Well...in short...My painting MADE IT IN! ( paintontario.com )
I first heard of this amazing local (yet provincial wide) opportunity just a year ago. Watercolour specialist and teacher Gretchen Knapp introduced me to a whole new world, in this neck of the woods, and I am ever so grateful. :)
The watercolour class I was participating in, a group of talented artists, all decided to partake in a day trip out to Grand Bend to explore the area...for Art and Lunch. What a wonderful day. I left the gallery with a whole new appreciation for art. Going to an art gallery is definitely something I NEED TO DO more often. Nothing like witnessing all that creative expression and raw skill, portraying Ontario.
I grew up in Ontario, and although I lived in the heart of Toronto, the country and nature is where I loved to be most. A short drive out and away from the vehicles, cement buildings and light pollution was my mini vacation and 'oasis' (always surrounding myself with water)
The artists who entered this juried show and had their works hanging on those walls...well, they did that Ontario Nature proud, leaving me with that peaceful, relaxed, yet excited feeling. :)
This year I had my heart and mind set, to work on a piece specifically for this Representational Show...and so, I rummaged through numerous files on my computer, for that perfectly inspiring image (photo I had taken). When I found my photo, I knew right then, I just had to paint it. A PRAYING MANTIS...who would think. Most people would depict birds of Ontario, or Scenic trees and water. Not me, there is something about the Mantis that always intrigued me. This unique, little green, stick like figure, and the curious and cautious behaviour of this little creature. Perfect! Not to mention that vibrant and alarming colour.
I had to find another picture I had taken, to compliment my little friend... perhaps a tree branch? or a blade of grass? or how about a rock? Nope! None of those objects seemed fitting to me. Then I came across my flowers folder and voila...THE DAY LILY. The contrast yet complimentary of colour, provided that combination I was searching for.
Completing my piece, I hesitantly filled out my application to enter the Paint Ontario Show....hesitant? Yes, I fell madly in love with this painting and although I want to show it off to the world, I knew that this show was also a sale.
Would someone else love this work as much as I do and want to purchase it? yikes! The dilemma of painting for profit. Of course I would be honored if it did sell, but if it does not, then I will be keeping this baby for myself. :)
It took a full week (anxiety building anticipation) to hear back from the Gallery...was my piece accepted-juried into the show...the questions; Was I good enough? Was it appropriate enough? Was it even completely finished and ready?
All those questions came to a stand still when I received the email congratulating me, that I made it in. OMG!
I was thrilled, delighted, overwhelmed and nervous all in the same moment. Jumping up and down like a child on Christmas morning. Yay! My painting was good enough, it was appropriate, and it was finished. :)
For those of you, who do not paint....getting an A+ on a report card or getting that dream job is the same feeling...putting so much time and effort into something and knowing you passed the test.
This week, I will once again, be joining my talented ladies to Grand Bend, for another day of art experience...and this time, I witness my own success, in the process. Feels awesome!
Thanks for reading and supporting my enthusiastic love of painting and art.
Introducing...."MANTODEA" (scientific name for Mantis)