Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (7th Annual Competition Month #9 - October 2013)

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   October Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Fall Tilling by Warren Chang
34 x -

Judge's Comments: "Warren Changs' painting, FALL TILLING, immediately brings to mind a couple of paintings by Dupré and Millet (and others), portraying the similar subject of workers in the fields. His painting has all the beauty of those masterpieces; an idea masterfully expressed, excellent draughtsmanship, an earthy, subdued color palette that contributes to the emotional force of the piece, and the finely honed skills that it takes to compose a multi-figurative work of this type. If it weren't for the cell phone and can of cola, in the hand of the standing figure facing the viewer, this painting could have been on any museum wall in the 19th century. A truly magnificent painting, and worthy of Best of Show!" - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Waiting by natalie hirschman
1300mm x 800mm Oil

Judge's Comments: "In her painting, WAITING, Natalie has used a quiver full of impressive skills to entice me to want to spend a lot of time with it, to try to understand what the woman in the painting, and her life, is about. Natalie's orchestration of the lighting, the mystery that is in other areas of the painting, all contribute to my loving what I see here. When a painting draws me in, and touches my emotions, not letting me leave, like this one does, I know I'm viewing something that is very fine. Her color, drawing, paint handling, concept, knowing what to focus on to bring her idea to fruition, all add up to my choosing her painting." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Desert Rocks by James M. Coulter
9 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: "In his painting, DESERT ROCKS, I think that James has captured the very elusive quality that all great landscape painting has to have to bring in and hold the viewer. That essential quality is, a 'sense of place'. He's accomplished that with masterful paint handling, and an understanding of the individual characteristics of the place he painted. The color palette, scruffy brushwork, slashing strokes that represent the light on the top planes of the rocks, all give the painting the 'feel' of that exact place. Whether it really exists or not in the same form he's painted it, doesn't matter to me. He's given me a sensation that I can feel. That's a successful painting in my mind." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

harbour view by natalie hirschman
560mm x 900mm Oil

Judge's Comments: "In "HARBOUR VIEW", Natalie has given us a lesson in how to paint the complex, simply. I like the emotional force that the subdued palette brings to the subject, with little touches of more intense colors scattered amidst the darks, this painting smacks of ships horns and the squeaking, clanging symphony of the marine industrial waterfront." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Winter's Burden by Elizabeth Pollie
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: "Elizabeth's painting, "WINTER'S BURDEN", doesn't even need to be titled. She's so effectively communicated that idea, that I would have titled it that, if asked! What impresses me the most is her understanding, and rendering, of the body language of the horse(s). I feel their weight, their willingness to be used for the purpose that they have been asked to perform. That and the color palette help to accentuate that this isn't a romp in the clover kind of a day. The subdued range of warm grays, and the varied textures she's employed on the barn, all support the theme, and say that this is going to be a work day." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Jamie by jane mason
-16 x -20 Oil

Judge's Comments: "I feel like the woman in this painting has just said something to me, but I missed it. Jane has given her painting, "JAMIE", just the right amount of attention without overdoing it. Even the flowers are painted with a nicely harmonious palette that isn't over done. I think that lets the painting breath, allowing the viewer to live with it. She's done a wonderful job of rendering the emotion in the subjects' face, yet has left a lot of room for interpretation." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Lovely Tuscan Tree by Kami Mendlik
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: "This painting of Kami's, "LOVELY TUSCAN TREE", is a sensitive, beautifully painted portrait as personal as any portrait of any human face could be. The color is warm and 'Tuscan' like. Its position on the canvas, give it an importance that leaves no question as to what she was thinking about when she painted it. There's a love for this tree coming through her brush. What I admire the most about this painting, color aside, is how she has painted the weight of the foliage and limbs into it. It's not a flat symbol for a tree on a canvas, it's as close to being a living, breathing tree as there can be. " - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Morning at Point Lobos by Antonina Zenin
9 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: "The first thing I thought when I opened up this painting, "MORNING AT POINT LOBOS", was "Yummmmm...!". The color is just that, delicious! The subtle grays, still full of light, played against the heavy impasto strokes of color representing morning sunlight plastered on the rocks facing to the east... All of that combined with the brushwork in the water and the dramatic depth of field that Antonina has given us in this painting is why I chose it. This is a painting that would be a pleasure to wake up and see on my wall every morning!" - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Lavender Roof by Peter Fiore
6 x 8 Oil

Judge's Comments: "Talk about a painting full of sunshine! Peter's painting, "LAVENDER ROOF", makes me smile every time I look at it. His handling of the very intense, and complimentary, colors... red/green, blue/orange and yellow/violet... is done with flair and expertise. All of the rather intense color, yet the very quiet little 'lavender' roof makes itself the subject, amidst the otherwise overwhelming louder voices. The color scheme makes me feel optimistic and cheerful, the brush work makes me stare in amazement! Peter's skills are on stage, and should be admired, in this little jewel." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

My Dog(Miso) by mostafa keyhani
16'' x 16'' Oil

Judge's Comments: "Mostafa has captured the adorable little wet nosed look in his painting, "MY DOG (MISO)", that we all know is the reason why humans are at the mercy of their dogs, for attention! His carefully rendered portrait of Miso shows his love for this little creature. I know Mostafa's other work and love it. It's very expressive, boldly painted, with a masters' hand I must say. This painting shows he has another side, quiet sensitivity, and has used this side and his skills to affectionately paint little Miso. The color palette is warm and inviting, much like our little pets make us feel." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Coast Line by daniel corey
24" x 30" Oil

Judge's Comments: "I found this painting of Dan's, "COAST LINE", a joy to view! Dan has captured the feel of a brilliant winter day, and the mass that a train engine has, with as few strokes as is needed, and no more. He's used a color palette to depict the temperature and time of day with the expertise that speaks of many, many miles of canvas painted. I can see where it would be easy to get too involved with all of the mechanical parts that it takes to make one of these engines. Instead he chose to paint the personality of the train, and has beautifully succeeded." - Marc Hanson







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Marc Hanson

Winter Freight by Don Biehn
8 x 10 Oil

Judge's Comments: "When a painting makes me want to have it in my hands, to be closer to it, to learn from it, I know I'm looking at a good one! Don's painting, "WINTER FREIGHT", is one of those. It's simple in its' execution, part of its' beauty, and in its' color palette. More is not always better. In the case of this painting, more brushstrokes, more color, more anything... would have destroyed his simple but effective statement. It's a quiet little gem that could be lived with for a very long time." - Marc Hanson