Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tiggy and Selection Day

This is a painting done for a friend whose little dog, Tiggy is very special.

She's quite elderly but I am greeted with such enthusiasm by both her and her 'sister' Abby.

I just love Tiggy's whiskers and the way she looks so poised, almost as if she was deliberately posing for the photograph.


Yesterday (Saturday - it is now early Sunday morning here in SA) was a hectic day. We had our society selection day for our Annual Exhibition which is held at the Sanlam Hall in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. I am on the South African Society of Artists (SASA) committee and besides running around from one end of the hall to the other, was responsible for the computer work! Me, who's not that fantastic with computers, is deemed to be the computer expert! Oh dear.

It all went very well even though it was a long day and we had just short of 600 paintings submitted, a record. The judges were put through their paces, and it was a fascinating experience watching their marks. There are three judges and each judge gives his or her own mark without knowing what the others are doing. Apparently this works in England and we have adopted it here.

I was lucky enough to have one painting submitted, my still life, but the other two didn't make the cut. Maybe next year.


27 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Tiggy looks quite grand, doesn't she? Ever the lady indeed! Your painting that made it into the show is so lovely! Good luck with it, Liz!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Tiggy's portrait is very good!And I wish you all the best for the show!

Maree said...

What a lovely sketch Liz. You're very talented.

Barbara Pask said...

Congrats on getting in the show, the piece they chose is wonderful with so many interesting elements. Tiggy is so special, I know they will love it.

Charlene Brown said...

I'm so glad your still life is in the show -- clicked on it to get the enlargement and full benefit of the perfect blue hi-light in the wine bottle that I liked so much the first time. That reminded me to have a look at the enlargement of Tiggy -- and she's even more delightful with all details visible! Beautifully done.

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Liz - I really enjoyed reading about your experience at the art show and being labled as the computer person! How funny. Nice work on both the paintings you posted today. I haven't yet tackled a dog painting. Well done on Tiggy !

Shelley

Rosemary said...

Love Tiggy! Want to reach out and pet that elegant coat! Your copper Reflections is absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad it was juried into the show and best of luck to you, Liz!

Carolann said...

I really love Tiggy, congratulations on a wonderful painting. Good luck with the show and your still life. It's a great feeling when you get a juried exhibition and you get through.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Oh Liz...Regal comes to mind! What wonderful things you do with our animal companions! And...well deserved to get the sill life in. And good attitude! I laugh at shows...one year to have something rejected and then the next show comes along and it wins an award! AHHH life! Congrats on the one my friend!

Sheila said...

Congratulations on being selected Liz!!! We all love your work..especially this Tiggy! Great colors and Tig's personality comes warmly through.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Autumn Leaves and thank you. Tiggy is a sweatheart.


Gosh Ramesh, thank you so much.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Maree - such a nice compliment coming from such a talented artists as yourself!


It was nerve wracking Barbara - thank you for the lovely comment.

Art with Liz said...

Wow Charlene, thank you so much!


Hi Shelley - yes, the computer person indeed! Just goes to show how much or little the others know! Hope you try dog painting very soon.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Rosemary, for the visit and the compliment. I have been following your incredible work as well.


Thank you, thank you, thank you, Carolann. You're right, it is a nice feeling to have my painting accepted. Out of the 599 paintings, only 236 were accepted!

Art with Liz said...

Oh Saundra it's so nice to see your comment and thank you for that. Judges are impossible to counter-guess and as you say, you never know what is going to happen. I am still having problems when I click onto your blog - trying to sort it out.


Thank you lovely Sheila. Tiggy is sweet, but then you and I just love ALL dogs!

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW!!! 600 paintings...!!! That's amazing!! Those judges were REALLY put through their paces weren't they?? How many were they able to hang in the gallery??

Congratulations on your still life... It is really lovely.

I LOVE your doggie too.. You do such amazing things with animals, Liz... They have terrific character!

Ajay Patil said...

lovely dog portrait and congrats on still life

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Your portrait of Tiggy is adorable and congrats on having your painting accepted.

Art with Liz said...

You are so wonderful with your comments Marian. Thank you. Hanging day will be on 17th October at Kirstenbosch. And when you love animals, I think it shows. (I am trying my hand at plein air - not nearly as good as you yet - but it's a start!)


Thank you so much Ajay - I am so behind with everything because of selection day, but will catch up with you guys this weekend.

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Rhonda. Thank you. I've been thinking of you lately as one of the guys in our Tuesday group is painting ballerinas - I think I am going to point him to your blog for inspiration even though he is jolly good.

Krista Hasson said...

Your friend is very lucky to have such a wonderful painting you have captured him beautifully. Congratulations on having your still life accepted!

James Parker said...

Tiggy does look special, and I do believe you have give Tiggy that special look. Good luck on your submission to the Art Exhibition...the still life is quite striking. And your little puddy tat is purring happily on WTTW ART. Very good job, Liz, and thank you so much for participating.

Art with Liz said...

Thank Krista - on both counts!


And James, thank you for running such a time consuming and interesting blog!

pencilportraits said...

fantastic whiskers on Tiggy, she looks so elegant Liz, you must be proud of this. As for your exhibition, competition is high and your accpeted piece looks wonderful, I'm sure it will do very well indeed.

Judybec said...

your pet paintings are wonderful- this is no exception!
Congrats on being a "computer expert" : O and having your painting accepted! : )

Art with Liz said...

Got a long way to go to catch up with your doggie portraits Karie Ann, but thank you for your lovely comment.


Thank you so much Judy - if I'm the computer expert you can guess the computer literacy in the art community here in Cape Town! Practically nil.

Mineke Reinders said...

Wonderful painting! Congrats on the still life, too.