The scene is Dublin in sunset. The mood is dreamy. The technique--definitely pointillist. The painting won the Best in Show in The Art League monthly show in 1996. When I heard the news, I almost fell off the chair, because I had never been accepted in a juried show, not alone won an award. The beginner's luck!
This piece is the first decent painting I have ever created. When I started painting, I chose colored pencil, because it felt least intimidating. In Pat Barron's class at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA , there were some students who were working on the paper first painted in watercolor. So I emulated them. Pat complemented me on the palette I had chosen--orange, green, and violet, saying that it was a classic triad of secondary colors.
At that time, I didn't know a darned thing about colors. Now I look at the body of my work, I see a great deal of these three colors, as if I was born color-coded with oranges, greens, and violets. Interesting. Pat no longer teaches; she has retired and moved. I hear her health is failing. She was one of my first art teachers and I am grateful to her. The painting is dedicated to Pat Barron.