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Award Sponsor: Raymar Art

by C. E. Norton
Oil 24 x 18

Entered in: January 2010

Judge's Comments: If someone described this painting to me in words: cute dog with tongue licking nose, poised over a red ball, red flags would go up immediately. I would be tempted to scream,” Danger, danger, saccharine alert level high.” But I can’t manage to be bothered by any of that here. This painting is a delight on many levels. It is cute. There’s no getting around that. But the artist’s execution of the subject, his exuberant brushwork, his brave unapologetic composition has taken it to a level of pure joy. - Joe Anna Arnett