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Old 01-11-08, 03:54 PM
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I did a portrait of a friend last spring and when it was finished she suggested I submit it to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery competition. It only cost $35 so I said what the hell.
Yesterday I got an email informing me I'm a semi-finalist (100 chosen out of 3,300 entries)! I've never entered any competitions before. What a kick!
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Old 01-11-08, 06:26 PM
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Thumbs up Magnificent Work

This portrait is one of the finest I have ever seen. You have captured a personality so well that I think I can know this woman whom I have never met. Not only is it a stunning portrait, but it is a magnificent work of art as well, with composition, color and value all well used to support the message. WOW!

I wish you the best of luck with the competition. I would not be surprised if you won.

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Old 01-11-08, 11:23 PM
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Indeed, this is a beautiful portrait, Phil, and I would be very surprised if you were NOT in the top 10 in that show. Good luck and keep us posted. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-11-08, 03:05 AM
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Phil, it's wonderful news, and a great portrait! I hope it wins the top honor.
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Old 02-11-08, 07:36 AM
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Wow!! Super piece Phil. Good luck with the competition.
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Old 02-11-08, 02:16 PM
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Well deserved. Good luck, sir.
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Old 02-11-08, 02:27 PM
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Thanks everyone!
The woman in the portrait is bright and articulate (she is only a few degrees short of master's degrees in a couple of disciplines) but she had a turbulent childhood and is emotionally unstable. She has never held a job for more than a few months and has been on the verge of homeless for much of her adult life. She finds occasional work in the summer, gardening for wealthy estate owners, but inevitably they disagree on what to plant and she gets fired. She will probably never be able to afford her own garden space. The message on her answering machine begins: "You have reached the Secret Gardener..."
When she arrived for the portrait she was dressed very elegantly in pearls and a silk dress but she had spent the morning working in someone else's garden. If you look closely, you can see dirt under her fingernails.
I have to send the painting to Washington now and the second round of judging is in May. I'll let you all know if I make the cut!
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Old 02-11-08, 02:31 PM
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Cool, Phil.
My fingers are crossed for you. Good luck,
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Old 02-11-08, 09:09 PM
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Excellent! Best of luck Phil.
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Old 03-11-08, 06:47 AM
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Phil, itís a beautiful evocative portrait. Congratulations.
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