Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sunlit Sedalia

The annual Lynchburg Art Festival was held last Saturday. 132 artists, beautiful weather, and a lot of great art. This was my fourth year, and I finally achieved a personal goal: winning one of the 25 awards. I got the C.B.Fleet Award, which, as far as I can tell, translates into sixth place, for my small piece, 'Sunlit Sedalia.' The judge was Richard Crozier, noted landscape artist and University of Virginia art professor.

Sunlit Sedalia, Oil on Panel, 8x10

Sometimes my paintings lack a proper focal point, but there's no mistaking it with this one! I was immediately happy with it upon completion, and that's certainly not always the case with me. This is the only festival I do at this point, so it was gratifying to get the recognition, especially in a tough year for art sales.

A woman approached me at the end of the show as I retrieved the painting from the judge's fence and asked what my 'absolute best price' was for this piece. I appreciated the interest, but quickly decided not to reduce my asking price. It just didn't sit well with me to let an award-winner go for a bargain price. Was it the right call?

For anyone interested, the scene is from Charlemont Rd, looking toward the little town of Sedalia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains (map).

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