UPDATE FROM JULY 16TH, 2015: I GOT INTO THE SOOKE FINE ART SHOW which goes from July 24th to August 3rd!!! Very excited!!!
OK, feelin’ a little naked as I’m putting myself out there in this one, but here goes.
I’ll let you in on a secret: I am attempting to get into big art shows this year. It’s a little unnerving because these are shows that I’ve applied to get into before and didn’t make it. These are shows that artists from all over Vancouver Island, BC and beyond aspire to get into, hence the stiff competition. These shows are: The Sooke Fine Art Show and the Sidney Fine Art Show and the Salt Spring Island National Art Prize (top finisher wins $25.000!).
So I’ve been to these shows a number of times (except Salt Spring) and here is what I’ve noticed:
I’m hoping that this will be my year. I’ve been working on my “unique artistic voice” (not even sure that’s something you can work on!?) and have been experimenting with a new textured under-painting technique that I quite like and that seems to get attention. I have no idea whether it will be “respected” in the art world or not. So far I’ve had one piece with this style adjudicated by a jury of 3 artists with the Ladysmith Art’s Council. I received high marks (average of 86%) with one juror giving it 100% in each of the categories that included Overall Appearance; Creativity; Composition; Proficiency with Medium and Presentation! This gives me hope (also scary).
The piece I’m currently creating for the first show submission is on a 48” x 36” canvas, which is the largest canvas I’ve ever tackled. I’ve gotta say, I’m quite stiff from kneeling on the floor and bending over this giant thing in order to lay down the texture onto the canvas. As for subject matter, I’m sticking to my forte. I’m doing a tango scene set in a dance academy studio. It has lovely atmospheric lighting and drama!
Stay tuned! The first submission deadline is end of May (Salt Spring) and then early June (Sooke). Definitely got my work cut out for me!!