Greg Mason Burns

Experiments in Watercolor: Diversity in Luminosity


Experiments in Watercolor: Diversity in Luminosity

Poster by Liz Prescott

Experiments in Watercolor: Diversity in Luminosity, is a seven-artist exhibit that I have both curated and am in as an artist. The show runs at the UMVA Gallery at 516 Congress Street in Portland, Maine for the month of May, 2022. The artists, including me, are: Alan Crichton, Arthur Nichols, Liz Prescott, Rabee Kiwan, Ed Nadeau, and Jack Silverio.

I created this exhibit as an attempt to show how watercolor has many varieties of work. I believe most people think of watercolor as great washes of landscapes and portraits. But I have often worked in the abstract, and many times I apply the paint rather thickly. You can see my watercolors on my portfolio here.

The Show opens Friday, May 6th from 5-8pm, and it runs until May 28th. Artists will be gallery sitting Thurs and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It is an exhibit well-worth seeing just for the diversity. I was very careful in how I chose the artists. I really wanted a wide selection of works that showed everything from realist washes to thick abstract, and the reverse, too. We have Crichton’s surrealist portraits, Silverio’s geometric washes, and Prescott’s luminous blocks of color. Also, there’s Nadeau’s realist landscapes, Kiwan’s realist washes, Nichol’s realist blocks and shapes, and my mix of transparent washes and watercolor painted like oil impasto-style.