"I am playing with myself,
I am playing with the world's soul,
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself, I change the world."

Gloria AnzaldĂșa

20 January, 2008

Artist of the Year!

Well, Susan and I went to a local art group for their annual Artist of the Year celebration today. Artists who had won artist of the month were eligible to bring those paintings for judging. There were several nice paintings. Take into account the fact that the lighting was not especially good, so any work under glass had a glare, and take into account that the photographer is a bit cockeyed.

Susan really liked this painting of a doll with a flower and shell. It didn't do much for me, but what do I know?

This is a nice vase of sunflowers by a woman I know.

I loved this jazzman.

And this pleased me.

There were others that didn't photograph well. What, these were well photographed?

But this brings me to the highlight of the afternoon. The artist of the year at Coppini Gallery is. . . (drumroll, please):

Yes, the lovely redhead is my Susan. And she won for her painting "Evening Comfort." I am very proud of her.


Mrs. G. said...

Well I can see why she won!! Wow!! I have to say the last one is the only one that captured me until I scrolled down to Susan's. What lovely cheeks. Congratulations to her. What an honor.

Rima said...

And very deservedly so. That painting is gorgeous - there is something so compelling about the woman's face. I love it!

Sojourner said...

Congratuations to Susan! That is a magnificent painting. I, too, foun this the most impressive of the group you posted.

Peggy Sez.. said...

What an honor! The painting is beautiful,it makes you wonder what the woman is thinking.(Perhaps she is digusted with the Botox Express Yourself Woman! I know I am...LOL.)

Congrats to Susan the blue ribbon is WELL deserved!

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Oh yes, yes, yes.

That's an amazing piece. Congratulations Susan.

Zenmomma said...

Absolutely stunning! Congrats to Susan!

bipolarlawyercook said...

Hooray, and congratulations Susan! Clearly the best on color, technical skillz, and "artsyness," because that's a word, right? Congratulations again.

captain corky said...

Susan's painting is amazing, and I like the Jazzman painting too.

Family Adventure said...

Oh wow! You totally surprised me. I didn't know she paints. And what a beautiful painting, to boot!

Congratulations Susan !


Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

How wonderful!!! Congratulations. Does the winning entry now hang in a place of honor in your home?

Mike Golch said...

Great pics,and your frind paints well as well.

we_be_toys said...

"Evening Comfort" was easily the best painting you showed us - congratulations to Susan!
(I did like the old lady and the highway one too)

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you all very much! Karen's extraordinarily supportive of my work, because, well, she kind of has to be, right? But you all.... you're very kind to say such nice things.
Thank you.

anastasia beaverhausen said...

Clearly, hers was the best entry. The light is warm and comforting. And the whole composition of it is appealing. Congratulations to her! It was well-deserved.

Cheri said...

Wow! The color and the movement of the gown on Evening Comfort is stunning. Incredible painting.

anne said...

Congratulations to Susan!

What an absolutely beautiful painting.

JCK said...

VA VA VOOM! I would LOVE a painting like that in my house. Congrats to Susan! And you, for obvious good taste in women.

Melanie said...

This is a beautiful portrait. Truly.

I have to ask: are you the lovely model/muse? No, too personal. I'll scurry off now.

Professor J said...

No, I am not the lovely model. It is odd though because I'm often lounging on the couch half-naked while I think deep thoughts.

Julie Pippert said...

Once again I LOVE Susan's art...that piece is FANTASTIC. Emotion, light, balance, intriguing story...my kind of art.

Did not care for any of the rest EXCEPT the older woman gazing across the road to the prairie and tree line. Fabulous, that.

The jazz one is okay but something about the perspective, lines, light and emotion is off for me. Wow, that sounds like scathing criticism. No, it's okay just slightly off...if on it might be great.

Someday maybe I can afford a Susan painting. Life will have to give me that chance.

In the meantime, I did finally frame (albeit not as well as I would have liked) my black and white Boston series. It ended up in the office.

Does Susan ever show or compete in any of the juried exhibitions at TAACCL?

Mary Alice said...

Congratulations to your Susan. Wonderful...and most deserved.

Lisa Milton said...

Congrats to Susan. It's an amazing painting; so impressed.

(I'm surrounded by a fledgling painting daughter and my husband paints too. I'll have to show him...I know he'll love the lighting.)

Claire B. said...

Evening Comfort is just amazingly lovely. The look in the eyes of both the woman and the dog--the dog's paw on her calf. . . I would be very happy to have this hanging in my home. Oh, it's just beautiful, Susan.

And Prof. J, your comment above cracked me right UP!