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This winter I was invited again to show my work in the the Big 500 show in Portland, Oregon put on by Peoples Art of Portland .  It’s a yearly fundraising event benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.   Each artist is provided with  8″x 8″ panels and creates art that sells for $40.  A portion of the  proceeds of art sales from this one show provides several shelters with food for a few months over the year.

I received my invite in mid-October and managed to create 9 paintings by the December 6 deadline for submitted artwork.    I’ve never painted so quickly!   I painted four more paintings than I did for the show last year.

Girl with Blue Headband 8" x 8" acrylic on board

Girl with Blue Headband
8″ x 8″
acrylic on board

The show ran from December 13 through January 11.   Five of the paintings sold.  One of the sold paintings is this portrait of a young woman wearing a blue headband.  It was my favorite and I kind of hoped that I would get it back after the show, but I had the feeling that someone would snap it up.

I’ve been taking a break from painting this winter, but now that spring is almost here I’m getting my sketchbook out again.  We’ll see what happens in the coming months.