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“Cellular time!” took Best of Show! Woot!

"Cellular Time!" watercolor 22x30"
“Cellular Time!” watercolor 22×30″

I began painting this watercolor a long time ago and only just decided to finish it recently! I had fun lifting out (or painting in) lots of little patterns with a small scrubbie brush or soft toothbrush.
Can you see the DNA strands, mitochondria, golgi body, protein strands, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, plus the cog-machinery lift outs around the nucleus? My science background is peaking through my artwork!

This won the Margaret FitzWilliam Award of Excellence, judged by Elli Crocker at the Wellesley Society of Artists, Fall 2016 show.
The judge wrote some nice comments:
Ambitious scale, inventive imagery, virtuoso handling of the watercolor medium, sensitive play of color. The more you look, the more you see! The painting asks questions of the viewer. Layered meaning as well as superb technical facility

“Bad Hair Day”

“Bad Hair Day”, watercolor 15×22″ by Sally Meding

I painted this sunflower that I saw on a street near me because its petals were blowing all over and I was having a bad hair day myself-so I  sympathized with the flower!


I entered it in Wellesley Society of Artists Fall show and was excited to receive the “Margaret Fitzpatrick award for excellence in watercolor! The judge, Cheryl Clinton wrote the following comment “Clear color and strong composition”

I had fun representing the seeds in bright colors from red through to purple. The transparency of the petals was achieved through multiple thin glazes of color.

Jazz City Nights

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“Jazz City Nights” (after Katrina), watercolor, 22×30″ by Sally Meding

I entered “Jazz City Nights” into the Open Juried Show titled “Art inspired by music” at Rhode Island Watercolor Society.

It won first place! Yay! The juror, Bob Noreika” wrote the following comment “Unique to the “theme” of the show-wonderful rhythm and gestural flow of design!”
This painting has a lot of history!
It was painted when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The very small shapes represent the cars that were jammed in the city as roads were not equipped for this kind of traffic. The calla lily for peace morphing into a trumpet for the music. The painting when near completion fell out of the back of my car on the way to my art group. It was run-over by a truck just after it rained and the tire mark is part of the painting as texture!