Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (6th Annual Competition Month #5 -April 2012)

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   Best of Show- April 2012
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Joshua Rose

In the Light of Life by Jeffrey T. Larson
36' x 40' Oil

Judge's Comments: The composition and design in this painting is wonderful. I also enjoy the contrast between the man-made and organic objects in what is essentially a still life. The composition is clever and the color is well-achieved. The dimensionality of the painting is also something to behold. This is a very complex work of art yet in Jeffrey's hands it looks so easy, almost second nature. Jeffrey has such a great ability to be able to paint so detailed as this and then pull back and be so painterly in the next work. So much talent showing here. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Yampa Valley Skies by Kim Casebeer
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Kim has a unique ability to show depth in a painting while also creating drama the skies and the land. The colors and shapes of the clouds provides that moment of transcendence that is the difference between a emotional interpretation of a place and merely a re-creation of a locale. I also love the abstract leanings of the piece and the way the actual paint is not hidden. I want to be able to see the artist's hand at work and that is all visible here. The way the rain fall is literally dripping from the clouds is absolutely perfect--simple, natural and true. beautiful - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Evening Light Catalina Island by Jesse Powell
40 x 48 Oil

Judge's Comments: Classic, California landscape, large shapes, nice design and very accessible to the viewer. The path in the forefront just leads the eye into and through the landscape in a very easy way. I like the contrast between the foreground the background and the nice play on lights and darks. I also enjoyed the way the tree on the left stands alone to be lighted by the sun. It creates a perfect transition from the trees to the right. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Adam in a Mask by David Shevlino
45 x 34 Oil

Judge's Comments: For being such a large painting I really enjoyed how painterly David kept this piece. Usually, when working in this size the tendency would be to relish in the details and add more. However, Shelvino stays true to his style and just gives us enough detail to keep our eye busy while working through the piece. The shadows on the body are well done and I enjoy the green of the mask balancing out but not getting lost in the abstract green of the background. What makes this work is the detail around the lower face and mouth, which ties it all together and gives us a central focus in the right area. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Chinatown Showers by Mark Lague
60 x 60 Oil

Judge's Comments: I can't believe this painting is 60 by 60. It is so ambitious. I love, again, the play between abstract and representational styles and the way the allure of detail brings you in yet this completely falls apart once you get there. That is just such an enviable skill. The lights on the rain-slicked streets is so nicely done. I also appreciate how the mazes of power lines seem to be carved into the canvas. Also, the way the buildings hold everything in the picture plane but then fall apart themselves into nothingness is a great touch. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Poppy Farm by Romona Youngquist
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: The solid red field hovering just about the ground is breath-taking. I enjoy how it starts with a few random yet well placed flowers in the forefront and then becomes a solid field of red. No need to discern shape or number of flowers. just the overall effect of seeing all of them at once merging into this great pool/field of redness. Even the solitary flowers, though, are dabs of paint yet we get enough information so we know that they are poppies. Even in those little splotches, the essence of the flower shines through. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Quiet Reflection by Howard Friedland
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: To me, what makes this a beautiful painting is the contrast between the loose painterly feel of what is in--and going on in--the room with the more hard-edged and detailed reflection. This particular battle is being waged mainly in the surface of the table where you see the calm, soft lines of the flowers and window on the left with the details of the gold framed bisecting the picture frame and creating a subtle tension where you don't expect it to be. This also does what all great paintings should aspire to--mainly document the beauty of a simple moment, a beauty that typically goes by unnoticed. I also love the way the design on the chair upholstrey falls apart as well. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

The Sentinels by Ned Mueller
12 x 16' Oil

Judge's Comments: Great and classic plein air piece. I see the artist striving to get and capture all the necessary details of this scene--the colors in the shadows, the interesting shapes of the rocks, the change of terrain in the foreground. It's all there, as well as the simple division between sea and sky--which creates a nice and natural balance to the work. I think what I like the best is the shape and form of the rocks and the color and compositional variations found within. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Girl with silk headscarf by Cheng Lian
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: I find it amazing that the artist was able to invoke so much personality and character in this portrait given it is a side view. And, with the addition of the hair covering more of the face, there is little of the sitter's visage that we actually see. Despite this, her personality and a certain emotion of the scene manages to shine through. I love the realism of the face shown against the abstract patternings of the chair and scarf that is covering her. Also, the shadow cast on the wall adds another dimension to the work. Also, look at the detail of the white scarf. The effort put into all the minute particulars, the patterns and folds of the scarf creating complex layers of fabric upon fabric, design upon design. I also love the tangled tendrils of hair in the back balancing the weight of the strands hanging down upon her delicate face as well as the balance of reds created by the lips, ears, nose and fingernails. The background color just slightly echoes the color of the chair. This is such a beautiful painting on all of those levels and more. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

More Than You Can Chew by Joel Carson Jones
24 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: Wow. Another unique and original idea of trompe l'Oeil by one of the masters of the genre, Joel Carson Jones. The three-dimensionality of the dropping gumballs is incredible and creates a depth in the work that many trompe l'Oeil paintings simply are not able to achieve. The gumball machine is a perfect way to play with primary colors cast against each other and the shade and shadow of each one is done masterfully. I also enjoy the detail of the metalwork on the faceplate and the nice use of shadows throughout the painting - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
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Judge: Joshua Rose

Odalisque by William Schneider
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: Once again, I'm drawn to the abstract quality of the background as well as Schneider's ability to capture/evoke the feeling of a room or interior without having to give us too much information. In fact, I would say we get no information at all. Just slight suggestions of objects that together set the tone of the interior without it having to actually be there. The figure is well-composed and the edge work is truly admirable. I also like how the artist has used different colors in certain areas around the edges, to create a lighter more ethereal feel to the body. THe use of colors like red and green in the skin is a bold choice by the artist and expertly handled here. Too heavy with any of these colors would end up looking unnatural and even garish. - Joshua Rose







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Joshua Rose

Wild Roses by Glenn Harrington
36" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: This looks like a Pre-Raphelite painting. The background is incredible. Look at it closely. It is thinly veiled, like a stained-glass or even a Victorian vase. It even has the appearance of some forgotten garden, an overgrown and secret place. Then, all of this is contrasted with the pink of the dress and the fold of the fabric. I love the soft light on the shoulders and the face and the way the colors of the forest appear ever-so slightly in these places as well. She seems lost in thought, or wrapped up in the moment, with Harrington truly capturing a moment of intimacy. It takes several close looks to even move past all of this to the delicate intricacies of the patterning of fabric in her hand. So beautifully done. - Joshua Rose







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

Girl with silk headscarf by Cheng Lian
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: What an attractive painting! Fantastic design, well disciplined paint quality with great attention to the important details. The hair down in the face takes this painting to a whole other higher level. It conjures up a narrative that has many questions. Very interesting piece that demands you look it over well. Congrats to Cheng Lian for "Girl with Silk Headscarf"! - CW Mundy - C.W. Mundy







   $1,000 Winner
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Judge: C.W. Mundy

More Than You Can Chew by Joel Carson Jones
24 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: I don't think there's a better "Harnett" than this piece!!! What a skilled technician with an outstanding, creative idea to make it 3-dimensional! This piece is more than just "fool-the-eye", it has sophisticated color harmonies and unbelievably top notch edge work in a realistic look. I really love looking at this piece. The more I look, the more I see. And for me, that doesn't usually happen with realistic paintings. It's a real eye-stopper. Congrats Joel Carson Jones for "More Than You Can Chew"! - CW Mundy - C.W. Mundy