Landed in Raleigh after returning from a wonderful week with the Watercolor Art Society of Houston (WASH) and received this email:
Congratulations, Ryan! I’m very pleased to inform you that your painting, Amsterdam Skyline, has won Second Place in this year’s Watermedia Showcase competition. In recognition of this, you’ll receive a prize award of $____ + free Artists Network Membership for 1 year ($__ value). Our competitions manager will be reaching out to you about the prizes sometime in the next month or so. In addition, your winning painting and your artwork in general will be the subject of a full-length feature article in the Spring 2023 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.
I am honored. I have entered this competition numerous times and always assume I am throwing my $40 bucks away every time. What do I know? It just shows that you cannot win (or lose) unless you try.
This painting is currently available (unframed) at Studio 1407-5 at Anchorlight. You can see it in person on December 3rd for our bi-annual Open House.
The City of Raleigh is doing a ton of sewer line construction in the area. Don’t worry- you can get to the studio but some of the surrounding streets may be closed. We WILL be open and you can park in our parking lots on 1407 S. Bloodworth.
See you soon. I will have a lot of new artwork available in the studio (framed and unframed). This is the perfect time to purchase art from a real living artist.
Centerfest returns this weekend! Join me at my booth for a (hopefully) beautiful weekend. Lots of new artwork available for sale- original paintings (framed and unframed) as well as a selection of prints and cards from around the world.
Come to beautiful downtown Durham this weekend as Centerfest takes over the streets. 100+ vendors. Music. Tons of great artwork.
The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 47th Annual CenterFest back to Downtown Durham. CenterFest is the longest-running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina. CenterFest boasts juried visual artists from near and far, great entertainment, lots of food and fun, and educational activities for kids. Downtown Durham’s vibrant city center district, CenterFest performers, artists, and visitors will enjoy a setting filled with restaurants, shops, and studios: a perfect space for an event that will bring 30,000+ visitors over the weekend. CenterFest 2022 will include several performance stages showcasing music, dance, street performers, and community groups. Bring the family, bring your friends, bring the neighborhood!
Lots of new artwork available online. Check out my online SHOP. Free shipping (domestic US) for prints and originals. Quarter sheet (11×15″) original watercolor paintings. One of a kind artwork created using the magic of watercolor.
These paintings are all watercolors using a variety of techniques- pouring watercolor, dropping pure colors next to each other (kiss technique), scratching to create details (with a bit of dry-brush to also suggest architectural detail), and more.
These paintings were all begun as demonstrations for my watercolor classes in the area- Wake Forest, Cary, Raleigh, and Durham. I am always trying to teach my students something different and we cover a lot of ground in my classes– layering, color theories, exploring different ways to mix colors, and much more.
Join me at my studio in Anchorlight (just a little south of downtown Raleigh) for our Semi-Annual open house.
My studio is busting at the seams with new artwork. Loads of unframed originals. Framed paintings.
Anchorlight is a creative space, founded with the intent of fostering artists at varying stages of their development. Anchorlight provides a combination of artist studios, residency opportunities, and exhibition space. Through the establishment of an internal community of artists, designers, and craftspeople, Anchorlight encourages mentorship and the cross-pollination of knowledge and skills.
Founded in 2017 as a collaboration between James A. Goodnight and artist Shelley Smith, Anchorlight is home to 26 artist studios and a 1,500 square foot zero-commission gallery in addition to the Brightwork Fellowship. The first incarnation of the Brightwork program was also launched in 2017 and offered four artists per year a fully subsidized studio for one year, with a solo exhibition at the end of each artist’s residency.
Beginning in January 2022 the Brightwork Fellowship will become a fully funded residency program for North Carolina based visual artists. The Fellowship will provide a 500+ square-foot studio space at Anchorlight, an exhibition opportunity in our gallery, and an unrestricted financial award of $50,000.00 to one artist per year who is at a pivotal moment in their career.
North Carolina is home to artists with incredible talent, vision, and skill. Anchorlight has created an opportunity that will provide these artists with unparalleled support in the state they call home. It is the intent of the program to demonstrate to artists living and working in North Carolina that they are valued, worthy of investment, and that the voice they bring to the cultural discourse of our state is a vital facet of North Carolina’s identity. More than anything, this program intends to empower N.C. artists with the gift of time, space, and financial support to fully explore their creative potential.
Join us May 7th from 4-7pm. 1401 and 1407 S. Bloodworth St. 27610
Just in time for graduation (and the recent NCAA March Madness tournament- I have been working on a bunch of UNC Old Well and Duke Chapel watercolor paintings.
I have recently wrapped up a few of my Beginning Watercolor and Watercolor. Again! classes in Wake Forest and Cary. I am still teaching in Durham and Raleigh.
I take my summer’s off so I can work on some big personal pieces. Teaching 4 days a week (6 classes) is great, but my studio has been neglected and has been gathering dust. Time to get back there and create some work!
Iwill be adding more classes in the Fall- waiting to hear back about schedules. Check out my Classes/Workshops page on my website for upcoming details.
Lots of new artwork available. These 11×15″ paintings on 140lb professional watercolor paper demonstrate a broad range of techniques, styles, and subjects. I am always pushing myself to create something new for my own personal artistic growth, and for students in my classes. Do they always turn out. No. Absolutely not- but there is nothing wrong with a “failed painting”. Every mistake is a chance to grow as an artist.
Fine art watercolor paintings of Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza. Watercolor paintings on YUPO synthetic (fancy name for plastic). Mayan inspired stamps created and added to texture of ruins and skies. All paintings sealed with UV Archival Finish. Unframed.
Painting watercolor on YUPO is a challenge. The “paper” can take hours to dry (depending on humidity levels) and you have ONE chance to layer on top of previous layers. If you go over a previously painted layer twice, all the color comes off and mixes with the layer you are creating.
However, since this is plastic, and all the color can be removed (even most staining colors) I created a series of Mayan inspired stamps and selectively removed shapes in the sky and temples. Once the details were created, the paintings were sealed with a UV Archival finish.
This is the first time I have ever used watercolor ground. Once the paintings were sealed I used a substance called watercolor ground on top of the paintings. This allowed me to go back into the painting and layer and darken areas without the fear of removing the previous layers. For example, I usually darken all the corners of my paintings to help draw the eye to the focal point.
All three paintings are available for purchase. Fine art prints are also available on my Shop.
Interested in seeing one of these paintings in person? My studio is open by appointment only- please contact before they have found new homes!
Don’t miss the recent Redfin article I was featured in: “New Year, New Style: 15 Artistic Home Decor Tips to Bring Joy to Your Home”
With the new year in full swing, there’s a chance you’re looking to update your home with a new style – one that brings more joy into your home. There are countless artistic mediums – from ceramics to watercolor paintings—that will complement your home, whether you’re living in San Diego, CA, or Toronto, CA. But to truly find the right artistic home décor that speaks to you, you might be looking for a starting point.
To help you get started, I, along with other artists shared our best advice on the right decor that will bring joy to your home this year. Check out what we had to say so you can start decorating your home today!