Sunday, August 24, 2008

"And we have a Winner!" Three actually!

My last post introduced you to my newest painting, 'Showy Refuge'. Her debut exhibit is the 2008 Michigan State Fair Fine Arts Competition. I'm pleased to announce that 'Showy Refuge' has been awarded First Place in the Professional Michigan Wildlife Division.
I was also given two awards for the 2007 Julie Kane Peoples Choice Award, a Third Place for 'Tropical Tree House' ,which is now in private collection in the United Kingdom, and an Honorable Mention for 'Sudden Encounter' which can be viewed on my web site. These works are chosen by the visiting public who are able to vote for there favorite works of art. Thank you to all who voted for my work. It is greatly appreciated.
The 2008 Michigan State Fair is open through September 1st. Don't forget to vote for your favorite work of art.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

'Showy Refuge'

The idea for this piece began a little over one year ago. I wanted to use our northern Showy Orchids for an entry into the Michigan State Fair Fine Arts Competition in Detroit, Michigan. I didn't finish in time. I started the painting and even used it as a demonstration work during the 'Toad in the Hole' invitational show and sale at Devils Ridge Golf Club in November, 2007. The canvas sat on an easel for another eight months. There was a missing element. But what was it? The Showy Orchid is an illusive plant hidden off the beaten path. It needs very specific soil, water and light conditions for growth. They are a rare site. If on that rare day you happen upon a patch of them in full bloom, you will forever hold there beautiful image. Their flowers of rose, pink and white are a burst of drama in a sea of surrounding greens.
In 'Showy Refuge', a fawn was safely placed among the Showy Orchids by her mother until her return. Perhaps the fawns predators would least expect the showiest of all places.
'Showy Refuge' is on exhibit at the 2008 Michigan State Fair Fine Arts Competition August 22 through September 1 . I hope you get the opportunity to see the exhibit. I would be happy to hear your comments.