Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (6th Annual Competition Month #12 - November 2012)

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   November Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Floating Gold by Josh Elliott
20 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting celebrates the ‘dance’ between acute knowledge of subject and breathtaking technical ability. We all know how dangerous it is to take a canvas and divide it into half-land and half-water; Josh has done just that – he has literally bisected the canvas in half along the water’s edge. Yet it works because of the yellow mass that dominates both land and water. The dialogue between the trees and their own reflections is the dominant motif and that in itself allows that rule to be thrown out. I love that! Note how the angle of the yellow reflections in the water, the angle of the river bank, the angle of the ground plane shadows under the trees sets up perspective and draws us in. And note too how the greens and russets have been neutralized to allow the yellows and golds – in their huge variety of tone and temperature shifts – to sing. In short, this is a masterful, glorious painting. Stunning!! - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Beaton's Boat Shed by Lea Wight
20 x 22 Oil

Judge's Comments: The basis of all good paintings is abstract design and this piece is definitely about having fun with design. I love the angles; the placement of the major shapes; and the color harmony. In particular I like the angled light entering from the bottom right hand corner that creates this nice shadow edge that points to the main area of interest, and the wonderful luminous green light coming through from the right hand wall. This painting just continues to draw you in – the more I look, the more I notice all kinds of thoughtful details – the beautiful rope on the left that coils you in and up again to the main area of interest and that shadow to the left of the blue hull is gorgeous! A masterful arrangement of shapes, colors, angles and light and shadow patterns. - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

The Conversation by Linda Lee Nelson
35 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Such a bold, interesting placement of the figure and an imaginative use of props. I love how the cord from the telephone sets up this diagonal line that almost – but not quite – bisects the canvas. This scene would just not be the same if she was on an iPhone, no? (!) I also like the contrast of the strong pattern of the dress against the softness of the chair and background. And what is she thinking? I initially thought she had a kind of dreamy expression on her face, but then I wondered is she was actually elsewhere in her mind and just barely tolerating the conversation. Really nice! - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

An Open Chair by Randall Sexton
18 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Such wonderful atmosphere created by high key light and beautiful manipulation of hard and soft edges. The warmth of the foreground leather chair leads us to the main pairing of figures, and that rich reddish-brown allows the use of lots of cool greys and violets elsewhere. Note the use of those high-key phthalo greens, pinks and yellows color notes that are repeated and help lead the eye around. Randy TOTALLY captures the quiet, intense, hustle and bustle of a barbers’ on a Saturday morning! - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Keyhole Rock by Joshua Clare
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: I think every painter that has been to Laguna will appreciate the prowess of this piece. Keyhole Rock harbors many pitfalls for the artist but Josh has thoughtfully dealt with them. The ‘facial’ profile on the left hand side of the outcropping could dominate the viewer’s response. But Joshua, by repeating the shape of the triangular ‘nose’ in the foreground shadow, bottom-right, has balanced and eliminated some of its pull. Cover up that triangular foreground shadow and suddenly you eye goes to the point of the ‘nose’ rather than the keyhole. But with that repeated shape it is balanced and we are lead instead right to the keyhole, which Joshua has beautifully accentuated as the focal area by a skillfully rendered warm shadow. Stunning value and temperature observation throughout too. - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Fontana delle Tatarughe (The Turtle Fountain) Roma by James Crandall
24" x 30" Oil

Judge's Comments: I am impressed by anyone that tackles subject matter that Sargent did so well! I love the notan arrangement in this piece. Beyond that, the range of gorgeous blues and violets set within the darks of the wet marble makes me salivate! Wonderful color harmonies of blues, violets and russets throughout and the lone figure really adds a narrative dimension that would otherwise be missing. Every aspect has been very thoughtfully executed. - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Lucy by A Westerberg
12 x 9 Oil

Judge's Comments: I am a huge admirer of Aaron’s figurative work, yet as a dog lover, I kept coming back to this little study. So simple but so sublime. Superb draftsmanship and economical use of brushstroke and detail. Aaron has captured the very essence of a classic Boston terrier pose! A faultless portrait - I adore it. - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Springtime in the Rockies by Howard Friedland
15 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: This piece needs no explanation – or title! Those colors are SO recognizable as the Rockies in spring. This is not just a depiction of a scene; this is a depiction of Howard’s emotional response to a scene. That is what I want to witness in a landscape painting. It is that transcendence recorded on a canvas that elevates this from just a painting to a piece of ‘art’. It is emotional, energetic and yet captures the very essence of the subject matter. I love the lead in from foreground to middle ground and those grasses at the very front really accentuate the perspective and soften the viewer’s experience – the painting really does ‘begin’ from the viewer’s own feet! Cover them up with your hand and see how ‘remote’ the scene suddenly becomes. - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Peonies and Ginger Jar by Thomas Kitts
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Thomas cleverly utilizes a rich saturated background to accentuate the beautiful pale subtlety of the peonies. The round red and green objects in the foreground playfully repeat the colors in the background and in the posy. I love the small peony bud at the top-right; how it too mimics the round objects in the foreground; cover it up with your hand and somehow the flow is not quite the same is it? It’s a very cleverly orchestrated riot of color, each section having some dialogue with another piece of the arrangement. Note how he has tempered the saturation of rich color on the left-hand side with nice shadows and warm neutrals that continue and repeat from the cloth all the way up into the petals. Just gorgeous! - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Old Harbor in Cap Ferrat by Derek Penix
24 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Aside from the strong design, what struck me about this piece was the great number of cool hues used throughout, from dark blues, violet blacks, greys, cobalt blues, steel greys and so on… yet without a doubt it depicts a warm sunny day! Note the little notes of gold and yellow and small accents of warm beige and violets throughout the piece. Very, very nicely done. - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Edge of Winter by Jerolyn Dirks
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: I am always impressed with artists that have the ability to take an incidental scene and turn it into a beautiful iconic image. This piece has a great arrangement of darks and lights throughout. Pattern, rhythm, line, and mark-making really give this complex scene a sense of wholeness and unity. It has beautiful soft light and color harmony. Superbly done. It is a strong statement of a very subtle scene. Bravo! - Jill Carver







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Jill Carver

Meredith (Meredith vs. The Hula Hoop) by Felicia Forte
9" x 8" Oil

Judge's Comments: So fresh and delicate, this is a powerful little piece. Gorgeous brushwork. I love the warm shadow on the left of her face and how that contrasts with the pale grey background. Beautiful softs shifts in tone and temperature. Stunning that such a portrait should be contained on a 9 x 8 canvas. Wow! - Jill Carver







   $5,000 2nd Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: C.W. Mundy

Keyhole Rock by Joshua Clare
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: This image "Keyhole Rock" by Joshua Clare might be the most interesting piece of reality in the entire competition. It is not only spectacularly designed but is executed with some of the finest brush-work. I can't take my eyes off this piece. The description of light and shadow is at the highest level of understanding, and the working of the color harmonies of blue and orange with its close counterparts on the color wheel (violet and yellow ochre) make the color beautiful to observe. Wow!!! I don't know when or where I've seen a more interesting landscape piece. The addition of the warm orange transitional value between shadow and light really makes the light pop. The "centrality of focus" ...The passageway through the rock has the darkest dark, sharpest edge, and one of the lightest lights outlined by the shadow to exhibit the primary focus. It's a resting spot, a resolve, and an anchor for the viewer. Also, the secondary and tertiary areas with the nose shape on the left side of the rock and the nose shape of the shadow on the lower right are great complements of each other...a great balancing act in design. Congratulations Josh for such a wonderful piece! - CW Mundy - C.W. Mundy







   $2, 500 3rd Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: C.W. Mundy

Old Harbor in Cap Ferrat by Derek Penix
24 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting, "Old Harbor in Cap Ferrat" by Derek Penix to me is the essence of the 19th c. "turn-of-the-century" look in painting. This piece reminds me of complex personalities of many of the French Impressionists turned into one. It's like Claude Monet, Pissarro, Degas... on "STEROIDS". The abstract quality of all the receding boats in the background are understood because of the "association factor".....we know they are boats because of the literalness of the ones in the foreground sitting on the water...your mind will fill in the blanks. I love the abstract quality of the dark cover in the lower boat which duplicates the water value and keeps you from being "hung up" on the first boat...it's only an introduction to the second boat that is fully disclosed. The concrete wharf is a great design tool to move you up through the boats to get to the ones at the back. The color palette is absolutely stunning because of the sophistication and control of chroma. The hot orange stripe on the second boat with a little more chroma in the blue is wonderfully complimented by the rest of the tonal color passages. Watch the blue continue to recede back through the boats and end up as a cover in the back boats. You don't usually see people paint water this color because the left side of their brain tells them, "It's got to be blue!" This is a museum piece, if I've ever seen one. And I wish it were in my own collection!!! Derek is a diamond in the rough and a fast approaching star! You're awesome, baby!!! Congratulations Derek! - CW Mundy - C.W. Mundy