12th Annual ISAP International Open Exhibition
Charles Harrington, Juror
August 8 - September 6, 2009 — Santa Cruz, California, USA
The Juror of the 12th Exhibition
For more information about Charles and his work, visit his website.
Serving as juror for an art exhibition is always a bittersweet experience for me. It gives me great pleasure to help fellow artists gain well deserved peer recognition. On the other hand, there is always the disappointment that comes from having to reject otherwise deserving works simply because there is limited display space for the exhibition. For those whose works were accepted into this show, congratulations.
For those who didn’t make it in this year: talent, hard work, and persistence are a combination that eventually results in success. I look forward to seeing your work in future exhibitions.
At the risk of sounding simplistic, here are four broad criteria that I used to jury this show.
First Impression: A successful work of art should immediately capture and hold the attention of a viewer. Failure to do so usually indicates problems at the design level. Strong works of art almost always identify themselves at the first impression.
Communication: Painting is a voice through which the artist communicates who he or she is and what they have to say to the world. Is this painting getting my attention; and what is this artist trying to say to me through it?
Design: Commonly accepted design principles related to painting are well documented and should be the foundation of every painter’s education and practice. Although history is replete with examples of artists who successfully bend those rules, more numerous are those who ignore them to the detriment of their work.
Control of Your Medium: A skillful control of your chosen medium comes as a result of study and experience. The artist must learn the capabilities and the limitations of his or her chosen medium; then, apply it with confidence. Confidence and competence communicates through the finished work.
Thanks for allowing me to share this exhibition with you.
biographical details about Charles, we recommend that you visit Charles' website.
I am primarily a landscape painter. It is in the beauty and the complexities of my natural environment that I find inspiration for most of my paintings; however, my academic and practical experience in architecture gives me an appreciation for and a fascination with the built environment and it's partnership with the natural. As a result, many of my paintings will include buildings or other evidence of man's contribution to his environment. Throughout history man has created his "places" of shelter, worship, recreation, commerce, etc. within, and hopefully in harmony with, his natural environment. I find this combination of natural and man-made subjects replete with inspiration for paintings.
Although I often find a metaphoric message or a story to be told in a specific natural or man-made subject, my objective is more often to simply share a moment, a mood, or the beauty of a "place". It is my hope that the inspiration and the depth of feeling that motivated me to paint a particular subject will resonate with the viewer in a meaningful way.
is a realist in style; he loves to paint landscapes, as you can see
Acrylics: The Watercolor Alternative is published by North
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been produced as a teaching video. It can serve
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Charles presents workshops several times a year. Monitor his website for details of future offerings.
meantime, you can enjoy his new workshop on DVD, called
The following (partial) review is taken from Charles' website. Visit the site for more details.
"Charles draws on the best features of both acrylic and watercolor in his acrylic landscape painting workshop. He achieves the subtle color shifts and luminous transparency of watercolor while attaining the durability of acrylic. He also introduces tools and techniques perfected over years as an architectural illustrator.
"At home in the Ozarks, Charles introduces his portable plein air kit and paints a study that will serve as his reference in the studio. Back indoors, Charles works in the watercolorist’s style. He uses light preliminary washes and thin layers of pigment, allowing him to vary colors at every stage. Charles modifies his larger painting from his original plein air reference to achieve stronger design and value balance."
This workshop on DVD is presented by Creative
In summary, it should be obvious that Charles is a strong advocate of the acrylic medium in fine art. This is clear in his own work, as well as in the books, videos, and workshops he offers in support of artists using acrylic.
Charles has also expressed his firm support of ISAP, the International Association of Acrylic Painters, as the only international society dedicated to representing and encouraging acrylic painters around the world. We are fortunate indeed for the participation, support, and guidance of a master of our chosen medium.
Thank you, Charles!
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