I think the appropriate words are..."Woo Hoo!" I got a 3rd place, a 4th place and an Honorable Mention for my three paintings at tonight's opening of the STEMS Plein Air show! What a wonderful surprise and a great way to end the week! Above is the 3rd place piece "Evening at the Farmstead". Pretty dang exciting for the first time I've ever entered one of these contests...kind of makes me want to try this again!
The 4th place winner was "Big Yellow Tractor", and the Honorable Mention was "Tractor and Thresher". And that's not all...the Farmstead and Yellow Tractor paintings were both SOLD when I got to the opening! I'm not sure if there are cash prizes awarded...I honestly don't care. It was just good for me to get back out there and paint.
You can see where my stuff was placed at the exhibit. I'm sure at some point, the STEMS website will post the winners later, so you can get a good look. You can jump over there with this link... www.stemspleinair.com
My good friend and co-worker, Larry DeGraff, was out there painting, too. He had 3 Honorable Mentions in the show. It was fun to compare notes with him of our painting adventures. You can see some of Larry's fine paintings on his blog.
I just want to thank my sweet wife, Cat, for this whole experience. I wouldn't be painting at all right now, if it weren't for her encouragement a few years back. I wanted to honor her memory by participating in this event...I think she's smiling about now.