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

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

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...
07/10/2021

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...
28/09/2021

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

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...
24/09/2021

“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...
20/09/2021

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...
15/09/2021

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...
01/09/2021

"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, ...
18/08/2021

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 ...
27/07/2021

“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...
16/07/2021

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...
05/07/2021

“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...
30/06/2021

"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 ...
23/06/2021

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.

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...
30/05/2021

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...
08/05/2021

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.

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.

I just got the good news that Twilight Flight was awarded People's Choice at the Art League of Leland It's ALL Art show ...
05/05/2021

I just got the good news that Twilight Flight was awarded People's Choice at the Art League of Leland It's ALL Art show this past weekend. Thanks peeps! 🥰 This piece is heading to Water+Color Gallery in Riverlights later this week.

I just got the good news that Twilight Flight was awarded People's Choice at the Art League of Leland It's ALL Art show this past weekend. Thanks peeps! 🥰 This piece is heading to Water+Color Gallery in Riverlights later this week.

Give the moms in your life flowers that never fade and never die!  All my poppies are on sale for Mother's day 20% off. ...
04/05/2021

Give the moms in your life flowers that never fade and never die! All my poppies are on sale for Mother's day 20% off. They are all made entirely of layered papers - no paint. Scroll through the images for pricing. Happy Mother's Day y'all!

This is happening this weekend at the Brunswick Forest Cultural Center.  I have 2 pieces showing for sale plus a bin ful...
27/04/2021

This is happening this weekend at the Brunswick Forest Cultural Center. I have 2 pieces showing for sale plus a bin full of smaller pieces. First time for me at this show and I am excited to be a part of it!

My paper collages, On Guard and Riomaggiore arrived at the Wilmington Arts Association Spring Show yesterday. On Guard h...
01/04/2021

My paper collages, On Guard and Riomaggiore arrived at the Wilmington Arts Association Spring Show yesterday. On Guard hung with a red dot as he will be flying away to his new home after the show!
The show is in-person and will hang until April 11, so grab your mask and come in, see the art hanging in the show and peruse more than 75 bins of smaller pieces of art for sale.

It's the last weekend to see this fabulous show at Gallery Citrine!  Stop in, enjoy the show and cast your vote for your...
26/03/2021
Current Shows - Gallery Citrine

It's the last weekend to see this fabulous show at Gallery Citrine! Stop in, enjoy the show and cast your vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award. You can tour the artist's studios and see their works in progress. Hours at 12-5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 17 So. 2nd St, Wilmington. Click on the link to see the works.
https://gallerycitrine.com/?page_id=11072

We celebrate humanity in a primitive handprint or stick figure, marvel at the beauty of the Renaissance man, and explore Picasso’s dynamic visions. At its best, figurative art reaches out, and connects us to other humans. Whether ancient or contemporary, we recognize ourselves in these expressions...

Spring = Shows and I'm happy to say that these pieces have been accepted into 3! The Wilmington Arts Assoc Azalea Festiv...
23/03/2021

Spring = Shows and I'm happy to say that these pieces have been accepted into 3!
The Wilmington Arts Assoc Azalea Festival Spring Show will take place April 3 - April 11. The Gallery Citrine 2nd Annual Small Works Show will open April 1 and hang until May31. And the Art League of Leland Spring Show will take place May1-2. I'll post more details as the shows get closer. All shows are in-person (YaY!) and will have Covid safety measures in place.

The Made in NC show is happening at the Brooklyn Arts Center this weekend. Here’s where I spent my day yesterday with my...
21/03/2021

The Made in NC show is happening at the Brooklyn Arts Center this weekend. Here’s where I spent my day yesterday with my daughter-in-law keeping me company and hawking my wares. “Reflections” was one of my pieces that sold. The new owner asked me to write my inspiration story on the back. I met so many wonderful people and had a lot of fun. If you have time today, come to the show, stop in and say hi! Over 50 artisans are on display in this beautiful venue.

I am heading downtown this morning to set up my booth at the BAC Made in NC show.  Hope you can squeeze this into your w...
19/03/2021

I am heading downtown this morning to set up my booth at the BAC Made in NC show. Hope you can squeeze this into your weekend calendar!

I am heading downtown this morning to set up my booth at the BAC Made in NC show. Hope you can squeeze this into your weekend calendar!

I'm all ready for this weekend's Brooklyn Arts Center Made in NC show.  I'll be introducing my little mini collage magne...
15/03/2021

I'm all ready for this weekend's Brooklyn Arts Center Made in NC show. I'll be introducing my little mini collage magnets, some specially for the guys with classic cars and vintage cigar labels, along with a variety of other minis with birds, Airlie Oaks, landscapes, flowers, abstracts and paisleys. My booth will be loaded with poppies, some larger hanging pieces and smaller works in my Sale bin. All are original paper collage pieces made throughout the past year in #lifeduringcovid19. Corona art!

Don't you just love the cool antique french door I found in an antique shop in Virginia?

Show hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Come by, say hi and enjoy the show! And please feel free to share this post!❤

I received the good news that both of my pieces were juried into the Wilmington Arts Assoc Spring Show!  I'll also have ...
08/03/2021

I received the good news that both of my pieces were juried into the Wilmington Arts Assoc Spring Show! I'll also have a bin full of smaller pieces for sale as well. Happily this is going to be a live event this year with Covid safety measures in place. The show, which is celebrating it's 50th anniversary, opens April 3 and hangs until April 11 at the Hannah Block Center downtown ILM. Hope y'all can make it!

Many thanks to the Cape Fear Realtors for giving me this opportunity to show my support of the Cape Fear Habitat for Hum...
02/03/2021

Many thanks to the Cape Fear Realtors for giving me this opportunity to show my support of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity home build!

In just a few short months, this home will be a reality for Marquita and her family. Help make dreams come true by donating today.
Donate today! https://bit.ly/3kCWVET

Special thanks to Lois Watson, www.watsonillustrating.com, for this beautiful rendering for our new homeowner!

Who loves the BAC? I’ll be participating in this show . I’ll post more details as it gets closer.
01/03/2021

Who loves the BAC? I’ll be participating in this show . I’ll post more details as it gets closer.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Made in NC on March 20 and 21! Shop local with 40 amazing NC artisans in the church and Annex. We’ll have Catch the Food Truck on Saturday, Bill’s Front Porch on Sunday, Maven Coffeeshop and the BAC bar. Masks and social distancing required. $5 admission for both days includes a raffle ticket 🙌
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#bac #wilmington #nc #venue #craft #crafts #madeinnc #market #artist #shoplocal #instagram #instagood

Chelsea Morning was my paperplay over the weekend.  The song is on replay in my head ❤  She is all paper cuts and tears ...
22/02/2021

Chelsea Morning was my paperplay over the weekend. The song is on replay in my head ❤ She is all paper cuts and tears from handmade and specialty art papers, along with some vintage lace culled from my mom's old lace bag. She's small, 10x10 on cradled board.

Anybody who is interested in submitting work for the Wilmington Arts Assoc Spring Show, registration is now open!  Pleas...
22/01/2021

Anybody who is interested in submitting work for the Wilmington Arts Assoc Spring Show, registration is now open! Please share this post to get the word out. The show is being planned for in-person with Covid safety measures in place.

Anybody who is interested in submitting work for the Wilmington Arts Assoc Spring Show, registration is now open! Please share this post to get the word out. The show is being planned for in-person with Covid safety measures in place.

16/01/2021

Last weekend for the Smithsonian WaterWays show!

Fresh off the easel and made for no particular reason except that this girl is yearning for a little travel. Sigh. “Riom...
08/01/2021

Fresh off the easel and made for no particular reason except that this girl is yearning for a little travel. Sigh. “Riomaggiori” is all paper cuts on 12x24 gallery wrapped canvas with the art wrapping around the sides. I love this magical place. It is for sale ($450) but I’m perfectly happy to daydream with it for awhile.
If you could travel anywhere now, where would you go?

I dropped these 2 paper collage pieces off this afternoon for hanging in the Connections show at GalleryCitrine, downtow...
06/01/2021

I dropped these 2 paper collage pieces off this afternoon for hanging in the Connections show at GalleryCitrine, downtown Wilmington, NC. The juried show will open this Friday, January 8 and hang until March 28 and celebrates the human form and humanity. The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5. Hope you can find some time to have some art fun this weekend!

I just received the good news that the 2 pieces I submitted to the @gallery.citrine Connections show have been accepted....
28/12/2020

I just received the good news that the 2 pieces I submitted to the @gallery.citrine Connections show have been accepted. This show celebrates the human form and humanity. I posted my first piece yesterday, and here’s my second: Essence. There is nothing more connective than a mother nursing her baby. It is the essence of the human bonding experience. This piece is all paper cuts, no paint, on 10x10 cradled board. It will be priced for the show at $250. The show opens January 8 and will hang until March 28 at Gallery Citrine, downtown Wilmington, NC. I'll post more details next week.

I just received the good news that the 2 pieces I submitted to the @gallery.citrine Connections show have been accepted. This show celebrates the human form and humanity. I posted my first piece yesterday, and here’s my second: Essence. There is nothing more connective than a mother nursing her baby. It is the essence of the human bonding experience. This piece is all paper cuts, no paint, on 10x10 cradled board. It will be priced for the show at $250. The show opens January 8 and will hang until March 28 at Gallery Citrine, downtown Wilmington, NC. I'll post more details next week.

Happy me! I just received the good news that the 2 pieces I submitted to the @gallery.citrine Connections show have been...
27/12/2020

Happy me! I just received the good news that the 2 pieces I submitted to the @gallery.citrine Connections show have been accepted. This show celebrates the human form and humanity. Here’s my first piece: Alpha. My spin on the famous Creation work by Michaelangelo. We are spiritual beings. We exist in these physical human bodies, yet we are all connected as well spiritually. This piece is all paper cuts, no paint, on 12x12 cradled board. It will be priced for the show at $275. The show opens January 8 and will hang until March 28 at Gallery Citrine downtown Wilmington, NC

Happy me! I just received the good news that the 2 pieces I submitted to the @gallery.citrine Connections show have been accepted. This show celebrates the human form and humanity. Here’s my first piece: Alpha. My spin on the famous Creation work by Michaelangelo. We are spiritual beings. We exist in these physical human bodies, yet we are all connected as well spiritually. This piece is all paper cuts, no paint, on 12x12 cradled board. It will be priced for the show at $275. The show opens January 8 and will hang until March 28 at Gallery Citrine downtown Wilmington, NC

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