Pretty Perfect Paint Prize Package

I am so completely excited!  And a bit dim!

Look at the wonderful prize package I just received.  

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Giddy with glee

I was very fortunate and won an award at the CSPWC Open Art Show in November.  The prize was a gift certificate for Stevenson Paint - made right here in Canada. And what was so wonderful (other than receiving the award) was that I was able to select the type of painting and colours that I wanted.  Oils.  Acrylics.  Watercolours.  Smorgasbord! Delightful! Giddy with glee me! I have to admit that it took me awhile to decide what to order.  So many choices and other artist materials as well.

A bit of Sleep deprivation

Oh my, you know you are tired when....we arrived home yesterday and there was a shipping notification on the door for a missed delivery.  

The conversation went like...me - did you order something? Gary - no you must have.  Me - no I would remember of I did , I am sure I am not waiting for anything.  Gary - Katie must have ordered something. Me - she usually mentions it.  This went on for a bit.

Got in the car tonight and there was a box on the back seat.  So I asked who it was for.  Gary said it is yours.  I was baffled.  Me- really? What is it?

Then the light went on - PAINT!!!

 

Great News "Call of the Raven" Won an Award at the CPSWC Open Water Show

I received an email the other night notifying me that... 

Dear Helen, we are thrilled to inform you that your painting Call of The Raven has been awarded theD.L Stevenson Award, (Gift certificate award)....
Congratulations on this prestigious prize.
"Call of the Raven" by Helen Shideler

Pretty exciting.  Especially since I embarked on a project to paint ravens with the CSPWC Open Water juried show in mind.  Last year when we visited  Yellowstone National Park there were a number of particularly friendly ravens in the parking lot at Artist’s Point.   They were walking around the travel trailers looking for hand-outs and cawing their hearts out.  One raven in particular was following me around and without being intrusive, I was able to get many really nice reference photos.  I was literally on my knees looking him in the eye and chatting with him.  I knew he would be the subject of numbers paintings :)

 

Entry into the CSPWC Open Water National Show 2015

Pretty excited and happy to have been selected to participate it the CSPWC 90th Annual National Open Water Show this year in Halifax at the Nova Scotia Archives. 

I recently embarked on a project to paint ravens.  When at Yellowstone National Park last fall there were a number of particularly friendly ravens in the parking lot at Artist’s Point.   They were walking around the travel trailers looking for hand-outs and cawing their hearts out.  One raven in particular was following me around and without being intrusive, I was able to get many really nice reference photos.  I was literally on my knees looking him in the eye and chatting with him.

Call of the Raven

“Call of the Raven” was selected for the 2015 Show!  This painting was pretty meticulously rendered and painted – with each individual feather painted with controlled wet-in-wet layers.  I find the colouration of the raven fascinating – how it looks to be almost molded out of pewter and still have rich blue and purple iridescent notes.

These reference photos were the foundation for a number of paintings including “Call of the Raven”,  The “Sentry”, “A Look Back” and a number of smaller paintings.  My intention when I stated this project was with Open Water in mind.

Invitation to the show opening is below

Painting Returns Home with Two Awards

My painting “Sitting Duck” just returned home the 89th Annual “Open Water” juried art show recently held in Toronto.

This show is the major event in the Canadian Society Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) exhibition calendar.  Open Water is open for jurying to artists working in transparent watercolour.

Sitting Duck by Helen ShidelerWith my painting were two award certificates; the “Sally Sloan” Award and “The Artists Magazine” Award.

This is all very exciting – I was pretty proud to have a painting selected for the show.   Then just prior to the show opening I was notified about receiving the Artists’ Magazine Award. Pretty happy about that.  Then I received a call awhile later informing me about the second one, the Sally Sloan Award.  I have been waiting rather impatiently for them to arrive in the mail so I could look at them and then share the good news with my friends.

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IMG_7749Additionally, this painting won Second Place in Watercolor at the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation Art Show in Dubois, WY last year.

This painting is definitely a keeper.  I am thinking I will never sell this painting! I have to keep it to remind me that hard work, diligence and tenacity does offer rewards!

My Painting in 2014 CSPWC Show

My watercolour painting "Sitting Duck"was accepted into the 89th Annual Canadian Society Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) 2014 Open Water.  

This was pretty exciting in its own right as this juried show is open to international artists painting with transparent water-colour.

Then I received a phone call earlier in the week to let me know that my painting has won a Magazine Award - this is so exciting!  Recognition is both liberating (or is it validating?) and encouraging.  As an artist we are most often hunkered down in our studios working away in solitary wondering if we are on the right path.  Sure you work hard and are most hopeful but sometimes self-doubt creeps in.  Getting accepted into Open Water is a big deal for me.  This is the second painting I have had accepted into the show.

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"Sitting Duck" is one in a series of three highly detailed paintings I completed last year.  Each feather was lovingly painted and I truly felt excited with each feather completed....maybe because each feather took me closer to the finish line.   I have to admit I am motivated by complexity and detail...and many other factors like light and shadows.

This painting also received recognition last year (2013) at the SKB Small Works Exhibit in Dubois, Wyoming (2nd place water-colour).  I consider this one to be a keeper and will keep it "in the collection of the artist".

If you are in the Toronto area in the near future, would be a really nice show to visit!

 

 

Great news! Pretty excited about this!

I just received news that my painting  Mallard Trio, has been selected as a finalist in the Animal/Wildlife category of The Artist's Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition and it  will appear among the lists of finalists published in the December 2014 issue. Very cool! Mallard Trio by Helen Shideler

And the said  - the competition’s entries, over 7,500, were particularly strong this year. As editors, we had a difficult task to whittle the field; it is truly an achievement that your work was among the ones we sent to the jurors.

Did I say EEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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http://www.artistsnetwork.com/the-artists-magazine

 

 

I Had a Total Blast

2013 SKB Workshop in Dubois WY

Wyoming was everything I had hoped it would be and more!  I so love meeting my friends from Art Colony Blog in person and getting to know them!  We had so much fun, created so many memories and have the photos to prove it!  We have photos with ourselves with an amazing group of famous artists..Robert Bateman, Morten Solberg, Greg Beecham, Sir John Seerey-Lester and his wife Suzy, Carl Purcell and so many more.

And a very special photo of me receiving a 2nd Place Ribbon in Water Color from Sir John Seerey-Lester (sigh)

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