Highs and Lows of being a Professional Artist!!!

Posted by Tina on October 23, 2019  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Just received this little email—yet another failure.

But I am still elated about being a Top 20 Artist from the Cambridge Open Art Exhibition.

Dear Artist,
The judging for the Cambridge Invitational Art Contest has finally come to a close.  
Due to the contest structure as an invitational, the standard of work submitted has been incredibly high and this prompted some of the judges to request extra time to fully study the artwork. Unfortunately on this occasion you have not made the final 12. However, it has been decided that due to the high quality of work INCLUDING YOUR OWN SUBMISSIONS, that a TV screen will be showing images of the majority of work throughout the exhibition at Castle Fine Art, Cambridge from Monday 11th November until Sunday 17th November and it would be wonderful to see you there. The shortlist of the 12 winning artists will be posted on our website and a gallery of all submissions will be displayed in due course. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of the Cambridge Invitational and wish you all the best. Kind regards, J Leone, Contest Organiser

My two submissions were as shown below; and of course they are now free to sell and put into other exhibitions:

Entry 1: “Illuminated Bird Garden” – water colour and metallic gold with gum arabic. All illuminations tell a [Biblical] story and this one is St Francis of Assisi looking after the birds and flowers—possibly being the first “Saviour” for the Environment!
Entry 2: “In the Style of Eastern Art”. Water colour and shell gold. Stylised flowers on a background painted with a minute brush (10-0) and tiny strokes, layer upon layer, to achieve an effect as in the old Eastern style of art production.
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