Every year Camelback Bible Church hosts a 48-hour art contest where the first place prize is $1,000. It is always worthwhile, not only for the possibility of a prize, but also for the opportunity to meet other artists and chat about our craft and techniques. I almost always find myself working up until the last minute, and it was no different this year, though I was working in a different medium than last time (polymer clay). I was able to reach a good stopping point, though, and after the judging took place I went ahead and added some light acrylic washes to tint the clothing and separate the skin of the figures a little more. My friend and fellow artist, Sandi Miller, stuck around to keep me company (as well as bring me some dinner!), which I greatly appreciated. Julian Gibb also was very helpful in providing access to storage for my piece, and allowing me to continue working until I was finished.
I will find out in a week whether I placed or not, but no matter the result, I had a fun time! I would recommend it for any artist in the area who has the weekend free in February.
After working so intensely for so long, it was hard to stop, and I found myself illustrating a peacock last night for no particular reason, though my hands started to ache. I liked how it turned out, though it serves no further purpose than to look pretty on my website now, I suppose.
Still, it is good to have a place to post my work - random or not! Having a website pushes me to be more productive in general, I think, to show more and more what I am capable of creating.