Sunday, March 5, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art Watercolor videos

Here's a cool thing that happened recently. I got asked to be the demonstration artist for four technique videos made by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for this exhibition:

How watercolor became an American phenomenon
March 1, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Shooting video like this was something completely new to me, and it was exciting, a truly fascinating process. I have new appreciation for every Art Video I've ever seen, now that I understand more about what goes into it. Such a lot! The paper conservation staff and the video people were prepared, professional and ready for everything, and the day flew by. The videos turned out GREAT!

Painting in front of a whole bunch of cameras
Taking a short break while they set up the next shot.
Curator Kathleen A. Foster at the opening reception.

My husband and I enjoying the reception.
Thrilled to be a tiny part of this fantastic show!
Quick shot of one of the four videos
starring my right hand. It was
 weird but cool overhearing people
commenting on the videos!

This show is a must-see for anyone who loves Watercolor. It's almost like undergoing a series of wonderful shocks, seeing iconic painting after iconic painting, there on the wall right in front of your eyes! Plus an amazing "back up choir" of stellar works never seen before. And if you go, give a little nod to the video kiosks. Explaining a bit about the watercolor process was a brilliant idea and I could see that it really deepened the enjoyment of the show for many people. Maybe some viewers will even be inspired to start painting! 

For more information on the American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent exhibition: