Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Done and Dusted

Why is it that some artists do not feel brave when choosing painting submissions for a juried exhibition. I find this the most daunting and nerve-wrecking part of painting, I'm so critical of my own work, as most artist are and can never decide which one to submit!!! Choice of subject is also a factor I believe, if you choose an exciting subject and one hopefully that the judges can relate to, then half the battle is won. The last two months have seen me feverishly painting for the upcoming 85th National Watercolour Exhibition, but not all of them were (in my eyes) good enough. I put myself under such pressure trying to paint 'thee' best paintings and end up being disappointed, specially when I have left it to the last minute. But supposedly, that is my own fault as I dabble too often in smaller sketches and studies and not expanding myself and pushing the boundaries. I don't spend enough time painting larger completed paintings.

Much to my surprise this morning, I was informed that all three of my paintings were selected. Two of which I thought were mediocre and one of those I had no hope for.... Time forced me to make a choice which thankfully worked in my favour. Don't get me wrong, I am over the moon and I'm slowly getting closer to my associateship with all my submissions.

I can't wait to take my paintings to the framers now,  ready to be hung for the exhibition.

Here is a sneak preview of the paintings........




13 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

They are all so beautiful and special in my book.

martinealison said...

Ma Chère Debbie,
Avec les merveilles que je prends encore plaisir à regarder, je ne suis pas du tout étonnée que tes oeuvres soient sélectionnées.
Je pense que j'ai les mêmes réactions lorsqu'il s'agit de faire un choix pour une exposition... J'aurais tendance à tomber à côté... Ce n'est pas toujours celles qu'on choisit qui sont celles qui seront retenues.
Je te souhaite plein de bonnes choses et bien sûr je te fais de gros bisous.

Cathy Gatland said...

These are fabulous Debbie, thoroughly deserving to be in the exhibition. Well done you!

Debbie said...

Carol... thank you for your very kind words. I so appreciate them!

Martine.....Thanks for your feedback.. glad to know I'm not the only one with those apprehensions... Choosing paintings are so stressful. Martine wrote...
Dear Debbie,
With the marvels at which I still enjoy to look, I am surprised in no way that your writings are chosen.
I think that I have the same reactions when it is a question of making a choice for an exhibition... I would have tendency to fall near... It is not always those that they choose who are those who will be kept.
I wish you full of good things and certainly I make you big kisses.

Cathy... Thanks, you are too kind. Hope to see you there on preview night!!!!!!

Guest House said...

WOW Debs....I really have no idea why you are critical of your work...they are magnificent Sis. Well done....xxx

Pat said...

Congrats on getting all three accepted! xx

Sandra said...

How could you of all people possibly have doubts about your work - which, by the way is ALL of such a standard that I could only ever dream of!! If I was this good I'd be entering everything in to everything!!! :0)

RH Carpenter said...

All three are beautiful - I can see why they were accepted. If that bottom one doesn't win an award, I will be very surprised - it is so beautifully painted, it takes my breath away.

Ruth said...

Your paintings are beautifully rendered.. and congratulations in being accepted into the show.

jane minter said...

hi debbie CONGRATULATIONS ..you must be proud to have all three selected ...had a quick look at your site update looks good !

jane minter said...

hi debbie

CONGRATULATIONS !!! you must be proud to have had all three selected ...fantastic news so happy for you ...like the look of your updated site
ciao jane

Erna said...

I love the donkey cart, and the elephant is STUNNING! I'm always intrigued with the textures of their skin - one of my favourite subjects, too! Hope the exhibition goes well!

Jane said...

Of course your three paintings were selected, they are all gorgeous !!