I'm happy to say that my painting, "Bella Lucia," won another award – it was selected as a finalist in the Ray Mar Art Competition. I'm now eligible for the big prize in early 2014. This piece and a few of my other figure pieces have really done well for me lately. My other bigger figure piece, Contemplating the Nei Jing, a 72" x 72" multi-panel work, has been invited to exhibit at the Blumenschein Museum starting 9/20/2013. With the positive feedback these pieces have been getting, I've got more incentive to start in on a figure series this fall. Exciting!
A wonderful honor! The Masterworks of New Mexico exhibition is a real treat. It's one of the largest shows in the state brings together a lot of very strong work. What a great surprise to win! Bella Lucia, 40" x 40" (below), was the winner.
At 72" x 72", Contemplating the Nei Jing is my largest piece to date. It's huge for me -- and I have piles of used up paint tubes to prove it. The process began in late August and has slowly unfolded over the last two months, first with sketches and then recently with boatloads of paint. Each day at around 3:15 in the afternoon, the light sets our studio corner aglow and I paint feverishly for a couple hours until daylight wanes. I've been photographing progress at the end of each painting day – at this point I'm at over 20 afternoons and evenings -- and below you can follow the piece's development. It's nearing completion but isn't quite there. The last two photos in the slideshow/gallery below show me and the model (Klara, for those of you who know us personally) for a sense of perspective on how big the piece is.
I'm very excited! This is going to be an incredible show featuring about 50 Taos artists; all career stages, early to late -- of regional, national, and international acclaim. The exhibition runs from May 31, 2012 - August 11, 2012 and will be accompanied by a number of other events. I'll post more soon... below is my invited painting and some detail shots of it.