Dramatic Light

Dramatic Light Accepted Into “Pennsylvania Winter” Exhibit

Dramatic Light

Dramatic Light

A favorite photo was chosen to be part of an exhibit featuring Pennsylvania winter, one of my favorite subjects.

Pennsylvania Winter: People, Places, and Things is an online juried exhibition that includes artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Forty images were chosen by juror Patrick McGrady, the Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art. Of 133 submissions, only 40 were chosen to be in the exhibit.

I entered three pieces, the others two small paintings of scenes very specific to Pennsylvania in the winter, one of my favorite subjects. Exhibits nearly always have a timeline of when finished work was done to be entered, and this exhibit accepted work from within the past three years. I actually don’t have too much winter art from the past three years if you count exactly back to November 2017 because I was actively trying to paint other seasons. But I discovered they were accepting work from all of 2017, which included this wonderful morning of the ice storm from the Panhandle Trail as well as two smaller pieces I’d done for a painting challenge in January. Below are the two other paintings I entered, Curving Tracks and Dead End.

It’s unusual in my experience for exhibits to accept both painting and photography into the same juried exhibit, but I was happy to be able to include at least one photo from that incredible morning in any show, anywhere. I debated about which one of three until I almost missed the deadline! See if you can decide.



I love “Frosted” because I think it’s the most unique, and “The Ice Palace” is really so Pennsylvania with a stream and trees leaning over it, but In the end I went with the one that first took my breath away when I was there that day, and when I looked at the photos, and was most popular with others who looked over the gallery, “Dramatic Light”.

Participating in exhibits

I’m so pleased to be able to participate in exhibits, even if they are online and not in person. It’s just a little easier online, but I miss the company of other artists, and seeing the works in life and not on a computer screen. And the years when I had to abridge my vendor events also abridged my income, and I really couldn’t afford to enter exhibits. But I’m back on my feet again.

The two little paintings are still available as originals. Click , Curving Tracks and Dead End to read more.

And photo prints of “Dramatic Light” and the other photos are available in the gallery, “Dramatic Light”.

About “Dramatic Light”

When I saw the snow that morning, just an inch or two carefully blanketing each branch and twig in the tree outside my window I knew what my destiny would be if the snow stopped and the sun came out. It did, and I headed for the Panhandle Trail, on foot just planning about an hour of photos in the first half mile of the trail. Mission accomplished.

As I drove there, looking at the sun and shadow play across the frosted hills and glow down into valleys I had an idea for two photos I wanted to capture. This was one of them, not necessarily the place, but the light illuminating the trees in front of the dramatically dark background and sky, the trail wandering off around a curve into an adventure.

I usually try not to plan ahead for photos because it’s possible to miss others while focusing on a goal that may not even be possible. I was lucky this particular morning and not only captured the ones I wanted, but many, many more I would never have imagined.

See the whole gallery of photos from that day in the gallery “Dramatic Light”.

See the whole exhibit

You can see the whole exhibit, and click to watch a video with the juror as he discusses choosing the final items for the exhibit and the prize winners here.


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