Six Months Past…

Last August, Idaho had it’s annual Western Idaho State Fair in Boise.  Having lived in Pocatello in the past I look at this fair as the lesser of the two [there is an Eastern Idaho State Fair].  But for painters and photographers, it is not the lesser, it is Great!  For painters, it is tough to win the best in show.  They must compete with drawers, which Idaho has some great ones.  So this past year, a graphite drawing one.  Careful, this really is a graphite painting, not a photograph.

“Lincoln”, graphite by Matt Tucker, Best of Show — 2009 Idaho State Fair.

Now, originally, Fred Choate did a lot of drawings in his past time, before he started his oil painting for fine art career.  Having been one of the lucky to view them, I can say that they will eventually get into a museum somehow.  Regardless, with great graphite artists like Matt Tucker, often oil painters have to settle for receiving awards like “Best Oil Painting”.

Best Oil Painting, 2009 Idaho State Fair, by Fred Choate.

Same for watercolor painters, like Laurie Asahara, who did receive “Best of Show” last year.

Best Watercolor Painting, 2009 Idaho State Fair, by Laurie Asahara.

Of Course, oil and watercolor painters do usually win the “Best Western” theme award.

Best Western Painting, by Laurie Asahara, 2009 Idaho State Fair.

I found the competition tougher last year, for I only received an honorable mention, in the Professional Idaho Landscape catagory.

“Little Trinity Lake Wayside”, 8×10 oil on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, circa 2009.

However, 2010 is a new year, and us painters have some secret weapons for this years competition.  I am sure the drawing artists will be up for the challenge, as long as they know what it is.  So I predict the competition will be thick this coming year.  Good Luck to all.

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