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Old 03-05-2018, 03:52 PM
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My first international award!

Hi all, I have to share my good news with you. This weekend I was in Northern France for the opening night of the 3rd International Biennal Pastel d'Opale. More than 120 french and international artists had applied, 84 were accepted, a total of 220 paintings were on show. I had entered several still lifes but only one had made it into the show.
My painting was dwarfed by most of the entries, many of which were intricate and elaborate works. Some of you know my still lifes; I paint small, around 9x12" and use a simple setup. No carefully aranged cloth, no lace doily, just a few objects, some fruit, a glass jar or a metal pot. I want the composition, the shapes, colours and values to speak and I want it to look natural.

You can imagine my surprise and delight when my name was called during the award ceremony. To be one of 10 award winners, some of them internationally renowned artists is so exciting.
The judges, Isabelle Lim PSA and Stéphanie Portal, editor of 'Pratique des Arts', France's well-known art magazine, graciously took the time to explain what drew them to my painting. Such an incentive to hear that I am on the right path!

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Congratulations!! I am no judge or renowned artist, but your work is definitely of the highest quality, in my opinion!

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I would have picked this too! This looks amazing. Congratulations! It may be small, but your painting is mighty!
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Wow! Congratulations Dorothea! That is wonderful news! You do such beautiful work and I'm sure your painting stood out from the rest. Intricate and elaborate works are fine but it's nice when judges recognize the beauty of light falling on just a few well-placed objects too; as if the light is as much the subject as the objects.
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Don, rain24 and Donna, thank you so much! I am still overwhelmed by this; the quality of many, many of the entries was so very high! I mean, look at some of them:





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Fantastic, Dorothea! I'm so happy for you. Good things do come in small packages! Congratualtions!
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Congratulations, amazing work!
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Gee, you are good at this! Very impressive work. Your award is well-deserved.
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Congratulations indeed; well deserved! Many times it isn't the large, complicated painting that gets the award. Sometimes small paintings that are well painted, and of seemingly simple composition will be recognized for what it is; award worthy artwork.

Thank you also for posting some of the other artwork.

Let us know when you come down from Cloud 9. 🙂
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Congratulations! Beautiful work.

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Congratulations, your work is beautiful! Made me hungry to boot.
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Thank you all! Peggy, I think I‘ll stay a bit longer on cloud 9, such a nice view from up here. :-) Something like this doesn‘t happen everyday to you, one needs to savour it.
Now I need to plan my next art projects and make use of some of the Sennelier PastelCard all the artists got as a welcome present!
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Congratulations!

Would you mind telling us a few things what the juries told you why they chose your picture?
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Congratulations - outstanding work and well deserved win!
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:55 PM
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Well, the conversation was mainly in French, so I might have missed a few details. The editor of ‚Pratique des Arts‘ told me that she loved the luscious colours of the plums which made them pop out from that dark background. That it made my painting immediately stand out. She said there was something about it which spoke to her, something other paintings didn‘t have. I think she also said that she liked that it wasn‘t cluttered. It was all very flattering! It is always gratifying when others tell you that they like your work, but to have a professional praise it, gives you such a boost of confidence!
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