Things have been going pretty well here in StillMaybeStudios. I received wonderful news of being accepted into this year's Best of West Virginia juried show with Tamarack in Beckley WV. Two pieces were accepted and I'm thrilled. Due to an extremely busy work schedule and other art commitments over the past few years, my submission to juried shows have slowed down tremendously. But, I have decided to submit to at least four this year as one of personal art goals for 2012. This was the first and the acceptance has definitely fueled my courage and confidence in others to submit to. I know though to never count my eggs so to speak because juried shows are very subjective and are often flooded with hundreds of crafted and created submission full of talent and superb qualities. So, I'm definitely I'm keeping expectations in check. There are two submissions due by June 1st. One show is titled THEN & NOW. It involves taking a original work you created as a child and recreating it in a style or technique you use now. I managed to find only one piece to use because many of childhood creation aren't easily accessible by myself or other family members. But, I steamed ahead with what I could find.
This is the childhood work of art that had been kept inside my baby book. There isn't a date or age listed, but to the best of my knowledge and memory, it was created when i was four or five. The handwriting shown is the handwriting I had at that time and it was also the age when I purchased a How to Draw Animals book at a book fair in school. So, this is what I used as my reference to create my NOW work.
This is my NOW piece simply but appropriately titled HORSE. She is created using gouache, a bit of ink, and strips of lovely paper tape. I'm excited to see what happens to her and if she will get to travel to Ohio for inclusion in the exhibit. My fingers are crossed and my ideas are sparking of other works to create in a possible new series of animal portraits.
I'll keep you posted on whether or not she is accepted into the exhibit and will also share more information on the remaining two submission I have for the year. Please let me know what you think and feel free to leave comments. I love hearing people's thoughts on creations I share. Have a great, family & friends filled, super safe Memorial weekend!