Becky Johnson Pastels

Artist’s Note

June 2016

Becky Johnson Pastels

PO Box 19985

Colorado City, Colorado  81019

 

719-650-5824

 

beckyjohnsonpastels@yahoo.com

June 6—I’ve just returned from the second annual Windows to the West Art Show and Sale in Estes Park, Colorado.  It was a wonderful weekend that included time spent in Rocky Mountain National Park photographing that beautiful area and wildlife.  The show was quite successful for me—four of my five paintings sold!  It is very gratifying to meet folks who like the work and to know they will enjoy the paintings on their walls at home for years to come!

 

2015 was an eventful year; the show season was busy and successful.  I was fortunate to have time to spend with artist friends and as always, enjoyed the chance to see and visit with folks at the shows who’ve become friends over the years. It was also a turning point— I closed the chapter on outdoor shows by participating one last time in the Mulvane Art Fair in Topeka, Kansas, then showing my paintings and prints at the Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park, Colorado, and finished off by exhibiting a final time at the Evergreen Arts Festival in Evergreen, Colorado. 

 

The outdoor shows have been great fun and a lot of work.  I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had or the friends I’ve made!

 

After the last show in early autumn I took a break from the studio and spent time with Rick, my significant other, who had serious back surgery in October.  Recovery was slow but steady, and the results have been very positive. 

 

While focusing more on his recovery and various houseguests than painting, I entered a handful of juried shows which require online entries and then often the shipping of accepted paintings to the show venue for judging.  I’d often wondered how my work would fare in head to head competition with paintings from around the country.   A couple of the exhibits had international entries as well.  Judging selections are, of course, very subjective, but it is an honor nevertheless to receive an award.  My entry was selected one of the Top 100 Finalists from more than two thousand entries in the 2015 Artistic Excellence competition sponsored by Southwest Art magazine.  Another painting was awarded the Jack Richeson Gold Award in Pastels USA, and First Prize—General Membership in the Pastel Society of the West Coast went to “Spring Break”.  Recently “Sound of Spring” was awarded the Bronze Award at the 2016 Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibit.  It’s fun to try these shows, and certainly very nice when one of my paintings receives recognition!

 

Early in 2016 I got back to work in the studio and produced a surprising number of new paintings.  I’ve featured them on the first four pages of the Original Pastel Paintings section of the website.

 

After returning from Estes Park, I’ll be getting ready for the Stampede Western Invitational later in June.  This year I will go back again to Oregon Trail Days in Gering, NE in early July and will extend that trip by spending several days with my friend, Lyndon, at her ranch in central Wyoming.  That area has inspired quite a number of paintings in recent years, and I look forward to getting back there. 

 

In early August I’ll be back in Kansas City, MO for the National Wildlife Art Show.  Bass Pro Shops are responsible for bringing wildlife artists back to Kansas City for that show which has not been active for a number of years. 

 

I plan to be in St. Louis for the Queeny Park Art Fair over Labor Day weekend, and hope to have a one-person show in November at the Gunnison Gallery, Gunnison, Colorado.

 

I hope that many of you will have a chance to stop by the shows—dates are listed on the Upcoming Exhibits page; feel free to contact me for more specific information.  

 

Please continue to visit the website to see the new paintings, and feel free to contact me if you are in this area—a visit to the studio could be easily arranged with an advance call or email.