Thoughts About the Art Life
Rockin in Sedona
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I have been reading artists' comments about juried shows on Twitter. For those of you who haven't been through this process, it involves sending money and spending a lot of time getting images, etc., to the commitee in charge of the event. Sometimes you know who the juror is...sometimes it is a "blind" jury. The process is a subjective one in many ways. I have a better understanding of the process after having been a juror on several occasions. There are certain things that aren't subjective: space constraints, subject matter if it is a themed show, artist level of expertise, technical aspects. For the most part the jurying is subjective. The juror is looking for somthing they feel is important in how they value art. My advice is to look at shows the juror ( if you have that information) has previously juried. That gives you a feel for what they value. Also go to shows you are interested in...you will learn a lot about the type of work that show promotes.
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I have been visiting my grandbaby at Folly Beach, SC this week. Took my new alla prima pochade hoping to paint there.It traveled well in my suitcase. No problem.Instead Mother Nature decided to intervene: We had windy cold weather thanks to the unusual storm up the East Coast...even saw a snowflake. Not good for water miscible oils.It was a form of artist torture, not being able to paint what I had invisioned coming home with...marshes, beach cottages, etc.
Tomorrow I travel to Sedona,AZ with paints...supposed to be nice there, and I hope to come home with paintings.