It's that time of year again where I give away money to be judged.
::the sound of silence, crickets chirping::
It's a scary thing, entering a juried show...I feel like shouting: "Hey judges, here is my
heart art, please like it"...then whispering "and can I have my money back if you reject it?" OK, so I know it's non-refundable, but hey, it's my blog and I'll make absurd wishes if I want to.
BUT, I rarely do juried shows except for this one because it supports The Arts Council of Henderson County which benefit from the entry fee.
So there, I am a contributing member to the arts.
This is one of my pieces I will be entering, it took me a year to finish it...not because it was that difficult but because it's
a little a LOT tedious. I had to be "in the mood" to sit down and tear thousand of little tiny strips of paper from magazines that I had to sort by colors. LOTS of sorting and LOTS of tearing.
Did I mention how tedious this process is?
Even the sides of the canvas are covered in strips of magazine pages. I use text on the sides. I do that so they ( the people looking at my art and ya know those judges busy judging my art ) know it's from magazines, not just cardstock which would be a heck of a lot easier to work with. A LOT easier.
I also try and do some feathering in each one of my pieces for the birds. This is done by cutting out the tiny feathers with tiny scissors and then attaching them with tweezers. I will note that my work doesn't go unappreciated, the other 2 bird collages sold...so yay me!.. it is worth doing, but I am in no way cranking them out. One a year seems to be my pace.
I used 3 types of magazines for this piece:
Outdoor Photographer (for the greens, grays, and browns)
Sundance (for all the pastel and red colors)
Birds and Blooms (for the text for the upper ½ of the canvas)
Yes, I hoard magazines for certain colors.
Will they understand that when I die and they come remove me from my place, that my hoarding was done for the sake of my art?
Wish me luck...on both accounts!