South Carolina Watermedia Society
36th Annual Awards Exhibition

July 13 – August 24, 2013
Coastal Discovery Museum
70 Honey Horn Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC  29902

“Sea Gulls on Speed” won a prestigious award in the South Carolina Watermedia Society’s 36th Annual Exhibition. Approximately 60 paintings out of over 200 entries were juried into the show with 30 of those were selected as award winners.  The award was sponsored by Creative Catalyst Productions for a professionally produced DVD Video Workshop. The award winning paintings will travel the state of South Carolina for one year in a special “SCWS Winner’s Exhibition”.  The judge for the show was Linda D. Baker, ASW, NSW.  Linda is a highly respected watercolor artist, judge and instructor who has won awards on a national level.  The Awards Exhibit will continue at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island, SC until August 24, 2013.


Sea Gulls on Speed
link to details on the original


The watercolor painting is done in glowing colors of the seagulls that I see “gossiping” on the Fripp Island bridge railing as I enter and leave the island. It was created by multiple masking and pouring of pure watercolor on wet watercolor paper.  The portions of the painting that were protected by masking fluid retained the color of a  previous pouring .  After multiple layers of this treatment, the masking fluid was removed to reveal brilliant patterns of color.  Final enhancements were added with a brush in vivid hues.  The final painting has a feeling of cartoon character gulls, having a real gab fest.  Hopefully viewers will enjoy using their imagination regarding the conversation the gulls might be having.

Filming for video production will begin in September.






Popular Beaufort Artist Ellen Long won an art competition sponsored by the 2005 Beaufort Water Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary. ‘Golden Summer Memories’ was the name of her painting and was the theme of the 2005 festival. Her glowing watercolor depicted sailboats on the Beaufort River and was transformed into a poster to advertise the 10-day event.

Ellen is well-known in the Beaufort art community. Her watercolors, which often feature Beaufort architecture, Lowcountry beach and wildlife scenes and distinctive flora of the area, are regularly exhibited at the Art Market, a mini gallery at Fordham Market at the corner of Bay and Carteret Streets, and at the Beaufort Art Association Gallery at 1001 Bay Street. Her work also hangs in several BAA satellite galleries including the Low Country Medical complex in Port Royal and the county government buildings off Boundary Street, and she regularly participates in an invitational art shows on Fripp Island and Hilton Head. Her art and design work has taken awards in Atlanta, the Caribbean and South Carolina.

Perhaps Ellen’s most important contribution to the art world is the BAA Gallery. She spearheaded its development from the wishful-thinking stage into reality, an accomplishment that earned her a Chamber of Commerce Civitas Award. Before moving to Fripp Island, Ellen was a prominent interior designer and business-owner in Atlanta for 20 years. In addition to painting, Ellen has a framing business and occasionally accepts interior design work. When she is not engaged in creating award-winning art or working on a BAA project, chances are she may be out on a golf course, winning prizes there.