A Drawing Competition & A Lil Seperation Anxiety

For the last 2 weeks I have been working steadily on my entry for the inaugural annual Drawing Competition held by the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard. Submissions which were due today April 21st.

Technically, I finished the piece within a few days, but for over a week I left the piece resting on my easel. Each time I walked past, I’d notice something. I’d stop, pick up the charcoal and begin adjusting, tweaking, blending, reworking… It got to a point where I had to take a serious step back and come to the conclusion that the piece was FINISHED! I needed to step away and abandon it.

Abandon it… that’s what it feels like for artists. You start with a blank canvas or paper and over time you put your soul into developing a work of art that has value and meaning.  You keep creating until it reaches a point where you must stop, and abandon it for the process is now done. For many artists, including myself understanding when to stop can be challenging. But it’s perhaps one of the most critical because artists risk “overworking” a piece.

Even while on my way to the framer, the entire way there, I remind myself that it’s complete. nothing further is needed except for it to be sealed behind glass. It’s funny, you would think that artists have no issue with that. But no, a lil separation anxiety always kicks in. I gave it once last glass in the car before abandoning it again at the framer…

But with all that said, it’s a lovely piece that I can’t wait for you to see!! I won’t give you a sneak peek here! I’m saving that for the opening night. So be sure to save the date!

Mark your calendars, add it to your iphone, samsung galaxy, android or geeshums just write it down on a sticky note!! Be there!!

The First Annual Drawing & Painting Competition
The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard
Opening Ceremony May 5th 2013
Show Schedule: May 5th, 2013 – May 13th, 2013

The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard has announced the date of the inaugural annual drawing and painting competition with $9,000 worth of prizes to be won. Unlike other art competitions on the island, the BACD competition focuses solely on the disciplines of drawing and painting.

Gallery administrator Heidi Cowen comments: “At the BACD we endeavor to support our local artists and believe they should be rewarded and recognized for their talent. This competition is a first and we are grateful to all our supporters. We anticipate this will be a popular annual event over the years to come and are excited to see what our talented community enter this year!”

All work will be juried by external judges and prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • Best in Show: $5,000.00
  • People’s Choice: $1,500.00
  • 2nd Place: $700.00
  • 3rd Place: $500.00
  • 4th Place: $300.00
  • Honourable mentions: 5 awards  at $200.00 each

The opening night and awards ceremony will on Sunday May 5th, 2013 and the show will run until May 31st, 2013.