|Dawn on I-10 West toward New Mexico|
|Texas to New Mexico I-10 West|
|With Barbara S. at Hearst Church Tuesday September 20|
Ugur went on back to Silver City to explore. I was welcomed by Tom, a photographer member of GCAG, and Setta, an artist member, who were available to answer questions and assist me as I judged the show. At first I took detailed notes- pros and cons of each painting- until I realized there wouldn’t be time to continue that and be done by noon, which was the time allotted for my determination of First, Second and Third in each of four categories- Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor and Oil, and up to three Honorable Mentions in each. Best Of Show was to be chosen from the four Firsts.I can usually be counted upon to have an opinion. Oh, yeah. But I want you to know that making my final decisions about which paintings would receive ribbons and prizes was very difficult. I waffled, I wobbled, I went back and forth, and finally had to decide. There were so many beautiful paintings and each had positives and problems. Even the Best Of Show, as stunning as it was, had a minor light source discrepancy, but the overall impact was completely impressive and invited the viewer to linger and enjoy. Ultimately I feel good about my choices. I’m so honored to have been trusted with the task of making them.
Setta drove me back to town to meet up with Ugur and then played tour guide for us by showing us around town. We made it back to Barbara’s in time to dress and then drive to Pinos Altos for the evening’s reception and awards ceremony . Barbara Kejr, who had been my “voice of Silver City” in arranging my the trip and workshop, presented the awards to several happy artists. I was invited to share my thoughts and reasons for my choices for the First Place winning paintings. Then I individually discussed paintings as the artists requested. It was important to me to offer feedback which acknowledged their triumphs in their particular works, while offering ideas about how the works might have been strengthened. To experience our work critiqued can feel like a personal attack, no matter how delicately it is done. I know how tender we can be as artists, and how we can feel our work is inextricable from ourselves. I understand this and sympathize.
|Outskirts of Silver City|
All and all I was very impressed with the quality of work in Grant County. Congratulations to the artists whose work was accepted into the show!
The next three days, Wednesday through today, has been a whirlwind of painting with a great group of artists. I always feel like I try to unzip my head and pour out all I’ve learned about painting into the individual heads of those who take my workshops, so it’s very likely I overfilled the noggins of those artists, but they smiled throughout and worked like Trojans and asked great questions and made a lot of paintings. Amazing people. I’m glad I got to know them just a little and I hope to know them even better someday.
|Workshop artists- Barbara K., Priscilla, Barbara S., Nancy, Lois, Donna, Carolyn, Linda, Me, Ruth, Setta, Bev, Gerri|