Again this year, the fair is sponsoring a bowling buddies contest. It is a contest were you get a used bowling pin and decorate it. Last year was the inaugural event and I am still little angry that Admiral Ackbar didn't even get an honorable mention.
Squidy awesomeness got beat out by a craptastical farmer. The picture below, I lifted off the fair website. You see that farmer with the white ribbon. THAT THING got 3rd place!
Anyway... I am over it.. not really... I still feel like I was robbed.
This year, I decided that I would be more ambitious. I also decided that if they wanted farmers and homespun fiesta then that is what they would get. I recreated "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. Nothing says homespun, corn fed, Amurica then that.
American Gothic is probably one of my favorite paintings. I appreciate the symbolism contained within the painting and the history behind it. I wanted to challenge myself since portraiture is not one of my strong suits. Perhaps it wasn't my best idea. I am very critical of the finished product. I think Ackbar by far is better. Still, I am standing behind my work. I also have to admit to the fact that I did procrastinate hard core this year. So, that doesn't help matters .
I think that they are better then last year's third place winner. I would like to see them get a "best in show" but honestly I would be happy just to have them place. They got dropped off Sunday and the fair opens today. Wednesday, I planning to go and I will be able to update everyone how they place.