception: Sat, August 26, 6-8pm

“Your City, Your Town, Your Neighborhood”
Highlandtown Gallery
Baltimore, MD
I will have a piece included in this group show of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters’ Association.
Receptions: Friday, Sept. 1, 5-9pm, Friday, Oct 6, 5-9pm

Philadelphia Water Color Society 117th International Works on Paper Exhibition
Wallingford, PA
September 9-October 15, 2017
My painting “Panorama” is included in this exhibit.
Awards reception: Sunday, Oct. 15, 2-4pm

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 39th Annual International Juried Exhibition
Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg, PA
September 11-October 28, 2017
My painting “Gaze” is included in this exhibit.
Opening Reception: Sat, Sept. 16, 2017, 1-4pm

“The Artist & The Art”
Crystal Moll Gallery
Baltimore, MD
October 4-November 25
Small group exhibition along with Tim Kelly, Palden Hamilton, and Hai-Oh Hou.  Each artist will display a self portrait and a selection of recent work.
Opening & Artist talk: Wed. Oct. 25, 6-8pm
Jazz receptions: Thurs. Oct 19 & Nov. 16, 6-8pm

Maryland Society of Portrait Painters “Community, Then and Now”
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
October 4-November 19, 2017
Members of the MSPP exhibit new works inspired by the Sandy Spring community, past and present. I will have several portrait and plein air works included.
Reception: Sat, Oct 7, 12-2pm

National Watercolor Society 97th International Open Exhibition
San Pedro, CA
October 5-December 15, 2017
My painting “Rift” is included in this exhibit.
Reception: Oct. 21, 2-5pm

Harford Plein Air Festival
Bel Air, MD
October 8-October 15, 2017
I will be participating as a juried artist.
Public exhibition: Sat/Sun Oct. 14-15
Additional free and ticketed events throughout the week, see Festival website for details.

Illuxcon Showcase
Reading, PA
This is a convention of “Imaginative Realism” in painting- both fine art and illustration- with an emphasis on traditional media.  Many notable fantasy artists will be present exhibiting, lecturing, and teaching.  The convention’s main show and programming is ticketed.  I will be exhibiting in the open showcase on Friday and Saturday evenings at the DoubleTree, which is free and open to the public without the need for a ticket or convention pass.
Showcase: Fri, October 20 (8pm-midnight) and Sat, Oct. 21 (6-8pm)

Featured Guest Artist Exhibition: “Lost Edges”
Hamilton Arts Collective
Baltimore, MD
November 3- November 24, 2017
I will be the featured guest artist at Hamilton Arts Collective for November, displaying a collection of my experimental watercolor portrait paintings entitled “Lost Edges.”  Rotating work from the collective gallery members will also be on view.
Opening reception: Friday, November 3, 6-9pm
Artists’ reception: Sunday, November 19, 1-3pm
Gallery hours: Friday 4-8pm, Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

 

 

June 2017

“Far Out,” Art.Science.Gallery, Austin, TX
June 3-July 29, 2017
Reception: June 3, 2017 7-10pm

I’m excited to be showing some previous and new work from the James Webb Space Telescope Artist project in Austin in conjunction with the American Astronomical Society and Women in Astronomy annual meetings.  Eight artists from the original exhibit at NASA Goddard will be showing work.  My new “Extended Metaphor” series of JWST inspired miniatures will be included. (Below, Extended Metaphor I)

“Still & Life,” Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD
May 3-June 23, 2017

I have several watercolor portraits and acrylic still lifes included in this group exhibit of local artists featuring still life, human, and animal as subjects. (Below, Escape Velocity) My self-portrait, Escape Velocity, on view in this show, was also recently selected for Splash 19: Illusion of Light, an annual juried publication of “the best in watercolor.” It will be published in Spring 2018.

Paint Annapolis, Annapolis, MD

June 4-11, 2017
Collector’s reception: Friday, June 9
Free public exhibit: Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11

I’ll be plein air painting with this year’s group of 30 juried artists all week long in Annapolis.  Visit the Paint Annapolis website for a full listing of events during the week.

Other 2017 Events & Shows

Paint It! Ellicott City, July 6-10
Floyd, VA Plein Air, August 14-20
Illuxcon, Reading, PA, Showcase artist, October 20 & 21
Hamilton Gallery, Baltimore, MD, guest featured artist, November 2017

 

Luminous Portraits Workshop in Bel Air, MD

I have a workshop coming up on April 22!  Find out more or register here.

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SCBWI Conference

I’m excited to be attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators conference in New York for the first time!  I’ve spent the past few months organizing my printed portfolio for the showcase, and creating a dummy book based on Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” poem.  I thought I would post some of the newer narrative illustration pieces I’ve done over the past few months here, as I add them to the portfolio section of this site.  The first two are samples from Jabberwocky, and the three after that were created for the Folio Society’s illustration competition based on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

And this guy here is Krampus.  I didn’t include him has part of the portfolio for the children’s book convention, because he’s kind of scary, but this illustration was done for Faerie Magazine’s recent Winter issue.

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Holiday Portrait Commissions

A reminder that December 1 is the deadline to place orders for portrait commissions needed in time for Christmas!

If you are local and can pick up in person from Abingdon, MD, I may be able to accept some last minute orders, depending on work load.

Also, please come shop a selection of  sale prints, note cards, jewelry, and originals at the Authors & Artists holiday sale at the Bel Air Armory on Main Street on Saturday, December 3, from 10am-3pm.  I am trying to clear stock of items that came back from consignment locations this year, so there are deals to be had!

The James Webb, again

I got to talk to Outdoor Painter’s “Plein Air Today” newsletter/blog about my experience painting the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA Goddard!

Here also is a collected post from NASA about some of the art projects coming out of the event.

 

NASA Plein Air

Today’s experience attending the James Webb Space Telescope artist event at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD was incredible!  23 artists from different disciplines and parts of the country were selected from those who applied.  There were artists creating in all different media, including painting of many different styles, printmaking, jewelry, sumi-e, and even poetry and songwriting.  Some folks from the “How Stuff Works” network were also present (I recognized Holy Frye of the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast by her voice alone! What an unexpected fun meeting.) We had a few hours in the observatory overlooking the clean room where the James Webb Space Telescope currently resides to create art from life and take notes and photos. The time from the call for entries to the selection and the actual event was quite short, because NASA’s social media team didn’t know for sure until the last minute when there would be a day where the mirror of the telescope would be in the upright position and easily visible.

We also heard from a few different scientists who are working on the project.  James Webb will be the successor to the Hubble telescope.  It is larger and more powerful.  Because of the time it takes light to travel through space, James Webb will actually be able to look “back in time” and see the moments right after the big bang, which we have never been able to do before.  The main mirror on the telescope is made up of gold-plated beryllium panels, which are light and strong.  It is designed to fold up like origami for its trip into space in 2018.  You can read more about the James Webb Space Telescope on NASA’s site. 

I was able to create a “plein air” painting from life of JWST in about two hours.  It’s a 22″ x 15″ watercolor painting.  Capturing the hexagonal mirror sections and the subtle parabolic shape of the mirror, as well as a sense of the scale of the telescope, was a challenge.  It was also rather emotional being able to paint something that is such a huge technological feat, and which will show us things we’ve never seen before.  As one of the scientists put it, JWST will “answer questions we have not yet thought to ask.”

I’ve decided to make my painting available to freely share and publish under a Creative Commons license with attribution. I have a high resolution copy available upon request for print publication. I am also selling signed prints of my painting through my Etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was also possible to take a “selfie” IN the mirror of the JWST from the observatory! At the end of the event, many staff members were lined up to do so, since the mirror being in the upright position is a special occasion.

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James Webb Space Telescope NASA and Inktober

I feel so honored to be selected as part of a small group of artists visiting NASA Goddard tomorrow to view and be inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope. I’ll be doing a painting and sketches of JWST from life, and then creating some additional illustrations about the experience. You can look for the hashtag #JWSTart on Instagram and Facebook tomorrow to see what the artists in attendance are creating! I am so excited about this incredible opportunity. http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

“Inktober” and “Drawlloween,” the drawing challenges I was participating in on Instagram for the month of October are officially over.  I really enjoyed the experience of quickly creating something new each day (or in some cases, planning ahead to do the drawings I needed in advance).  I flexed my quick thinking and quick drawing muscles, generating new ideas and new compositions that are exciting and unexpected to me.  I also connected with a lot of new Facebook and Instagram followers by posting new work every day.  I’m hoping to keep the mojo going by choosing a new personal challenge for November- each day, I’m going to work on concept and compositional sketches for a personal picture book interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.”  You can follow along on Instagram, or check back here at the end of November for a gallery of sketches.

Here are all my Inktober drawings.