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Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art

Wade in the Water
by Ginger Whellock
Oil 18 x 24

Entered in: December 2009
http://gingerwhellock.com/

Judge's Comments: This exquisite graceful composition invited me inside to rest and linger. “Wade in the Water” is sensitively painted and shows off the artist’s understanding of the integrity of the natural forms. We all know art can affect us…well, within seconds a sense of calm wafted over me. Perhaps the artist might distribute prints to stress management centers! The sleepy stream fills nearly half the canvas; however, underlying the overall tranquility each area of the painting is imaginatively rendered. And at first glance appearing photographic, the scene is actually composed of impressionistic abstractions. Some favorite resting spots are the rust colored rocks beneath the clear waters, the horizontal blue stream streaks guiding me to the sky reflections and then upward to the sky holes in the trees. Gorgeous! c.d. - Cathy Dietrich