Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Received notification today from the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies representative. This painting, "Magma" (acrylic on  gessoed Yupo) was accepted into the 35th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition juried by Carla O'Connor. This is also my 4th and gives me signature status. There were  close to  a thousand entries and 92 accepted, 13 from  the Arizona Watercolor Association.

The title has much to do with my roots here in Arizona. My mother and father met at Superior High School in Superior, Arizona. Superior was and still is a small copper mining town  about 60 miles east of Phoenix. Magma Copper Corporation was the name of the company where my dad's father was a fleet manager and my mom's father was a foreman in the mine in the late thirties and early forties. I remember as a small child when we visited my dad's uncle I was fascinated, especially at  night, by the red hot slag that was dumped over the old black slag. It was like man made lava.

magma |ˈmagmə|
hot fluid or semifluid material below or within the earth's crust from which lava and other igneous rock is formed by cooling.


  1. Congratulations on your signature status and award! "Magma" is a wonderful painting. As a former geologist, I appreciate it's meaning and your family history. Recently, I've been studying your work online and am impressed by your strong designs, textures, and interpretations. The canyon series and your drawings are stunning!

  2. Thank you Kathy, I appreciate your comments. I was just thinking the other day that I ought to make the images on my blog a little higher resolution so viewers can actually see the texture and painting surface with a little more clarity. There are actually more textures and surface nuances to be seen.

  3. Exquisite! Congrats on an award well deserved. Your blog is fascinating and your work is so inspiring.

  4. This is wonderful Stan! Congratulations! It would be fun to see the other three paintings that got you your signature status, together.

  5. Thanks Tonya,

    Two of them are in slide form and I haven't translated to digital yet but will eventually. Here is the other which is also linked on the column to the right:

    Award of Excellence, 34th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition May, 2009
    Juror: Robert Burridge