Were you among the millions of Olympic viewers who watched Michael Phelps swim to his 22nd medal? Who cheered gymnist Gabby “Flying Squirrel” Douglas as she leaped for Gold? Who watched Usian “I am a legend” Bolt sprint into the records book? Who will never forget seeing double-amputee Oscar Pistorius anchor the South African relay team, running on his carbon-fiber blades? These Olympians captivate us not only with their incredible strength and athleticism, but with their drive and passion for their sport—that is truly what moves us.
In the pastel world, we have our own tournament of champions, and it’s called the Pastel 100. Each year, we view thousands of outstanding works of pastel to select the best 100 from five categories: Landscape and Interior, Still Life and Floral, Portrait and Figure, Abstract and Non-Objective, and Animal and Wildlife. From these category winners, we pick our all-around champions, so to speak—our five Grand Prize Winners. Now in its 14th year, the Pastel 100 art competition has celebrated a number of top competitors: Skip Whitcomb, Bill Hosner, Sam Goodsell and Terri Ford, to name a few. These artists all possess impressive skills, sure strokes and enviable talent, but they also share that intangible quality—the hearts of champions.
In 2007, artist Dawn Emerson, who took the Jack Richeson/Unison Pastel Best of Show Award, had this to say about the determination required of artists: “Someone once told me I had to paint a 1,000 paintings in one year. I didn’t understand what that meant at the time, but it was to train myself to just go into the studio—like a job.
“I learned I had to go in there whether I wanted to or not, because what’s going to happen on the easel tomorrow could be inspired by something—even something crappy—that you do today. You’ve got to get the bad ones out of the way, so that you can get on to the better ones. It’s all part of a line. If you don’t follow the thread, then you’ll never know where it’s leading. Sometimes it involves doing 10 paintings of the same thing until you understand what it is you’re trying to do.”
In the Pastel 100, you have the opportunity to enter the results of your rigorous artistic efforts and compete with the best of the best to be included in our celebratory showcase of 100 exceptional pastels. Enter today (the deadline is end of day Wednesday!) for your chance to climb aboard the pastel podium!
You can read about past winners and see their winning pastels in any April issue of Pastel Journal.
And, thanks to a special magazine sale in at NorthLightShop.com (which runs through Thursday), you can get a copy of the 2011 April issue of Pastel Journal (or any 2011 art magazine in the shop) for only $3.00!!
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