10/17/11

GRATE DAY!

Yesterday was the Watercolor Society of Indiana's annual juried show opening.  (Click on my painting at the WSI website to see it enlarged.)  The show will hang in the Indianapolis Museum of Art until early December, and my 'Amazing Grates' received the second place award!  YES!!!  Jerry Smith received First Place for a stunningly beautiful rural scene done in acrylics, also. 

Gerald Brommer was the judge and stated that he judges work on four criteria --- technique, drawing ability, visual design, and the spirit or content of the work.  Although I knew that he dislikes YUPO, I submitted my Grates on YUPO anyway.  

Here's what he said about my painting - "The surface of this painting is wonderful.  Gorgeous stuff happens in the painting.  It is well designed, and the design works beautifully.  The surface is to die for.  The composition fits together so well that one could possibly get 16 little paintings from this big one." 
The painting is 40x26", and it was amusing to watch as one guy tried to 'find' all 16 paintings in the piece.  It's been said that a good painting should be able to be divided into four good smaller paintings, so a big smile landed on my face when I heard what Brommer said.  I consider him to be one of the best workshop instructors ever, besides being such a wise judge:-)  He's a very affirming, positive person.

All the grates and sewer lids in the painting are from Indianapolis.  It was a grate 'happy dance' day!

"AMAZING GRATES" Fluid Acrylics on YUPO 40x26" COLLECTED

13 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So pleased Sandy that you did well at the show with your Grates painting I have always loved in all its versions. Sad about the recent Indianapolis racing tragedy.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

wow, congrats!!! It is a fabulous piece and I remember when you were deciding what to title it...

Christiane Kingsley said...

Congratulations, Sandy! Well-deserved comments!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Congratulations!!!! A well deserved award. This is a fabulous painting. Jerry Brommer loves texture and you managed to created tons of visual texture with a unique subject.

meera said...

congratulations!!!! that is my favorite painting of yours :) --I have a collection of 'grate' photos too -- but haven't painted any/one /altogether because I keep seeing this painting in my mind -its so wonderful!

Sadami said...

Dear Sandy,
Tons of Congra~~~ts!!!
You deserve it. You always make wonderful paintings.
Keep up and make us happy!!
Cheers,Sadami

Dawn said...

congratulations!!!! I think you should have first place!

Ann Buckner said...

Bravo, Sandy! I'm absolutely thrilled for you.

BrandNewStudio said...

ExcellentWork

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks so much for all the comments.

Joan, Dan's death just stunned us. My husband loves racing and was devastated. Weldon was so very admired and respected here. Such a sad loss of a great Englishman.

Meera, this is my third, but not last, grate painting. Get started on your own using inspiration from your photos. It's fun and nearly no risk.

Dawn, I was told that Gerry Brommer took a whole lot of time to decide which painting got first or second... neat to know it was so close. It is a very good show, (though I might be a bit biased.)

Happy painting, everyone!

Carrie H. said...

I couldn't be happier for you! Congratulations ten times over. I loved these ma hole covers and grates. Such a good idea.

Judy said...

It is a fabulous painting! And congratulations! I had already admired it but did not leave a comment.
And thank you for your comment on my tomatoes and your visit to my blog.

Anonymous said...

Sandy--I was taking a friend on a tour of the show this week, and encountered a group of women viewing the show. Naturally (knowing me) I gave them a bit of additional info, and it turns out that one of the women actually photographs grates because she finds them so interesting. Needless to say, she LOVED your painting (as do I). Hugs. Pat Grabill