Archive for May 2nd, 2008

…opened here in Missoula at the Dana Gallery today. I perused the show this afternoon after having lunch with some of the Southwest Art folks. Impressions:

  • If you ain’t painting figurative, landscape, or still life, fuhgeddabout getting in. I saw 5 or 6 pieces that had animals and no people in them (out of 200+ paintings).
  • Many of the landscape and figurative paintings chosen had fairly impressionistic brushwork. Most of the still lifes were fairly tight.
  • The edgy work I submitted didn’t fit (and didn’t get in). You need:
    a) beautiful brushwork
    b) fairly conventional topics
    c) an original composition
  • If you’re going to submit a still life, make sure it’s several objects in a shaft of light in an otherwise dark painting (yawn).
  • There were definitely some pieces (a dozen or so?) that had a “WOW!” impact on me. There were plenty that were interesting to look at, but not engaging otherwise (back to the still lifes…)

…sour grapes? No, never, not me! but when I see a ho-hum painting of a poorly-drawn reclining cat that got in over who knows what else, well…

Get the catalog and tell me what you think.


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