Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (6th Annual Competition Month #1 - December 2011)

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   December 2011 Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: John Burton

Garden by Louis Escobedo
24 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Hey wait a minute all my art teachers told me to avoid painting a painting with all the primaries in the color scheme. Well just to prove my art teachers wrong you painted the primaries plus green. Great design. Great color. Interesting subject. Nice paint application. Great understanding of form. Great Values. I like how you move the viewer around the subjects. You’re the real deal. Great work!!! - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

Antique Market in France by Derek Penix
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting has such wonderful atmosphere. I enjoyed the movement around the painting created by the variety size and shape of the brushwork. There is a great sense of light created by the shadow planes being lit by the blue sky adding to the beauty of the orange complimentary umbrella. This painting makes me want to get outside and paint tomorrow. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

Clapping - A dancer from Sevilla by susan lyon
14 x 11 Oil

Judge's Comments: Why is it that when someone handles a painting this well it looks so easy. There is so much knowledge in this painting. I haven’t seen a tougher position to paint fingers since I looked at a Nicolai Fechin. Great paintings are about contrast. This is a good example: Bold and refined brushwork, large dark shapes and small light shapes, and complimentary colors. Excellent understanding of light built upon great anatomy. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

Bolinas Lagoon by Saim Caglayan
30" x 40" Oil

Judge's Comments: In this time of media bombardment and few quiet places. This painting would feel good on your wall to bring some peace. This artist has a great understanding of water. Water is a lifelong study in all its moods and forms. The water in this painting is so quiet, but still full of many intricacies of color variation wind ripples in the distance and great reflections. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

Cupboard at Sunset by James Crandall
16 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: It is always interesting when someone takes an object that would be passed by 99.9% of the population and they say stop take a look you missed its beauty. There is a great suggestive quality. Super color contrast with all the room being bathed by warm sunlight it is being supported by the next room colored in cool light. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

figure on red by Robert Lemler
15" x 27" Oil

Judge's Comments: Yeah, this artist knows the figure. There is so much in this painting. Value control is out of this world. There is no superfluous brushwork. The plain changes are so incredibly subtle but it still shows all the form perfectly. This is not this artist’s first rodeo. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

Rocks of Ages by Ned Mueller
12" x 16" Oil

Judge's Comments: Tough subject matter. Of all the landscapes I judged I believe this was one is the toughest paintings to pull off. This Artist has showed so many planes changed through temperature change. So many paintings I judged in this competition I would like to see in real life. This is one of them. I would like to see all the temperature variations while holding on to the interesting value pattern. And are you kidding me…What a design. You come in the painting on the lower left rock then you walk up the steps across the top and the waterfall takes you back to a rock to step you back into this painting. This painting is not going to let you leave. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

take a break (surfer boy) by Paul Cheng
12 x 9 Oil

Judge's Comments: I wonder if this was done plein air. If it wasn’t this artist has spent plenty of time outside understanding light. I really like how they bounced so much warm light into the shadows for the feel of sunlight. Nice design. Interesting suggestive quality to the figure. Look how far they were able to push the blue shadow since there is so much support of controlled grays. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

The Floating Market, Willemstadt, Curacao by Thomas Kitts
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: Could you get more stuff in this scene? The color is great. The paint application is extremely interesting and varied. I would like to see this one in person. The clouds are designed well to get you back down into the painting while keeping a very subtle value shift. This artist has designed this to force your eye to dance within the paintings four sides. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

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

Judge's Comments: Great representational art is based on abstracting the shapes and design. If you broke this painting into sections they may not read because of their abstract quality. But when you view it as a whole. I surrender. The subtly of the cool transition of the distance is also handled very well. Once you follow the path in the foreground into the painting you will have a great time walking back in and discovering all the interesting places to stop. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

The Dory Shop by Jerry Markham
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: What is the deal with boats on dry land? They create such an interesting way to break up space. The aggressive brushwork and temperature variation in this painting is what caught my eye. The buildings are handled especially well and the depth of field is perfect for this type of day. - John Burton







   Finalist
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Judge: John Burton

The Catch by Don Biehn
12 x 9 Oil

Judge's Comments: There is an interesting way the space is designed. I really like how you represented the foreground willows. Though the palette is limited and controlled the color feels very rich. I’d like to see a whole series of subject matter like this one. - John Burton







   $1,000 Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: C.W. Mundy

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

Judge's Comments: "Farms Across The Valley Floor" is a spectacular impression of a designed reality. The suggestive quality of the entire execution of brushwork makes it more beautiful than the reality in a photograph. This is a perfect example for those impressionists who can actually boast that there painting looks better than the actual scene. Extreme sensitivity and brush manipulation and color. It's a phenomenal piece of high art. Congrats Bryan Mark Taylor! - CW Mundy - C.W. Mundy