I am delighted and honored to have received the CPSA Great Explorations Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Explore This! 9 Exhibition for my drawing, Spirit Stones, shown above. This is my first acceptance into this particular CPSA show, and I was stunned to receive news in the mail of the award. There are fifty three wonderful pieces of artwork currently on-line from February 1 through January 31, 2013 in the show, which can be seen at the CPSA website link here. All of the art must combine mainly colored pencil with any other media desired, and it’s interesting to see what other artists are doing in this regard.
For “Spirit Stones” I wanted to play around with arranging these stones in a tall vase and convey some humor at their predicament. Some appear happy, some perplexed or chagrined, to be suspended in a vase of water staring out at the viewer.
There is also a review of the EXP!9 exhibition on Katherine Tyrell’s Making a Mark blog site. Katherine writes about the top two awards (Eileen Sorg, CPSA, CPX having received the EXPY Award and the Prismacolor Best of Show Award for her wonderful piece, “Foiled Again”):
“I took a look at the artwork before reviewing the award winners and I have to say I wasn’t at all surprised by either of the two top awards as these were both pieces which prompted me to stop and look longer. I think it’s also very interesting to see how big an impact can be achieved through the use of understated and almost monochromatic colour – particularly when there is a level of content to the artwork which goes beyond keen observation and impeccable technique.
It’s also worth noting that both pieces contained humour – and I’m always keen to applaud those who meet the challenge of including humour in a subtle way.”
“Spirit Stones” is the second drawing I’ve done with stones that have suggestions of facial parts on their surfaces. The first drawing, “Stone Faced”, was done for the CPSA Silent Auction last summer in Covington, KY, in conjunction with the annual convention.
I’ve been collecting all sorts of stones for years; sometimes I’m looking for certain colors or shapes, or struck by finding stones with lines encircling them. I’m always on the lookout for stones with faces or mouths in them, and not all make it into my drawings. The stone below was calling out for a face, and now resides in my studio with other found objects I’m fond of.
Currently my website is being redesigned, and I’m excited to have the new site go live. I have approximately twenty drawings that aren’t on my current site, and the new format will display everything much better. I’ll announce the new site when it’s ready, and as always, thanks for reading!