2011 Salon International entry accepted!

Well, I can breathe again. I'm thrilled to let you

know that Wide World was accepted into this year's Salon International! There are so many amazing artists in this show and the paintings are inspiring- it's an honor to be juried in!
You can go HERE to see which works were accepted. This is the first year the Greenhouse Gallery has created links to the paintings' images. I've been enjoying looking at them all. Daniel Greene is the judge this year for the competition. I think of him as my first portrait painting instructor since it was his book that I poured over and his skill at painting that I aspired to when I began painting at age 20. (Over 35 years ago, my friends.) The show opens April 2nd and runs through April 22 at the Greenhouse Gallery here in San Antonio. I hope you'll make time to go. Then come visit Nueva Street Gallery while you're here! (Our new website is almost ready to launch. I'll post a link as soon as it's up, I promise.)

I was informed Wednesday that I've worked on this portrait of John Pototschnik on and off for two years. That's some sort of a record for dawdling for me. I mean, I can dawdle with the best of them, but two YEARS??! This is the current state of its progress and I hope to show it in its finished state very, very soon.

San Antonio woke up to snow this morning. You read that right. Snow. I had icicles hanging from the edges of my car. No, really. I think it last happened the year before I moved here- 1985. I've seen ice in San Antonio before, but not snow that stuck and stayed. A friend texted at 3:45 a.m.: SNOW! A quick pull on the blinds' cord revealed a beautiful scene outside. Kind of magical, really. Like hearing someone yelling "Northern Lights!" outside the RV in Michigan one night around 2 a.m., and going out to be gobsmacked by undulating curtains of color and an iris of slowly pulsing light directly above.

I wish you magic in your day today. Snow, Northern Lights or 'just' the smile of someone you love.

18 comments:

Mark Bridges said...

Congratulations. Hope others enjoy it also.

Linda Popple said...

That is wonderful! Congratulations!! Well deserved.

raeandrewsgallery.blogspot.com said...

What wonderful news Susan, I am rooting for you, it's a lovely painting.
Rae

hmuxo said...

Congratulations!! what an honor!! So well deserved. Your paintings are wonderful.

Studio Zanne said...

That's terrific news! the painting is so moody and engaging...very gutsy composition strikingly contrast the soft delicate colors. Great work!

Gwen Bell said...

Great news, although not at all surprising. "World Wide" is such a gorgeous painting! The beautiful young girl seems to be carrying the weight of the world in those wise bright eyes. So moving!

Laura A. said...

Again, congrats... well deserved. It was an honor to be there brush stroke by brush stoke with you as this wonderful painting emerged.

And yes this is OilGrl!

Joanna said...

"Wide World" is stunning. Of course it was accepted!

Susan said...

Congratulations - what a gorgeous painting!

Johanne Morin said...

Congratulations on your selection in the show, and good luck for an award, you deserve it!

Ann Reyes said...

Congratulations, Susan!!! I knew you'd get in.

Delilah said...

Congragulations

Barbara M. said...

Congratulations Susan, the painting is so beautiful. Snow eh? We got it too, but we're supposed to. I'm glad you feel positive about it. I'm working on that. I will enjoy the smile of someone I love today. A lovely thought. You too.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Shirley Fachilla said...

Wide World is just beautiful. All those gorgeous neutrals, warm and cool and the soft light. Love the perspective as well.
You were so brave to post about submission before acceptance!

Marian Fortunati said...

That is totally NOT a surprise, Susan!!! That painting is a star among all of your stars.
The pathos of the child and the quality of the execution of this painting make it exceptionally strong.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

J Joy Nocifora said...

Susan, congratulations! This is an exceptional painting. Your composition, skin tones and those eyes are all just beautiful!!

dgcasey said...

That's okay Susan. Da Vinci worked on the Mona Lisa for 16 years and the only he stopped was because he died. Otherwise, I'm sure he was have kept going on it. ;)

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I'm pretty much a pro when it comes to dawdling. I like the word too. It's the predecessor to procrastinating which just a high falutin' way of saying dawdling.
Anyway, it paid off here because this is fabulous :D