|My Drawing and Me, at Brea Art Gallery, CPSA International Exhibition|
My drawing, Adagio, got a good spot! Right on the front wall, where I could see it through the window!
I flew from Ohio to California on Thursday, and stayed for four days. This was my first time to be fully immersed in the convention atmosphere, and I have to admit, I'm hooked on it now!
|My Name Tag|
From the very first gathering of colored pencil artists on Thursday night, I had this incredibly wonderful feeling of being surrounded by kindred souls. We watched a slide show of every single entry from this year's exhibition. There were hundreds of slides, but this was such a good idea, I thought, to let us see ALL the pieces that were entered. I was blown away by all the different styles and techniques. I realized that it really, truly depends solely on who is judging the artwork. If a different artist had juried this show, there might easily be a whole different selection of pieces in it. I think art competitions are much like sports competitions or any type of competition. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses, and the outcome depends a great deal on chance and circumstance.
Friday night was the award banquet, and I met several artists from other states, and had some really interesting, inspiring, encouraging conversations. There was an overwhelming atmosphere of mutual respect and admiration for each other's art that was so uplifting.
I flew home Sunday, but left Adagio out there in the gallery for the rest of the month. Before I had even unpacked my suitcase, I started a new colored pencil drawing, with some new ideas that I sketched out while on the plane. I've already decided I'm going to convention next year, whether I have a piece in the show or not. I'm a groupie now! (Maybe I should warn the TSA folks now; I'm sure there will be groans all around when they see me coming, as I haven't yet figured out that security check stuff...)