I finally had the time and confidence to enter the Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition. The process wasn’t difficult. The hard part will be waiting until July 31st for results.
I contemplated which painting to submit for months. I decided to enter the Pincushion oil painting. Read more about it here. It is a favorite. I hope to exhibit it at the Nashville Public Library. I think it would look nice displayed alongside an antique Singer sewing machine. The dark wood from an antique Singer machine along with the ivory black background would look picture perfect in the building’s neoclassical mezzanine.
Pincushion, 12×12 inches, oil on wood
This iconic image represents feminism to me. One popular design—a tomato with a strawberry attached—was possibly introduced during the Victorian Era. According to folklore, placing a tomato on the mantel of a new house guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits. If tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust. The good-luck symbol also served a practical purpose—a place to store pins. The strawberry contains sand to clean and sharpen needles. It is a universal symbol of womanhood.
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