Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (March 2010)

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   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Eric Rhoads

BARQUE EN DERIVE by Danielle Richard
48 inches x 60 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: Painting in a photo realistic style is difficult and hard to pull off yet I found this painting to execute it beautifully and yet still manage to maintain a the feel of a great painting. The mood of this painting struck me. What is she thinking. Is she pondering a great love or is she about to jump? She is looking at something off canvas, which creates a great mystery and is one of the great techniques. And why is she wearing a mans shirt? I love the angular composition of the boat and the reflection behind which brings me back into the picture and creates beautiful aerial perspective. I also love that the focal point is effectively placed in the upper left quadrant in the golden mean. The hair glow is wonderful. I love the drama of the light, love the execution of the face and hands. Iím typically not at enamored with a painting like this but Iíd put this one in my collection. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

3012 by William Wray
32 x 48 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love trains anyway but I typically donít like train paintings. This painting captured the smoky mood and movement of an old locomotive seen in an industrial area. The form of the train, the tonalism, and the loose brushstrokes and soft receding edges make this come alive. If feels like a painting should feelÖloose with a feel of rapid abandon. The slightly angular and off center horizontal composition with the large dark vertical column makes it interesting. I can almost smell the soot and hear the roar, the clang and the steam. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

WINTER WOODPILE by Brian LaSaga
16" x 24" Acrylic

Judge's Comments: I feel cold. When I first saw this my shoulders moved up to keep me warm. What emotion and drama. Brian has taken a subject most of us would have passed by and made it into a wonderful work of art and he pulled it off wonderfully. Blowing snow, bright highlights and transparent shadows. Iím also impressed with the limb work and the feel of realism in this scene. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Farms Across the Valley Floor by Bryan Mark Taylor
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painter has taken a very busy and complex subject and made it feel calming by giving it wonderful breaks of rest. The brush handling is loose and free, the color is very pleasing. His use of greens moves into cool and warm, creates a wonderful sense of depth, and the greens avoid being garish. All the horizontal planes make it very soothing. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Come September by Elizabeth Pollie
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a great example of the power of neutrals. This painting is mostly a value study with some subtle and well placed touches of color, which make it come alive, give it mood. The architecture and anatomy is well drawn and the picture pulls me in. It has a feel of romance without that overly decorative, syrupy sweet feel. This is a hard painting to accomplish well and the painter has done a terrific job. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Three Years Old by Robert Coombs
10 x 8 Oil

Judge's Comments: Painting children is difficult to do well. This piece does it well. The painting has a tender feel, captures a mood and personality, has wonderful execution of drawing skill and skin tone and has done a beautiful job on painting the face, which is mostly in shadow and reflected light with a strong highlight glow from behind. I like the loose feel as well. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Red Umbrella by Sarah Kidner
24" x 18" Oil

Judge's Comments: I kept returning to this painting. What kept pulling me in were the warm, bright abstract shapes in the background. The values are wonderful, the light is dramatic and the mostly warm domination works. Even the warm shadows work. The composition pulls me back along the street and yet the focal point in the lower right quadrant works well to create harmony. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Corner Cafe, Paris by Barbara Flowers
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is fun. It feels like a painting of Paris should feel, it is bright and has a frivolous feel, full of movement and repose. I love the variations in color, the brush and knife work and the depth. What really makes this painting feel different is the building on the left, which curves into the painting. A straight column here, which would be the natural tendency for a painter, would have killed the movement. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Walking the Dog by Jim Wodark
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: Everything works. Though a busy scene the tall, basic shaped building in the back not only offers a wonderful atmospheric feel and distance, it allows for the busy trees and cars to not feel so distracting. The painter has tremendous skill for taking a difficult scene and giving it a feel of beauty. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

The Collector by Elizabeth Pollie
18 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: One of the reasons I love this is that itís not predictable. Too many still life paintings today mimic a couple of top artists. This was an unexpected delight. The light is strong and dramatic yet not stark and the grays and neutrals, almost atonalistic with a scraped feel, make the painting feel very contemporary yet still in the realm of classic. Usually objects equally spaced donít work yet this seems to because of the shadows and the background image, which attracts my eye. This is a very wonderful piece. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
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Judge: Eric Rhoads

Ascension by Stanka Kordic
36" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: Though the composition caught me off guard because I did not first notice the triangle composition at the top with the birds, I like this very much. There is a wonderful mood, luscious grays, and nice use of under painting coming through, great looseness and distance yet a well focused focal point. I love the looseness in the hair and clothing and the mood. The gaze, the grays, and the silhouettes of angelic birds make one wonder what is on her mind. This is lovely. - Eric Rhoads







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Eric Rhoads

Lost In Spring by Tibor Nagy
12 x 19 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting has mood, movement, and a wonderful abstract quality. I find it very pleasing, unique and inviting. The darks feel transparent, the lights have a sense of rich impasto, and the composition pulls me back. Its is full of energy, which I love. - Eric Rhoads