To say I was completely stunned is an understatement. I have never won so much money for an art prize in my life and that night will stay with me forever. What was really significant for me, was that I won the award with a coloured pencil drawing.
It was a very special moment for me as it ‘told’ me that my struggle (and yes, it has been at times a real struggle) with coloured pencil has all been worthwhile.
This drawing I considered to be the best I had ever done. For me, the subject ‘ticked’ all the right boxes.
There was something very special about this deserted, old run-down room in this farm workers’ cottage at Cheshunt, in Northern Tasmania, that grabbed my attention. I just had to draw it. I also included an enamel mug that I found on the property. This mug now features in 5 drawings from Cheshunt, 2 of which have won me awards and there are 2 that I have yet to show.
Even as I write this blog post, the significance of winning this award from a field of 200 entries from around Australia and from Canada has yet to sink in.
Artists need ‘incentives’ to keep going. We are indebted to those who sponsor such awards and to the organisations that conduct them. This prize and the recognition of my work by my peers has certainly given me a lot of creative energy!
This artwork is available as a card or a print at:
Tomorrow I will detail how I created this drawing.