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As I am deep into a competition painting, and the rules prohibit me from displaying it online at the moment, I thought I would share with you about a recent experience I had  - the delightful opportunity to meet Gabrielle of Inner Artist in person!  

Gabrielle and her husband, Paul, were down visiting family in Florida, so she and I made arrangements to meet at the Art Center Manatee, which was hosting the National Watercolor Society's 88th annual traveling exhibition. I've included the cover of this year's NWS catalog showing this year's top winner by Soon Young Warren. 

We had the opportunity to view over 100 paintings up close and personal as well as from across the room. Having just met did not deter us from sharing our thoughts and feelings on the various works. We also shared a few laughs as it became apparent we liked many of the same things and others, well, not so much. 

We shared our ideas and thoughts on what made particular paintings work, and why some worked better than others. And I have to say, to be in that room with many of those names I've only read about in major art magazines, and then see their work live, I understand why they're in those magazines - wow! Double wow! I wanna paint like that when I grow up!

The experience was made all the more special getting to share it with a like-minded new friend and artist. Paul came and joined us the last few minutes we were there, and even though he's not an artist, he picked three of the top five that both Gabrielle and I had chosen as the best. I went back with my husband the following day, and what do you know, he too picked the same winners!

If you have the opportunity to meet up with a cyber-buddy, I urge you to take the chance. If you have the chance to see a regional or state or national show of work in your chosen media - go! It is amazing what you can learn by studying the "modern day" masters. Those people have risen to the top of their fields for a reason and it really shows in the national/international competitions. And who knows, you may even make a new friend in the deal!! 

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