Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (December 2009)

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   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Crystal Cove Reflection by Michael Situ
18 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Eureka! A painting filled with all my favorite wow factors: an exciting composition, energetic brushwork, and a full color palette. It appears the artist connected with the scene and merely brushed on emotion laden “spots of color” to express it. The painting then came together on its own, very Charles Hawthorne-esque in approach. I particularly like the bold diagonal lead in strokes juxtaposed with the vertical dwelling and hilltop reflections, the strong lights and darks, cools and warms and the seemingly innocuous but important minuscule strokes forming the wired telephone poles and the distant red sailboat. c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Guatemala Flower Market by Ned Mueller
16 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: I selected this masterfully designed composition without hesitation! The diagonal steps, buildings, flowers, figures and clothing patterns all lead to and support the central figure in this genre piece. Compositionally nothing could be added or deleted from this painting. It is flawless. I especially enjoyed the “caught in the moment at work” sensation, the rich secondary color scheme of saturated purples, oranges, greens and complementary pinks parlayed against cool and warm whites. The delicate lavender colored steps, distant cool green building against the blue gray foliage gives the viewer a momentary resting place before returning to the drama again and again. Very well done! c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Tired and Hungry by Lindsey Bittner Graham
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is so in the moment…perhaps painted in a nano second after the horses turned their heads to “pose”. Bold brushwork in a fresh painterly style makes this painting a winner. To lift a quote from Robert Henri “there are strokes which inspire a sense of vigor, direction, speed and fullness and all the varying sensations an artist may wish to express”. “Tired and Hungry” is a veritable brushstroke nirvana!! The palette appears to be limited but on further scrutiny subtle hues emerge. And that is another criteria of a great painting….that I want to look at it again and again to discover more delights. c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Cameron by Suellen McCrary
12" x 9" Oil

Judge's Comments: I’m momentarily without words viewing “Cameron” as I force myself to remember I’m looking at a digital image of a flat surface brushed with paint. “Cameron” is sensitively rendered and “lives” through a melodious blend of bold and delicate brushstrokes. The direct straight on head angle shows off her impishness. She also “sits” well in the space and her form melds with the background giving the viewer a sense of atmosphere surrounding her. Some favorite areas I enjoy are her translucent skin tones, her ear in shadow, the pale green highlight beneath her eyebrow, the economy of loose strokes suggesting her top and her hair both in shadow against the light background and in light against the dark background. Another plus is the beautiful edge work. c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Ethereal Laguna by Jim Wodark
12 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Ethereal Indeed! A perfect visual of a secondary Webster definition…ethereal: “marked by unusual delicacy or refinement”. This painting is breathtaking in its simplicity. My air supply is on empty…so taking in an imaginary whiff of “ethereal’s” salt air to continue…. the composition of diagonal waves, sea foam shapes and the foreground tide pool all create excitement. The complementary reds, greens and grays tinged with white add dimension to a painting that initially appears calm – no powerful waves crashing against the rocks for thrills here, just a beautiful rendering of a majestic life force. I particularly enjoy the edge shape and color of the opaque green wave at “stage center”, the hint of the tsunami wave forming in the background and the subtle pinkish violet sky meshed with the horizon…. A masterpiece! c. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Father and Son by Warren Chang
24" x 30" Oil

Judge's Comments: Classical realism comes to play in “Father and Son”. I’m intrigued with paintings that appear photographic but in reality merely create that illusion through subtle impressionistic elements. For instance, the books are merely strokes of color and the bright green tree outside the window is quite abstract. This well orchestrated composition of multiple elements draws the viewer in to enjoy the relationship between a young son and his artist father. The light shining through the window illuminates their backs and hair to further connect the pair and coaxes the viewer to fully explore the space. This artist is a superb draughtsman and story teller and I can’t help but wonder if the true reality of this painting is "like father, like son" another great artist is warming up in the wings. Excellent! c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Tangerines by Janine Salzman
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is pure joy, and a living “still life” formed with translucent and opaque jewel colors in a full value range. Placed on the canvas the spirited brushstrokes seem to spontaneously create flowers, vases and fruit. The objects are not mere copies of objects but are infused with a vitality of their own. The composition effectively balances form with color. I like the interplay of the blue on the foreground vase, the flower forms and hinted on the drapery. All the colors have a counterpart note. I confess I felt a gasp escape when I saw the deep chocolate translucent color on the larger vase and the gutsy bold highlights. “Tangerines” is a fresh still life that captures the vitality of the organic forms supported by glowing inanimate objects. Stunning! c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Market Day by Sarah Kidner
18" x 24' Oil

Judge's Comments: “Market Day” is a challenging composition of stationery and ambulatory figures, architecture, canvas market tents, wares displayed, and contrasting light and shadow play…a whole lot of stuff going on. The industrious painting could have become a disparate collection of elements but instead works as a harmonious whole crafted with confident brushstrokes. All the elements are orchestrated to direct the viewer to the figure in the orange dress. I particularly like the woman’s green blouse against the red building on the right, the colorful shadows under the canvas tents, and the violet/gold ground shadow next to the crates. But the crème de la crème color spot is in the darkest shadow shape behind the walking figures circled with intense highlights. Amazing! - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Small Adjustments by Trent Gudmundsen
16 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: The brushwork and colors in this painting are beautifully and delicately executed. The composition of the three ballerinas facing different directions yet still connected is most effective and forms a creative irregular single shape. All the elements in the studio space (windows, walls, radiator, prints and ballet bars) are subtly painted with minimal information so as not to detract from the ballerinas. Their skin tones and costumes seem to glisten in the light and glow in the shadows. Ballet movements are all about small adjustments to create the perfect form and the ballerinas have been formed with delicate edge and brushwork by this very skilled artist. Stunning! c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Canyon de Chelly Autumn by Josh Elliott
18 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Majestic Painting! …very effective tunnel composition leading the viewer to the orange tree and beyond. I appreciate the inherent movement in the design…especially pulling the viewer back into the painting from the sky along the tree branches to reconnect with the foreground and travel down the road all over again! The brilliant but subdued color scheme is a harmony of jeweled warms and cools…i.e. the saturated gold tree would not be quite as rich were it not flanked by the purple rocks. Similarly the rocks in the light appear less colorful when next to the deeper rock hues in the shadows. I particularly like the colors and patterns created by the varied vertical and horizontal brushstrokes on the surface planes of the rock. They give credibility to the forms as solid mega monuments. c.d. - Cathy Dietrich







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Wade in the Water by Ginger Whellock
18 x 24 Oil

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







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Cathy Dietrich

Mr Gaudry-Lipensky by Marina Dieul
36" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: High Drama Alert! Who is this mysterious figure emerging from the dark dusted with a few strokes of light? Only the shadow AND the artist knows. The drama of “M. Gaudry- Lapinsky” represents much can be portrayed with minimal involvement. The artist went beyond a surface reality of physical features to suggest an innate reality…simply stated… we see his soul through direct expression. The painting offers a view between the lines and underneath the colors so to speak, free from the demands of convention. This powerful painting dissuades me from discussing the standard elements of portraiture but instead to cite the power of essay and intense feeling. Exceptional portrayal! c.d - Cathy Dietrich