Me at the La Cloche 33rd Annual Art Show
My oh my, but it's been a while! I've been super busy with all sorts of things from painting, art stuff, competitions, and a whole slew of things that needed done. But I'm oh so very proud to say that I won 1st place in the acrylic category at the annual La Cloche Art Show and Competition last week. The show runs until 5:00 pm today, and forgive me for being late in posting this.
The award was given for my painting, Kettle & Cherries, which you see in the above photo. I was in excellent company, and the range of artwork was incredible! I was surprised and humbled to have won 1st place after I saw the entries in the acrylic category. I kid you not, there were so many amazing works of art.
When I had walked in to deliver my paintings for the jurying, I took one look at the acrylic pieces which had already been entered and I broke into a sweat. I felft my heart sink to the pit of my stomach and thought, "Wow. There's no way I'm winning." I wasn't even sure if I'd make the show! So, imagine my delight when I received the call! Again, I'm truly honored to have won. I was determined to come home with a red ribbon. I wasn't sure I'd get it once I entered, but before that, I kept focusing on that red ribbon and I did come home with it! Yay!
So what am I up to now? Painting, painting, painting! I'm currently working on a horse piece of Dancer, the Arabian I lease. She's such a beauty and I will have several paintings of her in the long run, I'm sure. I've also completed a still life which I will try to post tomorrow. I've got some final touches to do and need to take good photos before I post it. Then, it's on to another horse piece. I received some wonderful reference photos from a friend of her two horses at dusk. I'm itching to get to those! I also attended the rodeo in Azilda last night and got so many great reference shots there. Heck, I even printed out a black & white and framed it in my studio late last night. I'm not getting into photography as an art, but I loved the cropped shot of a horse's neck and mane, complete with great bling. I had to frame it and pronto! I might post it later.
Before I close, I wanted to post a link to this amazing equine artist I discovered through Facebook yesterday. Her name is Lesley Thiel and her renderings are so realistic and breathtakingly beautiful! She paints the most wonderful action shots. I am in complete awe of her work and know you will be too! Have a look and enjoy!