Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (5th Annual Competition Month #1- October 2010)

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   Best of Show - October 2010
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

An Appreciation by Ryan Brown
48 x 48 Oil

Judge's Comments: A complex painting that works so smoothly and seamlessly in its entirety. Each component is a gem, not a weak one to be found. Each piece in the composition leads me back to the woman. I do find some added interest in the model behind the woman glancing outside the frame – almost as if she is being ignored by the woman who has her back to that painting. The octagon shape works for me. Makes for a more intimate glimpse of her enjoying the artwork surrounding her. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Twin Arts by Anna Bain
48 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: My imagination immediately came up with three different possible stories depicted in this painting. I admit jumping on the Internet to find out the artist’s intent. Only adds to the enjoyment of what I see as a beautifully rendered piece. I love the contrast of the figures against the dark background along with the balancing accent of the foreground carpet the women are standing on. Everything about this piece works for me. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Newport Morning by Jim Wodark
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Living in Jackson and Scottsdale, I very rarely get the occasion to experience a scene like this. This painting evokes what I would hope to see and feel. I enjoy the subtle transitions from water below, to the hills behind, to the sky above. The boats add to the harmony of the piece with their balance and simple complexity. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Song from a Secret Garden by Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
22 x 28 Oil

Judge's Comments: Sunlight, warmth, movement, slight breeze, sweet fragrance – just a few of the things that come to mind. Shapes work well together along with a nice balance of loose vs. tight. Did I mention the light? I’d like to squint in front of this one. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Chicago by J.M. Brodrick
48 x 72 Acrylic

Judge's Comments: I find myself hugging the wall to the right in an attempt to stay out of the rain. Wonderful perspective and angles define this composition. I am impressed with the atmosphere created in what is otherwise a rather crisp presentation. The multiple reflections are so well done. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

1st Avenue by David Cheifetz
9 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: I find the contrasts in style between this street scene and J.M. Brodrick’s fascinating. I enjoy them both. There is so much here to see, feel, and imagine packed in such a small piece. The mood and atmosphere are striking along with the depth achieved in part by the inclusion of the electrical wires overhead. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Black Beret by Dan Beck
16" x 12" Oil

Judge's Comments: The brushwork on this piece pulls me in and moves me around. The more I look, the more I see. Beautifully done. This is definitely a painting that I would like to see and enjoy in person. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Hush of Winter by Kim Casebeer
14 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: I’ll start by mentioning that I have a predisposition against moon pieces. So few that I have seen have made a positive impression on me. I had to throw that predisposition out with this piece. Wonderful atmosphere and color – chilled me to look at it, yet invited me into it. A great first impression that has continued each time I look at. And I so like the subtleness of how the moon was handled – focusing me more on the effect of the moon ‘s light below rather than the moon above. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

"Lake O`Hara" (study) by Elizabeth Wiltzen
8" x 10" Oil

Judge's Comments: Speaking of light, my next selection excites me because I envision the challenge the artist had in dealing with the fast changing light in this landscape and capturing a perfect moment in time. She has done this with big, simple shapes that allow me to focus on the play of the light in the reflections in and off the water. When I visit artist studios, I always find myself asking to see their drawings and studies. This is a gem of a study. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Sarah by Cynthia Feustel
28 in x 22 in Oil

Judge's Comments: My wife has asked me on many occasions why the figures are always staring out windows. I can hear her now, “Doesn’t she have anything better to do?” But my selection of this painting has less to do with the window and light and much more to do with the figure. I see a contemporary woman possessing a sense of self and satisfaction captured by her beautifully drawn expression and features -- an essence that I would enjoy viewing with this piece for a long time to come. - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Frasca Kitchen by Robert Spooner
16 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: I’m struggling to identify one reason why I like this piece – colors, lines, action, brushwork, gestures, light/darks, composition, flow, … It’s a piece that captures my interest in how everything works so well together - Scott Jones







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Scott Jones

Grand View by George Handrahan
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: I break this piece down into three areas – the water in the foreground, the glacial moraine in the middle, and the peaks above. They work very well together. The mid-section has great colors and great light. It is one of my favorite features of looking at the Tetons, and this painting does a great job of accentuating that portion of the landscape. Most Teton paintings are always focused on the peaks. I like the fact that this one is a little subtler in that area giving emphasis to the other areas of the painting. - Scott Jones