The first happy thing that happened:
Last Saturday (Feb. 28th) was the Imagine Show held at the Texas State University campus in Round Rock, TX. That evening there was a slight fog, drizzle, wet roads, cold temperatures. I'm very scared of driving and I almost didn't go due to my fear of the roads. My mom kept me company though so that I wouldn't freak out. When we arrived at the building, we entered through the wrong entrance and were mistaken for performers (heh). I finally located my two paintings towards the very end of a side wing. At that point, I knew I didn't have a chance at winning. I mean, I KNEW I didn't have a chance at winning. I was talking to my mom about how great everyone else's art is while results were being announced. But then...I won 1st place in the 2D category for my self-portrait!
Judge Dan Sutherland's comments: I was impressed with this work for its focus on the small but personally significant gesture of cutting ones hair. Hair, which is so often tied to beauty, gender roles and tradition, can represent years of dutiful maintenance. The attention to the trembling but determined hand bearing scissors is an interesting focus.