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pastel lover
10-10-2010, 08:57 PM
Hello Everyone,

I just had to share my good news...this weekend I recieved the "Award of Merit in Pastel", Professional Division from the Thomas Hart Benton Regional Show & Competition! There are only two awards given for pastels in the professional division, the "Award of Excellence" & the "Award of Merit". I recieved the "Award of Merit" which is basically second place. I am so thrilled & surprised! The Show includes artists from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma & Kansas. Yesterday the artists were treated to a 2 hour oil painting demo, a very nice awards ceremony & judge critique, an artists reception & early viewing of the show. It was an awesome day. I recieved the award for my painting "Hungry Eyes". Thanks for looking.

Tanja
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Donna T
10-10-2010, 09:25 PM
Congratulations Tanja! That's awesome news and a beautiful painting!

allydoodle
10-10-2010, 09:43 PM
Congratulations on your award - it sounds like a very nice honor! Well deserved, this is a beautiful painting.

chuas2
10-10-2010, 10:50 PM
:clap: :clap: Go Tanja!:thumbsup: !
Chuas

Fata_Morgana
10-11-2010, 08:25 AM
Congratulations Tanja! :clap: :clap: Wonderful painting, the eyes are really intense!

Kathryn Wilson
10-11-2010, 08:53 AM
Congratulations!

Lisa Fiore
10-11-2010, 08:57 AM
Congratulations!! It's easy to see why this won--what an incredibly beautiful painting!

DAK723
10-11-2010, 10:33 AM
Congrats!! The painting is definitely a winner!

Don

pastel lover
10-11-2010, 11:21 AM
Hello Everyone,

Donna T, Chris, Chuas, Fata Morgana, Kathryn, Lisa & Don thank you all so much for your congratulations and your kind comments. I really appreciate it. Everyone here at WC is always so kind & supportive. Just wonderful.

Tanja

Sueb
10-11-2010, 11:32 AM
Congratulations! It's a well deserved award for a beautiful painting.

saramathewson
10-11-2010, 11:45 AM
Congratulations!

what an honor and what a beautiful painting. The award was much deserved!

Sara

Paula Ford
10-11-2010, 11:54 AM
Congratulations!!!

Alberto P
10-11-2010, 12:06 PM
Congrats Tanja!! Enjoy this moment!!
A greeting.

Alberto P.

Dougwas
10-11-2010, 12:19 PM
Way to go, Tanja! A well deserved award.:thumbsup:

Doug

SonyaJ
10-11-2010, 12:26 PM
Congratulations, Tanja - it's wonderful to have your hard work and effort be appreciated with an award like this, isn't it? :)

Dcam
10-11-2010, 12:36 PM
Good for you. By the looks of that fabulous painting you deserve it!
:thumbsup: Derek

pastel lover
10-11-2010, 11:07 PM
Hi All,

Sue B., Sara, Paula, Alberto, Doug, Sonya (yes, so wonderful) & Derek thank you all sooo much for your for your kind congrats & comments. Thank you all for taking the time to look & reply. Celebrating good news with everyone makes it doubly sweet. Thanks again.

Tanja

nvcricket
10-12-2010, 01:30 AM
Hi Tanja,

Fabulous painting. Those eyes just grab you! They must have grabbed the judges too. A well deserved award. Contrats! :clap:

Carol

water girl
10-12-2010, 01:51 PM
Whoo-hoo! Great news!

sketchZ1ol
10-12-2010, 03:46 PM
hello
yes indeed !
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
:} Ed

Merethe T
10-12-2010, 04:48 PM
Congratulations Tanja, I am so happy for you! :clap:

Ruthie57
10-12-2010, 04:53 PM
Congratulations Tanja! Great work!

pastel lover
10-12-2010, 07:31 PM
Hi Guys,

Carol, Karen, Ed, Merethe & Ruthie - a big "thank you" to each of you for your congratulations and wonderfully kind comments. I really do appreciate it!

Tanja

scall0way
10-15-2010, 07:56 PM
Congratulations! Love those eyes.

robertsloan2
10-15-2010, 08:25 PM
Congratulations, Tanja! I love the sun and shadows dappling the cougar's face, this is so beautiful. Wonderful big cat, gorgeous eyes make a perfect focal point, she's fantastic. Love it. You really deserved that award!

the drover's dog
10-16-2010, 12:11 AM
:clap: Tanya, you must be just popping those buttons with justifiable pride. Congratulations. Fabulous painting that shows so much. Really stunning. How lovely to receive recognition for great efforts.

Sorry to be a bit tardy in congrats, but I'm stuck in hospital for the past week and have only just got around to being able to use my laptop.

Cheers,

Dale

deb9654
10-16-2010, 02:56 PM
Congrats Tanya! I just love this painting. Your use of color is wonderful!

bnoonan
10-16-2010, 04:20 PM
Fabulous news - Congratulations!!!!! Barb

aolaranora
10-16-2010, 06:24 PM
Congratulations!
Beautiful cat!

paula219davis
10-16-2010, 07:15 PM
Tanya, what a wonderful piece, well deserving of your award. Congrats!

Did you use exclusively pastel pencils? I'd appreciate your explaining a bit about your technique. LOVE the use of color.

Paula

pastel lover
10-16-2010, 09:52 PM
Hello Everyone,

First, I would like to apologize for the latest of my "thank you"s. I have been away for a couple of days and didn't take my computer. I truly appreciate everyone's congratulations & comments. It really, really does make my day!

Debbie C - thank you.
Robert - thanks so much. I wanted to say how much I love your cat in your signature line. Also, I'm not sure where Russellville, ARK is or if you would interested but Big Cedar Lodge in SW MO is having a plein air paint out Oct. 21 - 24. Details on their website. (hope it is OK to say that here)
Dale - thank you very much & I'm sorry to hear you've been in hospital. Hope you are better.
Deb, Barb & Tatianna - thank you all! I am a big fan of each of your work.
Paula - Thank you. Actually very little is pastel pencils. I began with a very soft pastel underpainting in gold for light areas, mauve for transition areas & blue & purple for shadowed areas. Then I rubbed each area in until it was smooth, taking care not to mix the different colors & make mud. Then followed with the fur done mostly with the corner of a Nu-pastel in the appropiate color of the cat's markings. The eye color, nose & BG are soft pastels. I used pastel pencils for the eyelashes, pupils, whiskers & small details. I generally use velour for wildlife but this is the first one on pastelmat. I will use it again, I very much like it's ability to hold a line. I hope this helps.

Thanks again everyone!
Tanja

PETE K
10-17-2010, 06:52 PM
Tanja, congratulation!

pastel lover
10-18-2010, 02:21 AM
Thanks Pete!

Tanja

subsak
10-27-2010, 10:22 AM
congrats
and its sooooooooooo beautiful

chuas2
10-27-2010, 10:42 AM
Congratulations Tanja, well deserved. This is a beautiful painting!
Chuas

florbela
10-27-2010, 01:07 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!Beautiful Work!!!!Hello Everyone,

I just had to share my good news...this weekend I recieved the "Award of Merit in Pastel", Professional Division from the Thomas Hart Benton Regional Show & Competition! There are only two awards given for pastels in the professional division, the "Award of Excellence" & the "Award of Merit". I recieved the "Award of Merit" which is basically second place. I am so thrilled & surprised! The Show includes artists from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma & Kansas. Yesterday the artists were treated to a 2 hour oil painting demo, a very nice awards ceremony & judge critique, an artists reception & early viewing of the show. It was an awesome day. I recieved the award for my painting "Hungry Eyes". Thanks for looking.

Tanja
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indian
10-27-2010, 01:18 PM
Congtratulations, I would've given you the first place award for this. I love artists who are not afraid of colour. This could've been another ho-hum painting of an animal done in shades of brown or grey but your use of blues, pinks, yelllows and greens in the fur is what makes this painting come alive. Even though the two main focal points are the eyes and nose. Bravo

Indian

RainySea
10-27-2010, 05:37 PM
woohoo!!! congrats. . . and well deserved as it is beautiful!!

gardencorner
10-27-2010, 09:04 PM
Tanja....late to the party! :eek: Really should get over here more often! This is great news and congratulations!!! :clap: So nice to see your hard work paying off. Thanks for sharing the good news. Neat to see our fellow WCr's receiving awards!!! Sorry to be so tardy. Warm regards, Shea

pastel lover
10-27-2010, 10:23 PM
Hello Everyone,

Subsak, Chuas2, Florbela, Indian, Rainy & Shea - Thank you all so very much! Your comments & congrats are cherished & appreciated.

Tanja

winecountry
10-27-2010, 11:25 PM
congratulations and here's to many more

ocarrillo
10-28-2010, 12:43 PM
Well deserved Tanya. :clap:

TX Rose
10-28-2010, 05:50 PM
Such drama and intensity! Those eyes are amazing! Congratulations.

pastel lover
10-29-2010, 02:48 AM
Hello All,

Colleen, Ocarrillo & Janet - thank you all for taking the time to comment & for your kind words & congratulations.

Tanja

bobjoy
10-31-2010, 04:50 PM
Beautiful work! Congratulations!

pastel lover
11-01-2010, 12:21 AM
Hi Bobjoy,

Thanks so much!

Tanja

learning to paint
11-01-2010, 12:37 AM
The detail is terrific! Nice lifelike sense, too.