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I'd like to be those flowers...

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"I smell the flowers blooming, opening for spring
I’d like to be those flowers, open to everything"
from "Bird Song" by the Wailin' Jennys 
I was surprised to learn that I won an award at the Vermont Pastel Society's juried show this past week.  The Judge was Doug Dawson, an important and revered contemporary pastel artist. I was just happy to get in! This painting, "Open to Everything"won the Pastel Society of Cape Cod Award and I am very honored.
Mr. Dawson said that he liked "the simple direct strokes and the way the artist exploited the surface quality of the board." Did he know that this was a disaster painting that I washed off and re-surfaced with clear gesso and repainted? Sometimes I think these master pastelists are wizards!
He was right, I was responding to the rougher quality of the surface and because I had already failed at my first attempt, I allowed myself to paint more directly. Almost defiantly!
This painting has won other a…