10th Anniversary Art Exhibition

JJ the Beast

Needless to say, in this time of Covid-19, everyone has to try hard to have a positive attitude and keep their spirits up. For me, that means FaceTime with my kids and grandkids, painting, playing golf, working out and staying in touch with good friends. Last week, I neglected to check what Gmail characterizes as Promotions and didn’t see that JJ the Beast had won Special Recognition in Light Space Time Online Gallery’s 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition, which opened online on Saturday and will remain on display until October 2nd. The gallery received 2,129 entries from 34 different countries as well as from 41 states and the District of Columbia.

I began entering art competitions at lightspacetime.art over three years ago, in April 2017, and have received Special Merit and Special Recognition for 28 of my paintings to date. Proud to be in such good company, I’m especially happy to have JJ the Beast applauded before this painting of him leaves for Wisconsin this fall with our granddaughter Maddie—as a reminder of home and everything she loves.

Primary Colors

There has been so much disappointment and worse in these days of Covid-19 that good news of any kind can brighten your day. Isn’t it appropriate that mine was brightened by winning Special Recognition for On Fire in LightSpaceTime Online Gallery’s  2nd Annual Primary Colors art competition, when the very first artist’s statement I ever wrote about my work said, “I love color. Don’t choose my work if you’re in love with neutrals. There’s nothing beige about me or about my work.”? The gallery received 772 entries from 32 countries around the world and from 34 different states and the District of Columbia. 185 artists were recognized in the Painting and Other Media category, and I’m honored to be among them. All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website (www.lightspacetime.art) for the month of July, 2020, and links to my website will remain available in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Some Good News

Splash

 

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!

Mixed Marriage

 

Created in Isolation

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.

 

No April Fool

Topsy Turvy

 

A few years ago, I had the luxury of choosing from a series of photographs of a pole dancing competition and chose to paint two of them: one of a dancer balanced on her arms with the pole in sight and the second of a dancer upside down on the pole. Though of two different competitors, I took some artistic license and painted the red haired dancer in a red costume on the pole as a blonde in white, to make it appear as if the same woman had advanced to the pole and intending to hang the two paintings as a diptych. When submitting five paintings to the 10th Annual Figurative Art Competition at the Light Space Time Online Gallery last month, I included the dancer on the pole as one of my entries and today received word that Topsy Turvy won Special Recognition and will be posted on lightspacetime.art for the month of April. The gallery received 623 entries from 27 different countries around the world, as well as from 30 different states and the District of Columbia. I am delighted to be one of 100 artists who were awarded Special Recognition and to have the opportunity to show my work and make my website available to the public. Receiving notice of the award yesterday, I was happy to know that the email from Light Space Time was no joke!

A Very Happy New Year

Seize the Day…Rose

I entered the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery’s 9th Annual All Women competition last month and was delighted to hear today that Seize the Day won Special Recognition in the Painting & Other Media Category for this exhibition of women artists. I was particularly pleased to win an award for a painting of a woman, by a woman, a gift for a woman who owns an event space that is run by women, giving it special meaning for me. All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of January 2020 and will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

 

 

A Perfect Ending

Lion’s Mane

 

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.

   

2019 Open Art Exhibition

Black Swan

 

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?”

 

Botanicals Art Exhibition

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…

 

Primary Colors Art Exhibition

I have often said that I love color, so the Primary Colors Arts Competition on www.lightspacetime.art seemed made for me, where at least one or more of the primary colors (red, blue and/or yellow) stood out as a primary artistic element in the artwork submitted. Now I am delighted to have won a Special Merit Award for Fantasy and Special Recognition for Steeplechase. There were 741 entries in the competition from 24 different countries around the world and 35 different states and D.C., so it’s an honor to be included among the award winners.

Fantasy

 

I painted Fantasy using old black and white movie posters from the 1930’s & 40’s of Loretta Young as my reference for the woman. I called the painting Fantasy, hoping it was ambiguous enough that some would think she is his fantasy and others think he is hers.

Steeplechase

 

I painted Steeplechase as a gift for my husband, who has great memories of his father taking him to George C. Tilyou’s Steeplechase Park in Coney Island to ride the mechanical ponies in a horserace, one of the highlights of his childhood.

 

The exhibition runs online through the month of July on http://www.lightspacetime.art.

Primary Colors Art Exhibition

I have often said that I love color, so the Primary Colors Arts Competition on www.lightspacetime.art seemed made for me, where at least one or more of the primary colors (red, blue and/or yellow) stood out as a primary artistic element in the artwork submitted. Now I am delighted to have won a Special Merit Award for Fantasy and Special Recognition for Steeplechase. There were 741 entries in the competition from 24 different countries around the world and 35 different states and D.C., so it’s an honor to be included among the award winners.

Fantasy

 

I painted Fantasy using old black and white movie posters from the 1930’s & 40’s of Loretta Young as my reference for the woman. I called the painting Fantasy, hoping it was ambiguous enough that some would think she is his fantasy and others think he is hers.

Steeplechase

 

I painted Steeplechase as a gift for my husband, who has great memories of his father taking him to George C. Tilyou’s Steeplechase Park in Coney Island to ride the mechanical ponies in a horserace, one of the highlights of his childhood.

 

The exhibition runs online through the month of July on http://www.lightspacetime.art.

No April Fool

Flame

 

I was thrilled and delighted to receive a Special Recognition Award for Flame from the LightSpaceTime Online Gallery’s 9th Figurative Exhibition. I have devoted most of the last three years to portrait and figure, so awards from juried exhibitions of my efforts are particularly satisfying. Receiving the news on April !st, I was happy to know that it was no joke!   

Special Recognition

Madison & 33rd | circa 1952

My father, a restaurateur in Manhattan, was an amateur photographer with a darkroom in our basement, where he developed his own photographs. I painted his restaurant in color from my memories of it and a black and white photo he took. If you enlarge the photo of the painting, you can make out his reflection in the front door—a faint figure in an overcoat and fedora. I had never painted a cityscape before, nor have I since, but painting Lomar Restaurant was special for me and my older sister, so I painted it for her for a special birthday and then painted it again for myself, calling it Madison & 33rd | circa 1952. When LightSpaceTime Online Gallery ran a competition for their 9th Annual Cityscapes Exhibition, it was the only painting I entered. Imagine my surprise and delight to hear that it was included in the exhibition and won Special Recognition in the Paintings and Other Media category, along with 49 other entries. A slide show of the exhibition will run for the month of February on lightspacetime.art. My father would have been proud…

Figurative 2018 Art Exhibition

 

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.

Rising

New Year News

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?