Watercolor, Pure and Simple

The Transparent Watercolor Society of America celebrates watercolor painting in its purest form

$2000 TWSA Members Award
Xi Guo, TWSA – “Blue Butterflies”

In its purest form watercolor is applied in transparent layers on paper. Although many watercolor society competitions include works painted with water-based mediums on a variety of surfaces, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) has maintained its mission to preserve and promote traditional transparent watercolor painting.

This Saturday, the 46th Annual TWSA Juried Exhibition opens at Wisconsin’s Kenosha Public Museum. The show includes 81 paintings selected by jurors Linda Kemp and Andy Evansen, and will remain on display until August 7. Awards total over $26,000. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the award-winning paintings.

$4000 Skyledge Award
Dean Mitchell, TWSA DM – “Dancing Shadows”
$3000 Dorothy Driehaus Mellin Watercolor Award
Mary Jansen, TWSA MS – “Emerald City”
$2000 Edgar A Whitney Memorial Award
John Salminen, TWSA DM – “Autumn Serenade”
TWSA Director’s Award: “Another Blink” (transparent watercolor, 20 x 20 in.) by Jean Pederson, TWSA

From its inception, the purpose of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America has been to advance the stature and foster appreciation of watercolor as a major medium. TWSA is dedicated to advancing this goal and providing to our ever growing membership of professional, amateur, student and patron members not only an artistic forum but beyond that national exhibitions, recognition, potential for signature and master status, educational opportunities and services as we secure for our society a place of honor in the larger art community.


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