With plenty of time on my hands these days, I’ve been spending more of it painting and entering art competitions than ever before. It was lovely to get back from my walk this morning to find an email congratulating me for receiving two Special Recognition awards from Light Space Time Online Gallery’s 10th Annual Seascapes Competition for Spash and Mixed Marriage! I don’t usually paint traditional seascapes but remain fascinated by the process of painting underwater images. And in a time when many people aren’t going to art galleries or art shows, it’s a privilege to be included in an online gallery show that reaches so many viewers in our newly virtual world. Check out the 10th Annual Seascapes Exhibition on http://www.lightspacetime.art for the month of June. Some good news indeed!
Light Space & Time Online Gallery ran a competition last month asking artists to share the art they had created while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Since painting has been one of the things keeping me sane in a time when I can only see my children and grandchildren on a screen, I was happy to share the two large canvases I had worked on and finished in the last two months: Hair Love and Splash. A few days ago, I was delighted to be notified that one of my pieces had won an award and would be included in the Created in Isolation Exhibit on lightspacetime.art for the next month (until June 15th). The gallery received 1,189 entries from 30 different countries around the world, as well as from 35 states and the District of Columbia; 215 winning artists are now featured in Painting and Other Media. Speculating that Splash seemed more in keeping with the theme of isolation, I was surprised and delighted to wake up today to the email telling me that it was Hair Love that won Special Recognition. While many of the winners used the pandemic as subject, most of the works were just about creating art in this strange time in our lives. Hair Love sits on the floor in my front hall waiting to be shipped to Town Stages in Tribeca, once it opens for business again.
It was a delight to come home after a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with the family to find that I had won a Special Recognition Award for Lion’s Mane in the Light SpaceTime Online Gallery”s 9th Annual Nature Exhibition. 140 artists were recognized for outstanding art in the Painting and Other Media category, and I’m thrilled to be among them. The exhibition will be online at http://www.lightspacetime.art for the month of December.
The Lion’s Mane is the largest known species of jellyfish and the most gorgeous, its beauty belying its powerful stinger. I actually painted the bottom view, which looked like a flower to me and hid its signature orange and red tentacles. I continue to find painting somewhat transparent sea creatures like jellyfish and anemones a fascinating challenge.
Amidst the barrage of hurricane warnings this Labor Day weekend, it was a distinct pleasure to get an email from the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery congratulating me on winning Special Recognition in their 9th Annual Open Art Competition for Black Swan. The gallery received 782 entries from 20 different countries from around the world, as well as from 34 different states and the District of Columbia, so it’s a distinct honor to be included among the artists receiving Special Recognition in the Painting & Other Media category.
I make it a habit to regularly enter art competitions for several reasons but mostly because compliments from family and friends are lovely but no real measure of how good your work is. It’s mostly from juried competitions that you can answer the question, “How am I doing?”
Lotus Series | Spring
Unless I have a commission to work on, I generally paint whatever happens to inspire me at any given moment, and while I mostly paint portraits and figures, I have painted flora and fauna, including sea creatures and pets, food and drink, cityscapes and landscapes. I entered the Light Space & Time Online Gallery’s 9th Annual Botanicals Art Competition, & was so happy to hear that my Lotus Series | Spring received Special Recognition and will be included in their Botanicals Art Exhibition all this month. With that kind of encouragement, I may have to paint another flower or two…
How delightful to end a relaxing holiday weekend with the news that Reach won a Special Merit Award in the Painting and Other Media category of the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery Open Art Exhibition for September 2018! The gallery received 702 entries from 31 different countries from around the world, as well as from 39 different states, and I am honored to be included with 64 other artists in this category. You can enjoy a slide show of this exhibition on lightspacetime.art by clicking on the thumbnail image on their website, which will then display larger images.
The LightSpaceTime Online Gallery ran a Vacation Special Art Competition (no theme) this June, asking artists to submit five images of their best abstract or representational art to be considered for exhibition. The gallery received 1558 entries from 39 different countries around the world, 43 states and the District of Columbia. There were only five overall winners, drawn from Painting and Other Media, 3 Dimensional Art and Photography and Digital Media, so I was especially honored to find that Rising Again has won a Special Merit Award in Painting and Other Media. Take a look at www.lightspacetime.art to see the 84 artists in this category with me, since I can only show you a small sample here.
Looking for Love
I continue to enter juried art exhibitions, whenever I think my paintings are a good fit for a particular competition, since there’s no better way to be taken seriously as an artist than by getting a third party endorsement of your work. Family and friends may offer praise out of love, but the judgment of someone who doesn’t know you and does know art carries a lot more weight.
Since figurative is where I live, this one was a no brainer. I entered five paintings in the Figurative 2018 Art Exhibition, and, of those, Looking for Love was awarded Special Merit and Rising received Special Recognition and can be viewed on the Light Space & Time Gallery website. If you have the interest and/or patience to view the YouTube video of the Special Merit winners, you can see what good company I’m in.
Madeleine at 15
Madeleine at 15 won a Special Merit Award, and Haven’t I Seen You Here Before? won Special Recognition!! I entered two new competitions sponsored by the Light Space & Time Online Gallery in December and just received the results for the All Women Art Exhibition, particularly timely when feminism is the word of the year and women are being celebrated for our accomplishments. These two paintings were chosen for mention from among 1005 entries submitted from around the world. There is a slide show of this exhibition on their YouTube channel, as well as all of the gallery’s past shows.
Haven’t I Seen You Here Before?
Out of Reach
I just received notice that Out of Reach was awarded Special Recognition in the Nature 2017 Art Exhibition at lightspacetime.art. I’m thrilled to have this endorsement of my work and the online exposure that it provides. I was looking for gallery representation in south Florida last year and found very little support for new artists and minimal compensation for the work. A business associate of my husband owned an art gallery in Manhattan with his partner and closed it last year, because they weren’t making any money. Looking at both sides of the coin, it seems to me that Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery represents the future of “affordable” art. It’s my honor to have been included in several of their competitions and exhibitions this year.
It’s been a busy month, so I just got to look through my website email to find and print my award certificate for Modern Family in the Seascapes Art Exhibition on lightspacetime.art. Imagine my surprise when I found two certificates, the second one for Aquarium! And Aquarium received a Special Merit Award! This painting was my first effort at jellyfish, the first time I painted on a gessoboard and the subject of the very first post I published on this website on July 13, 2013, called “Inspiration.”
I took a chance last month and entered several of my larger jellyfish paintings in a Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery “Seascapes” Art Exhibition, hoping that the judges would have a fairly broad view of what constitutes a seascape. Happily they did, and Modern Family was given Special Recognition in the Painting & Other Media category, along with 59 other entries. It will be on view at lightspacetime.art for the month of October, 2017, and will remain in their archives. Makes me want to paint more jellyfish…
How sweet it is to end a long weekend by opening an email that announces two of your paintings have been selected in an art competition! Keeping a promise to myself to put my work out in the world, I’m thrilled to have been included as one of the 40 artists who received Special Recognition (for my paintings, Closeup and Pipe Dreams), chosen from 781 entries in the 2017 7th Annual “Open” Art Competition—Painting & Other Media, at the Light Space & Time Online Gallery.
All winning entries are now featured on lightspacetime.art for the month of September, 2017; thereafter, the artwork will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. Since there was no theme for this competition, I was able to enter some figurative paintings as well as a few of my smoke series paintings. Juried shows are so very subjective, that it’s hard to know what might appeal; all you can do is put yourself out there…
Special Recognition Artists
Dancing With the Stars
I read an article about rejection last year that caused me to make a concerted effort to enter as many exhibits and competitions as I could that come through my emails and art publications and relate to my work. The premise, of course, is that rejection is the best thing that can happen to an artist, making us try harder to ultimately become better at what we do. So after being turned down from various exhibits in New York City, Hollywood, Fl, & Los Angeles, CA, I was thrilled to find that two of my pieces have received recognition in the Special Merit Award Category of the Figurative Art Exhibition at the Light Space & Time Online Gallery, chosen from 667 entries. All winning entries are now featured on lightspacetime.art for the month of April 2017; thereafter, the artwork will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. The Special Merit Award artists are featured in this video in alphabetical order, so my paintings don’t appear until about 10 minutes in, but I think you’ll appreciate all the wonderful work here. I’m very proud to be included, and, I must say, I think acceptance feels ever so much better than rejection…