Monday, March 23, 2015

Art at the Arnold 2015

I attended a painting competition a few weeks ago in Columbus, OH. Art at the Arnold is sponsored by the Arnold Sports Festival, an extravaganza of sporting competitions that began as a body building competition in 1989. The event has grown to the point where it now includes sports as varied as ball room dancing and cheer leading. I found it interesting that this year chess and horseback riding were added to the list for the children's expo.

Two years ago I was able to meet Arnold for a few minutes, but with all the new events that are added every year, his time grows more valuable and he didn't visit the artist's stage this year.

I tackled a difficult subject: four gymnasts watching their competitors. I used a photograph I took of some young gymnasts. I had six hours to complete it so I kept it very loose and tried to focus on their expressions. Needless to say, I didn't win, but I enjoyed the experience very much.

With another six hours of work at home, my painting acquired a more finished look and I'm happy with it.

I've decided that my paintings of people need to tell a story, so they are becoming a bit larger and more involved than ones I've done in the past.

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16 x 20 oil on linen

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