This year's First Brush of Spring paintout in New Harmony Indiana is one I will always remember. To my total surprise, my painting Flood of Light was awarded Best in Show!
I knew it was a good painting, but there are always LOTS of good paintings in this show and usually an oil painting will win the big prize. This is the second year in a row for a pastel, though (Mary Ann Davis won last year), so maybe a trend is starting?? I must say that over the years the pastel competition has become formidable with Mary Ann, Carol Strock Wasson (3rd place this year), Ron Burgess (1st place), and Kevin Carlson (2nd), all doing strong work. Happily, we're all friends!