Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea
Oil on Linen Panel
Received an Honorable Mention at
Plein Air Ventura Invitational 2015

This painting was actually really enjoyable!  First off, I felt lucky to stumble onto a scene that had both atmosphere and a back lit classical car, and the opportunity to paint the view with a high horizon line!!!  Some of my favorite things!  I was a happy camper!!!   I also simplified more than usual - The fast changing light helped me with that:))
The car is owned by a really nice couple who is selling their house and they were both so sweet to offer me a cup of tea!  Did I mention he was British?...
The honorable mention was nice and you could say it sort of makes up for the fact that this piece didn't even get juried in to  the Ventura County Fair's Art Show....

This all confirms for me that it's more important to focus on how I feel about a piece and enjoy the ones where I attempt something new, than pay a lot of attention to the subjective likes and dislikes of jurors - either good or bad!

Which pieces do you feel good about when it comes to your own work?


  1. Wonderful painting! I love the atmospheric effect! I enter competitions all the time. I try not to have any expectations or take things personally. The key words are "I try". It's always interesting when I have a painting that gets different responses. It is validation that judging is so subjective! I paint what sparks me and go from there. Lots to learn, lots to paint! Congrats on a successful painting!

  2. Thank you Kaethe!! I so agree with you. NO expectations save the day, when I can do it;)). And whatever happens we just keep going, right?


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