Sunday, November 09, 2008

What a Week!

This has been a great week for me. First of all, the weather was beautiful and I was able to paint two days in a row, and any day I can get out to paint is a really good day. Second, I was in two shows, which is great because I like to be busy and getting things ready for a show is a lot of work. Third, I won several awards in those shows.

In the Suburban Rochester Art Group's show at the Mall at Greece Ridge Center, I won Best of Show for "Spring Green" and First Place for pastels for "Tall and Proud", in addition to an honourable mention. I am very proud since this is the first time I have ever won Best of Show in any show. The competition in this group is especially tough because fellow plein air painter Chris O'Handley is in this organization and his work is beautiful.

In the Rochester Art Club's Fall show at Barnes and Noble in Pittsford Plaza, I won a Merit Award for "Waiting for Spring". Rochester Art Club is a very tough show. It's hard to even get into the club, let alone have work accepted into their show or to win any kind of award. Over 120 paintings were submitted to this show and only 14 received awards. I feel very honoured that all of the paintings I submitted got into the show and that I won an award to boot. This show will continue to be up until the end of November.

Overall this has been a wonderful week for me. I am very grateful.


J.R. Baldini, plein air paintings said...

You are not all that far from me.
I am originally from central NY bit, I am now living and painting in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
I was out paintin this week too- gorgeous, wasn't it ?
I did a few video demo clips and will post on my blog or website soon.
If you are ever coming up this way to paint, let me know.

Christopher O'Handley said...

Congratulations on your first Best of Show Award! Haven't I been telling you for a while now that it was just a matter of time? There will be others...


Cre8tivCoreen said...

Congratulations Collette! You are so deserving of these awards! What an exciting time for you. I love your work and always felt you deserved BIG Recognition for it! Way to go! :-) Corinne Avery