Paint even more.
Paint even more than that.
Paint when you don’t want to.
Paint when you do.
Paint when you have something to paint.
Paint when you don’t.
Paint every day.
And I finally felt up to adding a bit on the deck and shadows painting. I didn't like the pure white on the deck so dirtied it up a bit and then added just a pale wash of a warm yellow to give it a glow instead of looking untouched. Okay, I admit it - I LOVE pure white on others' paintings but on mine they just make me think I've left it undone!
The temperature has cooled down to a very nice 65F at night so the morning and afternoon were very nice, indeed. I wish it would remain this way...but that won't happen.
(And, I don't know where that huge honker came from - it just developed and spread more and more - not a very attractive guy!)
So, these names may have been fairly new to me, but they've been paying their dues and have been out there for years. So I owe them all an apology for treating them as "newcomers" to the scene just because I didn't know them. I know them now!!
And here is something for you to ponder. This painting, titled Far and Away, received the Bronze Medal/$2500 prize in the AWS show.
I won't tell the artist's name...you'll have to search it out yourself at the AWS site. However, the response of the three of us visiting the show was the same: "That's a painting by T-- N------." (We were all wrong.)
Who do you think painted this painting...and what made you think that?
(T-- N------ had a painting in the show and didn't win an award for the painting - which was a very beautiful and light-filled painting of a nude woman.)
I think we've all been in workshops where an instructor tells the class, "I can teach you my technique but you won't be able to paint exactly like me." I think this one proved that saying wrong.
What do you think? Do you get your name out there by consistently developing your style and then teaching it to others through workshops and DVDs and magazine articles? Or do you get your name out there by winning a top award in a major show?
I have no clue how the paintings are chosen, but apparently a committee of 6 jurors chooses who gets in the show - and every one of those on that committee got in the show. (Is that wrong or okay?) A separate committee of 3 jurors chooses who gets the awards. Each one of them also got in the show - two in the travelling show - but they didn't give themselves awards. I think that is correct, according to the information I could glean.
So, which shows have you entered? Have you tried to get into your state show - or a national show? Have you succeeded? Are you entering online shows more so you don't have the expense of shipping your work if you get in? I think I make most of my art contacts and learn about artists and what they are doing through the online community. Following an artist's work online is easy for me to do and then when I see their name somewhere else (an art magazine article or a show), I recognize them and know their work.