Thursday, December 07, 2006

And the award goes to......

You know, I've been entering shows in my local artist guild gallery every month for over a year and never won an award...for anything. I would kid others that even if no one else entered but me I'd somehow lose. Well, my streak is over. I finally won an award...First Place, for "Red Sky Over Field".

This came as a big surprise because this painting was really to try out doing some impasto work in the sky area....not that I thought it wise to do but just wanted to try impasto painting with a knife out. I thought the results were pretty cool and a lot of other artists seemed to like it too.

Last month I entered a small 8"x10" into the show which didn't win an award but I got a call telling me it had sold at the gallery. I was hoping the call about winning the award was to tell me this one had sold...hahaha. Surprise, surprise.

This is good news of course....the last 2 months have been full of good news. Sales are up, I got picked up by a gallery north of here, Gallery In The Vines, so I now have gallery respresentation. Also, the first week there I sold 2 paintings. So, things are getting better!


Celeste said...

I can see why this won, Ron! What a gorgeous, warm, inviting painting. The sky is perfect. Congratulations!!

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks Celeste. Working witha knife to apply the paint was new to me and in a way hypnotic. You can really find yourself just waving it back and forth seeing what variation you get with each pass over and over. It's a really interesting technique.

Michael Pieczonka said...

Ron.. congrats on winning an award with this piece. It has a nice composition, and the the warmth in the sky is inviting.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Michael,
Thanks for the comments. I'm still reeling from the news!

Ryan Evans said...

Great painting Ron-no surprise that it did well

THe composition is really strong and the colours work very harmoniously. I love knife painting too- something about the texture effects you can get. THere was a guy on WC from Spain about 6 months ago doing some really beautiful work- I'll try and find a link

Well done again

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Ryan, thanks for the comments. I know the guy you're talking about...he did a couple of marine paintings that are great.