Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (5th Annual Competition Month #5- February 2011)

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   Best of Show - February 2011
Award Sponsor: Raymar Art
Judge: Robert Lemler

"Transition in Rose" by A Westerberg
34 x 22 Oil

Judge's Comments: I liked this painting in every way. It is a beautifully composed painting of a timeless subject . I am attracted to the solitary seated figure posed against a cool background. I particularly like how ďquietĒ this work is. The space is quiet, the edges are soft, and the color restrained. This work is also characterized by fine drawing with just the right amount of detail. Real poetry in paint! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Saddlebred Spirit by Lindsey Bittner Graham
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: Bold and energetic brushwork characterize this artistís directly painted study. She obviously knows her subject well. It is beautifully drawn with just the right amount of detail in the bridle. The subject, almost a portrait, is supported by an abstract background broken asymmetrically, repeating color in the subject. I love the shot of chroma in this painting...itís a small thing that attracts the eye.... very nice! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Orange and Blue by William Wray
32 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: So abstract for a representational work! I love this for itís simplicity and direct execution. This is such a powerful design of complementary color, asymmetrically balanced . The interplay of warm and cools makes this work a standout! I also really enjoy the few details offered in this very graphic painting. - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Profile Of A Cowboy by Jerry Markham
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the immediacy and directness of the execution. This economically painted profile is characterized by rich color, hard edges, and strong value contrasts. The unfinished and abstract quality of the background adds interest to this energetically painted study. I also like cool relief provided by the blue shirt. Strong color, strong values, strong edges... strong painting! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Rising Son by Peter Fiore
36 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: I am knocked out by this painting. It has a clarity of atmosphere that is very appealing. The strong complimentary colors, sharp value contrasts, interesting brushwork and well suggested detail make this painting very striking! Donít miss the beautiful variation in the color temperature of the snow... - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Oaxaca Gold by Ned Mueller
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love this beautifully painted study in sunlight. The few well placed darks anchor this predominately high keyed composition. I also like the vertical elements in the composition which seem to frame the subject. This painting is a good example of outdoor painting where the artist has manipulated the key to great effect! gold indeed! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Where R U? by Jennifer McChristian
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: This artistís work is characterized by a beautifully direct technique.. I am drawn in by the abstract shapes of red in the foreground. The vertical elements frame the subject who sits in front of a dark background. I love the title of this painting as well, it helps clarify the narrative element of this contemporary subject. I wonder who he is calling...a friend? a lover? I am intrigued by the lost and found edge treatment of the figure which unites it with the surroundings. Another little gem! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

The Beauty of Pacific Grove by Kevin Courter
30 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love a good seascape, and this one is a beauty! I selected this painting because of the interesting interplay between the foreground and background. The strong contrasts of light and shadow in the foreground give way to interest found in the atmospheric treatment of the distant coastline. I have spent much time admiring the close values presented in the rocks and coves of the distance only to be drawn back to the contrasts in the near rocks and water. The artist has threw in a luminous sky for good measure. Iím transported ...a slight breeze, salt in the air, the sound of the surf .Iím there! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Pisa by Sarah Kidner
24" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: I especially enjoyed this warmly lit interior scene with itís strong reflected light. The strong linear perspective and clever placement of figures creates a well considered and constrained composition. The architectural and sculptural elements are handled beautifully as well. A beauty for sure. - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Wineseller by James Crandall
24" x 18" Oil

Judge's Comments: I enjoy this painting for many reasons. The limited palette, predominately warm, has just the right amount of balancing cools. The potentially busy racks of wine bottles has been simply painted with beautifully soft edges. The subject is well composed and well drawn. Iím pretty sure he is ordering my favorite bottle ! - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

Selah by Kevin Beilfuss
24 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: I am immediately engaged by the subjectís direct gaze. Set against an abstract background, the subject is rendered in an impressionistic flurry of well placed marks. Strong value contrasts and brightly colored accents keep ones eye moving around the composition. The vigorous brushwork gives this painting itís evident vitality. - Robert Lemler







   Finalist
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Judge: Robert Lemler

A Warm Breeze by Dan Beck
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: I very much enjoy the fabric of marks which unify this entire painting. The compelling, simply composed figure in red is set in a cold feeling landscape. The edges in this painting are particularly of interest... they, along with some well placed horizontal elements connect figure and landscape in a beautiful manner. A beautiful subject painted beautifully! - Robert Lemler







   3rd Place Winner
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Judge: Scott Christensen

"Transition in Rose" by A Westerberg
34 x 22 Oil

Judge's Comments: Excellent posture in this figure. The transition of light from right to left is very well done. I enjoy everything about this piece; the wrap and how it is draped, the hair, the angle of the hair pin and the tonality of the skin. Outstanding painting! -Scott Christensen Monthly Judge's Comments (February): I liked this painting in every way. It is a beautifully composed painting of a timeless subject . I am attracted to the solitary seated figure posed against a cool background. I particularly like how ďquietĒ this work is. The space is quiet, the edges are soft, and the color restrained. This work is also characterized by fine drawing with just the right amount of detail. Real poetry in paint! - Robert Lemler - Scott Christensen







   $1,000 Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Scott Christensen

Profile Of A Cowboy by Jerry Markham
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is painted with such confidence and understanding. It shows great brevity. Jerry is a very mature painter. Nice variety in the warms and cools, showing the complexity of the planes. - Scott Christensen Monthly Judge's Comments (February): I love the immediacy and directness of the execution. This economically painted profile is characterized by rich color, hard edges, and strong value contrasts. The unfinished and abstract quality of the background adds interest to this energetically painted study. I also like cool relief provided by the blue shirt. Strong color, strong values, strong edges... strong painting! - Robert Lemler - Scott Christensen







   $1,000 Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Scott Christensen

Saddlebred Spirit by Lindsey Bittner Graham
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: I am very impressed with the brush work and draftsmanship. The bold varieties in brush work, yet having transition to keep form, is very impressive. The sculpting of the planes really shows understanding and brings a lot of power. Notice how Lindsey countered the arch of the neck with strong horizontals in the background. - Scott Christensen Monthly Judge's Comments (February): Bold and energetic brushwork characterize this artistís directly painted study. She obviously knows her subject well. It is beautifully drawn with just the right amount of detail in the bridle. The subject, almost a portrait, is supported by an abstract background broken asymmetrically, repeating color in the subject. I love the shot of chroma in this painting...itís a small thing that attracts the eye.... very nice! - Robert Lemler - Scott Christensen