Award winners | Artist Geeta Pattanaik

Award Winners

Every piece one creates, becomes like a child. Each one took time to create, may have faults, but one only sees it as something that has to stand independent of the person who created it. Some of my paintings I like, but others are okay and after a few years, I know I could have done them better, if I painted them today, so I use the back of them, as watercolor paper is expensive.

Then there are a few which stand out. These are a few of my favorite pieces, which have won awards. Years later, despite my growth as an artist, I don't think I could improve on them. Sometimes, one is surprised by the subjective nature of awards, but I reproduce below the ones I painted, and thought that they were done to the best of my ability and which were recognized by the judges.

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"Stargazer At Noon"

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This watercolor painting I did was a Finalist in the Cover Design competition in 2011, in the Watercolor magazine. It was published with a writeup in a two page spread. I loved this piece as I mulled over it before deciding to paint it. It was a complicated subject, but came out exactly how I had wanted it. I wanted it to be emerging from the darkness behind with a chiaroscuro effect, and the blooms shown in all their glory. I basically eliminated the background for this reason.

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" Standing among giants"

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This painting of mine was a winner in the 8th Annual Paint the Parks competition and will be in a traveling exhibit, which will go to various places in the U.S. It was of a view in Yosemite National Park, and had some unique elements in the view, which I tried to highlight in the painting. The background mountain was a towering and unusual shape, the trees in the front drooped down like an old man's beard, but the person in the painting was there for showing the scale of the scene, and he was placed in the distance to make it seem timeless, rather than a modern day person. I also tried to paint the sun shining through the trees, by creating a halo in the top left. The rocks at the bottom were sparsely painted to give the eyes somewhere to rest.

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"Standing tall"

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This large drawing has won a few awards. It is a pen and ink drawing of a very huge tree near The Art Colony in Corona. I had observed it in various seasons, and was sure I wanted to paint it, but looking at the details in the tree, I thought it would be a challenge to draw it in all its complexity. I had several photos, and drew it in pencil first, with just dots and dashes, then went in to do the trunk and front branches first. The next was the placement of the branches behind, as they weave in and out of the ones in front. Lots of left and right brain stuff here. It took me about 5 - 7 hours a day for about 10 days to complete. I loved doing this piece and look at the original tree sometimes, as though I have a special connection with it, which I do.

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