"Everybody knows a work of art takes at least an hour!" Lucy to Linus, (Peanuts)

FineArtViews Painting Competition - Twice in the Fav 15%

http://canvoo.com/boldbrush/badge/13203 three times selected for FAV15%, Fine Art Views Bold Brush Painting Competition

Friday, March 18, 2011

Selected for FAV 15%

"To Tell a Story" was picked for the FAV 15% for February's  BoldBrush Painting Competition. That makes twice now I have made the cut. I have to say the quality of entries has really picked up this year so I feel privileged to have been selected. Being found out of a crowd is always chancy and even though this is not one of the top awards it is still being noticed. And why is being noticed so important? It isn't really but it feels good. We're all only human and like to feel we are appreciated. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about this whole issue though. I read an article about trying to "make it" in NYC and how even getting a one person show there doesn't guarantee fame and fortune. There are so many ways to make art and receive some satisfaction from having others like what you're doing. All the struggle to get somewhere, to be noticed, to have the awards, etc., etc., somehow take the joy out of the process for me. I am coming to realize more and more that if I am in the studio working that is the success I have always sought...time and freedom to make this stuff! What else is there? The night of acclaim at a gallery or in the newspaper  is fleeting. The result of the work remains and the thought of the new work to look forward to is all I truly want. Slap myself in the side of my head - wake up - you're on a great journey with lots of ups and downs and the trip is much more fun than the arrival. 
I haven't felt able to paint for over a week now. I think that ends today. 


  1. Congratulations, Karen......how wonderful!

  2. Karen, congratulations. This should win the grand prize. It's one of the best paintings I've seen in a long time!

  3. OMGosh! She is fabulous. I love the way she turned out. Congratulations on being selected! You are due a show in NYC and I hope you get one soon.
    I finished my Claude Debussy Renaissance style painting/collage and have posted it at http://www.healingwoman.blogspot.com
    Hope you will look at it. I'm now working on a Freida painting in somewhat the same syle. I'll do a sculpture to match. I love the rich colors you achieved in your painting. She is gorgeous. A sure sale.


  4. Congratulations. A beautiful painting. I think both are good -- the recognition makes your time in the studio, all that much more satisfying.

    I don't think appreciation of your work is going to be fleeting.

  5. She is stunning!

    With your interest in art, I'm wondering if you would consider joining a community art piece (I'm extending the deadline until the end of april). I would be honored to have you. If you have time and interest, please check it out here:


  6. This painting is so GORGEOUS, Karen. How could you NOT be chosen?

    Congratulations and good luck.


  7. Big congratulations on the painting competition Karen beautiful painting)