Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (7th Annual Competition Month #1 - February 2013)

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   Best of Show - February 2013
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

In the Snow and Shadow by David Grossmann
18 inches x 24 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: For Best of Show, it was my emotions that made the final decision, along with good design, edges, mood and concept. David Grossmann goes beyond his paint by bringing a sensitivity that appears to be magic. This painting vibrates with his use of color, yet he achieves a spirit of quietness. David connects with his landscape and subjects as a whole, finding a way to use his paints to achieve this effect of atmosphere, mood, and invitation to enjoy. Not only could I enjoy this painting forever, it also uplifts the moment I share with it. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Sunlit Grass, February by Peter Fiore
36 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: The beautiful color harmony, catching the light and distance, along with the drawing in this painting by Peter Fiore won my heart. Stunning! - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Versailles Launderette by Jennifer McChristian
8 x 8 Oil

Judge's Comments: Somehow, it is as if Jennifer takes me into this painting as if I am standing there looking at this moment. She captures not only the different light sources, but does so with a beautiful grasp of the language of painting. The design in all the windows are a delight to look at as they are created with lovely edges, drawing and color. A moment in time being captured in a playful painterly way. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Pearls by Carol Arnold
40 x 26 Oil

Judge's Comments: Ahhhh, this painting by Carol Arnold has all the elements; great drawing, edges, values, composition, and color. To top that, Carol keeps a sensitivity and connection throughout her whole idea and painting. I can feel her love of her subjects and paint! That is truly amazing. Magnificent! - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Through the Snow by Dan Schultz
12 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: Can you hear the silence? Can you feel the overcast day? How can a painting do that? Dan Schultz does this with a great concept and skill in painting. And it seems to me, Dan held on to his strong idea to the very last brush stroke. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Building Blocks by Mara Schasteen
14.5" x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: Can a painting keep inviting us back to view it? "Building Blocks" by Mara Schasteen did. Not only a perfect composition and beautiful light coming in, but Mara captures a real intimate moment into this child's world. Bravo! - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Pickin' Punkins by Stacy Barter
12 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Atmosphere! Design and idea! A real moment! Captured beautifully by Stacy Barter. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Fresh Snow, Truckee by Jesse Powell
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting as a whole captures that sunlit winter day. Even the shadow on this freshly painted snow has been sensitively painted with good design and those important edges. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

The Good Book by Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: Many artists do not know to use values as part of their composition. Here Gladys uses the white of the dress to make a beautiful big light pattern joining with the book and anchored to the bottom of the painting. Then in the dark values, she is joining the hair with the background. Having a sound layer of simple values, this artist designs and paints the flowers in front of the gold and the dress with not only skill, but with a love for her subject, paint and color. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Fishing Boat docked in Cap Ferrat, France by Derek Penix
16 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is not just a boat in water. When I looked closer, I was amazed at how I enjoyed the drawing. Drawing is one of our tools we get to use and Derek uses drawing in many ways, and yet keeps this painting very painterly. This boat has volume! You could step inside and go for a ride! Derek also designs the light and dark values, along with capturing the water, great color and light with great skill. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Study of Young Couple, Milano by James Crandall
20 x 12.75 Oil

Judge's Comments: It is not easy to paint happy people and get away with it. To me, James captured real people going somewhere with a strong visual concept. James not only achieves a beautiful sketch here, but does it in an engaging and painterly way. - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist - TIE
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Lord Of The Manor by Elizabeth Pollie
8 x 10 Oil

Judge's Comments: To me, this is a perfect painting sketch. Beautiful design along with a simple statement, yet carries an emotion, all caught with paint! - Nancy Guzik







   Finalist - TIE
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Nancy Guzik

Marley waits for me by Linda Lee Nelson
33 x 33 Oil

Judge's Comments: I kept coming back to Linda's painting of "Marley Waits For Me". A composition I have never seen before. Marley kept inviting me back into this painting. Or I mean Linda did! When looking closer, Linda sensitivity shines. The direction of the light, even on the back wall, is carefully handled. The chair thoughtfully painted, again catching the light and the softness of the cushions, along with the shiny hard edged metal parts. Then Marley! The delicate way Linda handled the shadow going across this dog, plus the edges, drawing, color, fabulous! All in the most beautiful grays and browns. - Nancy Guzik