Last Friday I attended the artist reception for the Richeson 75 International Figure/Portrait Competition. I had time to view all the finalists, and every painting was amazing! There was no way of knowing just who was going to place. The juror was William A. Suys, and it must have been so difficult for him to chose the winners. I was humbled and honored to be named second place among 75 awesome works of art.
I had a chance to speak with William after the awards announcement. We talked about both sides of the work, the story it tells and the technique I used when painting it. I spend so much time alone in my studio working away, it was great to get input from one of my peers. He had a lot of really nice things to say such as the knifework in the background and the way the paint sort of falls away at the bottom of the dress in drips.
The paint handling in this painting was a risk for me. I took a chance and broke away a bit from doing a more refined and detailed background. I had no idea how it was going to work out, but sometimes you have to do something a little scary to move forward.
I'll be working on a project for the next few weeks that is unusual to say the least. I can't wait to share!! I will do my best to share progress and photos. The deadline is around 10 days to complete the work. Talk about doing something out of my comfort zone! For a little sneak peek at what I'll be doing, click here. See, I told you it was unusual.