Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (8th Annual Competition Month #9 - December 2014)

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   December Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

'Fishing Hole' Garden Sculpture by James Tennison
30 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is my first place award winner. This artist is exceptionally talented. It isn’t easy to render a bronze sculpture. He captured the weight of the sculpture and the grace and movement in the piece. The dark in the background enhances the delicate color changes depicted in the painting of this statue. There is a lot of fine detail in this painting. The sculptor and the painter have come together to create a breathtaking piece. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Julie by Ned Mueller
16 x - Oil

Judge's Comments: The color and brushwork are fresh and the knowledge of structure and form are very evident in this painting. You get the feeling that it was effortlessly done but behind this carefree feeling, I can see there is a lot of experience that went into creating this piece. You can tell he cared about the model and captured something unique about her. This is a gem of a painting. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Three Weeks (Salon International 2013) by Daria Shachmut
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a wonderful painting. She captured the look and essence of this animal. The color is rich and fresh and I like how she cropped in and painted only the head to give us an intimate portrayal. I can tell she truly cares about this animal. She organized her lights and darks extremely well and I love the color changes in the white shadow notes, from the warm reflection from the ground to the cool reflection of the sky. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Five Small Boats by Deborah Tilby
18 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: What struck me about this painting was the composition. She knew just what to leave out and what to keep in. She guides us from the foreground to the background with ropes that are artfully and carefully positioned to do just that. Her use of color in certain areas and not in others is also masterful. The subtle shifts in how the boats lie in the sand are carefully orchestrated. A slight tilt here or there leads us through the painting. This is an example of simplicity at its best. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

In A Beautiful Pea Green Boat by Elizabeth Pollie
24 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: The perspective of this boat gives it importance. By looking up at this magnificent green boat, we experience the light as it falls on this object and the wonderful reflections from the water that are masterfully painted. You can see she understands her subject and paints it with authority. Good composition and color with great attention to significant detail. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Sun Dried In The Field by Phil Boatwright
12" x 12" Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a show stopper. The subtle color captured my eye. As Charles Hawthorne says, “Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision-it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so.” This painting is a perfect example of this. This artist made these bails of hay something beautiful by his color and brushwork. It is a very serene and calming piece. It is a wonderful painting to look at. This is another example of elegant simplicity and saying so much with so little. He also, in the tradition of Monet, captured a light key of nature. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Time Stands Still by Mary Pettis
48" x 30" Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a very romantic piece. She captures nature at her best. She has painted water lilies that actually float. I have tried to do this and it is not easy. These water lilies lead us through the painting by the change in size and color. She has also captured a deep aerial perspective that moves us back into space. The colors are rich and luscious with the flowers placed in strategic places. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

New York Breakfast by Leslie Belloso
24 inches x 18 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: The first thing that struck me about this painting was its freshness. The still life is sunny and filled with light. The brushwork is loose yet thoughtful. The detail in the coffee cup and items in the foreground is in contrast to the loss of detail in other parts of this still life. The color is rich and the there is variety in the shapes. This is just a charming depiction of a morning ritual. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Maiko Tomitae by Phil Couture
53cm x 33cm Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a very sensitive portrait. I like the dramatic lighting and how the portrait was staged. I think he captured something special about this girl. I like the pensive pose. You care and wonder what is on this girl’s mind. Nice light/dark patterns and good attention to detail. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

In Glass Houses by David Cheifetz
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is not only a well done still life but it got me to think about what this artist was saying. I am attracted to art with a message. What exactly is he saying with the depiction of glass and saw blades and what exactly are those red dots? This piece intrigued me with its message and kept me engaged for quite awhile. I think this is what art is supposed to do – engage the viewer. I also felt it was beautifully painted. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Blue Vase with Peonies by Troy Kilgore
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: What a wonderful still life. It has luscious color and variety of shapes. I love the abstract nature of this painting. The artist took this still life and made it his own with the conscious outlining and color variations. It is filled with life and energy. - Camille Przewodek







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Camille Przewodek

Hillside Passage by Kim VanDerHoek
16 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: I want to walk right into this painting. The artist created depth with her color choices. She organizes her lights and darks very well with a confident application of paint. Pathway is a nice compositional element. Her neutrals support all her purer color notes. There is variety in her shapes and good color changes throughout her painting - Camille Przewodek