Jo Dunnick Watercolors

News:

"Dust Up" was selected to be in the 2016 Emerald Art Center National Show, May 6th - June 3rd. The painting came from a stunning photo John Hessel took in Africa a few years ago.

"Daniel" was juried in to the Emerald Art Center National Spring Show, May 1- 29, 2015. The painting was also featured in a Register Guard Art Section Article http://registerguard.com/rg/entertainment/arts/33039948-60/emeralds-jewels.html.csp. When asked why she chose "Daniel" for the article, reporter Randi Bjornstad responded:"Jo, It was my favorite piece in the whole show. The best-in-show winner was my second favorite. You did a wonderful, wonderful piece of art--it's a tribute to a man who had one of the most lovely expressions I have ever seen. Thank you for doing it, Randi

"Canoeing The Quetico" was selected to be in the 2014 fall WSO (Watercolor Society of Oregon) Show. It's a painting of Jo when she was on a canoe trip in the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada in 1997. She and her partner try to get back to the Quetico every 3 - 5 years for a 10 day trip. When she goes to Ely, Minnesota and the Quetico, she feels like she's "coming home".

AWARDS: "Canoeing The Quetico" received an Award Of Distinction in the 2014 Fall WSO Show and will be one of the 20 paintings that will be in the traveling show, which means it will go to several cities in Oregon over the next 6 months. "Daniel" won first place watercolor in the Springfield Oregon Mayor's Show. It is a painting of a photograph of Jo's Grandfather, Daniel Seitz. He took the photo of himself in the early 1940's... a selfie before there were selfies! He was always ahead of his time. In her workshop, Jo always tells participants to paint what they love because you spend a lot of time with your painting. She followed her advise in these paintings. They are of a place and a person she adores.

Framin' ArtWorks, 505 High Street, Eugene, Or. is one of the primary contacts to find out about Jo's art. Contact Jo or go to www.framin'artworks.com for more information.

Shows:

July 2-4, 2017: Art and The Vineyard, Eugene, Oregon.

Aug., Sept., Oct. 2017: Wayne Morris Federal Courthouse, Eugene, Or.

Classes/Workshops:

Jo will be offering her 4-day workshop, "Let Watercolor Do Its Thing", through the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, Oregon October 23-26, 2017. Contact Jo or go to www.emeraldartcenter.org/workshops.php for more information.

If anyone is interested in individual lessons ($20/hour) or having Jo teach a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day workshop, Contact Jo.

Comments regarding Jo's workshop:

Steven Hillyer, 2012 workshop: Not long ago I attended a wonderful workshop taught by Jo Dunnick. I had only returned to oil painting a year before and was somewhat apprehensive of taking on a new discipline. However learning was my goal and that is exactly what I received. Within an hour of the first day, I felt most at ease having been given an agenda and a lesson plan. Jo made it obvious that her objective was to meet each student’s requests. I was not surprised to learn that her previous profession was a teacher. Her techniques were very unique and easily reproducible. I felt that I had gained specific skills which I could immediately begin to use once I returned home. Since then I have done several works which have been admired by many. If you are looking for a great watercolor class and an exceptional experience, I highly recommend signing up with Jo. Steven Hillyer

Joanna Branvold, 2015 workshop: I have you to thank for stimulating my (very latent!) artistic ability...if you can call it that. I did love your class so much. I loved your encouragement for those of us who needed lots of it! I loved trying new "recipes" and techniques and seeing magic happen. Most of all, I loved the feeling I left with...that I can hardly wait to try new forms of art, not being fearful of failure or ridicule. I'm trying very hard not to be my own worst critic. So, dear Jo, thank you for your inspiring and nurturing nature which made your class so memorable and life-changing for me, and I suspect for many others as well. Love, Joanna Branvold

Comments from Jo:

“I’ve been told that my paintings have a lot of emotion and soul, moving some people to tears . . . or laughter. I appreciate that someone can be touched by the colors I have used and the subjects that have chosen to appear. Sometimes it feels that way… that there are animals or people who have been waiting to show themselves and choose to do so on my paper. However it happens is fine with me. I love the process and celebrate the outcome. I hope that my watercolors catch your eye and capture your heart.”

Comments regarding Jo's paintings:

"Your work flows like a river." - Ellen Gabehart, watercolor artist

"It was a pleasure meeting you at Art and The Vineyard and hearing of your process and the serendipities revealed in Hannah's Bear. It is a gorgeous piece. Your artwork is beautiful and compelling" - Evelynne Schwartz

"Your paintings are amazing and I have felt many times that you are in touch with a deeper reality, that you are using your heart to connect with others, whether it is animals, plants or beings that have passed. When I look at The Journey Forward, I can't take my eyes off of the Chief's face. The emotion in his face is palpable. Thank you for all of your beautiful work" - Marci Cody

"I kept staring at your elephant painting (Savannah Trek) since it seemed so familiar, and finally figured out why. I wrote a poem last month called Elephant Dreams, and your painting is exactly what I pictured when I wrote it. I'm including it so that you know what I mean." Blessings, Eliel Fionn

Elephant Dreams

On rainy days, I dream of elephants,

their pale gray forms

marching through sleet and hail

on a ghostly pilgrimage,

steps measured and proud.

The sound of their feet rumbles thunder,

their trumpeting calls lightning

into the sky,

until

the sun comes out again

and fades them all away.

Eliel Fionn, 8/21/15

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