Fine Art Juried Show, Wood County Fair

Wood County Fair

Fine Art Juried Show
Professional Artists
Wood County Fair

I decided I would donate a painting as an auction item for Wood County Parks and Recreation’s annual fundraiser. In order to introduce the piece, as it were, I participated in two local arts events that incorporated public viewing and was fortunate enough to win awards each time, which I am grateful for.

The second event was the Fine Art Juried Show that is part of the Wood County Fair. While Registering for the event I noticed that there were several categories to select from, and so I decided to enter pieces from a few other mediums that I work in occasionally. The first had been Art In The Park.

When we went to enjoy our usual favorites at the fair we took a stroll through the Fine Art Show, I was unbelievably surprised to see that I had won a ribbon for 5 of the 6 pieces that I entered. Below are the pieces I entered.

Time Swiftly Passes By

Time Swiftly Passes By
Graphite on paper
portrait of my son
Ian O’Laughlin

Breaking Out

Breaking Out
Mixed Media on Paper
Green sea turtle hatching

African Sunrise

African Sunrise
Mixed Media on Crescent Board
Zebra colt in grassland

Bee on Lavender

Bee on Lavender
Watercolor on Cotton

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Watercolor on Paper

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
Graphite on Paper
portrait of my daughter

The portrait of my daughter did not win a ribbon,  there were a few lovely color pencil pieces it had to compete with, and a lot more drawings were entered than paintings.  Much more delightful than winning another ribbon for that pieces was my daughter winning a ribbon for her own work! It was especially exciting to see that my daughter had success in her first-ever juried show! She is now very motived to practice and work on her skills, which is beautiful!

I also want to say how grateful I am for all the love, support, and well wishes by so many! It means so much to me to know that people are engaging and supporting the arts in their community, and I am personally touched for those took a moment to see my work. I am equally blown away by the creativity that is put into the booths that showcase the animals, as well as the canning, quilts, and knitting. Just gorgeous creative work everywhere!

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Dried Paint In the Tube

I strongly prefer to buy watercolor paint in tubes, and I am picky enough about color that I only buy what experience has taught me are the best quality pigments. Sometimes, the tube dries before it is fully used and sometimes the tube becomes prematurely damaged, but there is no need to throw it away.

The benefits of fresh tube pigment are that it is very well protected from UV light and dust while in the tube. The soft pre-moistened pigment makes it very friendly for techniques employed for the finest details. Pre-moistened pigment from the tube is also gentler on your good brushes. When the pigment is dry on my palette or in a pan, as most artists do I mix the water in with an older secondary brush so the shape of my good brushes is preserved.

However, sometimes the paint dries in the tube before it is all used. Should that happen, you can still make use of those lovely pigments and ensure none of your investment in a quality paint goes to waste. Below, I list out a step by step photo tutorial on how to do transfer the pigment into a pan to use at home or in your travel tin.

To Be Considered

  • Environment: Ideally, you will want to work in your studio in paint-sling friendly clothing, away from pet curiosity. Paint pigment flakes could be a disaster on white carpet come shampoo day, half-dried pans could be licked at or dappled into by furry paws and tails, and your new white top could become permanently dyed. The kitchen can be an alternative if your studio space is a carpeted room with no sink.
  • Time: The pigment may need to cure in the pan for a couple of days till fully secured, especially true if you have a need for a second top off of distilled water. They should dry where they are able to be covered to prevent exposure to UV Light or dust and left undisturbed.
  • Clean-Up: You will want to clean all the tools in a sink. I find vacuuming the work area when the pigment is dry best, and damp cloth best if it is tarry.
  • Recycling: If you are able to recycle the parts of the tube. I am fortunate to be able to recycle both the metal tube and the plastic cap where I live.

I have made a mess of working with a tarry tube of Permanent Alizarin Crimson. So it may be best to open a tube and let it dry protected from dust instead of attempting to scrape out.

Step 1
Cut into the tube with a sharp pair of shears and peel away foil of tube. Brush away any papery powder they may have clung to the paint if your tube had a paper wrapper.

Step 2
Place the dried pieces from the tube into the watercolor pan.

Step 3
Make certain your dried pain only takes up about 3/4ths of the volume of the pan. Then, add distilled water to the top of the watercolor pan and allow a day for it to sit and absorb into the paint.
You should make certain to leave it covered so that the water does not evaporate.

Step 4
After the paint has been saturated by the distilled water. Mix and press the moist paint in the pan until it is even. Then let dry, covered, so that dust does not settle into the wet pigment. For some pigments you may have to repeat 2-3 more times, often true for opaque pigments.

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1st Place People’s Choice Winner!

Working in the Hosta Garden at Art In the Park.

What a wonderful surprise to learn that I won 1st place for the People’s Choice Award at Art in the Park. It was the 5th annual event, and the weather was just amazing! I met so many fun and interesting people. I especially loved seeing all the children walking around with the fairy wands they made. It was also delightful to catch up with so many familiar faces, many of which I have not seen in person in a while.

Art In the Park

Tuesday afternoon while running errands in Downtown BG I ran into David, who writes for BG Independent Media. While we chatted about the event, I had no idea yet that I had won. I actually learned by being tagged in a post on FB and connected to the article below. It was such a surprise. I shortly after ran into Jacqui Nathan, President of the BGAC shortly after, whom also gave me the news. I have been very touched by all the support and congratulatory feedback from my friends.

The prize was a gift certificate to the Art Supply Depot in BG. I can’t wait to buy more supplies from Art Supply Depot in BG! I’m pretty sure it is going to be a new Field Sketchbook, which I have been eager to take back a practice in working in weekly. I think I am going to try out the one featured in this post.

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