Amazing year is shaping up for 2016!

In spite of the usual spring slump in sales between Jan. thru March, I am so thankful for being accepted to so many shows and of course, being waitlisted and not invited to so many others was another story all together. I am cutting my show circuit down somewhat from last years art show marathon and looking forward to so many new ones too! It was a pleasant surprise to win best in show at the CBAA members show at the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center!

The biggest surprise this year was winning the 2016 Boardwalk Art Show Poster contest and becoming their featured artist for the event. I have tried so hard for so many years to achieve this personal goal and for most of us, it will never happen.  It's like one of those goals made of "unobtainium", the ethereal substance that one never achieves but strives for.  I am humbled beyond words and very grateful.  Thanks to all of you who supported me during the process and voted for my work!  Dreams can come true after all.

http://virginiamoca.org/boardwalk-art-show-2016-featured-artist

Foam Finger Series No. 6, 36" X 60"

Foam Finger Series No. 6, 36" X 60"

Kris and I journeyed to Panama in March and I did four paintings in some of the most grueling weather ever.  Think extreme heat, wind, and truly intense conditions and you can get the idea.  My new lightweight aluminum Plein Air easel worked awesome as did my little Pochade box made of wood.  It sure was nice having a lightweight option to take on the plane!

Our cabin at Playa Venao Hotel and Resort in Los Santos, Panama  

Our cabin at Playa Venao Hotel and Resort in Los Santos, Panama

 

The easel has a hook in the center to hang your pack so that it helps weigh down the tripod.  That helps a lot when the winds are 30-40mph!

The easel has a hook in the center to hang your pack so that it helps weigh down the tripod.  That helps a lot when the winds are 30-40mph!

Yes, the old surf dog still has some left at age 65!

Yes, the old surf dog still has some left at age 65!

One of those tasty Playa Venao barrels  

One of those tasty Playa Venao barrels

 

One just never gets enough of these

One just never gets enough of these

April will be very busy with the Sensational Spring Festival in Norfolk, the Plein air Escape on East Beach in Norfolk, The Atmospheric Impressions show at the Artists Gallery, The Art Speaks on the Bay show at Bay School Community arts and a host of other events!

May will fire up with the Gosport Arts show with proceeds going to the EDMARC foundation.  I have been wait listed for Stockley so I will have to see how that pans out but I will be doing the Surf Art Expo the end of May.  I would say I am off to a great start for 2016!  Look for me at 30th street at the boardwalk art show just north of the King Neptune Statue at the VIP Tent.