"When the artist is making their painting, they need to keep in mind it's a horizontal format, 14 x 11, so you don't want to make it vertical because it won't work in the calendar. They need to keep that in mind when they are creating their painting." says Shomo.
Another thing to keep in mind is the tremendous variety of subject matter you'll have to choose from. Remember, a lot of people will be painting our most popular species, so you might want to try something different.
"The main topics are wildlife, but sometimes rare plants, because we do manage them too. Not just common wildlife, it's ok to do a deer or bear, but we're looking for a variety of wildlife, song birds, even things like insects or small mammals." says Shomo.
It takes a lot of time to put this calendar together, so if you want to be a part of the 2012 calendar, you better get busy because the deadline is right around the corner.
"The deadline is February 15th 2011, so it's coming up here fairly soon and you can do it a couple of different ways. Bring the original art work to our Elkins office and we'll take a picture there, or if they want to keep their original artwork, they can take a high resolution image and send it to us that way." says Shomo.
Either way is fine, and Art says a panel will pick out the twelve best pieces which will make up next year's calendar. Good luck!
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