Last week rejection, is this weeks winner

I entered two of my encaustic monotypes into the “Construct” show at Artserve in Ft. Lauderdale.  My membership to Artserve will expire in Sept.  It was last year’s birthday present to myself.  I had been a bit disappointed by the “call to artists” that they had all year. I decided to be selective of how and where I place my work.  I attend many of the artshows at the local guilds, and even thought they have a theme, I never can see it in the art that is on display.  Maybe it is just me.

So I decide to submit my small prints (4″ x 4″) into the show. The theme “Construct” was asking for artwork that would be used for home decoration. Since my prints have that “look” of decorator art (again, what I think it should be) I decided to put in 2 pieces. One piece I had professionally framed. This piece was going to be my “showcase” piece, so that people can see how a tiny piece of work, when framed, can create a look. My second piece I framed myself in a small frame.

So I enter and a week later I attend the opening.  I go, the gallery is packed and do not see my work hanging, so I thought, “Oh great, rejected again” as I start to leave a fellow artist, Susan Clifton, says, hey AJ congratulations and I say for what, my art is not even hanging.  It was behind her work and she said in the program it stated I won best in show.  The reception started at 6, but I didn’t get there until 7 and all the programs had been distributed.

I was amazed.I met the Judge, an architect and painter from Germany who teaches at the university in Boca Raton. He wanted to know how I did it and loved the piece. Even the Board of Directors  came up to me and said, it was unanimous, when we had the final selection, we all said “that one” .

And what did I win, a full year’s membership to Artserve.   But what I really got out of it was confidence and validation.

The highs and lows of the art world.

a picture from my iphone of the winning piece
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Submit application for the Knight Foundation Grant

I heard many artists talking about the Knight Foundation Grant so I checked it out. The first process is a brief description and then you submit the on-line application. Then they review it and if the foundation is interested they ask you for a full proposal. It is a matching grant, which means that if you are awarded $10 they give you $5 and you have to get the rest to match. You have one year to match the funding and it cannot be from yourself. I applied about bringing an open studio just for encaustic works. We shall see.

Encaustic Monotype

Many people ask how I do my artwork. Since encaustic is not very popular and then add to it that I paint with a blowtorch or with a HotBox, I get lots of strange looks. I just would be better off saying that I am an abstract expressionists. But for those who do want to see what I do, this quick video is just a basic idea of how I create my art. My process is more elaborate and intensive and experimental. This video should answer some questions and I am sure open the door to more questions (which I would gladly answer) Enjoy

Shawna Moore at Jackson Hole

I just attended Shawna Moore’s workshop at the Jackson Hole Art Association. It was well worth the 5 hour flight from Florida to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then the 5 hour car drive through the farms of Idaho and then through the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. The facility was great. I found Shawna from a movie that she has posted on You Tube and had to take a class with her. I have to say that I am so happy with what I learned  from her. Not only did it confirm that this is what I want to do, I want to do it NOW!!!! Each time I take an encaustic painting class I know that I am one step closer in developing my own voice. Since I was a commercial art director for my entire career, I am use to designing product and art to what the customer wants and not what I want. So I am very, actual excellent at making the client happy, but now it has to be about me.  See Shawna’s movie  

and I hope you are as inspired as I still am. thanks Shawna