It's been a busy year (or 2) since
the last newsletter so it must be time to give an update.
A few months ago a fellow artist
told me about blogs'. Well, I guess I knew about blogs,
but mostly in association with diary-keeping of a peculiarly
public sort, and didn't realize that a blog could be anything
the writer wanted it to be including images...after having been
introduced to the blog of a phenomenal artist in a neighboring
state I saw that it could be an easy way to update art images
on line. As a result I have kept an art blog for the past 14
months and on it you will see virtually every new artwork completed
and photographed the day it is done (usually). Of course I have
my main web site (this one!) but the blog allows me to immediately
post new art and other news from the studio. Check it often!
Inkwell Studio is the name I gave
the dog art division of the studio. I have been steadily increasing
the number of dog art prints available for sale at dog shows
or home. I take my work to 3 or 4 dog shows a year: the Australian
Shepherd National specialties in ASCA and USASA , the Poodle
Club National Specialty, and sometimes an all-breed show. None
of the latter are scheduled for the foreseeable future. I continue
to be represented in the UK by Mondina Fine Art, dog art only.
This year I was asked to create
a logo/official artwork for the United States Australian Shepherd
Association (the AKC Parent club) specialty at Purina Farms in
Missouri. The result was Catch the Spirit', depicting 4
Australian Shepherds in the breeds' 4 colors, jumping an arch
that looks suspiciously like a little St. Louis Gateway Arch.
The artwork was received enthusiastically and the image was reproduced
on t-shirts, grooming aprons and other souvenir items to fund-raise
for the club. I donated a print run of 100 prints which were
framed and used as trophies for all first placements at the Specialty.
I also donated the original to be included in the auction as
a further fundraiser and it was won in auction local fanciers
and friends, so it came back to Maryland!..I will be doing the
official artwork for the 2007 show as well. Details will follow
on the disposition of the original and prints, if any. Next year's
theme will be Celebrate' in observation of the parent club's
15 year anniversary as an AKC-recognized breed. (The breed has
been around for several decades prior to AKC recognition, under
the aegis of the Australian Shepherd Club of America, a separate
and extremely active registry).
I participated in a very successful
spring 5 person show at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, with
a theme of the water; and have agreed to do a two-person show
in Spring of 2007 at the Troika Gallery in Easton, MD, with my
good friend Terry Miller. This will be an all black and white
show: Terry's graphite work and my Scratchboards.
In addition to Scratchboards I
might be able to have a couple of etchings included in the show.
I was loaned a nice press from an artist friend who is no longer
etching, and so have been intermittently working on copperplate
etching. So far my results are wildly uneven and I suspect this
is due to my inexperience in inking the plates for printing.
This can be rectified with patience and practice: will see if
I have either in sufficient reserve to make it work.!
My Scratchboards work ...In
a Row' is on tour with the 2005 Birds in Art National tour. This
year's Birds in Art piece is another Scratchboard, Whoopers',
depicting Whooping Cranes in shallow water. This piece is graciously
being loaned back to the museum and me by the owners for the
exhibition but will not go on tour as it needs to return to its
I had an enjoyable 2 days at the
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May (on a spectacular weekend,
weather-wise). The sheep! The wool! The crowds! The wool!
I will be back at the Waterfowl
Festival after a 2 year break, in the Elks Gallery where I have
On non-art news, my young female
Australian Shepherd Ribbon finished her ASCA championship this
spring; we will continue to show in AKC shows until that championship
is achieved as well, hopefully this year. This past October she
was Reserve Winners Bitch at the National Specialty (which pretty
much means first runner up female to the one female that won
points', and a huge accomplishment over a couple 100 other
female dogs that week).. Meanwhile I have started training in
agility with her so I will continue to have something outside
of squirrel chasing for her to do when the conformation ring
is done. And puppies next year, most likely. Ziggy (Poodle) is
getting a bit of review in training with hopes of getting back
into the obedience ring in a couple of months to finish his CDX
title in obedience. Because I have so much free time on my hands.
Also house projects loom.
Hope to see you at some of the
art events I have listed on the schedule.
Holiday time seems a good time
to update news from the studio. Paula had great success exhibiting
in the benefit show/sale for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society
again this past November and hopes to keep this show on her calendar
of annual events. The galleries have all been very active as
Autumn settled in; new work will come to all of them as the season
The Mystic International Maritime
Art exhibition and sale at the seaport gallery (September) included
2 works of Paula's: both were oil paintings, both featured a
favorite subject (egrets), and both sold on opening night. Paula
plans to keep this gallery on her year-round schedule for new
work for her New England collectors.
Paula and good friend Terry Miller
have hung their major joint exhibition, Flights of Fancy;
The Avian Art of Paula Waterman and Terry Miller' at the Black
Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland. The show features
much new, previously unseen work by both artists, though some
select pieces were borrowed from collectors for the exhibition
as well. If you did not receive your invitation to attend the
artists' reception on December 19, please come by anyway; it
is open to all. The reception hours are 1pm to 4pm on December
19. The exhibition is open from December 8 through January 6,
2005, daily except Sunday.
Much of Paula's subject matter
continues to come from the surrounding area of north central
Maryland. Livestock, landscape and wildlife subjects are the
focus. She has had some excellent opportunities to visit small
farms for reference material on sheep, fowl, and horses. In fact
a major addition to her schedule this year is the Maryland Sheep
& Wool festival the first full weekend in May, 2005, at the
Howard Co. Fairgrounds. She will share display space with Terry
Miller and the two will showcase their art depicting the region
in which they both live. Plans are to produce a number of limited
edition prints from these images. Look for the artists in one
of the covered barn areas!
Paula attended several dog shows
this year with her fine art limited edition prints and those
of her friend Lyn St. Clair. Her schedule for displaying art
at the dog shows is ever evolving but will most certainly include
a return trip to the Australian Shepherd National Specialty show
in Gonzales, Louisiana in April, and a first visit to the Australian
Shepherd Club of America National Specialty, in Conyers, Georgia
in October. In between might include a week in Salisbury, MD
at the Poodle Club of America National Specialty (June), and
the all-breed Harrisburg shows in March. At the end of January
Paula will display her work at the Pet Expo at the MD State Fairgrounds
in Timonium, MD. All of Paula's current line of prints can be
seen elsewhere on this web site. Paula continues to do commissioned
portraits of dogs as well.
Feel free to contact the artist
to answer any questions about the year's schedule of events,
gallery work, or for any inquiries at all. Meanwhile, best wishes
for a happy and safe holiday season, and snow only on the days
when you can stay home and play in it!
Well, Happy New Year to everybody!
Thought a studio news update would be in order at long last,
as winter continues here in Maryland.
Paula joined the roster of artists
this past year for the fundraiser for the Baltimore Choral Arts
Society held in November, and it was a very successful showing.
She hopes to be back there next year. Thanks go out to a very
generous collector friend who has been involved in this fund
raiser for years, who helped her to join the project. Unfortunately
the opening reception was during her time in Easton at the Waterfowl
Festival, so she was unable to be there herself.
The galleries all had wonderful
Autumn shows and she was able get work to all of them.
Paula had 2 works included in
the Mystic International at the Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery,
and currently has a painting hanging in their small works show.
She will be sending work for their Modern Marine Masters show
in the spring, and is currently working on a painting for that
Terry Miller and she had their
first Art Open House show last month (December 2003) and despite
the snow of the night before a few stalwart collectors did venture
out to join them for tea, cookies, and artwork discussion. They
consider the experiment a success and will plan another. Because
they are doing a major joint show of their avian art in December
of this year (see below) they are thinking of a summer open house
show instead, at least for 2004. If you have any thoughts on
this they would be most interested in hearing them. They would
once again concentrate on small new works that fit the wall space
and budget, but always would include some major works as well.
As for the aforementioned Avian
art show, Terry and Paula have been invited to put on a major
exhibition at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown,
MD, to open the first week of December 2004. The center is a
newly opened art space which is bright, airy, and perfect for
the display of fine art. Titled "Flights of Fancy: The Avian
Art of Terry Miller and Paula Waterman", this show will
showcase possibly as many as 100 works of theirs. The majority
of work will be new and for sale but they will also include some
of their favorite past works borrowed from collectors for this
exhibition. Invitations to the reception will go out a few weeks
in advance, and they hope to see you there.
Paula decided to forego the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC, for 2004 to concentrate
on some other avenues this year. One of the new avenues she is
taking is a business partnership with fellow artist Lyn St. Clair
to market some of their printed art. Specifically they are selling
dog art! Lyn has an inventory of several hundred beautiful images
of purebred dogs done in pen and ink which she used to market
at dog shows. Paula has a few images and is undertaking several
more to put into print, both oil paintings and Scratchboards.
She is going to be selling these limited edition prints at AKC
dog shows this year; She will probably do 8-12 shows in a year,
and will try to keep the list of shows up to date on this site.
The sheer number of Lyn's images make it impractical to try to
show them on this web site so you will have to come see them
in person; if you have never seen a dog show, here is a perfect
excuse! Shows on the schedule include the Australian Shepherd
National Specialty in St. Louis in April (at Purina Farms) and
the Poodle Club of America National Specialty, right here in
Upper Marlboro, MD in June. Several all-breed shows will be attended
as well. The first in February in Baltimore. This will be an
interesting additional outlet for some of Paula's more specialized
work. It is not decided yet which shows Lyn will actually attend
with Paula, though she is expected to be at Purina Farms in April
for the Aussies. See the calendar section of the site for places
and dates, which will evolve throughout the year.
Paula has been invited to participate
in a group show through the Carroll County Arts Council being
titled The Great Outdoors', alongside 7 or 8 other artists
including Terry Miller (imagine THAT!) And Bruce Woodward. This
opens April 15 at the Carroll County Center for the Arts and
will probably include a fairly broad cross-section of her subject
matter and media. She expects to have 10-12 artworks for the
show, much of it new.
She also plans to do the Art in
the Park outdoor show again (the one that was rained out last
June!) That is put on by the Carroll County Arts Council early
in June, dates to follow (and rain or shine again. One can assume!)
On other fronts, Paula will be
submitting work for Birds in Art in Wisconsin again this year,
and of course supplying galleries with new work. She is concentrating
a lot more on local subjects, rural scenes, domestic animals
and naturally lots of birds. She plans to be at the Waterfowl
Festival in Easton, MD in November; and will continue to take
on commissioned works as time permits.
Summer is here, with news from
the studio. This year Paulas emphasis has and will continue
to be depicting her local surroundings. Since moving to north-central
Maryland in 2001, Paula has found herself increasingly interested
in the rolling farmland of the region, with its indigenous wildlife
and farm life. While she has certainly not forsaken her African
subject matter, the endlessly varied landscapes of the state
absolutely demand a large part of her attention. This has resulted
in a bit more painting, a bit less Scratchboard. She is mostly
working in the studio but some plein air work is also being done.
This year Paula has been concentrating
on doing more small paintings, little jewels that
are easily fit into the collection and the budget. A number of
these can be seen in the gallery of this site.
Paula has had 2 large artworks
juried into the Mystic International, at the Maritime Gallery
of the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. These will be on exhibition
and sale there from October 4 through November 30.
A new opportunity for exhibiting
her work has come in the form of an invitation to participate
in the art exhibition and sale to benefit the Baltimore Choral
Arts Society; the show will be on exhibit from November 13-20
in Baltimore, details to follow. The opening reception is Friday,
As a member of the Carroll County
Arts Council Paula is participating in most member events. This
included the rainiest outdoor show in history, June 7 at the
City Hall Park of Westminster, MD. Maybe some sun next year?
She will be back there next year to see! Meanwhile she will have
a piece included in the annual Members exhibition in August
and September at the Arts Council on Main St. in Westminster.
Paula will be at the Waterfowl
Festival in Easton, MD again this year, find her in the Elks
Gallery on the Blue line bus, November 13-16, 2003.
Paula continues to work on commissioned
pieces for collectors with specific requests. If you are interested
in a commissioned portrait, please contact the artist for details
on the process.
The new year of 2002 brings plans
and major projects, including a continued evolution in Paulas
Scratchboard and oil painting techniques. She will significantly
increase her time spent painting en plein air, or outdoors on
location, and this will result in a significant increase in the
amount of landscape painting she does.
As she does every year, Paula
will be working toward her annual appearances at the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC and at the Waterfowl Festival
in Easton, MD. In addition she will submit work for the juries
of the annual exhibitions of Birds in Art (Wisconsin) and the
Society of Animal Artists (Denver this year).
The major project for Paula will
be preparing for her one-artist show at the McBride Gallery,
Annapolis, MD, to open Sunday, September 29, 2002. She will plan
to include 15-25 pieces of Scratchboard and a like number of
oil paintings in this, her 3rd one-artist show at this gallery.
If you wish to have a mailed invitation to this opening, please
use the e-mail contact to request inclusion on the mailing list.
Some of the works being prepared for the show will be displayed
on this site, but the majority will appear only after the show
opens in the gallery in September.
Another major project centers
around the dog population of the house. This year Paula will
work toward earning specific AKC Obedience titles for 2 dogs,
and on gaining points toward a conformation championship on a