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Taking a Closer Look – Watercolors by Sandi Howell – March 2012

Taking a Closer Look — Watercolors by Sandi Howell
March 2012
Main Street Gallery, Weaverville CA

Watercolors by Sandi Howell

Five years ago, after 32 years of teaching elementary school, Sandi decided to retire. Just prior to her retirement, she took a few watercolor classes at Shasta College to see if all the "desire" to paint that had been waiting patiently for its turn in her busy life could materialize into something that would represent her best efforts to replicate the beauty she sees in the world.  Sandi wanted to share it in such a way that people would want to "take the closer look" and further appreciate the world and creation around them.

In the first two years, she produced 20 paintings and framed them all with the encouragement of her husband (who doubles as her easily available art critic). As she painted more and more, she became more adept at putting together the elements that create a successful painting and started to see her work improve dramatically.  Her challenge became a desire to convey a sense of almost photographic "realness" to her subjects by including details that might be missed or overlooked by the more casual observer. She also sought to evoke a feeling of "peacefulness" that she hoped the viewer would enjoy.

This exhibit includes watercolor paintings representing a culmination of five years of her work. Most of these paintings have either been juried into national shows and/or have taken high awards at local district fairs, including three “Best of Show.” People often want to know how she could have evolved into what they feel is an excellent artist so quickly. Her humble answer is, ”I practiced painting in my heart for years before I ever had the chance to do it on paper.”


Main Street Gallery
490 Main Street, P.O. Box 421,
Weaverville, California 96093

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

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