Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I am soooooo excited....!!!!

As you can well see I have not posted here for quite some time. It's not that I have not been painting, I have been, diligently, I just wasn't pleased with the results for about half of 2009. So what was I to say and what was I to show?

The biggest problem I discovered was I'd been fighting myself. It wasn't until I decided to let what I know about colored pencil transfer over into what I did "not" know about oil. Once I decided to approach oil like I do colored pencil, oh my, things got much easier.

So even though things have appeared quiet, a lot has been going on. One year has passed since I started this adventure. At last I am comfortable. I'm no longer perching precariously on the edge and I have a sure path to follow. That kind of change is always exciting but that's not why I am posting and that's not why I said I was "soooooooo excited". I am sooooooo excited because two of my paintings have been accepted in the very prestigious Salon International 2010.

I have viewed this show on line for years but could never enter because it's a competition for oil paintings only. When saw the deadline for entering was coming up fast I had a choice to make. I
still needed to tweak "The World Outside Your Door" and lacked a few days finishing "Radiance". I felt a bit rushed and not really ready but I've always believed there's no time like the present and nothing ventured nothing gained.

"The World Outside Your Door"


Anyway, here's the letter I received:

Dear Friends,

I want to take this opportunity to say that each one of you who submitted entries to Salon International 2010 is to be commended for your part in creating the largest number of entries submitted in any single year in the nine-year history of the event - almost 1,300 entries!

You are also to be commended for creating the strongest group of entries in the history of the event. Of course, this creates a much more difficult task for the Jury and Judge, but that’s a good thing! Because of the strength of the entries the Salon International 2010 exhibit will be the largest ever - almost 400 paintings! This exhibit will be truly spectacular. I promise you it will be a visual overload!

Again, I thank each one of you for your part in making all this happen and for creating another successful Salon International exhibit. Together, we will continue to grow this exhibit and to make it the largest, most respected and most prestigious of the juried exhibits.

Warm Regards,


So there's been a lot of screaming, jumping and yahooing around here the last few days. I call it the happy dance. I'm sure it's a sight to see. My husband seems to like it......he followed me back to my studio and said he wanted to see it again.

Now it's time to get them framed
, boxed up and shipped out to San Antonio. The exhibit opens and will be on the web site April 10. Woo Hoo!


Joy's View said...

You nailed these paintings. They are beautiful.

Kendra said...

Linda, I found your painting blog by accident. You are one talented lady!! Not only have you mastered the colored pencil world but your oils are amazing too! Congratulations! I'm still trying to master colored pencils : )

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Yaaaaay!! Way to go Linda!! This is a show I dearly want to enter some year and you are right, there is no time like the present... I would love to hear you expand on your new outlook as an artist applying your color pencil knowledge to oil painting. I think I did something similar, but it's quite a big leap, isn't it?

MarieB said...

Congratulations, Linda! The paintings are absolutely beautiful!! You are an inspiration to me...great work!! With regard to your past work, would love to hear some tips on how you get those plastic bags so perfect!

~Christina~ said...

I found you through a fan, Debbie Strong. :D I LOVE that paiting ...The World Outside Your Door. Amazing that someone, you, can paint that and it looks so enchanting! Congratulations! Well deserved!! I look forward to following your blog and seeing more of your talent.

academic said...

What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!
oil painting