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Award Sponsor: Raymar Art

by Dan Beck
Oil 16" x 12"

Entered in: November 2009

Judge's Comments: Expressive passages. Consistency throughout. This is a wonderfully evocative scene, with expressive and striking, yet gentle brushwork. What a beautiful face; it makes me wonder what she is looking at or thinking about. The painting is solid and the lights and darks are kept tight and not broken up. I particularly enjoy the soft yet scintillating whites set against the reds in the dress. The reds are exciting in part because the artist has used subtle color tonal changes between warm and cool. Wonderfully executed. The painting is further enhanced by the use of small amounts of blue. What exciting use of bare canvas and lost and found edges. Beautiful work! - Bryce Cameron Liston