Continuing the exploration of acrylic paints, I did the painting shown below of the hill across the valley from my house. This one went a lot better than the last one. It's on a new canvas, rather than recycled like the previous. The paint seemed to flow onto the canvas much more easily, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of blending.
I bought some more canvases at 60% off, so plenty of practice ahead.
Part of the idea for a forthcoming exhibition is to show pastel paintings with corresponding small ink drawings. Following this idea I've done drawings corresponding to my paintings "Low Tide, 8 a.m.", "Distant Volcano (Ruapehu)" and "Tora" (see the drawing page). There are some others I'd already done that fit this theme, so I'll probably have half a dozen or so matching pairs.
Some time ago I sent in an entry for the "New Zealand Art Show" for a 2.4 x 2.4 m wall space. These cost $600, but a couple of sales would cover that.
But today I got the notification that my entry had been rejected. This is rather disappointing. I had a look at the entries that got accepted last year, and I would say that either the standard must be a lot higher this year, or they have used some other criteria than the quality of work to select the entries.
I know that rejection is part of the game and one has to get used to it, but it's hard not to take it personally.
Next one coming up is the Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards, which I should hear about in the next few days. Here's hoping this will not be another rejection.
On the other side of the coin, Ngaio Fine Arts has sold one of my ink drawings, and the buyer is apparently keen on another one. The gallery is also exhibiting another of my paintings - "The Lone Paddler". It's always encouraging when something sells - need a lot more of that if I'm going to make a living at it though!