Today I found out that both my art works had been accepted into a prestigious open art competition. I was thrilled. This is my first ‘yes’ by a gallery.
It’s special for many reasons. They are portraits of my friends- also both black women- so there will be 3 of us on the gallery walls!
Apart from that though I feel its more about recognition. I have been painting for a while and have entered competitions twice before and didn’t make it- so today’s yes was most welcome. It was a ‘yes we think you have something’ kind a yes.
One of the paintings, Nicolette, I am particularly proud of. With this one I went over the edge- what do I mean by that? I got to a point where it was perfectly fabulous but for me there was something missing- something not quite her- so I carried on- almost wrecked it- but something came through- something that was her. She was less defined but more beautiful, more raw, more spiritual- as she is.
I didn’t realise this completely until I looked at it again a couple of weeks later. I remember unwrapping it, putting it on my studio wall and I could feel her energy in the room with me. This person is very dear to me and I don’t see her often so having her on the wall in my studio was a treat.
And now she will be part of a larger wall, with other paintings.
Painting is a solitary pursuit and takes up a lot of time- so when someone gets it- gets what you are doing- it’s amazing!