Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Equitum Spiritus: Third Place

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
~Charles Horton Cooley

The Princess entered the first annual Pawcasso art contest open to all children in the county that was sponsored by Animal Control and a non-profit animal rescue organization. The rules were to create any kind of artwork of an animal but with no people in it. The art was in three categories according to grade level. The Princess would be competing with only elementary students.

There was only about a hundred pictures and all of them were in the elementary level. I wish I had gotten a few photographs of the other entries because it was obvious to me that a group of classes had all been instructed in creating abstract fish, probably as an art assignment. There were only a handful of truly original works and it was obvious that the judges favored the younger ones.

First place was a first grader's pug-nosed dog with brown around one eye in marker on white paper. Second place went to a second grader with a giraffe painted on canvas. If I had been the judge, I would have had a difficult time choosing between this one and the one done by the Princess. However, the Princess placed third with Equitum Spiritus (Spirit of the Horse), chalk on black paper.

The Princess was very pleased to place. She was even more pleased when she found out that two people wanted to bid on it, but that we had first choice...with a small donation. We picked up the drawing just before Christmas and tonight the Princess will be giving it to one of the women who wanted it, Miss Annette, the leader of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club.

~ My Lord, thank you for the gifts my daughter has and that I am able to share mine with her. Please bless her to be an exceptional artist. ~


  1. Glad to see this. I remember you mentioning it. Calk is an unusual medium for this age group too. Usually Textas [markers?] or poster paints. Well done, Princess!

  2. Chalk ~ can't think what happened to my *h*. ☺

  3. The Princess does a lot of sidewalk chalk art so she likes chalk, but I talked her into using colors (blue, yellow, red, and green) not found on horses to give the work energy and also helped a bit in the blending techniques, but the drawing itself was all her.


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