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Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art

Odalisque
by William Schneider
Oil 30 x 40

Entered in: 6th Annual Competition Month #5 -April 2012
http://www.schneiderart.com/

Judge's Comments: Once again, I'm drawn to the abstract quality of the background as well as Schneider's ability to capture/evoke the feeling of a room or interior without having to give us too much information. In fact, I would say we get no information at all. Just slight suggestions of objects that together set the tone of the interior without it having to actually be there. The figure is well-composed and the edge work is truly admirable. I also like how the artist has used different colors in certain areas around the edges, to create a lighter more ethereal feel to the body. THe use of colors like red and green in the skin is a bold choice by the artist and expertly handled here. Too heavy with any of these colors would end up looking unnatural and even garish. - Joshua Rose