This rock formation one can see in the Big Bear Lake Area, 2 hours. NE of L.A. It's a very touristy area, but we found the "lumpy bumpy" back road. For most part an unpaved road that only locals who have dogs, know. We park the car and then we hike. We ate our lunch here once, and took some pics. When I saw the pic, I mused about the very unusual position these rocks had, as well as their surface.
Rocks are another favorite thing for me to paint in watercolor! This painting has been chosen for several juried exhibitions (it is an exhibit that has a jury, and you have to send in your slide of the painting, even to be a participant in the exhibit).
To put my painting in an art show is most often rather uneventful. I get accepted in a show, my paintings are displayed, and that's the whole story. Not this time!
This painting was one of four chosen to be exhibited in an art show of 60 artists at a university in Los Angeles. The show was in a beautiful, mostly glass building. On the ground floor was not much wall space, so all the tiny art works were displayed there. All the larger size paintings were on the second story gallery.
It was a somewhat humbling experience when I saw two art students sitting down in front of it and copying the painting (no matter how much confidence one has in one's work, this is an awkward situation). I was very glad that we didn't have to wear name tags, so I passed them quickly and went downstairs.
This was not the end of the story.
What I had not counted on, was the exuberance of my then 12 year old son. He called from the balcony, loud enough for the whole building to hear,
"Mom, your paintings...they're here...four of them!"
I nodded and put my index finger to my lips. People started looking upstairs, but before they made the connection to me, I moved away as fast as I could from the direction my son was looking down at.
Acknowledgment is okay, but I shy away from being in the spotlight - not my cup of tea!
Don't say, "Oh, you shouldn't have done that!" Some of you probably would have done the same, LOL!