Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (8th Annual Competition Month #1 - April 2014)

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   April Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: William Schneider

Siesta by Suchitra Bhosle
30 x 42 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting is the complete package! The drawing, design, values, color temperature, and edge treatment are all right on the money. The model’s left foot extending beyond the picture plane adds to the sense of veracity. The artist has taken a page from the Impressionists who cropped some images to show that the scene continued past the frame. This piece must have been done from life; it reads as light and air, not mere paint! - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

Shoreline at Sunset by Laurie Kersey
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: Another very believable painting. The temperature shift between the fading, hazy, evening light and the slightly darker and cooler foreground shadows really reads. A strong reverse “S” design leads the viewer through the picture plane. Great atmospheric perspective! - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

Majesty Rising by Charles Young Walls
36 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: Strong dramatic piece. Charles Young Walls certainly knows his anatomy. The gesture of the pose and the subtle color shifts, particularly on the model’s abdomen, are a joy to behold. - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

seated figure by Robert Lemler
10.5" x 10.5" Oil

Judge's Comments: Obviously painted from life, this piece has great brevity and immediacy of expression. The directness of the paint application reminds me of Sorolla, one of my all-time favorites! Strong sense of light. - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

Burning Off by John McCartin
58cm x 84cm Oil

Judge's Comments: Nice piece! The rendering of the backlit cows is excellent and the sense of atmosphere as well. (I love the smoke near the abbreviated figure in the distance). Who would choose to paint the south end of a cow, looking north? This is an unconventional composition that really works. - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

The Golden Hour by Kim Casebeer
20 x 24 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting seems bathed in golden, California, light. It conveys a strong sense of atmosphere. The road traveling through the break in the foreground trees and leading toward the distant mountains creates a classic composition. One doesn’t paint like this without having covered many miles of canvas “En Plein Air”. - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

Happy Homemaker by Timothy C. Tyler
36 x 33 Oil

Judge's Comments: A striking Trompe -l’oeil piece. I love the graphic quality in the handling of the figure. Edgy and theatrical, this must have been a fun piece to set up and execute. - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

Three Views by Jason Sacran
24 x 54 Oil

Judge's Comments: I assume that this is a triple self-portrait. (Only artists stare at themselves with such uncompromising penetration). I love the contrast between the finish on his features and the looseness of the edges. The vignettes work. I wonder if this was conceived as one piece or assembled after the fact? In either case it is an arresting piece. - William Schneider







   Finalist
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Judge: William Schneider

The Deadlift by David Cheifetz
36 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: What a dramatic painting! The use of color is very contemporary; the cool blue-green tones make the warm red of the subject’s back pulse with energy. The expressionistic broken strokes create the illusion that he is shaking with the strain of the lift. This painting was a close contender for Best of Show. - William Schneider







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: William Schneider

Monterey Moonbeam by Jim Wodark
20 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the effect of light on the water. Very directly painted, it’s hard to put those strokes down and not fuss with them. Strong design – the smaller boat all the way on the edge of the picture counterbalances the large mass of the two overlapping boats on the right. - William Schneider







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: William Schneider

Sandstone and Silk by Stephanie Rew
65 cm x 100 cm Oil

Judge's Comments: This is a well-executed painting. The rendering of the figure is both subtle and accurate. I like the treatment of the veins in the model’s neck and the white-on-white patterns on her robe. - William Schneider







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: William Schneider

Look Homeward Angel by Richard Christian Nelson
64 x 44 Oil

Judge's Comments: I like the design a lot. The verticals of the figure and trees are perfectly balanced by the two green strips of foliage and the strong opposing diagonals of the cast shadows of the trees. The figure is clearly the center of interest and yet seems integrated into the over-all composition. - William Schneider