Art of the Pastel 2017 Exhibition April 18 - May 21, 2017, at The Center for Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd, Clute TX 77531. Best of Show, Sherry Killingsworth, Low Tide Sunset. 2nd Brenda Hash, Ode to Degas. 3rd Julia Lesnichy, Azaleas in the Morning Light. 4th Linda Dellandre, The Warmth of Sunlight. 5th Garrett Middaugh, Magnolia Blossom. HM Janet Patterson, Angle Crest Movement. HM Caroline Ratliff Dawn Tide
Mark Stewart, Judge of Awards for Pastel Society of Southeast Texas Members Only Exhibition, gave an excellent presentation as he handed out awards on March 5, 2017. Stewart voiced his reasons for each selection, and pointed out the paintings' strong points. He also relayed an important message to all artists that a piece of paper (acceptance or award) does not determine the merit of a painting. He encouraged artists to continue to submit entries into juried competitions, to push toward better skills, and not to be deterred from our own inner voice or style.
Back L-R Linda Dellandre (3rd Place), Kathie Skelton (HM Figurative); Anne Maree Healey (HM Still Life); Carolyn Hancock (HM Abstract); Sherry Killingsworth (HM Seascapes); Ana Troutman (2nd Place); Garrett Middaugh (1st Place). Front L-R Barbara Hawkins (HM Landscape); Ann Evers (HM Portraiture); Leigh Ann Kelly (New Member Award). Not Pictured Kouida Putman (HM Animals).
PSST expresses a grateful thank you to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, Houston, TX, and to its members for the beautiful setting for our paintings in the Rotunda Gallery.
The exhibition continues through March 26. Many of the paintings are available for purchase, and commissions are available. A portion of gallery proceeds directly benefits the fine arts at St. Luke's and helps to maintain and build the permanent art collection.
Art of the Pastel 2016 Winners and Display of Juried Pastel Paintings at The Gallery at Round Top, Texas, October 29, 2016. Click images for a larger view.
This short post is written from the heart, so talk along with me.
Have you entered a painting in our exhibition? No? I wonder why. The show is national and juried this year, but PSST is not well known. We may have a shortage of entries, so your chances of getting in are great.
"But if I get in, framing is expensive." Yes, that's the business side of your art career, isn't it?
"OK, but maybe my work is not so good and I will be embarrassed." No, just having your work hanging in a gallery setting is a huge morale boost. And when you put your best skills to work in creating art, there is no embarrassment; only a glow that says,"I did it."
What's the flip side: You don't get accepted. I have had 4 major rejections in the last 2 months; I know the feeling. It IS hard to accept, hard to smile when someone says you'll make it next time. My desire for a top acceptance is keen, but those rejections serve a purpose: they push me, they send me back to the easel. What can I do better? Where are the flaws? Which part is good?
All of this to say, unless you consider your painting a hobby, treat it like a business, with goals. That first goal should be to finish one up, photograph it, and get it entered in a show, starting with Art of the Pastel. You have 2 days until the deadline.
This purely personal post written by Carolyn Hancock and may or may not be the view of PSST!
PSST Blog is written by Carolyn Hancock