On Saturday, June 22nd I had the pleasure of participating in ARTiculations' Plein Air competition. 9 other artists and myself spent the day painting the festivities of the 8th Annual Junction Summer Solstice Festival.
This was the first time I've ever participated in a competition like this. I decided to use pastels as my medium, something I have become very comfortable with in the studio, but I have never tried to use it outside. There was a slight learning curve at the beginning, having to manage my tools, stay out of the public's way, and somehow not melt in the sun. So I found a corner, plopped myself down on my little camping tripod stool, and got to work.
I chose to paint the Northeast corner of Dundas St and Pacific Ave. Across from the new Arts Market location, I stayed close to my new favourite Junction spot. I've always admired The Beet's patio, the twinkling lights, the bright red chairs. It just had that small town feel I liked and thats what the junction feels like to me. This corner has also been sold to a developer and won't be around in its current state for too much longer.
It was a lot of fun to work in front of so many strangers. I found I had the best reaction from the children. They were so curious and love'd to watch and ask questions. 5 hours, one sunburn, and a handful of visits from friends and family later, I finished my submission.
All of the finished pieces were on display during ARTiculations' Summer 2019 Group Exhibition until Sept 15th. The public was able to vote for the People's Choice Award and a panel of judges chose the recipient of The Juror's Choice Award. And... *****drum roll please***** ! They chose my piece! 2019 Juror's Choice Award Winner!
What an honour it was to receive that email and be recognized, especially on my first competition. Thank you to ARTiculations' for organizing such a great event and show.