‘Seeing the World’ Exhibit Opens April 1

Virginia Pendergrass is still ‘seeing the world, one drawing at a time.’

An exhibit from April 1 to May 31 at Trackside Studios will feature new watercolor and ink sketches inspired by her travels in Japan, St. Martin, France, and Quebec, as well as destinations in the US. Trackside Studios is located at 375 Depot St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. The hours are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.

After three years experimentation with watercolor and ink sketches, Pendergrass considers them essential in her travel. 

“Drawing for my watercolor sketches helps me to truly pay attention to my surroundings- to note delightful details of architecture or behavior of people in public places.  In Asheville, I enjoyed seeing firemen on a break from chores; in Japan, a geisha making tea; sunbathers in St. Martin watching parasails on the beach; and a Savannah street busker, to mention a few.”

Major influences on Pendergrass’ watercolor and ink techniques are Mark Taro Homes, a Canadian illustrator, and Charles Reid, a master American watercolorist.  She says, “Holmes has an efficient method of creating an appealing ink drawing with which even the so-so sketcher can succeed.  He begins with what he calls a ‘pencil scribble.’ This merely means drawing lines lightly one on top of the other until he is satisfied he understands the shapes. Then he puts ink on the lines which work best, and erases the pencil.”

“Charles Reid also makes life easy for the so-so watercolorist. His watercolors are famous for uncorrected blobs, blooms, drips, and spontaneous drifting and mixing of colors at edges.  He advises students to never correct ‘mistakes.’  As the watercolor drifts, blends and dries, it will often produce wonderful fluid effects a painter could never achieve by trying.”

Pendergrass, who paints landscape and still life oils as well as watercolors, lives in Brevard, NC. Her oil paintings can be seen in Art Works in Brevard, Silver Fox Gallery in Hendersonville, NC, and on her website www.virginiapendergrass.com. She teaches oil painting classes at her Trackside studio.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.