Watercolor group to exhibit at First Friday
Painter says fellow artists 'encourage growth'
When it comes to her preferred way to paint, Elizabeth Zimmerman says watercolor is where its at.
I work quick and like to rework parts of the painting sometimes, and watercolor allows me to do that without muddying the colors and waiting a long time for it to dry, she says. And it challenges me because you cant go back and erase something, so you have to have a game plan and map it out.
Zimmerman, a Gresham resident, belongs to the Watercolor Society of Oregons Wyeast Critique Group, whose members will exhibit their works at the Caswell Gallery, 253/255 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, in November. The gallery is one of several shops in Troutdale that host First Friday Art Walk events, and the next one is set to take place from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 7 along the Historic Columbia River Highway.
The event features wine tastings and music as well. Among the artists to be featured at this months Walk is Jordan McGee, whom gallery owner Rip Caswell is mentoring. This show will feature McGees first publicly exhibited bronze sculptures.
Zimmerman has tried other types of painting, but wound up focusing on watercolor.
In art college I tried almost all mediums oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, charcoal, graphite, and colored pencil, she says. Ive continued with watercolor because it fits my personality.
Zimmerman attended Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, graduating in 2009 with a minor in fine art and then attending the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, from which she graduated in 2012 with a bachelors degree in fine art in drawing and painting. In addition to the Watercolor Society of Oregon, she also belongs to the Northwest Watercolor Society and International Equine Artists, which focuses on horse paintings. Her award-winning work has been exhibited at several Oregon events, and shes also designed labels for wine bottles.
I work from photographs, she adds. I take my own photos and use them as reference. And sometimes I paint from life, plein air painting.
Zimmerman enjoys painting such natural scenes of landscapes, animals and people.
Its not always about the landscape, its about the sunlight, she says. How the sun hits objects and casts shadows inspires me. Painting for me is about capturing the shadows and sunshine with color and values. When I go hiking in the woods, or riding in the truck with my husband, I take photos of how the sun casts its light on the scenery.
Zimmerman joined the Wyeast group about a year ago and says its members have inspired her.
Ive found its important to put your art in front of your peers, she says. It encourages growth. You can say to yourself, Oh, that looks great. But others in the critique group will suggest ways to bring it up a notch. They have been critical, but not harsh in their critiques.
Zimmerman says shes looking forward to First Friday Art Walk.
I like meeting people and answering questions about my artwork, she says.
For more information on Zimmerman, visit westernrosestudios.com.
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