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October Reflection

by MaryBethMorrison , October 24, 2016—12:00 AM

Topics: Juried exhibition, Maine, Monhegan, Portland, me, pastel, rejection, restless

Painting posted today is FLyover... pastel, 8×10. I was on Monhegan Island in early June this year, looking from the cliffs toward White Head, and gulls flew currents right over head and out over that great drop, graceful, skilled, eyeballing the water for reasons to fish. It felt a visual challenge to convey seeing the gulls this way.

I've been busy this month helping put on a gorgeous juried international exhibition with the Pastel Painters of Maine, Pastels Only. It is hung at the beautiful Art Gallery on the University of New England Campus, at 716 Stevens Ave, Portland ME, thanks to curator director Ann Zil, and the special talents of Ilana Welch. There are 59 paintings, including one by Casey Klahn, juror of selection and awards, Colorist and founder of the New School Color in Washington state. I was on the prize committee, we awarded over $5000 in prizes and cash. This is one reason I joined PPOM - they have very fine workshops (Casey's was excellent on abstraction and color use), excellent member and collaborative shows, and this Annual Juried event open internationally, that is of high caliber. It is an honor to have one's work accepted.

My posted image is one that was not accepted into the show... in fact my application of three images were not accepted. My initial feelings of failure and disappointment, rejection and disillusion subsided, I admit my place in the ranks of artists, where work is accepted, and rejected alike in the jury process. It serves to flay out the chaff as I take an unsentimental review of my work to date. There is a restless pull to paint a lot, often, and furiously. Large, small, in series, to paint not for photographic perfection, but to honor the brushstrokes, and the marks made. Here's to pushing forward!



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