Welcome to the Online Gallery for Aqueous 2020, a National Juried Exhibition hosted by the West Virginia Watercolor Society! Please find all the beautiful watercolors that were accepted into our juried exhibition in the gallery below. Brienne M. Brown, NWS, served as our juror this year.

And be sure to read Brienne M. Brown’s comments at the bottom of the gallery that explains her process for selecting paintings for the exhibition.


Juror’s Statement – Brienne M. Brown

I always love looking at art in a watercolor show because there is such a variety of work, and this WVWS Aqueous 2020 Show did not disappoint.

I was impressed by the wide range of subjects and styles presented in this show. I only wish I could have seen all these works of art in person because I know watercolor and acrylic paintings are almost always better then.

Congratulations to all the accepted artists and award winners. Thank you for sharing your work. I know that is not always easy. If you were not accepted into the show or were not given an award, do not be discouraged. Keep painting and improving. I would like to share a favorite quote, by Robert Wade …

“Good, Better, Best, never let it rest, till your good is better and your Better, Best.”

Let me share with you my main criteria in accepting work into a show; these are not in order of importance.

First, I look at proficiency in the medium of choice, i.e. watercolor or acrylic. I look for quality of brush strokes, confidence of application, and consistency throughout the work. Next, I look for a well-thought-out design and composition. I want to see that the artist was thoughtful in creating the painting and did not leave it to chance. Design is definitely an important factor in any style or medium. If the work is representational, I look for good drawing and rendering skills. Not that they need to be perfect, but consistent within the work. For example, if the drawing is stylized, that is great, but it should be stylized throughout the work. I also look for color harmony and unity in a painting. This should match the mood or message attempting to be portrayed by the artist.

When I choose paintings for awards, I am looking for paintings which excel at the above-mentioned criteria. In other words, artists which I feel best display confidence and proficiency in their medium, thoughtful design and composition, good and consistent rendering skills, and harmonious color choices. Again, congratulations to all accepted artists and award winners. Keep up the great work and happy painting.

— Brienne M. Brown, juror