Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Different Views of Viewpoint

Viewpoint ended on Sunday. I saw it all three weekends. I went to the opening with my friend, Cindy. We took in the ambiance and excitement of the evening. I took pictures of the show. We talked to other artists and attendees of the show. We discussed what we liked and which ones we thought would take a prize. After the prizes were handed out we then talked about our choices and how we stacked up to the judges choices.

Then I took my friend Tina with the intent to take more and/or better pictures then I was able to do on opening night. Once there I decided to just absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the artwork. Again, I discussed with her our likes, but this time with the knowledge of who the winners were.

On the closing day of the show, I took my student so that we could critique the show together. It was nice to see the paintings through her eyes. I knew how I felt and the opinions of my friends. However, my student slowly looked around the show and come away surprised with herself about what she liked. She confided in me that she normally leans to works that are cool in color, realistic or modern in style. Then she found herself looking closely at the brush strokes, the detail and then the subject matter.

She told me that she thought she liked the paintings that were more realistic and had a finished look. However, after viewing the show she learned about color placement, texture and what she perceived as a "realistic" painting could be abstract in design. She pointed out two paintings where the subject was prominent and the background faded. She said that her first thought was that they bothered her that they were not "finished". She thought she wanted the tight detail. Yet, after looking around and seeing the paintings from across the room she could see how they worked.

Mary Helen Wallace     Racing With the Moon     Pastel
She stated that she saw color used in a way that she would not have thought to use it. Using Mary Helen Wallace's pastel painting of a timber wolf as an example, she was surprised how Mary Helen had used purple, blues and pinks on the wolf's coat and how it still read as fur.

Carol MacConnel     Hyde Park     Oil
Then I gave her the million dollar question...."If money was no object, which painting would you buy and why?"

 With careful thought she choose Hyde Park (oil) by Carol MacConnel. She said that she felt she could look at this painting everyday and enjoy it. She liked the colors, the texture created by the brush strokes and the sunshine coming through the trees. She liked how it looked different from afar then it did close up.

She said that her decorating palette was neutral and she felt that this painting would be the showcase of any room she would place it.

I enjoyed each person that I viewed the show with and their perspective. Some of us liked the same paintings while some of us had a different take on a few of the paintings. We all agreed that the judge took his time and stayed true to his statement that he looked at the technical first when he chose each painting for the show and then the winners.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

43rd Annual Viewpoint

Gaylynn M. Robinson   Locked Out   Watercolor
Last night was the opening of the 43rd Annual Viewpoint. An international show produced by the Cincinnati Art Club. It was a beautiful fall evening in Mt. Adams/Cincinnati, OH. The Wessel Gallery held a large crowd eager to see the prized paintings of this show.

Deb Ward was the Viewpoint Chairperson that organized the show and handed out the awards. Deb did a fantastic job all around. This was her third and final year for being chairperson. Check out her thoughts about the show on her blog.

Greg Albert speaking at a GCWS Meeting
The Judge was Greg Albert. He is a teacher at the Cincinnati Art Academy's Community Classes, has written for the Artist's Magazine and is an author published through North Light Books.
Greg's criteria when he judges is concept and execution. In his words, "Concept is the idea the artist is conveying. The execution is how well the artist translated his concept in the chosen medium." - excerpt from his book The Secret to Better Painting.
Ken L. Buck   Free Spirit   Pastel
I am honored to have a painting selected to be in this show with a group of such accomplished artists. I am especially thrilled to have my painting hang in the same room as two of my former teachers. Both teachers won an award.

Ken won the Great American Art Works Award for his pastel painting Free Spirit.

Mary Helen Wallace   Racing with the Moon   Pastel

Mary Helen won The Bowman's Framing Award with her pastel painting Racing with the Moon.

Carolyn Ross Hibbard   Bloomin' Beauties II   Watercolor
A member of the GCWS, Carolyn Ross Hibbard, won the Ray Loos Watercolor Award for her Bloomin' Beauties II.

Rhonda Carpenter   A Difference of Opinion  Watercolor

 There were three more GCWS members that had paintings in the show, Rhonda Carpenter, Lorri Davis and Joan Rothel.

Rhonda also commented on her blog about the event.


Lorri Davis   Afternoon Davis   Watercolor

Joan Rothel   Ready to Fish   Watercolor

Wilfred Loring   May Clothesline, II  Oil

There were 15 awards plus the top three.

May Clothesline, II by Wilfred Loring of  Lindsborg, Kansas won 3rd place.

Gail Morrison   Hidden History   Oil
2nd place was awarded to Gail Morrison of Cincinnati, OH for her oil painting Hidden History.

Andy Curran   Gypsy   Oil
The top prize of 1st Place went to Gypsy painted by Andy Curran of Cincinnati, OH.

The different mediums exhibited were:

  • 27 Oil 
  • 3   Acrylic
  • 12 Watercolor
  • 1   Alkyd
  • 10 Pastel
  • 1  Oil Pastel
  • 3  Colored Pencil
  • 1  Pen & Ink
  • 2  Charcoal
  • 1  Mixed Media
  • 4  Sculptures

My photos are not the best. It is hard to take pictures in a crowd of people. I highly suggest that you go to the Wessel Gallery at the Cincinnati Art Club the next two weekends to see these beautiful paintings in person. The gallery is open 1-4pm November 12-13, 19-20.

Happy Viewing

Sidebar: A BIG Thank you to Rhonda and her Sweetie for their help with my paintings at the GCWS Show at Evergreen. My 2nd place ribbon is dedicated to them because if they had not helped me I would not have achieved that honor.

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