Well folks I feel lucky. Earlier this year I decided not to enter the Indiana State Fair because I felt like I wasn’t doing anything worthwhile. Every thing I touched seemed to turn to mud! We all go through that, don’t we? When I returned from Italy in early July, I realized how much I enjoy entering my art in the Indiana State Fair. I am an Indiana farm girl who spent her summers immersed in 4-H activities and completing projects to enter in our county and state fairs – sewing, baking, studying forestry and gardening, canning and freezing and raising black angus cattle. It was a great way to grow up. Very close to nature.
At the last minute, I made the decision to enter and was able to pull together pieces that were suitable for entry in the watercolor, drawing and experimental categories. It made me feel good to finish this activity and to deliver my work to the fair. Yesterday I visited the fair and was really surprised and pleased to see that one of paintings won third place in the Experimental Category – my first State Fair ribbon. I am so proud – and even better – someone liked my painting enough to buy it the first weekend of the fair! Wow! How excited am I! Here’s the painting “100 Degree Summer”. (We’ve had a few of those lately!)