This year marks the 50th anniversary of this art exhibition. An amazing event for a relatively small town and amazing too considering the history of the exhibition. This year also marks I think - the third year of my involvement. With prize money involved the take up of applications has been great so the amount of artworks to handle will be greater. I am looking forward to the challenge of having them all sit alongside each other, given equal weight and all singing.
I have also been working on three major pieces for the exhibition. One in oils which has proven quite tricky, the other two mixed media. The mixed media piece 'Portal: The Square window' has had an earlier outing at the Haddstock fundraiser event. Another 'Portal: 3 Urns' is a radical remake of an older work. The third 'Mother-in-Law's Tongue' is a new work on a section of artwork completed for the degree show in 2014. Of the three, the one I am most unsure of is the larger Portal piece. The other two seem to be more resolved but the danger is overworking the piece so time to let alone. The main thing is for the oil to be dry and for the piece to be given a protective coating of varnish for tomorrow evening and the hand-in. I also have to select three mounted works, but that will be relatively easy in comparison.
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Carol E Duff