Ironically here I am just coming off a bad migraine and contemplating my new award from the international art magazine Art/Slant.  I won a First Place for Painting in the 9th 2016 round of their contest this year (a 9th 2016 ARTSLANT PRIZE SHOWCASE WINNER) and have a chance of winning a big prize at the end of the year and being part of their show in Florida next February. I honestly did not expect to win anything so this has come as a big surprise. You can find it listed here:

https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/422378-bea-garth?tab=AWARDS

Its for my painting Empathy–you can see here. Just click on the picture to see a screen size shot of it. It seems to be a popular or at least semi controversial painting of mine.

"Empathy" by Bea Garth, copyright 2014 acrylic painting

“Empathy” by Bea Garth, copyright 2014 acrylic painting

Marianne Szlyck used it for the cover for her book of poems I DREAM OF EMPATHY last year which you can find on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/I-Dream-Empathy-Marianne-Szlyk/dp/1517160677/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479330057&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=Marianne+Szlyck+Empathy

I also almost got into a group show this fall all about story and the imagination (A Magical Kingdom…) with this same painting here in Portland, but didn’t. I was told they loved the piece but felt  it didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the show. What can one say?

Thus to then win first prize for this 9th round at Art/Slant magazine based on this same painting was quite a nice kick in the pants!

Yes tonight (or to be more realistic, tomorrow) I paint, after attending to my other love — my art/poetry/commentary e-zine: Eos: The Creative Context (http://eosthecreativecontext.com).  And more fully recover from the after effects of my migraine… Ever wonder why my work is so “dream-like”??