|The Red Hat|
by Jane McElvany Coonce
This painting has gotten into every juried show that I've ever entered, and it's won several prizes. I think it's partly because it has an abstract underpainting consisting of various colors. Then I drew with some water soluble crayons and filled in some parts of the hat and face with paint and left the drawing and underpainting showing in other areas of the clothing. I lifted the highlights with alcohol. It's kind of a long and narrow shape which is different. (Judges like different.)
After this, I may retire my prize winner to my brother's beach house. I've always loved this painting, and I'm thrilled that the judge for Baltimore did, too!
Entering juried shows isn't for the faint of heart.