Encaustic on Birch 10x10
I set a personal goal that June was my official unofficial deadline to do something with the art I am creating. I'm going to enter my first juried art show since I was a kid. I drop of my paintings tomorrow - fingers crossed. It'll be the first time my encaustic paintings have left my home. The first time for people to see them in person. And, oh my gosh... they are for sale too.
My Dad was an artist and he entered lots of shows. The Ocean Shores Art Show was the local event and being that we lived in the community, he would enter. So, I entered too. I remember going to the show for the opening event. There it was, my painting. It was a lovely brown horse with a saddle, blue sky and green grass. And hanging next to my painting was a big blue ribbon! wow. I was 7. I entered every year with my Dad until I was about 14 and I felt I had better things to do.
This is Mint. Over at Summer of Color 2, we have moved on to our next ice cream inspiration::
Chocolate Chip Mint. One of my personal favorites!! Of course B and J's Cherry Garcia and Salted Caramel from Molly Moon in Seattle are my all time favs. However, Chocolate Chip Mint is a close runner up in my mind. In keeping with trying something new, I decided to try a tonal portrait and just focus on the shapes and values that make up the face. Also, wanted to keep with our inspiration colors. I kept the palette simple with black, white, raw umber and raw sienna and alizarin crimson for her lips. This experiment was SO helpful for me who gets a bit tied up in the color. So, I think I'll try another, a little bigger and easier for detail work.
I'm asking all my friends to send happy vibes to the judges of the show so they will pick my paintings to hang on the walls of Bastyr University for the Kenmore Art Show, June 21-24.
Also, I would love your help to decide what paintings I should take. I can take 3 paintings. I have grouped them in potential sets of three - four choices. What do you think? Option 1,2,3 or 4?