Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (7th Annual Competition Month #8 - September 2013)

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   September Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Sunday Morning-Mevagissey,England by Ned Mueller
26" x 20" Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is all about composition. Ned has a great and instinctive eye for design, and this painting exemplifies that to me. It holds together very well for a painting consisting of so many contrasting yet beautiful colors. Low tide in Mevagissey could easily be rendered very stagnate and lifeless, but Ned's use of line keeps things animated and alive. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Harmony by Abigail McBride
20 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: Harmony. To tell you the truth, this painting sneaked by me the first few times I perused the entries with its subtle hues and soft transitions. Once I got the painting enlarged, its brushwork and color harmony won me over. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Fall Grasses by Kim Casebeer
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: That glow! I love the idea of finding beauty in the mundane and ordinary. Kim has captured in beautiful temperature shifts and varied textures what many of us might walk right by without noticing. I think this is part of an artist's job, to remind us of the all the wonderful things around us if we slow down and just look. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Evening Out by Sarah Kidner
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Such beautiful information in the shadow areas. Sarah is great at depicting what I consider slice of life images. Things we might see on any trip into the city on any given day. She imbued this scene with a lush liveliness that stopped me and made we want to investigate. She supplied just enough information but not so much as to bog the painting down. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Bacchante 3 by Marina Dieul
36" x 36" Oil

Judge's Comments: Look at the amazing diversity of texture. A horned child in a party dress climbs out of a round tunnel holding her pet rabbit? I have no idea what is going on, but who cares when it is painted with this much love and creativity. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Luke At 15 by Richard Christian Nelson
36 x 48 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting has soul. I feel like I know Luke, and he seems like a cool kid. This painting is unpretentious and beguilingly simple with its lack of adornment. It feels very natural yet has a nice balance and flow to it. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Gray Birch by Eric Jacobsen
36 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting feels alive. Eric's use of thick impasto paint coupled with energetic brush work evokes so much energy into this scene. I really enjoy the use of the blues and cool grays to set off the small amount of warm tones. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Leigh Lake Sunset by Bill Davidson
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Warm tones. I have recently returned from the Tetons Nation Park, and witnessed the smoke filled sunsets that take place at the end of summer there. The haze translated through warm hues and soft edges contrast so beautifully with the more dense and structural foreground elements. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Beneath The Facade by Jon B Paulsen
70cm x 100cm Oil

Judge's Comments: The detail. This painting counters so many of the reasons I gave for choosing the other winners. It is packed to the gills with detail and feels very still and posed and cold. But what it does have is a fantastic feeling of structure and light. It is all about the stage lighting and the ornate costumes. My favorite parts being the upward cast shadows of the fan and mask. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

"Radiance" by Vicki Sullivan
61cm x 51cm Oil

Judge's Comments: Paintings of cute kids can be as over done as the day is long, but Vicki captured a special feeling of angelic sweetness tinged with just a touch of mischievous energy. And it is conveyed by just tilting the mouth and nose enough to let us know this cutie may have ulterior motives. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Rosa by James Tennison
36 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: Movement. Another great painting filled with energy and life. You can nearly hear the music and feel the swooshing of wind as she spins her dress around. I like how James has treated the shadows and reflected light using a combination of detail and bigger quiet areas. - Michael Orwick







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michael Orwick

Blue Fin Cove by John Burton
26 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: Feeling of place. The feeling of cool light and coastal atmosphere in this painting is undeniable. There is a fresh spontaneity that feels like it was painted in plein air. It has a sort of urgency and feeling of barely controlled chaos that keeps it very fresh. - Michael Orwick