Friday, March 16, 2012

Front Yard, 12x16"


I'm very happy to say that this paintings was recently juried into the National Northeast Pastel Competition at Old Forge, NY. 

Generally, the View arts center holds a Walkabout hosted by the juror of awards the day after the award ceremony. Last year's juror, Lucy Petrie, decided to have a more interactive walkabout and had the crowd divided into small groups. Each was given a list with some important points to consider when looking at a given painting. While each juror has his/her own way of determining whether a painting merits an award or not, for me it was very informative to see what where some of the factors she had taken into account when making that decision. Framing was one of them. A frame that calls too much attention to itself, or one that doesn't enhance the painting in any way, or even one that has seen better days (and believe it or not, there was one like that!) will detract a lot from the painting.

 I had a crazy week looking for the perfect frame.  It's so hard to figure from a corner sample if the moulding chosen is the right one. I'll find out very soon...

7 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Very nice color and contrast, there is no wonder that it was selected. I don't enjoy selecting frames and paint on gallery wrap when I can mainly to avoid framing.

hmuxo said...

Love the light hitting the bushes and trees...Beautiful colors...I love this painting...a sure winner!!

Donna T said...

Beautiful painting, Adriana! I think it's a winner too! Framing ... ugh. It's so hard to decide and predict what others may or may not like. It's like trying to order a meal for someone you don't know!

Adriana Meiss said...

Sunnybrook Farm, Thank you! I do enjoy selecting frames, what I don't like is paying the high prices associated with custom framing. Most times I use ready-made frames though. I know a lot of people who are also painting on wrapped canvas. I wish I could do something similar with pastels....
Hilda, Thank you for your kind thoughts! I feel that some scenes make you feel more daring about colors. This was one of them.
Donna, Thank you! I know what you mean. I usually go with what appeals to me. Only once in a while I have to change a frame that is doing nothing for the painting, and over the years only a few people have raised questions about a frame that doesn't go well with their home decor.

BoholstWife said...

oh wow! i love this one.

Adriana Meiss said...

Thank you BoholstWife!

Rik no Orkut said...

Bom!