Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (5th Annual Competition Month #3- December 2010)

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   Best of Show - December 2010
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Bacchante by Marina Dieul
42 x 42 Oil

Judge's Comments: The reason I choose this painting for the best of show is that it is not only technically excellent, but the artist's imagination is captivating. This painting goes to the next level of art; after learning the basics of drawing, value, color, and edges, you must make the piece unique. The balance of real and fantasy keeps me looking at it again and again. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

"Roses in Pilsner" by Tony Pro
24" x 12" Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting personifies elegance to me. I love the strong composition and the simple shapes. To me flowers are super hard to convey and not over work. You can tell this artist squinted and studied the way the stems and leaves caught the light in the vase. It's a good lesson to see how the artist didn't overwhelm the viewer with too many details. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

One Day by Dominic Avant
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: I not only liked the composition of this piece but the beautiful way that this artist balanced the detail of the young girl with the simple shapes of the water. You can tell that this artist paints outside a lot because the painting has so much air in the shadows. Water is very difficult and this artist really studied and simplified where and how to put the right amount of sun dapples. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Katie and Jenni -The Daughters of Jane Seymour by Michelle Dunaway
30" x 20" Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the idea of making a portrait personal and the use of soft light and the design of the outfits let you know who these girls are. I also like the effect that this artist has with the soft edges, taking her time to think about where the viewer should look and only putting sharp accents in a few places. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Mother & Child by Rajesh Sawant
48 in. x 36 in. Acrylic

Judge's Comments: Not only did I like the color harmony of this painting, I appreciated the drama of how large it was. I feel this artist really captured the atmosphere in the distance. I really like how the artist was able to give us the sense of brightness with the light touch of paint. The artist put the right value in the right place with just a few accents to make the lights pop. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Jade by Suchitra Bhosle
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: One aspect of paintings that I'm drawn to a lot is a subtle color harmony; I love the middle value of this painting. If this artist would have gone full value it wouldn't have worked as well for me. The painting infuses a balance of warm and cool colors in the large shapes of the foreground and background beautifully. I also loved how simplified the features are so it allows the viewer to see the painting as a whole and not a portrait. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Studied at the Repin by William Schneider
16 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the brush work in this portrait, plus the subtle and sensitive value changes in the half tones. A lot of portraits look labored; this painting shows that with patience and careful study putting the right brush stroke in the right place and not smoothing every thing out creates a wonderful life study. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Essence by Shanna Kunz
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is another painting that really captures the beautiful middle value range. Snow scenes are my favorite landscape subjects. I think this artist was able to direct us into the painting with a simple and inviting composition plus use the warm and cool harmony to evoke a comforting emotion. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Lilac Garden by Marci Oleszkiewicz
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Incorporating figures and landscape can be tricky. The way this artist kept the values in the background high key and only had the darks in the figures where they wanted you to look is a key to an advanced painting. I also like the edges used in the hair and how they didn't go too dark in the folds of the white dress. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Peonies From Mary's Garden by Kami Mendlik
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: Just as in some of the other paintings I chose, I love how this artist didn't go full value in the darks. If they had put super dark darks in the leaves it would have deadened the airy effect. I also love how studied and simplified the petals in the flowers are. All the flowers aren't painting to the same finish. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Shadows of Winter by Dan Schultz
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: I know how hard it is to paint outside, keeping the values correct and not painting every blade of grass comes with practice. I like how the artist was able to show the light effect in the foreground without making the shadow areas too muddy and dark. You can tell what the day was like through the harmony chosen. - Susan Lyon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Susan Lyon

Candlelit Quartet by Sarah Kidner
12" x 16" Oil

Judge's Comments: I chose this painting because I commend the artist on simplifying a moving target. I've tried painting musicians before and it is really hard. This artist got the impression of witnessing a sketch from a real-life experience. Breaking the shapes down to the simplest form is what painting from life is all about. - Susan Lyon