Dorset County Show

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Storm

Acrylic on Canvas

12″ x 30″         30 x 76cm

Joining in with Paint Party Friday

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This is one of my entires for the Dorset County Show which happened on the first weekend of September. It is about time I told you how I got on.

In order to get a free ticket to the Show one needs to have quite a few entries, and as you are only allowed two entries per class, there is a variety of Homecrafts to coverdsc_0012-1

 

The last three on the list were the photographic classes

My two ‘pictures in any other medium’ were these beach clean art paintings

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I arrived early in the morning to put all my exhibits out, so there were very few other entries there.dsc_0001-1

It seemed we were not supposed to put a title or any note about the painting, although no-one really knew.

 

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I got to the show at about midday, eager to see the other entries and if I had got any prizes or comments from the judges. Mine was the only abstract painting in the category.

Here is the winner

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Now I look at this again it looks more like pastel to me rather than oil or acrylic, but maybe it is oil pastel.

And our painting?

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Here it sits with it’s competitors, no we didn’t get a prize, but it really was fun to enter. Thanks again to everyone who joined in with the creation of this painting, which I love!

Here are the first and second in this category

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And some Commended ones

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However……

I did get a First for a crocheted wig!

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The judge wrote: Brilliant idea. Good even crochet. Nicely distributed curls and combination of stitches. Well done.

And a Highly Commended for the knitted wigdsc_0031

Judge’s comments: Good even stitching. Puffball effect well thought out.

And her comments for the blue Wavy Wig: Nice idea. Well chosen stitches, well finished.

(You can find patterns on my Ravelry page or Etsy shop.)

The winner of the knitting class was a massive jacket, I expect it is snug to wear.

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It is interesting to see the variety of things entered in these categories.

I also got a Highly Commended in the portrait category for a photo of my son and his family.

The weekend was a huge success for my daughter’s family who were entering cows and calves. They won trophies galore and Miss E won her class and Best Overall Young Handler with her calf Rainbow Splash.

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Proud Granny!

 

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39 responses to “Dorset County Show

  1. Great fun entering open shows. I entered one a couple of weeks ago. I entered a piece of sculpture (alabaster) and a couple of paintings. A condition was that they had to be for sale. The sculpture was priced high (£5000) to deter buying but the paintings were typical prices. The sculpture was awarded second in the show and one of the paintings highly commended. It also sold! Ever since I wish I had not sold it as it was one of my paintings I liked. Well done with your wig.

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    • Thanks for sharing your experience Steve. “The one that got away”! pricing art is always tricky isn’t it – I like that way your put a high price on the sculpture – “what would I be prepared to let it go for?” is a good question to ask yourself isn’t it. Hope you had some good photos of your painting. Will you enter again?

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  2. Congrats. Beautiful work. Glad it was a nice experience, too. 🙂

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  3. The arts and craft show looks amazing. I love your painting and your crafted wigs!!

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  4. What an interesting and enjoyable experience – and well done for the wigs! Interesting to hear that your daughter has married into a farming family too

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    • Thank you Cathy. Yes my son and daughter are still in farming – it’s in the blood, going back for generations on both sides of the family. The field I look out on at the back of my house is farmed by my son-in-law, so I still feel very connected with the farming calendar – I feel very lucky. 🙂

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  5. Your art is so impressive. I see why the wigs won. Congratulations

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  6. Well done! Glad you had some fun, and Congratulations on the wins and getting the family involved too. One can never second guess what a judge is looking for, can they?

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  7. You had a lot of fun creating and exhibiting Sandra, thats what local shows are about, we have them here too and they bring rural communities together.

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  8. I really like your abstract. And what fun wigs! Congratulations🤗.

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  9. Congratulations! I think the experience of entering is probably an excellent learning opportunity. I love your storm painting!

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  10. Congrats on getting First for your wig and a Highly Commended. I knew nothing about County shows. Fascinating!

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  11. “Conservative” is a nice descriptive word. It is so much easier. 😴
    I like “Storm.” Definitely!
    Congratulations on the well-deserved needlework awards, and to your family for all their awards.
    Well done all!

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  12. Congratulations on your entries and awards. No doubt you have opened minds and hearts with each piece of work.

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  13. Great competition and you certainly fit right in. I never know how judges pick.

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  14. Murtagh's Meadow

    What a shame the beach clean art didn’t win a prize but well done on all your other successes – brilliant!

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  15. Great photos of the show, well done on joining in – glad you had fun. Your ‘storm’ painting is very impressive. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  16. You were robbed! I agree with Mrs Snail , the judges are quite conservative and I reckon they often go for size rather than originality. Well done all of you on your winning entries

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  17. My experience of village shows is that the judges are often quite conservative and it looks like this might have been the case with the art classes. I the originality of your work.
    Many congratulations on the first prize for the wig – it does look brilliant.

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    • Thank you Jan for your kind comments. I agree with your thoughts on local shows. I thought it was unlikely I would get any prizes but wanted to join in just to see how the process went. It is a Show I have had connections with since childhood and now that my children and grandchildren are so deeply involved it was fun to play a tiny part.

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