We interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement…
Image a deep, broadcaster’s voice as you read those words. Yes, I have exciting news, so I’m interrupting the daily Inktober posts in order to share it.
I won my first art award.
The HFAA Fall Art Show officially opened yesterday. We began setting up the displays on Monday — I’m learning a lot about how to run an art show — and checked in all the artwork. A total of 31 artists entered the show, displaying 88 different pieces of artwork in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography, drawing and 3-D categories.
On Wednesday afternoon the judge, Phil Schmidt, came in and spent three hours evaluating the paintings, photographs, and other works. Then, at 7:00 PM our artist reception began. Needless to say, I was thrilled beyond words when I arrived and saw a Judge’s Merit award hanging on my painting of gathering storm clouds.
At the reception, Mr. Schmidt gave an interesting talk, explaining how he approaches the judging process. He has devised a scoring system where he rates each individual work, based on five criteria:
- Emotive quality
As he discussed each point, he really made a lot of sense. The information was extremely helpful, especially his advice about always choosing the matting and framing that will make your art look its best.
After his talk, I was able to meet with him for a quick one-on-one. He was very encouraging about my art and seemed quite surprised that I’ve been painting for less than two years.
Needless to say, I truly enjoyed attending this artist reception, and I’m still jumping up and down with excitement. This is my first art award, and I hope I will be able to add more ribbons in the future.
I’m still trying to get my head around it. Not only am I an artist now, I am actually an award-winning artist, and I have the ribbon to prove it!
I would never have thought this possible, so thanks again for all the encouragement you’ve given me.
Here are a few more photos from the HFAA Fall Art Show:
Inktober will return tomorrow. Today, please celebrate with me!