Sunday, March 28, 2010

Autumn Painting Competition, "Hill Country Autumn" oil painting

Jean Levert Hood, "Hill Country Autumn," 9x12, Oil, ©2009

Some time in September 2009, Sandy Askey-Adams, Nancy Medina and I started talking about an Autumn painting challenge to celebrate the season. We chatted back and forth for a while and decided to have the First Annual Autumn Arts Painting Challenge.

The Challenge was free, global and very exciting! There were few rules - the paintings had to be original work, of course, and it had to be completed in the month of October. Art works were posted all month long and it was a visual feast each day to see new works entered.

The artist was free to interpret their October any way they wished. We had beautiful entries of representational, impressionistic and abstract work.

We used Facebook as a platform for the event. We though we'd have about 100 people enter and we'd all get to enjoy some good paintings. To our amazement, we ended up with over 1500 people joining the site and over 900 pieces of art submitted for the Competition! You can go to the facebook site to see the entries, clicking on the "Photos" tab at the top of the page will bring you to amazing paintings!

We were so thrilled that 3 nationally acclaimed artists Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Soon Y Warren, and Marsha Savage said "Yes!" to our request for Judges. These wonderful ladies were a joy to work with and they did have to work very hard! You can see the winners of the competition on our blog. The Judges chose extra paintings for the exhibition in this blog post.

Howard Cooperman, of the amazing Bucks County Gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania has an exhibition of the winners this month. He sent these me photos of the opening reception.

Marsha Savage, Howard Cooperman, Sandy Askey Adams

Howard also made a short You Tube video of the exhibition and the painting that I submitted to the exhibition is shown first. Thank you Howard!

American Artist magazine did a story on the Challenge in March and the Pastel Journal had a story in May!

Awards for the event were donated by Terry Ludwig Pastels, Qoro, LLC, Kng of Frame, Raymar Art, and Dick Blick. This event brought artists together from around the world to celebrate art. Wonderful friendships were made and continue.

Becky Joy's
oil painting was chosen in the "Judge's Choice" category. These are addition paintings exhibited at the Bucks County Gallery show for the Challenge.

Becky Joy, "Back lit Oak", 20x24 Oil

I hope you enjoy the art on our Challenge Blog and Facebook site!
Thank you,


becky joy said...

Thank you Jean, very nice post.

Sixsisters said...

Thank you Jean for the great blog and the pictures.

Mary said...

What a great idea for a challenge, Jean--and the results are amazing! Thank you for going to the trouble of giving us the links as well as showing us your painting, some others, and the exhibition. Since autumn is my favorite season, this is a real treat for me. Although, I have to admit, after a hard winter (even here in North Florida, much colder than normal), right now, I am delighting in signs of spring!

Manon Doyle said...

You gals put together quite a terrific challenge!! Bravo!!

Clare said...

Jean, Thank you and your group for all the work you have done and for sharing with us. The tree in your picture seems to be on fire. How beautiful!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Becky and Joan, you are both so welcome!


Mary - it was an amazing experience. The art present was so wonderful, and sharing it what makes the internet great! We've been in the mid 70's for about a week now in the afternoons, it's just glorious! We had a very hard winter here too, much out of character. I am very ready for Spring!


Thank you Manon!!


Clare - thank you!! The sharing by all of these wonderful artists has sent this work around the globe many times.

johnniebelinda said...

enjoyed veiwing the show via the inner net

Jean Levert Hood said...

Thank you so much Johnnie! I appreciate you stopping by!

LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...

Beautiful Autumn paintings!

Karen Faulkner said...

I love Joan's mixed media piece!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Thank you Lisa! So glad you stopped by!


Karen, Joan's piece is amazing!