“As the Parade Passed By” – new painting

“As the Parade Passed By” – 12′ x 15″ watercolor on paper.
VIVA Gallery – NWS all member show

Last week, I got some very good news that I’d like to share with you. If you’ve been following this blog for the last year or so you can imagine how much this “first time” means to me.

I found out that this new painting, “As the Parade Passed By” has been juried into the Natl. Watercolor Society’s all member show, which will be hung in about a month at the VIVA gallery in Sherman Oaks, California (in the San Fernando Valley.) I am delighted to be included in this show of other NWS members and look forward to becoming more involved through activities and future competitions as well.

The painting was developed from an original photograph I took at a parade not too long ago. The man had a faraway look that I wanted to work with and enhance in watercolor. It was painted about two weeks ago. The watermark, of course, is not on the original.

When I got my MJ at UCLA, one of my favorite J-school classes was photojournalism. To be able to fade invisibly into a crowd and capture a face, a look, a moment, still fills me with excitement. Translating that into another medium has made the experience all the more enjoyable and precious.


P.S. Here’s a good article on the use of street photography as an art form


  1. Casey
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations Karen! It’s well -deserved, this painting is really beautifully done – I’m so excited for you. I also like to paint random people whom I’ve photographed (but you do it better).

  2. Robyn Smith
    March 12, 2007

    Sincere congratualtions, Karen. It is great that your considerable skill has been recognised in this public way. Enjoy the experience.

  3. Malinda
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations Karen!!! I am so happy for you! Fantastic painting, well deserved! We all know how much hard work you’ve put into your art these last few years and are very prproud to have witnessed the process and progress you’ve made!!

    Much love and Blessings!!

  4. teric
    March 12, 2007

    What a wonderful painting!! What a wonderfully deserved honor. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  5. patty
    March 12, 2007

    Well done and Congrats to you Karen!
    And many thanks for all that you do for the EDM group, too!
    We are surely happy for you,patty

  6. Shirley
    March 12, 2007

    CONGRATULATIONS Karen! What a wonderful painting – it deserves to be recognized, shown, and admired. You must be thrilled!

  7. Linda
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations, Karen! This is a fabulous painting — the jury obviously knows their stuff… :-) This is so well deserved — good for you!

  8. Jana Bouc
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations! I love the painting nad the look you captured in his eyes. I think painting people is one of your real strengths and I’m happy to see more of it. The show sounds wonderful. Thanks for the link about photographing people on the street.

  9. nina johansson
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations, I can´t imagine anyone who deserves this more than you. You have been working so hard, and come to fantastic results in your painting, and this is such a great acknowledgment of your work. It is exciting to follow your journey, you are a great inspiration!

  10. Kunya
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations. You deserve it.

  11. Bill (wp3)
    March 12, 2007

    Well done. There’s a saying, a person’s gifts make way for her. And so it is. What a nice reward for your efforts, something in addition to the skills gained. I think a lot of NWS and think it requires some good design qualities, and rightly so. You’re on your way , course you have been for some time anyway!

  12. Tom G
    March 12, 2007


    Talent like yours finds its way to the public.

  13. laserone
    March 12, 2007

    Congrats! That is SUPER COOL!! :)

  14. Ujwala
    March 12, 2007

    Congratulations! and this portrait is fantastic. love the look in his eyes.

  15. Ronell
    March 13, 2007

    Congratulations, Karen. This is a beautiful, sensitive painting and deserves to be recognized!

  16. Felicity
    March 13, 2007

    Congratulations Karen, it’s so well deserved! Love this painting – the composition, the light and the look on his face, fabulous!

  17. Agnes
    March 13, 2007

    Congratulations, Karen. The portrait is so simple, yet so expressive. I am in awe!

  18. Wendee
    March 13, 2007

    Congratulations! I’ll be sure to go. Is there an opening reception?
    What a wonderful job, capturing a fleeting moment in time. Just lovely!

  19. laura tm
    March 13, 2007

    Superbly done Karen and what an honor, well earned and richly deserved – congratulations in a BIG way =)

  20. Patsy Terrell
    March 13, 2007

    Congratulations! That’s fabulous news. Big Kudos!

  21. Renate
    March 13, 2007

    I’m late, but Congratulations from me too!
    I’ll never now how one is able to do such things with watercolors …

  22. carole
    March 14, 2007

    Congratulations, Karen! This is a beautiful portrait. You really have captured that far away look. I wonder what he’s thinking about?

  23. Maureen
    March 14, 2007

    Karen, congratulations on this first of what will be many awards and shows …. I am sure. It’s great you’re on the road. Good luck.
    I like this portrait as well — you’ve expressed a feeling I see in people in crowds sometimes, an in-between state of mind.

  24. Terry Banderas
    March 14, 2007

    What a nice accomplishment for you. Your painting is great and the close up certainly shows the professional detail. I am pleased for you right along with all of your other followers.

  25. Toni
    March 15, 2007

    Congratulations Karen!
    Well deserved and I can see why you got accepted.
    The figure, composition, and style are excellent.

  26. Robyn
    March 15, 2007

    My congratulations are very late but I hope the thrill hasn’t faded, Karen. You’ve captured the moment beautifully. Enjoy the experience, so well deserved. I’m actually surprised is hasn’t happened before.

  27. Suzanne
    March 15, 2007

    Wow Karen, this is just breathtaking. He carries so much emotion in his eyes. Congratulations on your recognition and for being an inspiration for others.

  28. Jennafer
    March 16, 2007

    Although it has been said 27 times before me…. Congratulations! That is fantastic! I always continue to be impressed by your passion and dedication to your work!

  29. Loretta
    March 16, 2007

    Congratulations, Karen! Wonderful news, wonderful artist, wonderful friend, and wonderful painting! I love working from photos and I’m so inspired after seeing yours. It has such a clean, fresh, and unstudied look. Fabulous!

  30. lindsay
    March 16, 2007

    Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats Karen. You have worked very hard for this. May it be the first of many honors bestowed on you!

  31. Detlef
    March 17, 2007

    Two thumbs up!

  32. patti gregory
    March 17, 2007

    Dear Karen, Oh…I am really excited for You! This is such a great and well-deserved-honor for your work! I’m not as well-informed a judge as Danny but I know emotion in art when i see it! You’ve really captured something- an immediate sense of artistic beauty (I admire the colour sense in balance, proportion and the simplicity of your brushstroke, all at 1st glance. Too often I notice that artists overwork their lines when capturing so much feeling. You’ve done a great job! i Love This Guy!
    Do more….please!

  33. Erika
    April 12, 2007

    Congratulations Karen! It’s no wonder this piece got accepted – such a beautiful face you got there! I love your light glazes you have such a light touch :)

  34. Donna Collins
    April 13, 2007

    Hi, I’m a fellow WnW member. Just wanted to let you know how much I like your parade painting. I have never tried a portrait and yours is so alive and wonderful that it makes me want to try. Maybe some day.

  35. Charcoal portraits
    August 20, 2007

    Nice expression in his eyes. I love paintings that have a very clear expression, that shows their mood too :)

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