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Virginia Blackstock earns recognition for still life

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Virginia Blackstock is pictured with her painting, "Refreshing Elegance V."

Virginia Blackstock, local artist, was recognized by International Artist magazine, June-July 2018 edition, as one of two watercolor finalists in its Still Life Challenge, for her 15" x 29" piece titled "Refreshing Elegance V."

"This is the first time I ever entered this competition," she said.

"My inspiration for this watercolor came from my years as an orchardist in growing many varieties of apples in Delta County. I'm always looking for interesting subjects that can combine my strong color and value contrasts that I can enhance with compelling design," Blackstock said.

She was influenced by her years in dance and theatre, and combines flowing rhythmic movement with eloquent design, and bold strokes of color.

"I try to work creatively with a traditional subject. In this piece, I used a diagonal to sweep the eyes onto the table of fruit, using seven apples, hoping to activate the viewer's taste buds as well as give visual enjoyment," she said.

Blackstock is a Signature Member in 13 watercolor societies, and has had her work published in numerous media, from art books to magazines. Her work includes grand finalist winner in 2006 at the Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials art competition, and Best of Show, also in 2006, at the Delta County Memorial Hospital Wine Festival art competition.

Her art has been shown in 63 solo exhibitions, and in 15 state watercolor societies from coast to coast.

"I enjoy spending time sketching, photographing and absorbing visual information and inspiration for paintings yet to be imagined. My extensive travels enrich my vision and expand my awareness."

Her work may be seen in the Gunnison Center for the Arts, online at mvag.org and wcwsociety.org, or by contacting her at virginiablackstock7@gmail.com.

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