Tuesday, August 24, 2010

10th Annual Upstream People Gallery Online Gallery Show - 3 "Special Recognitions"

Hi everyone.  Wow, I haven't blogged in a very long time!  Summer has been fantastically busy and relaxing at the same time.  I can't believe it is coming to an end but I'm feeling the need to embrace our usual routines and get back into the swing of things again.

I haven't painted a ton this summer which has been kind of a welcome break from the frenzy of the past year.  I will be taking part as a guest artist in the charity event at Arta Gallery (in the distillery district) entitled "Take pART" on September 30, 2010.  I can't tell you which piece is mine...but my local art enthustiasts will no doubt recognize it.  More details to come.

Whilst on the beach in Cape Cod in the beginning of August, I received notification that I received three "special recognitions" in the 10th Annual Summer All Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition put on by the US gallery Upstream People Gallery.  Laurence Bradshaw, Curator and Professor of Art at the University of Omaha and Juror of the show, stated:

"JUSTINE ELIZABETH FERNIE of Toronto, Ontario, Canada deals with portraiture in a delightful and fascinating manner. As a Canadian it is interesting to see such a work as “My Sarah (Palin)” which shows the awesome use of mixed patterns and the colorful face treatment. “Oh Bama” and “Pixels” are also wonderful depictions."

I've got a whole bunch of goals for myself over next four months as my big 40th birthday is at the end of December 2010.  One of my goals is to paint a brand new series of portraits of the iconic Blythe girl dolls.  Blythe girls were launched in 1970, the year I was born...and they didn't sell at all.  The brand was reborn in 2000 and since then they have become ridiculous collectors items.  I am obsessed with their gigantic eyes.  I'll be sure to post them all when they are done...6 in all.

I hope everyone's summer has been amazing.  I'll return to normalcy, whatever that is, next month.