I took some good reference photos and hope to do some sketches based on them soon. While there I was struck by the beautiful Neoclassical architecture, and how harmonious it was with the landscape. This is something I have always believed about the American landscape, that it is possible to have something manmade living harmoniously with nature. I will definitely have to develop this idea.
Also, I attended the reception for the Enclave Art Contest that I entered several months ago, and I was awarded with the Special Achievement Award for my painting, "Life Liberty, and the Pursuit of... Prosperity." It was kind of a shock since this was the first contest I have ever entered, so I was incredibly pleased just to be a finalist and have my work on exhibition! It was a great experience. I felt like a "real artist" for the first time. I need to hold on to that for times when my inner critic tells me I'm just "faking it."
As far as my paintings go, I'm still working on the last one, but I am also challenging myself to paint in subjects and styles I am not so comfortable with. I am not sure I will post those when those are done, but I'm doing it to learn. Back to painting!