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Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Painting & Contests (Updated)

"Great Egret"
8x10" acrylic on canvasboard

My chipping sparrow photo didn't win the contest it was entered into. I recently entered a great blue heron photo into a contest, so we'll see what happens with that. (Update; It didn't win.)
Tonight I'm attending "Festinblanc" at La Provence restaurant in Lacombe, where I'll have 2 paintings in a "contest for white hot art" (featuring paintings that are mostly white.) Although I'm tempted to submit the painting above, I'm leaning heavily toward my Great Blue Heron & Ibises.
(Updates; My Great Blue Heron painting won a "Peoples' Choice Award" at Festinblanc. May 2009; We gave this "Great Egret" painting to Charles' mom for Mother's Day.)

26 comments:

Rick said...

That is so absolutely striking, Lana. It shows clearly why the Ibis has been identified with spiritual considerations throughout the centuries.

Plus, it looks really cool.

Travis said...

I love the starkness of the background color. I think it guides the eye to the ever so subtle ripples near the bottom.

debra said...

this is beautiful, Lana.

debra said...

sorry---I hit PUBLISH before I was done....
It is quiet and attentive and the touch of yellow on the beak is a lovely touch.
Thank you.

ivan said...

I like Great Egrets.

Now, with Flamingoes, they're kitschy and have no taste.
...and terrible table manners. Kind of scoop down and under, making a mess.
And... dress like that and you'll be eaten by alligators and crocodiles.
And that fuschia colour--so gay, so Sears-Roebuck.
No, I'll take an egret every time.

Charles Gramlich said...

It was cool to watch you paint this one.

photonz said...

Hey Lana, this is very nice. Ever consider photographing it during the creation stages and showing that?

Paul Grecian

Miladysa said...

Absolutely stunning painting Lana!

David Cranmer said...

Nothing short of spectacular!

Erik Donald France said...

You're really on it: ready, steady, go!

Happy times in '009!

Marvin said...

Beautiful. I hope things went well at La Provence.

Birdfreak said...

A beautiful Great Egret painting!

Chrissy said...

This is beautiful Lana. I love the peacefulness of it all too :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Rick; Thank you! I think I'll do better with this egret painting than I have with the Ibises, which tends to be perhaps a bit TOO simplistic for most tastes.

Travis; Thanks--that's good to hear. I tried to balance the white body & black legs with a virtually opposite background.

debra; Thank you. I puzzled for a while whether to make the entire image black & white or whether to colorize it. I think the toned-down colors in the beak & feathers worked out for the best.

ivan; *LOL!* Glad you like it. ;)

Charles; It was also cool that you helped me with decisions about it.

Paul; Thanks. Actually yes, I have considered photographing "the process" for a blog post (& I still do.) It may sound odd, but in a sense it feels (to me,) like a magician giving away their secrets. I just need to get over that. I really do. *L*

Erik; Thanks & back atcha! :)

Marvin; Thank you. My heron painting won a "Peoples' Choice Award" at La Provence, fortunately. (After some of the recent rejections, I'd been needing some positive reinforcement.)

Miladysa, David, Birdfreak & Chrissy; Thank you kindly!

Sidney said...

Very beautiful!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Wow! I didn't know white could have so much color. Nicely done.

Britta Coleman said...

Gorgeous painting--and many congrats on the People's Choice Award. The people were right!

Lana Gramlich said...

Sidney, JR & Britta; Thank you! :)

Michelle's Spell said...

Congratulations, beautiful! This new one is great -- white hot indeed! Thanks for the well wishes after the old ruptured appendix -- I'm feeling better and glad to be out in the world again -- two weeks in the hospital turned out to be too much for my feeble mind. :)

earthtoholly said...

I'm sorry that you didn't win with your sparrows, but congrats on your blue heron win. And your Great Egret painting is just beautiful! Very elegant and simple. Good luck in whichever one you decide to enter... :o)

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; I'm just glad you're over "the flu!" Speedy recovery, hon!

Holly; Thanks!

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Congrats on the heron!
I love the Egret... Absolutely beautiful....

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thank you. :)

Barbara Martin said...

Love the Great Blue Heron painting, and the Great Egret. Long-legged birds really appeal to me.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, Barbara. :)

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