Wednesday, December 29, 2010

As the New Year approaches I am feverishly working on completing enough work for my first art show! I took a break for Christmas heading up north for the holiday and then, dodged the blizzard bullet driving back to Annapolis early Sunday morning! Here is the invite for the reception January 9th. All blizzards are to be kept silent and far, far away for the date!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Femme Fatale

Working hard for my upcoming show at Quiet Waters Art Galleries early January through mid February.....there is the occasional momentary panic and then, waking up at night....the pits. :)
Beautiful Dreamer

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Michelle ma belle

Michelle ma Belle

Well we held the senate seat for Nevada! Thank God for that and, according to Marilyn, my friend from Las Vegas, there were several recent ads showing some of the biggest Republicans in the State coming out in support of Harry Reid. Interesting...He has done a lot for the state!

So, in honor of Nevada, I am posting one of my recent paintings. No connection but it makes me feel better! :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

On the steps of the National Gallery looking back towards the Washington Monument

Looking out at the Mall with the stage up and to our left

Nice to sit down


Looking back towards the Monument

The sea of humanity

I went to the Mall!!!! Sandy and I drove to Metro at New Carrollton thinking, because it was the start of the line, we would get seats. But it was not to be. Thousands of folks were standing in very long lines just to board the trains! Undaunted we decided to drive into DC and enter the "back" way through Georgetown. Once over the bridge we quickly found a parking space in an open lot off M Street and hurried to find a taxi. With no taxi fairy to help us out we arrived, forty five minutes later, on foot at the HUGE celebration of tolerance and sanity engulfing the Washington Mall. The crowd was extremely good-natured and exhibited some of the funniest and clever signs I'd ever seen. A Christine O'Donnell impersonator in black suit and pearls along with her handler exhibiting an "ODonnell for Senate" sign stood next to a man in a giant penis suit - if it can be called that - and had their pictures taken! And this was just one of many funny groupings that we encountered...Sometimes we had to figure out just what the signs meant. Penis man for example was, according to a nice couple from Illinois that we met, a possible reference to O'Donnell' s fixation on the repudiation of masturbation! Well....sounds right to me. :)
After slowly, and I mean very slowly, negotiating the moving morass of folks headed north to the Capitol we decide to push our way onto the steps of the National Gallery in order to check out the scene from a somewhat lofty height. And what a scene it was. While we couldn't see much, the Jumbotrons were partially hidden by trees, we could see the vastness of the crowd. It was a stirring sight! Our afternoon ended with a tasty treat at the Gallery's small ice cream and coffee bar and then we limped back to Georgetown passing the White House which I had never seen before coercing a taxi driver from Virginia to take us the last few blocks to Georgetown. M Street was awash with revelers for Halloween and we had to inch our way slowly back to our parking lot. A very happy, fun and exhausting day!
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert put on a wonderful show, and, although I had to check most of it out on the TV - I had set the DVR before I left home that morning - I was so happy to have been there, at the Mall, for this wonderful and iconic event. It was so good to be reminded that there were many, many other people from around the country who were not angry tea baggers and who could air their differences without spitting, vilifying or stomping on someone's head!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Baltimore Watercolor Society

YIPPEE! I have been "juried a Signature Artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society"! I am so excited!!!!!! And, to recap, here are the 4 paintings that did the deed!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Swim Meet #4

Moving right along.....another painting in the Swim Meet Series.....I think I'm going to redo some of the earlier ones as I'm liking the newer versions better!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

"Sweet Charity Suite.....the minute you walked in the joint"

Today I spent the afternoon in Ellicott City, MD, waiting for 4 of my paintings to be judged worthy (or not) to enable my entry into full signature membership of the Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS). While waiting to pick them up I wandered the historic district of EC on Main Street and had a tasty lunch at Johnny's Bistro. This is a beautiful part of town full of interesting shops and restaurants and boasting a bubble making magician dressed in Harry Potter-like attire much to the excitement of the kids!
I will not know the results of my artistic efforts for another 10 days and so am practicing my patience skills - those I am not known for. :) It was a gorgeous day, however, and a very easy ride on up from Annapolis so all is well. I'm posting one of the paintings that I submitted, the other 3 have already been featured on this blog. I'm sure I'll drag them out another time and post them again!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Bonjour Tristesse"

Trying something different. These black outlines have been calling me recently....hope they are not By that I mean weirdly done. I like the concept!

Friday, May 14, 2010

We visited the site of the big banyan tree after our river trip to Yangshuo

The one perfect lily nestled midst all the green

I stil can't get over the beauty of these "glass pebbles" of rain

I was fascinated by this lily field which seemed to go on ad infinitum

This seemed to me the most iconic of pictures of China throughout the centuries with the cattle, limestone mountains and farmer in the perfect image

The big banyan tree

A beautiful grouping of palms

I love the pony with the red blanket saddle waiting for a customer

Even the street vendors are artistic with the food beautifully presented

The "mountains" are the limestone deposits I mentioned in a previous post. Fascinating, and the subject of hundreds of paintings of China over the centuries! Everything is so lush. And the drops of water on the lily pads look like glass pebbles sitting on the surface of the leaves.

These pictures are copyrighted Nancy Lee Galloway

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just received my super catalogue from the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition! It is a beauty!! And included in the package was a nice bonus - the first issue of The Art of Watercolor with some wonderful interviews inside. I've posted pictures of the front pages of some of the articles to elicit even more interest in this quality magazine. David P., you rock! Of course, Xidan Chen, Guan Weixing and Janine Gallizia also reign supreme. And I enjoyed reading up on the other artists represented , some of whom I was not previously familiar with.

The Album of Exhibits is wonderfully done and I am excited to go through all the paintings as slowly as possible - it looks to be a sumptuous feast! OK sounding a bit fangirl but it really is a lovely catalogue and I am intrigued to see who all the participants are and to check out their entries. Can't wait to give it a shot for 2012! :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

June 2009

I took hundreds of pictures during my two weeks in China last June. These are from the very early part of the trip spent in Yangshuo. This river trip was fascinating - the "mountains" that look so like the Chinese paintings one sees, are, in fact, limestone deposits. Vendors, balancing precariously on their shallow dugs, came right up to the boat and, while we collectively held our breath, managed, somehow, not to fall in. It was a misty day and a strong current from the heavy rains moved us about quickly.
I'll have many more to post - particularly when I have not managed to finish a painting without tearing it up.

These photos are copyrighted Nancy Lee Galloway

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Loving Degas as I do, I could not resist this subject matter when it came up. This painting is from a picture of my childhood friend, Minja, when she attended ballet school. The lessons didn't stick, however, and she never made it to Swan Lake or Riverdance for that matter! Still, she has lovely expression and looks extremely Degas-like in this shot!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Leatrice #1

This is a headshot that I've been working on. I want to incorporate the hair with the background and I'm searching for the right degree of inclusion....I'm half pleased with it but will try and do it again to see what improvements I can make!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

For "B"

This is the latest - Tried to get away from the very warm colors that I love....I think I could have done a better job with the values to give it more contrast but overall I like the feeling!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Wishful Thinking"

This is one of the very first watercolors I did - and I still like it as one of my best. I tried to incorporate some of the lessons learned like the water - assisted vertical paint flow and the mingling of various colors for the skin. I should try to do it again and see whether I can improve on the technique - and if I can replicate that lucky water flow!! BTW, that is a hand mirror being held in her hand...tough to tell for some ...(guess I really do need to improve my technique :) ) ...oh, and yeah, the brownish-red round detail at the bottom is not part of her abdomen but a flask sitting at her side. :) Perhaps I should have painted it green the color it actually was!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baby Panda girl.....

In June I was fortunate enough to travel to China with a small group from my Chinese acupuncturist's office. We support some students at his Traditional Chinese Medicine School in Chengdu and got the chance to not only visit but to see the first three graduate! It was an honor and a real pleasure.

I'll have many pictures to post over time as the trip was filled with so many photo opportunities - and I took full advantage! These are the first in the series and my favorites for obvious reasons. Who could resist having their picture taken with a baby (juvenile - perhaps 18 months old) Panda?? These were taken in Chengdu where some of us decided that, rather than spend our money on souvenirs, we would donate to the breeding program instead.

If some of the photos look a bit fuzzy it is because I was continuously in motion playing with this little girl, tickling her and snuggling with her and, I might add, even singing to her. :) She was adorable as you can see, and quite small under all that very soft fur. Her keepers had given her an apple to distract her but that didn't stop her from going for my sunglasses at the end!! It was also quite hot as you can tell from the sweat and flat hair - on me that is, not baby P. She was very well taken care of - those scrubs and plastic gloves are to protect her and not me!