Monday, April 5, 2010

Down to the wire

This is my "down to the wire" entry for the CPSA International competition. It is called "Caught Up in the Moment". I had been working on it for over two months and due to unforeseen circumstances I backed myself into a corner the last four days before deadline. What started out to be a 20 x 30 became cropped to a 15 x 20. The problem involved was not time but the subject matter was too busy and I needed to center on what was important. I am much happier with it now as I downsized it. I will keep my fingers crossed as I know how difficult competition is and the art gets better each year.
Now it is off to a commission drawing of Holland tulips from Holland, Michigan. My personal deadline is October and due to the size (20 x 30 or larger) I should get a head start. I have several photos to reference from so I should be okay. With the beautiful weather outside and all the spring flowers blooming I should have no problem becoming inspired!!
I am very pleased to say that I have also been accepted in the Michigan Fine Arts Competition which is held at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center from April 2- May 7, 2010. The piece that has been accepted was in my last post "In the end it is the journey that matters". This exhibit is a must see. The all media exhibit ranges from abstract to realism and I guarantee everyone will find something to satisfy their eye. My good friend Lynda Schumacher is showing there as well. You can spend hours in front of her drawing amazed with her details.
This week my daughter is off to spring softball camp and my husband and son are off to help replace his sister's kitchen floor. I have the entire house to myself! I'll be doing some overdue spring cleaning, paint a bathroom and get a lot of "me time" before I go back to nannying next week. I am going to enjoy this week!!!

10 comments:

Lynda Schumacher said...

Hey Dianna; this turned out GREAT. The water has such a wonderful, genuine sense of movement. Good job too on your big push at the end; I know it was close, but your determination really paid off. And now we wait........... : )

Dianna said...

Thanks Lynda. I'm thinking the waiting is more stressful than getting the piece done!
By the way, I saw "Broken Spirit" on your website....WOW! Need I say more?! Beautifully rendered!

Michael Bailey said...

Dianna- Lynda suggested I give a look to your new blog, I did (obviously), and I am amazed at what you've done with colored pencil! I've signed up to follow, looking forward to seeing more!
Michael Bailey

Dianna said...

Thank you Michael! I consider Lynda one of the best color pencil artists so I'm honored that she made that suggestion. I viewed your blog and will be following it as well. The textures and shadows are incredible!

Debbi said...

I am so impressed with your work Dianna and this piece in particular. I also hope to get the chance to see it in person some time, and to meet you!

Dianna said...

Aah, thank you Debbi. This piece was quite a challenge (ask Lynda). I'm hoping that one of these days our paths will cross as well. I am in awe of work! Congratulations on your award for your "Amber Bowl". It was well deserved!

Colette Theriault said...

Very beautiful work here Dianna, glad I found your blog (Thanks Lynda!) Will be watching for more of your works. Best wishes, Colette

Dianna said...

Thank you Colette (and Lynda). I just looked at your blog as well and I'm very impressed. You can be sure I'll be watching yours. Such beauty!

Ester Roi said...

Dianna, I wanted to see your CPSA entry and I have to say that I absolutely love it!

Dianna Soisson said...

Thank you Ester! Wow, I'm humbled and speechless!