“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Up, Up & Away

Up, Up & Away

I’ve just returned from the 40th Exhibition of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies in Lubbock, Texas. It was an honor to represent Oregon’s Watercolor painters there, and to bring back six awards for artists from the Watercolor Society of Oregon. I felt blessed to reconnect with my friend Margaret Godfrey, who traveled with me as Alternate Delegate and my co-chair for the exhibit in 2017 in Eugene. I also connected with other delegates and alternates from the 11 other societies, new friends and old.

It seems to me that I often hear about friends’ travels to exotic places: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and feel a bit jealous. This domestic trip, and most all of the domestic trips I’ve made with WFWS, had just as much inspiration and adventure.

I did feel as if I were almost in a foreign country! The dialect, the weather, the flatness of the landscape and culture were all different from my home state. What remained the same were the connections I felt with the people I met and the art that I viewed.

Margaret & I at Texas Tech

Margaret & I at Texas Tech

Joyce Baron & I on an Adventurous flight to Lubbock

Joyce Baron & I on an Adventurous flight to Lubbock

The Committee for next year's Exhibit in Denver

The Committee for next year’s Exhibit in Denver: Left to Right- Gene Youngmann, Marcio Correa, Carla Rouse & Greg Chapleski



Delegates and Alternates from 12 Western Watercolor Groups

Delegates and Alternates from 12 Western Watercolor Groups

My blog allows my paintings and thoughts to travel too. This month marks my 7th year of blogging! I’d like to celebrate by inviting artists and collectors to share images of their artwork for an online exhibit. I’ve done this twice before – take a peek: http://rutharmitage.com/connections-online-exhibition-three-year-celebration-of-sharing/


I wanted to do something that would enrich both artists and patrons, as I think my audience is composed of both.  My solution is to post an online exhibit and I hope you will contribute!

Call for Entries:

An open call for digital entries to my online exhibit titled “Connections: Friends and Travelers.”

Artists may enter up to two works of art (only one will be chosen for display). To submit, please email your digital image up to 2 Mb in size along with written permission to publish your work on this website only to ruth (at) rutharmitage.com. If you’d like your image to link back to your blog or website, please include that link as well in the body of the email.

Collectors, please share a photo of one of your favorite art pieces installed in your home.

To thank you for your participation, I will be drawing one name from all entrants to receive a small original painting (see below.) Entries must be received by June 12, 2015. If you’d like to have an extra entry in the drawing, or you don’t have a piece of art to enter, create a link to this post on your blog or Facebook page and note the web address of that link in your email too.

"Abstract Hillside" ©Ruth Armitage 2015, Acrylic on Paper 15"x11"

“Abstract Hillside” ©Ruth Armitage 2015, Acrylic on Paper 15″x11″

Once all entries are received I will be posting an online exhibition in gallery format here on the blog. I hope that you will participate, and enjoy seeing some beautiful artists’ work! Watch this space for the exhibit coming up, and more chances to win a giveaway! If you are not subscribed, you can have new posts delivered in your email! Just enter your email address in the box at the top of the column on the right: delivery by feedburner.

Best of luck to you!


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