AND...I got third place! I was really thrilled because the other awards went to people who have been featured in Pastel Journal (Lisa Stauffer) and who get picked for the big invitational paint out events (Lori Berringer, Thomas Buchs).
The judges agreed with my pick and gave Nyle Gordon the nocturne prize. The artist's work is displayed in three galleries in town and the first, second and third place were all in the gallery I was assigned to. Was also pleased to see someone bought my laundromat picture and there are already bids on my third place piece...and it's only 11:45.
This morning was the quick paint and I'm amazed at how large some people can work - 16x20! Below is my little 8x10 alley scene. The light was uncooperative this morning and it was an exercise in memory work. (3:20 pm update: They gave me 1st in the quick paint and it sold as well! I found out that the judges have bought the ones that have sold so far - I'm really honored!)
The judging for those are this afternoon.
I've learned quite a bit watching some of these painters and plan to talk about it in future posts.