Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wins and losses

Sorry--long gap there.  December was crazy.  You understand.

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.

1 comment:

  1. PLEASE! Your painting is incredible! I thought it was a photograph!