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noun: fortitude


courage in pain or adversity


I’m working on three pieces for the Madera County Arts Council’s Celebrate Ag Show .  This show is the longest running Ag show in California and it truly is the best. Even when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’d submit my work for the competition/exhibition and make the trek to Madera. The show is always a grand event, the artwork/artists are inspiring, and the prize money is good 🙂


I won’t be able to compete this year. I recused myself as I’m the one who hired the judge, (brilliant artist Kathleen Sheridan) , but I still wanted to participate in the show.


This first piece is called “Fortitude”. When I looked at the finished piece I saw such strength and courage in all the layers of paint. As I was creating the piece I had the sense that there were no “wrong” strokes. That everything built upon each other and they all worked together to create the whole….kinda like life!


Detail of Fortitude,Pear, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas, Fortitude By Shannon Grissom
Detail, “Fortitude”
I didn’t have a lot of time to work on the pieces so I thought I’d try acrylic instead of oil. (Acrylic dries much faster than oil) I struggled a bit with the medium. I tried to make it work like oil and I think it was really insulted. Once I let the acrylic be acrylic, things worked out just fine.


I’m really happy with the result.
Pear, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas, Fortitude By Shannon Grissom
“Fortitude” Acrylic on Canvas 16″x20″ $400


And now on to finish the lemon and orange 🙂


For more info on the show, click here.