While many artists work in larger formats, some prefer to create smaller pieces as well. PSC offers a special show devoted to works of art that are 64 square inches or smaller. These special pastel paintings make ideal gifts for special occasions or holidays, and are often the perfect choice for collectors with limited wall space, or just as collectibles. They are often more affordable, and therefore the perfect choice for new homes, housewarming gifts, or just that 'right personal touch' or memento. Our Small Works Show features these gems in a gallery setting, and is juried and judged for awards. It is a favorite show among our exhibiting artists, and a favorite of our audience and attendees as well. We have a reception on opening night, and the show usually runs for one month. As with all our PSC shows, entrance fees and sales commissions are filtered back into awards for the show.
"I particularly enjoyed judging the exhibit and seeing the diversity of work created by the PSC membership. I’m really honored to be associated with such a talented group of artists.
General thoughts regarding the exhibit:
· It was nice to see such diversity of styles and overall quality in a pastel competition of small works.
· Some of the standards I generally use in judging a competition is to look for strong compositions and the effective use of color, value, shapes and edges, along with the technical application of the medium. Another standard, of course, is the communication of an emotion and/or personality of the subject.
· I would like to encourage everyone to paint often and paint what you enjoy. Don’t be limited by a photo…but, look beyond them to create something unique with your own personal style. Create visual excitement and energy with the use of bold strokes and an effective balance of light and dark shapes. Look for soft edges, effective light patterns, and developing a pleasing palette. Most of all, paint and have fun doing it!"
Mike Beeman, Juror & Judge of Awards