Today I attended a gallery show at the Kent Island Federation of Art (http://www.kifa.us/) where I had submitted a painting, Vivir Libre, to be judged and, with fingers and toes crossed, would win. Honestly I didn't have high hopes, as my hard-lined and fantasy-driven work isn't normally well received around my hometown bay-area; most people generally prefer landscapes over surreal. Turns out I won second place in the watercolor category, topped by Amy Maddox, who is also a somewhat-surreal artist as well. Her work was absolutely phenomenal, and totally deserving of the 1st place ribbon. There was tons of talent; be sure to take a look at all these awesome pieces I was able to snap some pictures of.
Aurora and Determination were probably my top favorites. The contrast and tone of Determination, as well as the sheer beauty and realism, really made it stand out as the Best in Show. And if I had the spare cash to buy Aurora, I totally would, cause it's simply fantastic. While there I was able to meet the gallery owner's, who invited me back for another open show they're having in the spring, where I can submit up to 3 pieces of "Anything goes", and I'm quite excited about that. All in all it was an excellent show and I was incredibly excited to be a part of it. Check back soon!