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Watson Illustrating

Watson Illustrating Specializing in hand drawn and painted architectural renderings, since 1995 and for fun, paper collage art.

My presentation to the Art League of Leland has come and gone. Whew! It was a little nerve wracking for me as I’m comfor...
03/05/2022

My presentation to the Art League of Leland has come and gone. Whew! It was a little nerve wracking for me as I’m comfortable being a behind-the-scenes kinda girl, but everyone was so kind and many stuck around after for a little paper collage demo. It’s good to step out of our comfort zone, right? Thanks to everyone who came out and to the Art League of Leland for inviting me and making everything go so smoothly!

This afternoon… from 4-6 at the Leland Culteral Arts Center. Hope you can make it 😊
03/03/2022

This afternoon… from 4-6 at the Leland Culteral Arts Center. Hope you can make it 😊

I just received the good news that my 2 paper collages, "Blue" and "The Seeker" were juried into the Wilmington Arts Ass...
02/22/2022

I just received the good news that my 2 paper collages, "Blue" and "The Seeker" were juried into the Wilmington Arts Assoc Spring Show! This show will take place the week before and during Azalea Festival at the Hannah Block Center so include it in your downtown touring.

This is happening.  March 3 from 4-6  I'll be presenting at the Art League of Leland's monthly meeting. I'll have some o...
02/11/2022

This is happening. March 3 from 4-6 I'll be presenting at the Art League of Leland's monthly meeting. I'll have some of my pieces there on display and will be talking a bit about my process. If you want to stick around after the presentation, I am planning on doing a little collage demo. You don't have to be a member to attend so if you'd like to come ... come on! 😊 Please feel free to share this post to get the word out for me. Thank you!

Come on out to the Water+Color Gallery in Riverlights, Wilmington NC tomorrow from 4-6:30 for an open house.  The Pearl ...
02/10/2022

Come on out to the Water+Color Gallery in Riverlights, Wilmington NC tomorrow from 4-6:30 for an open house. The Pearl Girl will be showing her wares: beautiful jewelry creations with pearls she hand picked in the markets of the Far East. She is a delight! While you're there, enjoy a glass of wine and check out the art of dozens of local artists. You can see my little Beachbird pieces there.

“Blue” is my life sized heron in paper collage just completed. Inspired by a magestic blue heron I see on my beach walks...
02/08/2022

“Blue” is my life sized heron in paper collage just completed. Inspired by a magestic blue heron I see on my beach walks each time at Mason Inlet. They are such regal, graceful creatures. ❤️ He is all layered papers, lotsa layers, lotsa paper on 12x48 cradled board with a little bit of his wing escaping the edge.

Stroll by the Gallery Citrine window at 17 s 2nd St downtown Wilmington and then come inside to see the new Mixed Media ...
02/02/2022

Stroll by the Gallery Citrine window at 17 s 2nd St downtown Wilmington and then come inside to see the new Mixed Media show. “Chelsea Morning” is there in the window and is part of this beautiful show. She is paper collage, all layered papers and a little bit of vintage lace on 10x10 cradled board.

Thanks to everyone who came out on this chilly night to say hi and show support at the Greater Wilmington Business Journ...
01/27/2022

Thanks to everyone who came out on this chilly night to say hi and show support at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal Book on Business unveiling reception. There was a huge turnout and I enjoyed meeting everyone who came through. Thanks to the WilmingtonBiz for hosting and showing support to our local artists!

My Painting with Paper workshop happened this morning at the Art & the Bloom show in Wrightsville Beach. What a fun morn...
01/09/2022

My Painting with Paper workshop happened this morning at the Art & the Bloom show in Wrightsville Beach. What a fun morning we had! Everyone learned the basics of paper collage and worked on a small piece that they could call their own. I loved seeing all the variety and creativity and all the smiles! Thank you Harbor Island Garden Club snd New Hanover Garden Club for inviting me!

Today is the last day to sign up for my "Painting with Paper" workshop tomorrow morning at the Art & the Bloom show and ...
01/08/2022
Art & The Bloom

Today is the last day to sign up for my "Painting with Paper" workshop tomorrow morning at the Art & the Bloom show and sale. There are a few spots left. Located at the Blockade Runner at Wrightsville Beach. Follow the links to purchase tickets for any of the workshops or for tickets to see the show.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-the-bloom-tickets-206278954907?fbclid=IwAR1qhVcRbcWbn1ie_2MqaT2Y_Bljj7CsiHNAjpI-f6Y1Q6pIz99CGYIkAp0

Now in its fifth year, Art & The Bloom has become a highly anticipated event.

I just received the good news that "Greenfield Cypress" was selected for publication in the Greater Wilmington Business ...
01/06/2022

I just received the good news that "Greenfield Cypress" was selected for publication in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2022 Book on Business! The Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business. This piece is a paper collage, all layered papers on 12x18 paperboard and is sold. 😊 Prints available if you're interested. Thank you Greater Wilmington Business Journal!

Happy New Year y'all!  I hope the holidays were healthy and filled with happy moments.  For anyone who is interested in ...
01/03/2022
Rendering Lines - WILMA magazine

Happy New Year y'all! I hope the holidays were healthy and filled with happy moments. For anyone who is interested in reading the Wilma article featuring Watson Illustrating, here is the link.
https://www.wilmamag.com/rendering-lines/

LOIS WATSON, owner of Watson Illustrating, was sketching as far back as she can remember.

The Wilma Magazine Arts Issue January 2022 just hit the newsstand. I feel very honored and grateful that Watson Illustra...
12/31/2021

The Wilma Magazine Arts Issue January 2022 just hit the newsstand. I feel very honored and grateful that Watson Illustrating was selected for a feature article! Here’s a preview. I’ll post a link once it’s available. Thank you @Wilma magazine

The Hatch Family Home. A house portrait done for the homeowners was under their Christmas tree this week. Their home sit...
12/29/2021

The Hatch Family Home. A house portrait done for the homeowners was under their Christmas tree this week. Their home sits on acres full of beautiful trees in a lovely countryside setting. Their pups keep watch in their front yard. This watercolored house portrait is 16x8.

“Curiosity” was under the tree for this little dude’s parents. He lived next door to us for many years and he always had...
12/28/2021

“Curiosity” was under the tree for this little dude’s parents. He lived next door to us for many years and he always had to come check out our catch when we got back home from fishing. I grabbed this shot of him one day and his Grandmother recently asked me to do a collage for a Christmas gift. He is paper collage, all layered papers on 16x12 cradled board. Merry Christmas Suzanne and Donnie!

“Sisters” was a Christmas gift to these sweet girls’ mother. The girls are all grown up now, but still have a bond that ...
12/27/2021

“Sisters” was a Christmas gift to these sweet girls’ mother. The girls are all grown up now, but still have a bond that this portrait has tried to capture.
Paper collage, all layered papers on 14x14 cradled board.

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. It’s now time for me to start sharing my Christmas commissions.  Here’s the first:...
12/26/2021

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. It’s now time for me to start sharing my Christmas commissions. Here’s the first:
J is for jackrabbits, jumping, jay, jellyfish, jasmine, and Julia! This letter J, which is all layered papers on 12x12 paperboard, was under the tree for baby Julia. Merry Christmas Julia!

If you are local and are interested in learning my paper collage technique, I will be teaching a short workshop on Janua...
12/15/2021
Art & The Bloom

If you are local and are interested in learning my paper collage technique, I will be teaching a short workshop on January 9 at the 5th Annual Art & the Bloom at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach from 9:30-11:30 am. You'll learn how to select and layer papers to create florals and will work on your own piece of art to bring home with you. Materials are provided and included in the registration fee. Here's a link to the event which has a link to register and purchase tickets.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-the-bloom-tickets-206278954907?fbclid=IwAR134d3Bk09eZawk6iXpj3_B3CL9qEUQOy2GOsPBINsp7hRN296F0oivjKg

Now in its fifth year, Art & The Bloom has become a highly anticipated event.

I've been working on Christmas commissions and need to keep them under wraps for now.  So here's an oldie but a goodie f...
12/08/2021

I've been working on Christmas commissions and need to keep them under wraps for now. So here's an oldie but a goodie from 2001- Windemere Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. Original hand drawn pen and ink. 44"x22" on vellum.

This little guy, along with many other small works will be available for sale at the Gallery Citrine Holiday Sale this S...
11/15/2021

This little guy, along with many other small works will be available for sale at the Gallery Citrine Holiday Sale this Saturday and Sunday. A proceed of the sales will be donated to the Good Shepard Center. More than a dozen artists will be showing their pieces, all priced under $100. Hope you can make it, or tag a friend who might be interested. Please feel free to share! Thank you peeps!

I just completed this series of watercolor renderings for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity for an upcoming project of thei...
10/07/2021

I just completed this series of watercolor renderings for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity for an upcoming project of theirs. What a great organization this is and I am happy to participate without having to put on a tool belt! These houses will become homes and blessings for families who will take an active part in their construction. I love that!

My paper collage "GoodNight Moon" will be part of the Gallery Citrine's juried Night Visions show, opening October 1 - D...
09/28/2021

My paper collage "GoodNight Moon" will be part of the Gallery Citrine's juried Night Visions show, opening October 1 - December 26. Each piece in the show is an interpretation of how light interacts with dark and the impression it leaves with the artist. Stop in this weekend to enjoy the show at Gallery Citrine, 17 So 2nd St. Wilmington, NC

GoodNight Moon. Paper Collage, all layered papers on 14x14x1.5 cradled board. $395

“The Seeker” was juried into the Art League of Leland’s Warm or Cool exhibit which opens tomorrow. I dropped him off thi...
09/24/2021

“The Seeker” was juried into the Art League of Leland’s Warm or Cool exhibit which opens tomorrow. I dropped him off this morning at the Leland Cultural Arts Center for hanging. I had done a little tweaking to him since my last post and I’m much happier with him now. He is ready to show! The show runs until Oct 28 with an opening reception on Oct 7. Please feel free to share to spread the word!

It's that time of year again.  The Holidays are coming up quick. (sorry, but true).  I have started lining up my Christm...
09/20/2021

It's that time of year again. The Holidays are coming up quick. (sorry, but true). I have started lining up my Christmas commissions so if you are thinking of a collage of a special person/pet/moment etc, for a gift for the Holidays, let me know. Send me a msg with a favorite photo, good resolution, in focus, or a compilation of photos and I'll send you a quote.
Here's a few from some Christmases Past.

Art installation for “Perched” tonight with dinner and laughs (always the laughs) at my brother and sister-in-law’s hous...
09/15/2021

Art installation for “Perched” tonight with dinner and laughs (always the laughs) at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. I feel honored that they asked me to do this piece for them and am happy to see him hanging in their beautiful home!
He is all layered papers, lotsa little pieces of layered papers on 24x48 cradled board.

"Perched" paper collage is a commissioned piece just completed, specially made for my brother and sister-in-law.  They h...
09/01/2021

"Perched" paper collage is a commissioned piece just completed, specially made for my brother and sister-in-law. They have enjoyed a resident barred owl in their backyard. His favorite perch is a huge old gnarly tree. He was a new challenge for me and I will be sad to see him fly outta my studio, but will love seeing him in his new home!
He is all layered papers on 24x48 cradled board with a little bit of his wing escaping the edge of the canvas.

Happening one week from today, the Landfall Foundation Art Show is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, ...
08/18/2021

Happening one week from today, the Landfall Foundation Art Show is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 120 local artists will show their pieces for sale, a portion of which goes to support the Foundation which supports many local charities. Each artist will be able to provide a bin for smaller works as well. So grab your mask, come out, see the show, and peruse the bins.
Buy local art, support local charities!
Covid safety measures will be in place.
Please feel free to share this post to spread the word!

Here are my pieces.

“The Seeker” was my paperplay this past week. He will hang in the Landfall Foundation Art Show at the end of August. He ...
07/27/2021

“The Seeker” was my paperplay this past week. He will hang in the Landfall Foundation Art Show at the end of August. He is all layered papers on 24x24 cradled board with a little bit of his wing escaping the edge. Many thanks to my friend Stan Washlesky for the inspiration photo!

I am so grateful to Water+Color Gallery for the good news they gave me today: Our Town and Pearl both went to a good hom...
07/16/2021

I am so grateful to Water+Color Gallery for the good news they gave me today: Our Town and Pearl both went to a good home! If you haven’t stopped in yet to this delightful gallery, find time to. Located in RiverLights along the Cape Fear River.

“Generations” was a surprise gift for a milestone birthday to the lovely lady on the left. This commissioned piece inclu...
07/05/2021

“Generations” was a surprise gift for a milestone birthday to the lovely lady on the left. This commissioned piece includes the birthday girl’s grandmothers and her mother on the right. A compilation of photos was used for the photo reference. Paper collage. All layered papers on 12x14 paperboard. Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!!!!

"Reunion" has a remarkable story behind it.  A story of a reunion of mother and daughter after a decision for adoption w...
06/30/2021

"Reunion" has a remarkable story behind it. A story of a reunion of mother and daughter after a decision for adoption was made many years ago.
After living on opposite ends of the country for decades, once the search for roots was completed, they found that they were living within a couple of hours of each other!
This portrait commission of birth-mother and daughter was made for a birthday gift for the mother and was given to her earlier today. She has a love of flowers and each of these are symbolic and connective to their story: rebirth, fertility, gratitude, love, forgiveness, grace, new beginnings and friendship. Happy Birthday!

Paper collage: all layered papers on 14x14 cradled board.

I've had to take a short break from posting as we moved out of our house where we resided for 30 years.  We're somewhat ...
06/23/2021

I've had to take a short break from posting as we moved out of our house where we resided for 30 years. We're somewhat settled now and my focus can be back on the things of life, with a little dash of unpacking.😊

The Nash Family Beachhouse was a recent commission for a Father's Day gift and I'm now free to share. This rendering memorializes many happy family gatherings over the years on the coast of Massachusetts, The hope is that it brings joy to the recipient and triggers a little reminiscing. This is all hand drawn in pen and ink.

If you are local to Wilmington, take some time to check out this delightful gallery in Riverlights. You can see this pie...
05/30/2021

If you are local to Wilmington, take some time to check out this delightful gallery in Riverlights. You can see this piece as well as several others of mine alongside some of Wilmington’s finest 2D and 3D artists’ works.

Our Town. Wilmington NC! Elegant paper collage by Lois Watson. Framed size 25 x 19 1/2. 500.

Twilight Flight flew away to its new home this morning just in time for Mother’s Day! I’m so happy that he landed with o...
05/08/2021

Twilight Flight flew away to its new home this morning just in time for Mother’s Day! I’m so happy that he landed with old friends. 😊 He was the last of my shorebirds so I’ll have to get busy with some new ones.

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Faith Wight- check out Lois’s work. Fantastic artist and old friend.
You do beautiful work Lois!