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Award Sponsor: Raymar Art

by Nancy Guzik
Oil 30 x 24

Entered in: November 2009

Judge's Comments: Dreamy tranquility. I love the soft quality of this piece. It makes me want to be part of this comfortable, intimate scene. A simple but pleasing composition, it expertly leads your eye around the painting starting and ending with the girls’ faces. This painting is expertly composed with beautiful complementary dark luminous shadows set against lively whites. There are subtle variations everywhere. I love the way the soft purples complement the cool blues in the dresses of the girls. The values are tight and there is a wondrous play in the temperature and transparency variations. Such edge control! The painting makes me believe the artist thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of painting this piece. It appears to be completely effortlessly painted! - Bryce Cameron Liston