Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wheel of Fortune




The MNSCBWI mentorship award got me thinking about another award from a l...o...n...g time ago. In fact it's the only other award I've ever received. While other popular high school students were succeeding in sports, I was painting Unicorns. And in an effort to provide full disclosure, this Unicorn was a copy of the work of another artist. A Unicorn specialist I'm sure. But this effort was all mine. I tried to be as exacting in my f*$#ery as I could. Duplicating 100,000 blades of grass just like the original. O.K., I might be exagerating just a little. And I was going by a small magazine picture maybe the size of 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches. So maybe I deserved an award! My high school art teacher Mr. Urness entered my bejeweled Unicorn in the 3rd district Congressional Arts Competition. I went on to win second place. So that meant that my painting would (supposably) be hung in Congressman Steve Gunderson's office. Meanwhile, the first place winner was displayed in the Capitol hallway. The cool part is that it was the Capital building in Washington, D.C.! We had lunch and a photo Op with the Congressman. But this was the 80's and I was a nerdy teenager. Just send me a whole bunch of money and I might post a photo. So do you think Mr. Gunderson actually hung my painting in his office? I'll never know for sure. But I can say for certain that he probably wasn't a Unicorn lover. Another fun part of this post is how I think this painting relates to my husband's Inline skates. It's the stained glass wheel...get it?



8 comments:

DJan said...

You may have been just a nerdy teenager, but one with a true gift. That beautiful picture just makes me smile... even if you didn't create the style, you are still the artist who created this picture. Congratulations, and yes you DID deserve it!

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

Your unicorn painting is really nicely done, Sharon. I certainly hope it was hung in the congressman's office! Oh, the shenanigans that unicorn might have seen...

jennydraws said...

Sharon, very nice illustration. I was like you in highschool I think. Not popular, but hung out with all the Art kids. It was fun times back then.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I like your unicorn. It has all the elements that appeals to me. Glad you got the ribbon.

Thanks for helping me to make history.
Pick a Peck of Pixels

SquirrelQueen said...

I think your unicorn is beautiful, you did the work on this painting so you most certainly deserved the award.

You're "on a roll" with all these wheels, sorry I couldn't resist.

Judy

Margaret Pangert said...

Wow, you two are achievers! Your husband placed 100 out of 2,600--no minor feat! and YOU, Sharon, are unbelievably talented. The unicorn is adorable, and I'm sure it's in the Congressman's office to this day! Congratulations! btw, if you're ever in New York, there's a tapestry at the Cloisters of a unicorn in an arena. Yours has more character! xxox

Alicia Schwab Illustration said...

Sharon this is beautiful. Truly outstanding for a high-school student's ability. I like what you are doing now too. :-)
-Alicia

Windie said...

Hello Sharon. My name is Windie and your blog is not only lovely, but well written. I can't wait to see what you post next.