Last November, I enjoyed being a part of the Dublin Area Art League's Annual Fall Show, and I entered the two pieces I have been working on since the beginning of 2012: Major the Cowboy and Garrison the Knight. They are STILL unfinished, but they were enough finished to enter. I'm glad I did because Major won Best of Show! (HERE is a link to the post on the art league's blog.)
The judge, Jim Glover, said:
This compelling portrait is just riveting! Who hasn't known (or hasn't been!) the rambunctious, pouting cowboy, determined to hold off the "bad guys" (or "mean Mom") with his toy firearm? There is no doubt about the focal point of this painting, as Major's face is in sharp detail, while the rest of the work is soft-edged and becomes "fuzzy" just like the viewer's actual peripheral vision. A pleasant "black and white and red all over" palette perfectly suits the subject. Wonderfully painted!