A Jurying

posted January 12th, 2018 by

I thought I’d let you in on the process of the weekend, regarding my art. This Saturday is the big day when hundreds of artists from all over Orange County will converge in Laguna Beach to compete for about 30 open slots for this summer’s Festival of Arts. Anne, as you know, has been in it many times, and will be again next summer. That’s already decided. I’ve never been accepted.

Daughter of Mongolia, oil over acrylic, 27×24 framed.

We don’t compete, which is good. And I’ve always been proud that her work has been deemed at such quality for acceptance. As for me, I’ve probably entered work for the jurying about ten times and have never been accepted. So here I go again. This time I’m entering in two categories.

Silver Necklace, oil with silver leaf, 27×24 framed.

For each category, three pieces are entered. The category you’re looking at here, with the frames, is “mixed media.” That is, they’re made with a combination of materials, in my case both acrylic and oil and sometimes gold or silver leaf.

Japanese Classic, oil with gold leaf, 27×24 framed.
With all of these, click twice to enlarge.

To give the paintings a little more specialness, I mounted them on hand-painted abstract backgrounds, “floated” within deep cut mats, then placed in an elegant frame, behind glass. Hope you like them.  Hope they like them.

If they don’t, I have more.

Sharon in Studio 2, oil on canvas, 36×36.

The other category I’m entering is “oils.” This is my main medium in any case. I think I’ve displayed these before, if not here, on Facebook and Instagram. This and the following have an aspects of realism yet with abstract elements. “Sharon” began originally from a model session in the studio.

Morning Meditations, oil on canvas, 36×36.

Here’s a match, similar style with the abstract touches. The pose came from Anne as she spends the first hour of her day in her favorite chair. I liked the pose but didn’t want her specifically, so I changed the face. What I ended up with was a likeness of Anne at an earlier time. I think it’s a keeper.

Child Monk, oil on canvas, 44×29.

For the third in this category, I’m submitting a piece done recently on spec. I thought maybe the photographer of the photo would like the painting. He did, but not to buy it. So I have it. As for the judges, they don’t have to buy it; just to like it.

If nothing happens, it’s not the end. If it does, I’ll let you know, either soon or eventually.

Wish me luck.

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  1. Norm Jan 12, 2018
    3:24 pm

    Great presentation, Hyatt. There’s no way you won’t be selected! The festival needs Moore Art.

  2. Sophia Jan 12, 2018
    4:05 pm

    I am rooting for you!! Wish you the very best!!! I agree, we need Moore art.

  3. Dorothy Jan 12, 2018
    4:11 pm

    I think this is YOUR year ! !

  4. Betty Shelton Jan 12, 2018
    4:33 pm

    Good luck Hyatt! Hope you get in! If I were the judge, you would!

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 12, 2018
      4:47 pm

      Thanks. And your being the high level painting professor you are, you should be a judge! But as we know, the judges are different ever year.

  5. Robert Dannenbrink Jan 12, 2018
    4:45 pm

    You have a great diversity of subject & character of your art; hope to see your work in Laguna.

  6. Ashley Jan 12, 2018
    5:24 pm

    They are beautiful. Can’t imagine any of them being passed up. The painted backgrounds are beautiful. Love that you don’t give up and aren’t too proud to share the struggle. Don’t believe in luck, so I’ll pray for you instead :)

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 12, 2018
      5:26 pm

      Right on. And while you’re at it, pray for my good attitude whatever happens.

  7. Ursula Jan 12, 2018
    5:39 pm

    Hyatt I have always admired your paintings and would like to learn your style.
    I’ll pray that you’ll be accepted. You sure should. They are all great and the background is so different and beautiful.
    Good luck.

  8. Susan Morrison Jan 12, 2018
    6:27 pm

    I can’t believe that you have never been accepted! Your work is so unique and so beautiful! I just prayed a little for your work to be accepted…if that is God’s will! :)

    Susan Morrison
    Otter Rock, OR

  9. Maryam Rouhi Jan 12, 2018
    6:59 pm

    Hi Hyatt,
    Your paintings are absolutely beautiful and I’m sure
    You are going to be a one of the artist this summer.
    I’ll be entering my oil paintings too and wish me luck as well.

    Best regards
    Maryam

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 13, 2018
      6:48 am

      Yes, you too. Were you not showing last year, with sculpture?

  10. Laura Pedersen Jan 12, 2018
    7:44 pm

    HI Hyatt,

    Your work is so unique and stunning! I know, I have a beautiful painting of yours on my mantle that I am blessed to see daily!

    Praying for you!

    Laura

  11. Sue Jan 12, 2018
    10:16 pm

    Such idiots not to take you. Do you want me to stage a protest somewhere? Throw paint? I just got my fifth rejection in a writing thing. Ah well. You taught me to keep trying. So I will. Grateful God is in charge.

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 12, 2018
      10:40 pm

      Now, now, Sue. Just because we’re siblings, I don’t need that much support. Sorry about your rejection. Keep going.

  12. Tim MacDonald Jan 12, 2018
    11:38 pm

    Joining your band of merry pray-ors!

    It’s hard not to think of of you and Anne as I read 5:14-16 in the Message…

    You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 13, 2018
      6:44 am

      Thanks, Tim, all the way from China! And thanks for the reference from Matthew.

  13. Lesli Bonanni Jan 12, 2018
    11:39 pm

    Such excellent, emotional and exciting entries will surely grab the judges attention and admiration. Hyatt, you are a master at your craft, and I am confident you will be showing your talents this year at the Festival of Arts! Best of luck to you…and I do hope to see you tomorrow as we set up!

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 13, 2018
      6:46 am

      Thanks, and the same luck to you Lesli.

  14. Elizabeth Hammond Jan 13, 2018
    6:27 am

    With prayers and good wishes for more Moore in the Laguna Festival. These pieces you present here are beautiful and varied. You know I have always appreciated your figurative work. The mixed media portraits are wonderful!!

  15. Pil Ho Lee Jan 13, 2018
    8:23 am

    Like I’ve told you before, your work belongs there. Thank you for your honesty and openness about your struggle. I admire your work but your character even more. You’re probably in Laguna now…Praying for favor

    • Hyatt Moore Jan 13, 2018
      10:00 am

      Thanks Pil. Great that you’re work will continue to be up from last year. Just returned from the set up. Hundreds of artists, and some very good work. So, we’ll see.

  16. Simon Jan 13, 2018
    9:16 am

    pray that God opens up the door.

  17. Pamela Jan 13, 2018
    12:20 pm

    Truly wonderful. I wish you the best on getting selected to display your awesome talents!

    Pamela

  18. Judy Gibbons Jan 13, 2018
    4:00 pm

    Well, it’s all about the Juror’s wishes isn’t it?

    Best of luck from Michael (who has had lots of his work accepted and lots of his work not accepted in shows) and Judy.

    Weather is like “summer” here in Toledo today and we are wishing you and Anne were here to share in this January day!

  19. Renuka Jan 13, 2018
    6:02 pm

    I am very impressed, excellent work

  20. BETH Jan 14, 2018
    6:07 am

    I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ACCEPTED! OBVIOUSLY, THE JURY DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE MISSING!

    I STILL REMEMBER YOUR BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS WHEN I WENT TO MY FIRST ART WALK IN DECEMBER. MY HUSBAND, FOUZI AND I, WERE COMPLETELY ENTHRALLED WITH YOUR WORK…..AND WITH YOUR GREAT SPIRIT AND DOWN TO EARTH PERSONALITY! WE ENJOYED TALKING WITH YOU SO MUCH!! AND YOUR DEAR WIFE IS JUST AS TALENTED!!

    GOD BLESS YOU BOTH AND WE’RE STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO VISIT US HERE IN KUWAIT!

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