Keeping Perspective

“I painted Magnolia in Bloom during the Farm to Table Plein Air Competition in Eastern Pennsylvania,” says Marita Hines. “I wanted to capture the way the sunlight was bouncing off the foliage.

“Magnolia in Bloom” (watercolor, 11 x 15 in.)

“At the end of the painting process, I scrubbed out some of the background, putting more focus on a few of the blossoms and leaves.

“My advice to anyone just starting to enter competitions: don’t give up! It can be nerve-racking and disappointing if you don’t get the validation of a prize, but remember it’s just another person’s opinion. What one person likes, another person might not like. Keep believing in yourself. It’s part of the journey, and there is always something to be learned along the way.”

Magnolia in Bloom by Marita Hines was awarded Best Plein Air Watercolor & Gouache in the July 2022 PleinAir Salon competition.


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