Thursday, November 29, 2012

Top 15% in Bold Brush Online Art Competition

One of the fun things in my life is to always compete each month in the Bold Brush Online Juried Art Competition.  I haven't made the top awards yet, but have made top 15% about 80 % of the time.  Since there is usually some 350 to 500 paintings entered each month, I feel very happy to have this percentage.  And, I'm always looking forward to the awards.
     An aside here:  I LOVE to compete.  For some reason, rejection doesn't bother me that much.  Feel some disappointment momentarily and then am immediately on to the next item of the day.  And, since I enter a lot of competitions, am always excited about getting into a show, and if I get into the show, about the possibility of an award, or the possibility of a sale.  Don't negate the possibility of sales.  American Impressionist Nat. Show has been wonderful along with National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Oil Painters of America, Western OPA, Salon International at Greenhouse, Bosque International Show, and Blossoms.  ALL have sold at least two paintings for me, and I am very grateful.  Another show that has done even better is the Outdoor Painters Society Annual Show held at Southwest Gallery.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Just back from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and American Women Artists National Exhibition Award

Just back from an exquisite time in Chattanooga.  Loved the entire experience, but what really stands out in my mind is the sharing of life with several people:

Fell in love with a family named Elder.  Martha (my sis's name) and George (my Father's name) are the two Elders.  Both are very sensitive, kind, and thoughtful in their dealings with the world.  Besides that, Martha is truly beautiful and George is handsome.  George had polio and another dibilitating disease when he was 3 and lost a leg.  Wears a prosthesis which is removed when driving a car and sitting for long periods of time.  Prosthesis rode beside me on floor of front seat when George was kind enough to take me to the airport.  Martha and George are remarkable.  Hope they know it.  I sure do.

And, I had the privilege and joy of sharing a bit of life with Joyce Metters.  She provided transportation and shared a lot of meals with me.  Thus, we shared a lot of life.

AMERICAN WOMEN ARTIST's National Exhibition Award:  Tubac, Arizona, at the K. Newbie Art Gallery and Sculpture Gardens, Month of November, 2012.  Also sponsored by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  Here is my entry and "Best Painting" award.  This was a bigger for me.