And the survey says…

So, I decided to be brave and put my art out there for others to judge.  Last weekend, one of towns near to where I live was celebrating their migration festival and as part of the festivities, they hold an annual art and photo contest.  I saw the show last year and thought, I could probably do that and had promptly forgotten about it until a couple weeks ago when I saw the signs for the show.

Canada goose painting sketch©So I decided to put myself out there and make some art for the show.  The challenge for me was not sharing my art and having it judged (I’ve come to terms with the fact that everyone has their own taste and opinions and that’s a good thing.) but to actually get some paintings completed.  I now realize that I was fighting the flu during the time I should have been painting, so I was only able to complete one of the pieces that I was hoping to do.  Since the festival is framed around Canada Goose migration, that was a no brainer to paint.  I searched and found a sketch from 10 years ago that I had done in the park – and that was the leaping off point for the piece.

I had a vision of a goose standing in a beautiful fall field, with lovely golds and oranges, canada goose painting©sprinkled with hints of white, red and purple – reflecting goldenrods, asters and the changing colours of the fall leaves.

I was happy with the result.  It feels like a warm fire on a bright, cold fall evening.

I had fully intended to complete another painting, but with my work schedule (yes, I have a real job too – that I also love) and being sick, I just didn’t have the energy to get it right.  I have a great start on the painting and I’m sure it will be something that will be used in the future

I’ve been inspired by art nouveau paintings and wondered how I could start to incorporate this feel into paintings that are based in nature.  I’ve started some experiments and and this great blue heron painting with blue backgroundgreat blue heron piece is one of them.  It may not be obvious in this painting, but this is where the spark started…

Now, back to the actually art show – I didn’t get this piece finished – it’s still sitting the in studio, hopefully to be tackled tonight.  I had paid for two pieces and fortunately one of my owl pieces fit the criteria for entry into the show.  All pieces had to be a North American migratory bird.  And really, who doesn’t like owls – it seemed like a safe bet and it actually took a prize in the competition.  And the winner (at least the Peleegirl winner) is….burrowing owl painting complete©


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I'm an avid birder and naturalist, with the good fortune to work as a park interpreter. I get to spend every day in a beautiful park, so no matter how challenging, all I have to do is look out the window and the natural world is there to greet and soothe my soul.

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