The Morton (Illinois) Art Guild hosts an annual art and photography show during the annual Pumpkin Festival. I always enter something, just to support the MAG and local art community. There are three divisions and a “junior” segment. There were 96 entries this year in the art show, which is amazing. The show has grown every year, and every year, the subject matter becomes more diverse. This year I entered The Hawk and the Goldfinch in the Professional Division, and was honored to receive 2nd place! It surprised me that many of the winning paintings chosen in each division were of birds or animals! I hope this means that more people are paying attention to nature! It’s something we desperately need to do!
Lately, it seems like everything I try to do turns to dust. I’ve started 3 paintings and have not liked where any of them are going. One is oil, the other two are acrylic. Thankfully, its much easier to wipe off the oil painting and begin again than it is the acrylic. After several scrap-offs, the acrylic canvas turns slick and the paint dulls. At that point, its time to throw it away. And it was such a great start, but somewhere along the line, it went awry. So – I will start over – but not just yet. I need a break. I need to do something that I can be happy with when I’m done. When I run into this “art” problem, I go back to my family history research for a few days. I don’t always find anything new, but every so often I find a clue that breaks through a brick wall. Other times, I find information that adds to my understanding of who I am. And that is satisfying. And it gives me time to clear my head. So, I’m off to research for a day or two – then I’ll return to the easel, hopefully refreshed and ready to overcome those stumbling blocks that kept getting in my way. In the mean time, meet the “Little Princess.” This is an oil painting I did many years ago. Sorry – it’s not for sale.
My final painting before leaving for SEWE, “September Song” is a 14 x 18 acrylic on canvas. I had the privilege of seeing these magnificent animals in both Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park. But I can also see them closer to home at Wildlife Prairie State Park in Central Illinois.
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