Friday, May 27, 2011
I had a wonderful surprise when I walked into the WVAL Regional Show this evening: Best in Show!
Here's the written commentary by the juror :
" was given to Ripe and Sweet by Connie Schaertl, a painter whose three works were standouts in the group. I responded to their modest scale but deeply sensitive depictions of people in everyday situations; while I imagine that the imagery may have been first captured with a camera, the painting is fresh, loose, and imparts all the particulars of the scene without looking at all like it has been 'copied.' This is really fine painting. The grocery scene beautifully conveyed the hurry of shopping, yet I was completely persuaded that the young woman was carefully considering which tomato, gauging its weight and perfection, just seconds before she would dash over to get items on the next aisle. The title refers to that assessment, of course, yet when I later learned that this is a portrait of the artist's daughter, I wondered if it isn't also a mother's assessment of that dearest youth. A ravishing, surprisingly meaningful work of art --- bravo."
Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
Deputy Director for Art & Programs
My other two entries each earned an .
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Last night was the show opening for the Austin Visual Arts Association annual juried members' show. My painting "Eavesdropper" is in the show.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This may get a few more corrections.
Below is the first version done from a reference photo that was taken with a flash. It's 12 X 9" oil on wood panel. Our waitress in Monaco was the subject of this painting. We kept the wait staff very busy with our demands for vast quantities of coffee each morning.