The first art show I entered was back in 2011. It was held in conjunction with the Connecticut Betta Club show on September 30 – October 2, 2011. I have been very inconsistent with my art up to this point. I’ve always been insecure and felt I don’t measure up to others. This was a nice win.
The first piece is a soft pastels and colored pencils painting. I must have worked for weeks on it to make it look even nearly acceptable to me. I still wasn’t happy with it when I mailed it in for the entry. Everyone says you’re your own worst critic.
This is the Betta splendens the painting is modeled after. I bred this male and had plans on breeding and showing Betta splendens, but due to my health and other factors, that never materialized.
The second piece is a polyclay sculpture. It was actually one of my very first polyclay sculptures. I love working in polyclay, but I have to be extremely inspired because baking and during the clay in the toaster oven does release some fumes into the house that bother my health issues, particularly my migraines.