Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I am looking through paintings from last year to find 1 or 2 paintings to enter in the upcoming Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati juried show. (deadline March 1).

I thought you might be interested in reading the entry terms, as they have them in their brochure:

"Work must have been conceived and executed by the extrant after January 1, 2012, completely original, the work of the entering artist, and never have been entered in a previous juried exhibition."

I like that they are keeping things fresh - no old paintings from year's ago!  Too often artists have a lot of good paintings and they just recycle them into all the shows they can get into, if the calendar will allow.

I like that they are aware that work should be original.  (Although they didn't say it, I would hope that means nothing created in a workshop or in class with a lot of teacher input and help.)

I'm unsure about it being the work of the entering artist - do people actually put in things they have not done? 

And does "never have been entered in a previous juried exhibition" mean it didn't get in last year's show, or that it wasn't even put in for last year's show? 

It's a good thing to carefully read the rules of any show you enter.  You don't want to be disqualified for a mistake or a misunderstanding.  And you want to show your best work so look at your work with a critical eye - and if you can't do that, then ask for help.  But you be the deciding judge.  Don't exclude a painting you love because someone else loves another one instead.

I am also trying to go back to finish some unfinished work, but, honestly, I think I've forgotten how to paint!  Do you ever feel that way?  That the basics are gone for some reason?  You overwork, you can't get good shapes, you lose your whites, all the problems arise and it looks awful to you?  What's up with that?  I sure hope I get my mojo back soon - it seems the watercolor fairy has flown the coop and even leaving out chocolates won't bring her back...


Lorraine Brown said...

I think there must be something in the air Rhonda I too blogged yesterday about my fruitless week. Good luck with your selections for the show

CrimsonLeaves said...

Hope your w/c spirits return pronto, Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Lorraine. I know these slumps don't last long - but they sure seem to be the end of my creativity when I'm going through them! Hope you have a very creative time coming soon.

Thanks, Sherry, I'm hoping - time to put out the chocolate chips or something!

Carol Blackburn said...

Oh Rhonda, I am in the same club. I haven't painted a watercolor in almost 10 months. It's like I am afraid to touch the paper because when I do I wreck it. I did try one painting and it didn't get very far. I even smudged the studio to remove any bad vibes and that hasn't helped. Keep on keepin' on and I guess it will happen when it's ready. :)

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - thanks for sharing your thoughts on the rules of entering an art show. As for the slumps - you will get your creativity back - someone wise once told me that it is during these times we break forth and create something that shows how much we have grown. Always love your art - take care friend and have a good day.

RH Carpenter said...

Ten months, Carol? Gosh! Now I'm worried more about you - we gotta feed those art fairies so they return and are happy to stay - get baking, girl!!

Debbie, I always feel like it's a period of rest and perhaps new thoughts coming to bloom - but it still feels horrid when it's happening.