new works...

Lile Elam ((no email))
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 20:57:16 -0700

Hi folks,

I hope all is well with everyone.

Today I finished a large watercolor which I am pretty excited about.
I am getting ready for a show up in Berkeley, CA at a hair salon there
and am working hard to get the promised works completed.

When I took sample works to this place, I showed one large water
color that was 4 feet wide and 2.5 feet high and the proprietor
loved it... partially because it was so large. So we talked and I
said I could have 7 or 8 of these ready after the first week of
Sept. :) Needless to say I am painting frantically to get all this

Anyways, today I was pretty happy with the painting I finished. It's
wonderful working so large in watercolor. It's like a totally new
way of painting for me. The painting I did today is similar to the
one located at:

This image is of the smaller version that is 22"x30". I have done
3 paintings so far but feel that this is the first one that I would
feel comfortable showing. I am continuing the landscape theme for this
upcoming show as I really enjoy it.

I got a roll of Arches 140 lb. weight hot press paper which is very smooth
and am cutting it to be the size I want to work in. To show the works, I am
planning on lightly mounting the art with linen paper tape onto acid free
white foam core board. I was going to have the works shrink wrapped
but found that it will be more economical to just use a roll of plastic
and wrap them securely in that.

Since the works are going to be in a place where moisture and hair spray
prevale... I thought that this would be a good way to protect them
cheaply. What can I say... we starving artists must be creative! :)

Anyways, I am all excited about the new upcoming show and hope to
have most of the works done by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. I
figure it will be a painting a day... at least.

So I am painting in my studio during the day and am now working on after it gets dark. It just seems to work better for me this
way... it's easier to see watercolors during the day and computer screens
after dark. :)

I'll let you know how the show goes.... By the way, has anyone heard
of artists painting so large in watercolors?

Wish me luck! I would love to hear about new works that you have been
working on.