Saturday, June 16, 2012

YAY !!! A surprise prize.

Thursday night was the opening and prizes announcement for the 'Lions For Leukaemia' art awards exhibition. I enter every year, and almost every category, because it is such a good cause.  Usually I achieve a few non-monetary awards, Highly Commendeds, Seconds, or Thirds. BUT, this year I hit the Jackpot.

Blue Squares - acrylics on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

This unpretentious little painting won me the Abstract First Prize of $800.  Yippee... I'm absolutely over the moon.  It has been one of my favourite recent pieces.

....and there's more..... I also won the Miniature First Prize ($150)  with this one....

Loops - mixed media
Looks like my transition to abstract is the right direction for me.

What do you think?



27 comments:

  1. That's so wonderful, Jo. Congratulations! They are both wonderful, but I do really love the first one. I have not seen the other contenders, but I am willing to bet it's a prize well deserved. :)

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  2. wonderful news!! Woow, 800 dollars, that will buy some more supplies, you have made the right decision,beautiful work.

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  3. Both are intriguing pieces! It's wonderful when you take a direction with your art that makes you happy - and even better when you experience some form of appreciation upon putting it out into the world...

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  4. Congratulations! They are both fantastic pieces

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  5. wowee Jo congratulations thats brilliant news. The paintings are wonderful. Annette x

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  6. Wonderful news!! I think your abstract work is fantastic. Keep going Jo, I want to see more! xxx

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  7. Good work Jo - well done!! Good cause so well matched!!

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  8. Hooray! Good for you - it's well deserved! These are both such excellent pieces....that bigger one has so much interest, texture, little nuggets of delight tucked here and there and then sparked by that bright blue - love it! It's cool that you won in two totally different arenas.....miniatures are a whole different dynamic than a bigger piece. I'm sending you a big virtual hug! :)

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  9. Great work, Jo - heaps of congratulations. Now I know why I didn't see you at the Tread Lightly opening :)

    I love the miniature - but then you know how I am going with neutral colours at the moment. XX

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  10. a huge congratulations to you Jo!! Persistance! and hard work - the first piece is wonderfully layered and complex :)

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  11. Huge congrats to you Jo!!! You obviously are synchronised with where you should be-how beautiful is that? LOVE your Blue Squares piece-it has such a lovely flow.

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  12. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Jo!!! that painting is super gorgeous and i dunno why you're surprised that it won. it SHOULD win! just love how the turquoise and the vermillion jump out at you. wonderful painting! and oh ... of course, the 800 bucks is super awesome too :) what are you going to spend it on?

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  13. Way to go Jo, big, no make that huge congrats. Just realized that 1st line was a pun, but i love these abstracts.

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  14. Congratulations! I think maybe you are right, wish my abstracts looked like yours.

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  15. Hi Jo, congrats! well deserved and yep abstract is your thing, for sure. Woohoo with the big bucks, its your shout :-D

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  16. What excellent news! Congratulations on your huge prizes, they are well deserved!!

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  17. Wow! Congrats! They both look fabulous!

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  18. Abstract art is harder than anyone imagines, and I'm thrilled that you have fared so well. I'm not only impressed, I'm delighted for you. I am especially in love with the Blue Squares. That one made me sit up and take note. Congratulations and keep making these awesome abstracts.

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  19. Congratulations Jo, Well Done, it is lovely to get recognition from your peers, and it will give you confidence to do even more remarkable work. I love both those pieces so I'm not surprised your in the money. Indulge yourself with the windfall.

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  20. Congratulations! Those pieces both look very deserving!! Love the depth and color!!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  21. J- wow & wow - congratulations to you. And two great prizes as well. I agree the move to abstract has been good. Go well. B

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  22. Hi Jo - wow once more! That's fabulous news and so excitement. We often don't expect to win and it's such a thrill when we do! Congrats again - enjoy the spoils...

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  23. VERY WELL DONE YOU!
    sorry I got excited too ;)

    both pieces are brilliant and so are you...that is quite a prize and very well deserved too...of course!
    oxo

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  24. Hello hello Jo - I actually came onto your blog to tell you how much I loved your entry in the COMA zodiac series and here I found these two exciting paintings of yours which have won prizes in their categories. I am not surprised as they are both marvellous. I am not familiar with your work but I adore the abstract image so would applaud your decision to keeping painting in that genre. Congratulations. Please excuse the double hello but the blog gremlins won't let me delete one of them!

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  25. Congratulations, and you deserve it, both are absolutely stunning

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  26. Those are gorgeous! Congratulations, that is so exciting and also a validation / boost for more artmaking! It always feels good when other people enjoy and appreciate our work as much as we do.

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