I'm feeling somewhat retrospective, totally blessed, and mildly hysterical after coming home with the ~1st Place Prize in 2D~ at the "Falling Water" Exhibit.
With a smile I flashback to a question asked me by a little girl as I painted at my easel in Seville Square Park one day. "Have you ever thought of becoming a Professional Artist?" ~ Which begs the question... At what point does one ~so inclined~ become ~esteemed as such~?? Is it a reality when you show? When you sell? Do you need a license from the courthouse? Do you have to put in a certain number of years? Or pass a juried inspection? I'm not sure... I think I'm balanced on the see-saw between the little girl dreams and the art-show judge. Just livin' the dream~ the artist life.
And on this particular starry night, when my humble offering found favor... She thought she was prom-queen, all adorned in her blue ribbon! A painting among paintings~ and in Fairhope- the artist colony... with galleries galore... musicians out tonight on street corners... a perfect summer night for an "art walk"... courtyard dining by the fountain... a night so fine that pianos come outside to play... Life was sweet ~ and a milky-way macchiato from "Page & Palette" to top it off.
As I passed back by the Eastern Shore Art Center, then closed, I looked through the glass doors & on through the gallery doors to see her one last time before she goes to her new owner's home. Something in me wanted to give her a pep-talk about the hundreds of judging eyes that will scrutinize as she hangs there. Some will question authenticity; others will enjoy the simplicity. But she really seemed to be doing fine in that prominent place of honor.
To approach the painting~ click on it, stroll around for up-close views, but do not touch.
Before we leave Fairhope I wanted you to see the new fountain that provided the theme for the show. It's behind the Fairhope Museum of History. The locals voted on the commission-winning artist. Looks like they picked a professional...
The "Waterfront" painting originally aired in the April 7th post.
I know... missed opportunity- should have bought then.
Seriously, I appreciate you letting me share the ponderings of my heart with you. Thanks!