Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (October 2009)

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   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Chris Saper

Chasing the Light by Barbara Lussier
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: Marked by a powerful design and graceful composition, “Chasing the Light” exudes restraint and intent. This piece speaks beautifully to the artists’ discipline not only in obvious study from life, but in the execution of a painting that could easily be rendered with “too much” - too much color, too much saturation, too much contrast. I enjoy the subtle temperature shifts in the receding water, and the tiny areas of red and bright yellow in the clouds. The artist has done an excellent job in engaging the viewer’s eye and allowing it to enjoy the whole canvas. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Self Portrait at 51 by Warren Chang
29" x 19" Oil

Judge's Comments: “Self-Portrait at 51” is a painting I will recommend to my students as an excellent example of a well thought-out composition. My eye moves from the books on our left, down the post, across to the painting rag (what a beautifully placed edge, BTW), and is then given a choice – down and to our right, or across the easel tray and up the side of the canvas. If I choose to go down the mahl stick toward our right, I have a place to move up again, along the support post of the easel. If I choose to move across the easel tray, (more likely given the value differences) I return to the path that will take me to the artist’s eyeglasses. In an almost monochrome painting, the introduction of the red white and blue paint on the smock (to which I am led by the apron strap) provides both color and temperature relief. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Chris Saper

Causeway by Lisa Daria Kennedy
6" x 6" Acrylic

Judge's Comments: The simple but lovely abstraction in “Causeway” presents a beautiful mosaic of color and shape. The color harmony is truly pleasing. I like the solidity of the square format to anchor the joyful energy in this little painting. The unabashed brushwork creates a surface excitement. Tiny canvas, big impact. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Attitude! by C. E. Norton
10 x 8 Oil

Judge's Comments: Attitude” couldn’t be better named. This little painting can barely contain the energy of an animal the split second before he moves, jumps, barks, and everything else that he has in his bag of tricks. I particularly enjoy the lively brushwork, as it contributes to the entire mood of this work. I appreciate the successful handling of edges; the artist has kept sharp edges at a minimum, creating a focal point and movement within the canvas. The edge management is well- handled by the subordination of the fur and its integration into the background. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Second Day Roses in a Glass Frog by Sandra Corpora
14 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: “Second Day Roses in a Glass Frog” exhibits a lovely color harmony and tranquil mood. The rose petals are beautiful and have been painted to show their delicate, velvety translucent quality. The edges in this painting create lots of interest. I love the artist’s handling of the petals in shadow. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Laura by Nancy Guzik
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: “Laura” is a sensitive study in subtlety. I am really amazed that an artist can create a beautiful painting that is almost devoid of color, edges or values – and of course “almost” is the operative word. The delicate colors in the skin tones are slight in variety but have an enormous impact on making this painting convincing. I particularly appreciate the slight violet tones on the eyelids and the silvery quality of the light source on the upward facing planes of the face. I feel that this piece shows the artist’s experience in painting from life. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Magdelen by wanda choate
- x - Oil

Judge's Comments: Magdelen” is a beautiful example of the artist clearly committing to a painting that is about shadow, and the lights are all the more powerful because of it. The upper third of the painting moves in a sort of trapezoid –type shape, and supports the universally graceful l body language of a woman putting up (or taking down) her hair. The kimono sleeves are masterfully understated, yet provide the subtle colors and shapes that support the composition of this work. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Clear Day by Kathleen Dunphy
18 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Clear Day” shows excellent composition and a successful way of moving the eye not only across the canvas but through space into the distance. The artist has made effective use of atmospheric perspective, color saturation and edge control to convey this sense of space. The complementary color harmony is accented quite beautifully by the red sea kelp. My response to this painting is quite visceral – I have been in a place like this – I can look at “Clear Day” and smell the earth and the ocean, and feel the moisture in the air. I couldn’t ask any more of a landscape. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Chris Saper

Midtown by Elizabeth Pollie
24 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: “Midtown” is a wonderfully executed example of a composition that completely takes over the viewer’s eye. It is an example of subtle, yet complex, design whose study can benefit every one of us. First, there is a design path created by values – I move into the canvas from the crosswalk line on our left, sweep down and to our right along the area of the street that reflects light on the distant sky, and then follow the arrow to the lower right of the canvas. There my eye path is stopped by the shape in the corner and redirected upward along the dark strips parallel to the crosswalk bars, and finally to the woman’s shopping bag. The artist has also used the color red to move the eye in a somewhat similar path but with enough variety to make the alternate route as interesting as the first. To me the yellow cab acts as a “stop” in the same fashion as the shape at the lower right corner. I respond to this painting in many ways, but also because I have been on this street (figuratively) and I know the sound of moving cars in the rain on a day that is not quite cold enough to snow. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Chris Saper

Valentina by Ned Mueller
16 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: “Valentina” demonstrates the artist’s skill in observing and executing a portrait lit by both warm and cool light sources. Confident paint handling and brushwork are a pleasure to see in this portrait. I particularly enjoy the sculptural quality of this painting. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
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Judge: Chris Saper

Union Station, LA by Suzanne DeCuir
18 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: “Union Station. LA” demonstrates the artist’s confidence in composition and brushwork. This painting is loaded with interesting rhythms and shapes, and edges. I am visually delighted to move through a rectilinear plane into a somewhat curvilinear plane, and then return to the organic shape of the figure. In this painting, there is a very strong and pleasing abstract quality to the value shapes that comprise the work’s design. I enjoy the very subtle use of desaturated color, using yellow in the foreground, moving to red, than finally to blue and violet, the same pattern of color shifts that occur in atmospheric perspective, although in a considerable more compressed space. - Chris Saper







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Chris Saper

Watch out by Sarah Kidner
12" x 16" Oil

Judge's Comments: “Watch Out” has a successfully conceived design that makes wonderful use of the large empty yellow space. The artist has used a strong color harmony that supports the relaxed mood and cheerful setting. I find the brushwork to be full of energy; I particularly appreciate the handling of the color and saturation in the cast shadow in the foreground – including the red lining the silhouettes. - Chris Saper