Backwood Oaks, 10x8 + show news.

Backwood Oaks, 10x8" Pastel on sanded paper ©Brenda Boylan

Just back from the Pacific Northwest Plein Air art reception at the Columbia Center for the Arts. The energy was high and so were the temps. It was great to see all the work that had been created over the 5 day event and all was hung so beautifully. This year's plein air artists worked hard in the high temps, some not so grateful that summer had finally arrived in Oregon. As for me, I'm glad for the warmer temps...this coming from a California gal, but still can't wait for the Fall colors to come. I entered into the gallery reception and was greeted by an honorable mention for "Road to Mosier". Can you say "SMILE"? This year's juror was plein air artist Jim Lamb. Thank you Jim!

On our way back home from the show we took a circuitous route, via the family farm in Creswell, OR. We passed on the eastern side of Mt. Hood with it's fires and yellow smoke, stopped off in Bend for a cold drink and then back in towards the Eugene area where Creswell greeted us. I painted this one (above) from the yard looking south. Loads of smoke in the air made for some hazy color.

Me next to my work "Road to Mosier"

Then more newsworthy news...

Last week I was called by the Pastel Society of America office to notify me that my piece "Curbsides" won the Pastel Society of Hawaii Award in the 39th Annual PSA show. I'm really humbled by this placement as it hangs in the National Arts Club alongside the likes of Daniel E. Greene, Jimmy Wright, Barbara Groff, Duane Wakeman, and more. I am torn that I will not make the awards ceremony this time because of the many bowling balls I'm juggling right now. What a trip that would be though, eh?

"Curbsides" 12x9" Pastel on sanded paper ©Brenda Boylan

So, to put it straight, it's been a really great week. Woo hoo!

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Anonymous SUSAN RODEN said...

You are on a roll Brenda- congratulations! Beautiful pieces.

9/6/11, 8:02 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Congratulations on the PSA award! Your painting is beautiful.

9/6/11, 8:57 PM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

Love all the pieces ...congratulations, you deserve all these things and more!

9/6/11, 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations of the award Brenda... you more than deserve it with your commitment to your craft and instinctive creativity. I also love the new painting, a wonderful balance of colours!

9/7/11, 1:17 AM  
Blogger Kari Tirrell said...

An awesome week - CONGRATULATIONS!! Both paintings are excellent. Well deserved awards. Love your super cute haircut, too! :)

9/7/11, 10:42 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Susan, thought you might want to put some frosting on that roll? All kidding aside, your comment lifts me up along with everyone else's too.

Thanks ALL of you!

9/8/11, 8:52 AM  
Blogger Casey Klahn said...

I very much enjoyed seeing your works at the Columbia Center. Your skill and talent are enviable and I'm glad I know you in blogland, Brenda!

9/10/11, 7:13 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Casey, for taking the time to check out the show on your way home from Sausalito, and thanks for a glowing compliment. There is mutual admiration all around!

9/10/11, 9:09 PM  
Blogger loriann signori said...

Congratulations!!!! A much deserved honor!

9/20/11, 5:44 PM  

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