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October 14, 2013 October 14, 2013

Yesterday we held the opening ceremony for the Watercolor Society of Indiana’s annual juried exhibition. I was lucky enough to be accepted for the third straight year and am really humble because the acceptance was so unexpected. The show includes some incredible works of art. My painting is titled Convergence 2 and is on Arches watercolor board.

Convergence 2

Convergence 2

This was painted early in 2012 not long after I lost my brave man to cancer.  I was thinking about the merging of his energy, his lively, lovely spirit with that of the universe.

This show hangs at the very generous Indianapolis Museum of Art where I am a docent.  For the last five years I have trained a pool of docents so they can use pieces from the show during their tours. For the first time I will be doing tours of the exhibit for the public. Thank you IMA for your tremendous support of the artistic community in Indiana!


January 8, 2013 January 8, 2013

Happy New Year to everyone! As you probably realize, I have been on hiatus. During November I was chairman for a 125 person, 17 vendor luncheon and bazaar for the Association of International Women and during November and December I was touring at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at about 5X our normal rate. Usually we do 1-2 tours per month and I was doing 8 or 9 tours each month. The museum is built on an estate that was owned by a member of the Eli Lilly family (as in Lilly pharmaceuticals). When the Art Association of Indianapolis needed a home for a new museum in the late 1960’s the estate was donated by the Lilly family. The original home is now a national historic landmark and the museum’s largest work of art. The family donated the home with most of the furniture and decorative arts on the first floor in place so we have a unique and special situation. The home is always decorated for the holidays with designs from 1920-1940. It is very popular and quite beautiful. We had huge crowds this year and I am always glad to see so much interest in something so historically important to the area. If you’re interested in learning more click here .

I wanted to share a photo of the Best in Show for the Watercolor Society of Indiana’s Juried Show. The painting is a watercolor collage done by Peggy Brown.

Peggy Brown - WSI Juried Show Winner

Peggy Brown – WSI Juried Show Winner

I took a workshop from Peggy several years ago and she is universally respected and admired. The link to her website is in my blogroll. Peggy has a very unusual process that she also uses to create marvelous art quilts.   I hope you will check it out.

Wishing everyone a great Tuesday, happy New Year and success in 2013.



August 10, 2012 August 10, 2012

Hi to all of my blogging friends! The weather has broken and we are going to have a couple of cooler days before it gets hot again. We have also had several very welcome thunderstorms (lots of wind damage though but my community wasn’t hit hard). We are still in a drought and will probably break the record for 90 degree days but I don’t feel so beaten down.

That said, I have some good news. In the last few days, I received word that I was lucky enough to have paintings accepted for both the Midwest National Abstract Show and the Watercolor Society of Indiana Show. Both are juried (Cheng Kee Chee juried the WSI show) and the WSI show hangs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art where I am a docent so being accepted into that show is particularly special. I know you have seen these before but here is the painting that was accepted for the Abstract show.

100 Degree Summer 5

It is on a full sheet of Crescent Illustration Board and is my first full sheet abstract using this style. Scaling up is SCAAARRRY!

The painting accepted by WSI is on a full sheet (these are smaller than full sheets of WC paper and illustration board although I think larger sheets are available now) of the new watercolor board made by Arches.

Convergence 3


October 16, 2011 – Bruce Moore November 7, 2011

Here is another of the wonderful winners of the Watercolor Society of Indiana Show currently hanging at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Olio by Bruce Moore, Watermedia on Yupo, 20" X 28"

Definition of OLIO-  a miscellaneous mixture : hodgepodge, a miscellaneous collection (as of literary or musical selections)

The Founder’s Award ( 3rd Place): Judge’s Comments

This painting has good focus and good contrast.  I like the nice, soft edges.  It is put together beautifully and has a wonderful medallion design, which one doesn’t see very often.”

Artist’s Comments:

My painting, “Olio,” is a Yupo collage painting. Yupo is a synthetic surface comprised of polypropylene. I do most of my abstract or non-representational painting on Yupo. To make the collage pieces I used sharp scissors to cut out pieces of interest from other Yupo paintings I have done. I have hundreds of these cutouts at hand so I can choose the shapes and color combinations I want. I usually apply collage to an underlying painting, or even a completed painting that needs more life to it. The underlying painting as well as the collage pieces have to be completely dry and finished with an acrylic gloss UV protected spray I use on my Yupo paintings. (If not ,the paint will wash right off if touched with water, glue or paint because Yupo is not absorbant.) I place the underlying painting down on my painting table and start picking up pieces and arranging them on the painting. I can spend hours rearranging the pieces, substituting, cutting, and so on. I often walk away so I can return for a fresh viewpoint. I am looking for evocative combinations of color and shape but my primary focus is on composition. With pre-cut forms it is easy to overwhelm the painting with too many juxtaposed forms and colors.  Only when I am fully satisfied do I begin glueing the pieces to the painting. The title I chose for this painting has as much to do with the process of its creation as it does the substance.

I hope you enjoy seeing what my fellow Indiana artists are doing. They are incredible artists and very special people.


October 16, 2011 October 21, 2011

I have never specifically shown the work of another artist on my blog BUT, as a huge promoter of the Watercolor Society of Indiana and a HUGE fan of the top three artists of 2011, I wanted to share the magic they create with you, my fellow artists and bloggers. I have included the Judge’s Comments and comments from the artists. You may also see notes from me since I pulled this information together for use by the docents at the IMA.

2011 Best in Show - A Sanguine Summer by Jerry Smith

Smith, Jerry, Sanguine Summer, acrylic on paper 29 x 21

Wilbur Meese Memorial Award: BEST IN SHOW

“This painting has beautiful flow, movement, and balance.  Everything good about composition exists in the painting.  The color is incredible—especially the grays.  I want to take this painting home with me.”

I’m constantly drawn to the Indiana landscape, especially the rolling hills and small farms found in the southern part of the state. In recent years I’ve been particularly interested in incorporating the textures and shapes of large foregrounds into my paintings. I’ve found the layering of acrylic paints useful in achieving the desired results.

Because this painting won Best-in-Show (and because I wanted to incorporate it in a Public Tour called Impressionism and Beyond) I sent Jerry several questions. Here are his answers to my mini-in terview. (PS I had to look it up…sanguine means cheerful or hopeful.)

1. Do you think of yourself as having a particular style or following a particular “school” of art?

I have not attempted to follow a particular style or school of painting. My beginning tendency was toward tight realism, but my preference is impressionism. I have spent many years trying to make this transition. I feel my main influence has been the Impressionists, especially the Cape Ann School painters such as Frederick Mulhaupt, Harry Vincent, and Aldro Hibbard.

2. Do you do plein air sketching and/or painting? Do you ever start a painting en plein air and finish in the studio?

Yes, I always carry and sketchbook and watercolors when I travel. I do both plein air and studio painting. When painting outside I prefer to finish the painting on location. However, weather or time limitations sometimes force me to finish or rework a painting in the studio.

3. Do you ever do a series of paintings of a specific location?

I love to work this way. Many times in the course of doing a painting, I get ideas about how the painting could be done in a different way or pushed in a different direction.

4. Do you have a favorite palette of colors?

I have no favorite colors. I use a fairly limited palette made up primarily of a warm and a cool in each of the primary colors plus a green and an earth tone, such as burnt sienna.

5. What do you consider most critical to a successful landscape (ie color, line, composition, value contrasts)?

It is very difficult to rank the order of importance for the elements of painting. They are all important. If forced to do so, I would have to say that it is critical to have a good composition before other things can be considered. It seems that color ranks very high among people viewing paintings.

6. How long does it take for you to paint a work like “Sanguine Summer”?

Sanguine Summer is a studio painting done from sketches and photos. A painting takes as long as it takes. Sometimes I work on a painting in more than one session and I tend to lose track of time when doing so. I also spend time planning and thinking about a painting before I ever start so I hesitate to put number estimates on the time put into a painting. An oft heard clichéd answer is “It took x hours to do the painting and a lifetime to learn how.”