"An Autumn View" - 8 x 10" - oil
For the most part I'm a pessimist. It's unfortunate but it helps me deal with this roller coaster ride that I call "the art life." All in all I'm just trying to break even but every once in a while something good happens. Today for instance, I attended the Worthington Area Art League / Ohio Plein Air holiday potluck dinner. It was here that I was presented with a first place ribbon for the painting above. This painting is currently part of an exhibition titled "Leaving Footprints" at the Arts Castle in Delaware, OH. We were fortunate enough to have Don Jones, "the father of art therapy" juror the show. You can read more about Mr. Jones in this interview (click here).
This award was an important step for me because I'm still very new to the local art scene here in Ohio. While I can enjoy this award today, tomorrow my focus will shift back to trying to make the next painting better than the last.