Sunday, February 19, 2012

Two Lesson about Juried Shows

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I just received news this morning that Rogue Heron (the painting above) is one of the 20 award winners at the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 37th Annual Exhibit. This exhibit includes 100 paintings chosen from over 1000 entered from members of watercolor societies from 10 states.

And the lessons learned:
One: If you have faith in a painting, keep with it. I first used this subject matter in a small mixed media painting using collage. I then painted it in transparent watercolor as an experiment to see if I could get the same effects and excitement I got in the collaged piece. I really liked the composition, and felt the newer version was very dynamic. I entered the watercolor version in a couple of competitions where it was rejected. After those rejections, I modified the areas on the wings that had bothered my critique group. Then I sent it off again. This time it got into the Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Show a few months ago.

Two: Any acceptance or award in a show is more about the juror than the painting. So the painting was accepted in a statewide show, but did not win an award. That made it available for entry into the Western Fed. show. There, the very same painting, was not only accepted, but won an award. (a smaller fish in a bigger pond) Both shows were juried by nationally known jurors.

So fellow artists, if you love a painting, it has merit. Don't let any part be so precious that you can't change it. and be willing to modify a good painting. Keep your faith it the work and keep entering.

If you have a piece rejected, remember that it is only one person's opinion. The next juror might not only accept it, but give it an award. This is a big thrill for me!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on winning an award and learning important lessons.


Anonymous said...

HOLY SMOKES!!!! Way to go! Sooooo happy for you. Your two point message is very true.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! And you are soooo right. We learned that early on showing Fritz' dad's quarter horses! It is one judge's opinion ~ but still very gratifying when your work is appreciated! May you have many more! Love & Hugs, Cousin Pat