NC State Fair News

NC State Fair News

What an AMAZING week! After the great news of 1st Place from last weekend’s Watercolor Society of North Carolina Exhibition, I was hoping to receive a call from the NC State Fair with good news about my entries for this year. However, Hurricane Michael had other ideas and came roaring through first. So, with no electricity for several days, wifi or phone service, I had no idea of the results. Then while pumping water out of our basement Thursday morning (at 4 AM!) I was finally able to check e-mail and Facebook.

To my complete surprise and amazement, someone had posted the photos below that informed me that I had been awarded ‘Best of Show’ for “The Lady of Catalana” and ‘Best North Carolina Scene’ for “Fall Beauty on the Blue Ridge.”

Both can be seen during the annual Orange County Open Studio Tour--November 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th. http://ocagnc.org/

Link: Orange County Open

^top   Contact   Art   Permalink   Posted: 11/19/18

WSNC weekend in West Jefferson:
WSNC weekend in West Jefferson:

WSNC weekend in West Jefferson:

Amazing! What a memorable weekend in West Jefferson at the Watercolor Society of North Carolina Annual Juried Exhibition! First, along with several other members, I was honored (and humbled) to be awarded ‘Master Signature Status’.

Then I was truly honored to receive the 1st place award for my painting, “Lights, Camera, Reflection”, by well-known painter, workshop instructor and juror, Iain Stewart. (below) This award coming from Iain is quite meaningful because I have appreciated his ability and work for many years.

Congratulations to all of the participating artists—and a BIG “thank you” to all of the volunteers who worked SO hard to carry the weekend. On top of that, “Lights, Camera, Reflection” is moving to a new home after the show…Sold! I am SO thankful and I take none of this for granted.

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Special Mention of Jury to: David Stickel The Biennial International Prize "Fabriano Watercolour 2018"

Special Mention of Jury to: David Stickel

The Biennial International Prize "Fabriano Watercolour 2018"

The Biennial International Prize "Marche d'Acqua" Fabriano Watercolour, established on 2010 by the City of Fabriano - UNESCO Creative City and realized by his Paper and Watermark Museum, is awarded to international Artists who applies Watercolour techniques on paper.

The main purpose of the Fabriano's biennial prize is to encourage and spread a love of watercolour painting on real handmade paper by involving ad inviting only the finest of practicing artists.

This was achievable through the members of the jury panel making their four nominations only choosing those artists that they believe to be of a high international standing and not just because they are friends, fellow countrymen or members of their own association of artists.

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Reflecting on Reflections David's Article in American Watercolor Magazine

Reflecting on Reflections

David's Article in American Watercolor Magazine

Reflections are a huge part of our visual diet. They’re everywhere … a store window, the hood of a car, a wet sidewalk, or a puddle in the street after the rain. They can be complex or simple—but they undoubtedly add a huge dimension to what each of us sees every single day.

I’m not always drawn to the most complex compositions, but I do love the challenges they present. My job is to make them appear as convincing as possible. I work from my own photos, where I’m able to capture these fleeting images in glass or water. In France, my wife once translated for me what several locals were saying as they watched me shoot photos of store windows: “What does he see? What is he looking at?”

...read more at the link below:

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Galleria Versace receives Margaret Martin Memorial Award American Watercolor Society 149th Annual International Exhibition

Galleria Versace receives Margaret Martin Memorial Award

American Watercolor Society 149th Annual International Exhibition

I’m thrilled—as well as humbled--to learn (just last night) that my painting, “Galleria Versace” has been awarded the MARGARET MARTIN MEMORIAL AWARD in the American Watercolor Society 149th Annual International Exhibition. (April 4 - April 23, 2016, Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York)

A SPECIAL word of gratitude to the Jury of Awards: Dean Mitchell, Carole D. Barnes & Burton Silverman.

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Splash 16
Splash 16

Splash 16

Fun (and exciting) thing that happened to Sean and I recently was the release of Splash 16 which we both have paintings included. The editors said they've had a husband and wife team get accepted in the same edition...but this was the first time for a father & son.

And I like the last part of the caption printed by Sean's painting (he wrote it)... "......... My eye has always been drawn to reflections, an interest I developed from my father, David Stickel, also featured in this book (see page 66). He is known as the Artist of Reflection. I have a fantastic teacher."

David: "Window Watching"

Sean: "Reflections of the Hood"

Link: Splash 16

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Magazine feature: Watercolor Artist, August 2014

Magazine feature: Watercolor Artist, August 2014

Proud to be included... take a peek inside:

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