|3rd Overall By Jessica Rich|
There were even a couple of surprises that made me super happy.
1. Joe Orteza - I have never made it a secret that Joe is the reason I became a competitive painter and is the artist to whom I really owe the greatest debt of gratitude in helping me to develop my interest and my voice in this hobby/aspect of my artistic life. He showed me that my hobby could BE the artform that I had spent much of my life searching for. This year Joe placed in the crystal brush competition with a really incredible group of models that I had no idea were his until after the voting.
I am really impressed with these and thrilled to see him working at this level again after what seems like a long hiatus. He is a true friend and this was genuinely one of my favorite pieces in the voting - So hats off to him!!!! :)
Anyhoo These things aside I would also like to plug something that Masterminis.net/Painting Buddha are up to. For any who don't know these guys are offering amazing lessons for miniature painters and working hard to support the artistic mini painting community come together in new and interesting ways using social media and the video. So here is what they have put on offer:
With our featured artists Kirill "Yellow One" Kanaev and Ben "White Rabbit" Komets taking first and second place at the Crystal Brush today, it is finally time for YOU to 'BE a BETTER painter': 7-day-special - The Crystal Bundle: http://bit.ly/crystal_bundle
Anyhoo - looks to be a good deal - if this was something you were on the fence about trying out - this may be the time for you :)
Until Next time!