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Award Sponsor: RayMar Art

Going Places
by Jennifer Diehl
Oil 24 x 36

Entered in: 8th Annual Competition Month #8 - November 2014

Judge's Comments: First and foremost, I hope this lovely painting sets to rest the old artistic canard that warm colors always come forward, and cool colors always recede because that is the exact opposite of what Jennifer is doing here. If you compare a red square against a blue square on an isolated grey background then yes, the rule holds true. But in real life other visual clues override such weak optical effects. Jennifer has backlit her street scene with an intense yellow light making it a fine example of “contre jour” painting. By loading all those warm yellows and greens into the background she makes the reds in the foreground appear cooler by comparison. Yet, if the warm/near & cool/far formula is so true then why should Jennifer’s background look so distant? Because her well-drafted linear perspective, strategically placed overlapping figures, progression of larger to smaller shapes, aerial perspective, and our first-hand experience of seeing streets diminish into the distance, tell us so. - Thomas Jefferson Kitts