That was a whirlwind few days. Artist's of Northwest Arkansas Patron's Night , Thursday evening; Mid-Southern Watercolorists Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, Friday evening; and ANA Awards Ceremony, Saturday afternoon. Whew!
I am honored and thrilled to share that my painting received the Silver Award at the Mid-Southern Watercolorists exhibition this year! Back story: I stayed a few days after the drop off to hear Jean Gill's presentation and hopefully get the opportunity to meet her. Afterward George asked if I would be coming down for the opening, and told me it probably wouldn't be worth the drive (about 7 hours round trip). So I was surprised to receive a letter stating that I had received an award. The actual award is kept a secret though, you don't know what it is until the ceremony. Clearly, if you want to keep a secret, George, Cheryl, and Jeannie are all good choices. Be sure and stop by the Butler Center to see this great exhibit, and great venue. Stop by 4-Square after you're done and get some good ole Arkansas Yarnell's ice-cream.
Quick turnaround and made the ANA Award Ceremony in the nick of time. My painting was awarded the "Best in Water Media/Mixed Media". This exhibition includes all mediums: oil, pastels, watercolor, collage, colored pencil, sculpture, etc. So be sure and stop by the ACO - quickly - to see the exhibit. Now...Back to my brushes.
"Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship." - Dorothy Parker
Painted all afternoon on this newest piece. Attended Patron's Night at the Artists of Northwest Arkansas 19th Annual Regional Art Exhibition and discovered I was awarded the "Best in Water Media/Mixed Media". Fantastic! Back to my brushes.
"I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams so I built it myself." - Ferdinand Porsche
Yeah! This painting is complete and I can move on to the next one. I don't normally paint nature scenes, so I chose to avoid the full-on landscape and do a close-up instead. I'm happy with the results. It does have a nice sense of light, for such a dark painting. Compared to the light in my last painting, this one is like a cave. Back to my brushes.
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done." - H. W. Longfellow
Some incredible amounts of rain here lately . I have been painting a half-sheet and hope to finish it up tomorrow. Painted about nine hours today and twelve yesterday. My eyes are pretty tired and dry but this piece has been a nice change of pace. Nature can be relaxing to paint as well as enjoy. Back to my brushes.
"Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds." - Logan Pearsall Smith
If you are looking at my painting "Cadillac Contemplation" at the ANA Exhibit which opened yesterday...it's not about the car, that's just a vehicle for the reflection. Back to my brushes.
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - Hunter S. Thompson