The day was pleasant. Each of us received a color catalog of the works in the 2008 show, which was the best I have ever seen. We had time to sip coffee and look at the whole exhibit of works chosen, and we could see which paintings, photographs, sculptures were recognized by this year's juror, painter Jeb Prazak. Prazak showed us slides of some of her own paintings, and gave the assembled group some advice: be careful to mat your work simply; put heart into your art, and work for yourself, not for other people. She also commented individually on works singled out for awards; one was mine.
Here was my entry, a watercolor I called, with brilliant originality, Two Lemons. It's big for me, half a sheet. I took this photo before I added a shadow under the bowl, a detail that nearly gave me a heart attack. Some of the moisture in the dark shadow began to lift the terra cotta color of the background. I just stopped and hoped for the best. When I finally got the painting framed I was happy, felt it was one of my best pieces ever. I was so proud that I entered a WRAP show in Janesville, confident that the juror would like it too. No such luck, not even an honorable mention. I have to admit I felt snubbed. I entered it in a different show later in the season and it was chosen. I know, we shouldn't paint for awards or the praise of others. Still, I felt validated that other people liked my painting. My head isn't too swollen yet though. The juror's comment was that while this was a very common subject, it was done well. Why, thank you!
Here's a link to an article from Portal Wisconsin about the day. The speaker was changed, however.