Tonight (February 8th, 2014) marks the first time Art Battle Canada is coming to Prince Edward Island! I am honoured to be one of the 12 artists chosen to be part of the excitement!Come to The PEI Brewing Company!
“Art Battle is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can across three rounds of public painting. The audience vote for the winners of each round, and the single winner of each event. A National Championship is held at the end of each season, with competitors representing cities across Canada.” ~ Official Art Battle Site
Though I’ve never been a very competitive person. I’m in awe of athletic brilliance, sportsmanship and the dedication it takes to excel in any discipline. While watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, I genuinely want all of the athletes to do well, enjoy their journeys, and be uninjured. Yes, national pride kicks in and I want Canada to win lots of medals! My issue has always been the notion of winners and losers.
When any of us show up and do our very best – we are winners. The prize is nice. The recognition strokes the ego. However, leaving without the prize does not a loser, make.
When athletes are competing in a timed event it is easy to say that on a certain day someone finished first. I don’t know how there can be a “best” song or a “best” painting. This is where popular opinion takes over. Opinion is something none of us have any control over.
I have my creative style and visions, which doesn’t take anything away from another artist; anymore then their vision can diminish my work. Tonight, at Art Battle94 I am not competing against other artists. The only competition is between me, and a 20-minute timer. I will give it all I have to complete a piece of art in this time. Should the audience decide I am one of their four favorites, I will move to the final round, where I will go up against that 20-minute clock again and create a second piece.
I would love to make it to the final round. I would love to leave with the $250 prize. These things are out of my hands. What I will do is show up, do my best, enjoy the journey, and celebrate art with a room filled with friends and strangers.
When a group of people gather together to celebrate ART we all WIN!
Best of luck to all of the Art Battlers tonight, and at every event across Canada! Thanks to Art Battle Canada, The PEI Brewing Company and all of the Sponsors!
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