Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (7th Annual Competition Month #2 - March 2013)

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   March Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Kettle & Hue by David Cheifetz
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: This work has a strong design of abstract shapes and pattern, combined with confident brushwork and good draftsmanship. The single dark mass of the kettle balances nicely with the several smaller cup and saucer shapes, which are expertly staggered and overlapped on the fabric draped shelf. Whites are expressed with carefully observed and luscious paint handling and the scattering of pale yellow keeps the eye in motion. This "still" life manages to have an energy and mystery that surpasses the individual humble cast of characters. I love it when artists take ordinary objects and imbue them with meaning and power, and I thoroughly enjoy this piece. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Balance Act by Abigail VanCannon
14 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: The strong abstract design of this beautiful little painting first drew my attention and then the charm and playfulness of the concept won me over. I love how the diagonal lines of the railway station and the tracks lead to the center of interest, the young boy fearlessly balancing on the train tracks. His outstretched arms form a "T" shape which is punctuated by the dark foliage behind and above his blond head. The bright sunshiny day shines through in the hazy, soft paint handling. He is twisting his leg to remain balanced, adding a further note of awkward childishness which also sets him off against the geometric severity of the surrounding man-made forms. A wonderful and evocative painting. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Portrait of Ian by Mary Rose
30 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a masterfully executed head and shoulders portrait. I love Mary's assured strokes and keen sense of color and drama. Her simplification of form and vigorous brushwork reminds me of Sir Henry Raeburn's. The cloudy shapes in the distance underscore the theatricality of this painting, while the value graduation of the sky behind the head (darker behind the lit side of the head, lighter behind the dark side) is a classic way to draw attention to the focal point, the head. I love the warm flashes in the sky, as if there is a faint glowing aura around his hair. The subject's facial expression and the slightly elevated perspective add to the sensation of heroic energy. Nice work! - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

When David Heard by Michael Gillespie
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a starkly composed, brooding painting, sensitively and powerfully executed. We are intrigued - what has happened here? We have intruded on an intensely private moment. With clenched fists and an inward, hunched posture, the man telegraphs his internal conflicts. The somber hues of the limited palette and the calm, careful brushwork reinforce the quiet intensity of this piece. The light pattern in the background could be a window, or a church or even a jail. It gives depth and atmosphere to this moody painting. I appreciate the subtle color changes between his sunburned head and face and his paler arms and hands, as well as the interplay of firm, soft and lost edges surrounding the finely modeled forms. A wonderful narrative figurative piece. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Curve in the Road by Kim Casebeer
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This piece has such strong abstract design elements! Combined with a brilliant use of a violet/yellowish color scheme, the painting incorporates masses and lines to wonderful effect. Impastoed yellow hues lead us to the composition's intelligent juxtaposition of tree, shadows and road. The heavily painted areas contrast nicely with the crisp lines and lost edges of shadows. This is an artist who enjoys the lyrical and variable qualities of paint, and it shows in this painting. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Inspired by Buell Cole
16 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: This loosely painted head portrait is well composed to set off the woman's lovely face. The head is painted with a combination of good draftsmanship and strong, evocative brushwork, with a good command of skin tones and understanding of facial anatomy. The varying shapes surrounding the face are painted with edge and value considerations and lend drama and sensitivity to this piece. I particularly like the fresh treatment of the hair. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

The Old Fence Post by Jeremy Doss
24 x 48 Oil

Judge's Comments: The soft yet lively confetti strokes of color lead the eye around this piece, lending a sense of vivacity and joy to an otherwise serene pastoral view. I see many echos of California Impressionism in this painting, with its broken color and sense of delight in being in a field in sunlight. Notice how the leaning post and the tree lead you to the white fence in the distance, offset by the dark barn. The seemingly nonchalant paint handling gives a freshness to this lovely painting. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Roger by James Tennison
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: A big white Brahman bull in sunlight is a wonderful excuse to show an artist's ability to paint white in all its colorful shadowed glory. The cool blues in the shadows are skillfully offset by touches of yellow and orange. Yet there is a curious calm in the air surrounding this bull; he is not a Sorolla bull, purposefully pulling a boat through the ocean. He waits patiently in an urban environment, branded, on a leash, either dehorned or polled, with the shadow of an unseen handler passing behind him. The skyline of the modern city is in mauve, modern, stark contrast to the bull's sensual muscles. The sensitively rendered warm head is outlined against the hazy cool background. We get a strong impression of this bull as an individual living creature. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Antique Market in Nice France by Derek Penix
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: Confident, lively paint handling and great design distinguish this piece. The various soft, lost and sharp edges lead the viewer through the scene. The values are wonderfully and expertly massed and the composition contains areas of rest as well as lively paint effects such as impastoed whites. We feel as if we are right there in this atmospheric colorful world with a million items to capture our interest. Very nicely painted. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Wassily Chair by Linda Lee Nelson
36 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Square format paintings can be tricky to compose, but the artist has succeeded brilliantly in this elegant, stylish painting. Notice the pair of triangles here - the triangular envelope shape of the top of chair back, head and foot and the echoing triangle of the metal chair back pole and seat. The turned head and edgy pose adds drama and mystery. I love the masterful handling of textures - observe the various paint effects in the hard steel and the fluffy rug - and the palette demonstrates a sure knowledge of subtle, colorful grays. The little raised pinky is a truly inspired touch. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

"Oreade 2" by Marina Dieul
36" x 36" Oil

Judge's Comments: I'm a big fan of the tondo format and this artist has performed magic with her circle-within-a-circle, beautifully rendered trompe l'oeil painting. The child, rabbit and fox are expertly rendered in high realism in an imaginative setting. The dramatic lighting and masterful handling of such surfaces as fur, skin and metal are brilliantly managed. This is the kind of painting that you could look at for a long time and find different levels of meaning each time. - Linda Tracey Brandon







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Linda Tracey Brandon

Catching Dinner by Don Biehn
12 x 9 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the elegant calligraphy in this carefully composed little painting. The artist has a keen eye for design and has placed the red fisherman (the focal point, of course) as a punctuation point after the footprints in the snow. The sparely painted grasses are a crisp and lively counterpoint to the soft edges of the cloud and treeline and the painterly little hut in the distance is perfectly placed. - Linda Tracey Brandon