I submitted two pieces to the Federation of Canadian Artists/Victoria Chapter and both got in... but even better, they both won prizes!
This also marks the beginning of a new series exploring the addition of metal objects. I had done collages many years ago with metal objects - such as hardware cloth, chicken wire and various tiny rods. Often I sewed them on to the paper using my sewing machine. I liked the juxtaposition of sewing (somewhat feminine) with pointy, dangerous metal rods (somewhat masculine).
This drawing of my model, Kurtis, seemed a good candidate for adding thin spikey wires. I was interested in portraying him looking a little reclusive with his defenses up. The wires also worked visullay as fences, so it was a good match. The jurors for the show must have thought the same, because they awarded it 3rd prize. I named it "Shields Up".
The painting I did right after the drawing was an experiment with crazy color. I didn't start out making the model's face purple but it seemed to be working, so I went with it. When I was done, I stumbled upon a cool feature of it. If you look at it under yellowish light - like tungsten - the purple disappears and it looks like ordinary flesh tones. But flip on a bluish light, like a flourescent, and WOW! ...is she ever PURPLE! She has a bit of a look of relief on her face so I named it "Reprieve". She won 2nd prize.