Today the Janesville Art League hosted a Wisconsin Regional Artists Program show and workshop. The show was held at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, and a judge came and critiqued the paintings, photography and sculptures. Some, including my painting of two peppermint candies, qualified for next year's state show in Madison. I also did the smaller painting of an iris, though that one wasn't chosen as a winner.
There was a sobering moment when the beautiful pen and ink drawing of a spray of flowers won a state award, since the woman who created it recently suffered a serious stroke, and there probably will be no more drawing from this formerly vibrant person. A reminder of the uncertainty of life, and the need to live every day fully.
There were a couple large welded sculptures that had a real "wow" factor. This dancing couple swirls around.
Linda admired some of the many watercolors, oils, acrylics, and drawings. This show featured an abundance - a whole garden - of flowers. I suppose it's because summer here can be relatively short. People celebrate natural beauty in their artwork.
From The 2009 Wisconsin Poets Calendar:
by June Nirschl
This is a public announcement.
The sky this afternoon drained the blue
from Van Gogh's paint box. Despite
pigment excess, the arbor vitae and
ironwood remained forest green;
the black-eyed Susans and goldenrod
danced in the light; wild apples turned
upon their stems to ripen with rays,
as though this were an ordinary August
day; and Queen Anne's Lace waited
to be gathered for a bridal bouquet.
Only the bedeviling spotted knapweed
succumbed, a bit of faded blue creeping
along each mauve-colored flower's
edge. Be assured, friends, it's only
a matter of time. Only a matter of time.