all about my art markers tonight. and they're big fun too.
here she is.... i'm still finding my way with the transition from sketchbook doodles to a more finished art piece with these, but i think it's getting closer. and fun to play in the meantime.
in other news, i applied for boise open studios (bosco) in november. we were supposed to know the results of the jury in mid january, and i received an email yesterday that i have been accepted. i'd like to share part of the letter:
All jurors agreed that your work exhibits the professionalism we look for when consideringBOSCO membership. Jurors mentioned an appreciation for the textures in most of your works.
Some expressed concern with the pieces containing gold leaf as being too decorative. One
consideration a couple of jurors thought worth mentioning is the use of metal bolts with the
Plexiglas works, they thought the bolts might be distracting since new shiny metal objects
contradict the natural depictions. Overall your work is visually rich and well designed and all of
us agree you are a good fit with BOSCO.
I am fine with the jurors not liking parts of my work- there's plenty of art that I'm not crazy about. I guess that what I wonder about is how helpful comments like this are, because I do assume that that is the intent. I understand how some people view these pieces, but I wouldn't do them differently.
It is nice to know what the juror was thinking, though, because then, just like with any constructive criticism, a person has the ability to decide to either address the issues or find a venue where they aren't a concern.
I'm curious to know what you think. I guess that to me helpful feedback is the nuts & bolts stuff about use of medium, perspective, photos being bad- technical, quantitative info. And there has to be a better way to tell someone that their work isn't at the level a group would like to see than calling it amateurish.
I think that's the crux of it for me- I had a lot of support and encouragement when I was starting to put my art out there. I was also 40 years old. It's really important to me to nurture and encourage emerging artists. That doesn't mean that they need to be juried in if the work isn't good enough, but it does mean giving practical advice on how to improve if possible.
anyway- enough of that, i'm glad to be a member of bosco, if i'm that worried about the jury letters i will get involved in the process. i was just thinking about it and am interested in other perspectives.