Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (5th Annual Competition Month #8 - May 2011)

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   May 2011 Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Fur - Portrait of Donald Becker by Luiz Vilela
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: Dramatic with its strong lights emerging from the dark, this portrait in profile is both refreshingly original and brilliantly painted. It's a masterful rendition of what's not shown as well as what is I feel I can see into the eye that is merely suggested in the cool shadows. I especially love the variety of paint handling, from the loosely laid-in blues and golds of the tunic to the delicate brush work of the hat and face. Emotion lies in the way light is played over the various surfaces fur, hair, face and fabric - each one handled differently. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

At The Dock by Derek Penix
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: Compositionally brilliant! I especially love the repetition of the shape of the boat in the cool black line of the distant dock, and the play of warm and cool reflections in relation to the boats. The depiction of the water is exceptional one can almost feel its gentle motion lapping at the boats. With beautifully harmonized color and luscious paint quality, this artist perfectly captures a quiet moment. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

at rest by Robert Lemler
14" x 18" Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is marvelous in its simplicity. Subtle modulations of color, simply and masterfully laid down, instil this painting with its quiet beauty. I am entranced by the artfully done angle of the head, the cool reflected light of the shoulder blade, the warm shadow of the neck picking up the deep red of the background. This is a sensitively and lovingly painted work full of emotion. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Self Portrait by Gregory Mortenson
10" x 9" Oil

Judge's Comments: A simple rendering of the essentials, so hard to do, defines this very elegant portrait. While it has an old world look, handling of paint, particularly the edges, gives it a contemporary feel. Lovely touches of red are a counterpoint to the beautifully modulated grays. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Golden Reflection by Rajesh Sawant
60 inches x 42 inches Acrylic

Judge's Comments: The powerful use of grays makes the light sing in this vibrant street scene. Repetitions of color guide the eye easily through the painting. Look at the red of the figure picked up in the warm shadows of the building and subtly balanced by the red shadow of the awning. Beautiful vibrations are set up between these warms and cools. The reflections in the wet paving are gorgeous, and they make a striking lead-in. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Enlighten by Peter Fiore
36 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Rich pushed color, bold patterning and vigorous handling of paint give this piece a contemporary feel. It's simply a fabulous design piece. The composition is fresh, the color exciting. It dazzles the mind and eye by capturing so vividly the fall of light on twisted branches and deeply shadowed trunk. There's amazing movement in this dancing play of light in the branches, and in the receding bands of color that go from bold and rich to light and airy. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Framed Moment by Jian Wu
30" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the idea of this painting as well as its execution: the spotlight on the back of the amazingly well-painted figure, the bold use of the dark head framed by the white of the arms, the modulation of color temperature defining the shapes. This luminous painting is marvelous in its simplicity. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

By the Fireside by David Tanner
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: The freshness of this painting is striking, with its exciting color and confident brushwork. The angled figure is so well painted that I actually feel the weight of the man relaxing in his chair. Don't miss the angle of the pillow emphasizing this it is the inclusion of just such detail that so perfectly defines this moment the mood, the place, the time. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Friendly Path by Jim Wodark
12 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: As you follow this path through the trees, carefully modulated values create a powerful feeling of great depth. Beautiful grays resonating against vibrant warm colors in the foreground emphasize this effect. Simple shapes and the direct energetic application of color gives this work amazing strength and immediacy. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Summer Contained by Carolina Daley
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a compelling composition, with the angled lines of the pinned-up sketch and the angled shadows on the table creating a pleasing tension. In this predominantly tonal work, I love the deep red of the string holding the starfish and the echoes of that hue in the beautifully rendered seashells. These small touches of color enliven this sensitively painted still life. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Piggy-Back by Mark Lague
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Judge's Comments: Beautifully loose brush strokes, sometimes just dabs of paint, come together to convey the sense of brilliant sunlight playing over the figures. You feel the presence of trees the entire space with atmosphere and aerial perspective achieved through the patterning of lovely grays and greens. The paint is so skillfully laid on that one can feel the forward motion of the woman and child in the action of the paint. - Kate Palmer







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kate Palmer

Autumn's End by Romona Youngquist
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: I have a strong emotional response to this work, which is all about conveying the feeling of a place, the mood it evokes, rather than giving a detailed representation. With color loosely applied in a textural way and lovely soft edges, there's a dream-like quality which enhances this effect. Enjoy the gorgeous detail of reflected cloud in the very effective lead-in of the stream, and the horizon line slightly sloping and broken by the foreground tree nice touches. - Kate Palmer







   2nd Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Scott Christensen

Self Portrait by Gregory Mortenson
10" x 9" Oil

Judge's Comments: The character of this portrait is very compelling. Outstanding draftsmanship with a great balance between knowledge and execution. - Scott Christensen Monthly Judge's Comments (May): A simple rendering of the essentials, so hard to do, defines this very elegant portrait. While it has an old world look, handling of paint, particularly the edges, gives it a contemporary feel. Lovely touches of red are a counterpoint to the beautifully modulated grays. - Kate Palmer - Scott Christensen