On the painting front: That still life show for which I had two paintings accepted? It was really, really good. Lots of great work... three winners selected, and I was one!!! My radish painting, "Farmer's Market," received an honorable mention. Even better, my winning piece SOLD to someone who attended the opening AND--cherry on top--it's going to be on the cover of said art council's newsletter coming out next month.
Yes, I had champagne.
Yes, I bought a Lottery ticket.
I won $2.
On the flip side, I just got my formal rejection for the 2015 American Watercolor Society exhibition. I was fully expecting this, as I am a total n00b at this watercolor thing and arguably out of my league, plus my style is not really something they tend to select, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't let down. I knew I didn't get in when I saw people posting on Twitter last week about having received their acceptances. *cry* There's always next year, and the next year, and the next year...
I finished my chippy paint piece in December and submitted it today for the Transparent Watercolor Society's 2015 exhibition. Because I am a glutton for punishment.
|Painted Lady, 10.5x14" watercolor on paper|
I guess it's just a really good way to get feedback about what works and what doesn't. I'm probably aiming a bit high for my current level of experience, but hey--go big or go home.
I'm taking a class right now too. It's a studio class, and I was hoping it would also provide some much needed feedback and criticism of my work. It isn't. In fact, this week the instructor essentially ignored me for three hours. I think it's because I suffer from Bitchy Resting Face. At least I hope that's all it is. I know for a fact that I'm wearing a seriously upset/confused/irritable facial expression at most times; I've been told this often enough to know that it is surely true. I don't feel upset/confused/irritable at most times, but nonetheless, I think it turns people off and scares them away.
Mental note: smile like a pageant contestant in next week's class.