Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (8th Annual Competition Month #10 - January 2015)

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   January 2015 Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

A Winter Harmony by Mark Boedges
11 inches x 14 inches Oil

Judge's Comments: Everything about this painting works the beautiful design, subtle color, confident brushwork. An every day scene elevated to artwork by a skilled painter. Lovely use of thick vs thin paint and beautiful handling of edges. Mark's careful design keeps your eye moving throughout the painting and rewards the viewer with texture and color. Those moments of slate blue tucked in to the shadows in contrast to the brighter yellow on some of the downed trees works so well against all the other natural grays in the scene. Beautifully done! - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Summer Storm by Romona Youngquist
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting hits you over the head with its strong design and powerful value contrast. The use of soft edges in the background makes the house jump right off the canvas. Wonderful warms on the house in contrast to the coolness in the background. Ramona's use of soft and hard edges takes us right where she wants us to go in the painting and is a lesson for all in effective edge control. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Tea Cup by John McCartin
28cm x 32cm Oil

Judge's Comments: The best paintings are the ones that appear effortless, and John made this one look deceptively easy. Wonderful use of soft edges as the objects disappear in the background, but enough information is given in the foreground to retain our attention. Beautiful subtle reflections in the teapot the more you look at this painting, the more you see. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

A Sunburnt Country by John McCartin
70cm x 60cm Oil

Judge's Comments: What difficult subject matter and John handled it so well. Wonderful observation on the upper branches of the tree, and a lively pattern of the sky coming through those branches without getting too distracting. You can feel the heat on the summer day. The textural quality of the paint makes the surface feel even more dimensional. The cows are just the right touch to add scale. A beautiful homage to a tree. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Over Brooklyn by Mark Lague
40 x 60 Oil

Judge's Comments: Vertiginous look at Brooklyn skilled use of lost and found edges and fresh application of paint. Mark used just enough detail to let us know what's going on without overburdening us with every window and door on the buildings. The blurred indication of the cars on the bridge is a wonderful touch of action in the scene. Lovely, unique take on a cityscape. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Red Sail Boat by Dominic Avant
24 x 36 Oil

Judge's Comments: Masterful drawing and design. Dominic obviously is a skill draftsman who understands the figure and captured the glee in the boys' faces. And look at that beautiful foreshortening on the shovel! So well-painted with fresh brushwork and confidence. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Old by Miki Foldi
50cm x 40cm Oil

Judge's Comments: I kept coming back to this painting expression on the old man's face is so poignant and touchingly conveyed. Unique use of the medium made all the more effective by the absence of strong color. Miki created a skilled rendering and a soulful painting. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

What do blind eyes see? by Lee William Deaver
12 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: Another soulful painting that kept drawing me back. It brings to mind Stephen Kaltenbach's "Portrait of my Father". Lee conveyed so much emotion, but also developed a beautiful design when one considers just the large abstract shapes in the painting. Wonderful simplification and great texture conveying the old woman's skin. Beautiful use of grays. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Valentina by Ned Mueller
16 x -

Judge's Comments: Ned's drawing skills show through in this confident portrait. The painting feels fresh and direct. You can sense the warmth coming off Valentina's skin in contrast to the cold day. Ned's indication of buildings and trees in the snowy background gives just the right amount of information to create a setting without taking away from the impact of the portrait. Beautiful touches of greens and pinks to add interest to the sky. A well-constructed and thoughtfully designed painting. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Church at Yelvertoft by James Crandall
18" x 28.5" Oil

Judge's Comments: Evocative, moody painting delicate control of mid-range values. The architecture is beautifully rendered and the figure is so subtle that it takes a moment to see her standing at the side of the graveyard. Wonderful touches of bright color tucked into the grays to add interest and liveliness to the painting. Unique brush handling that is distinct to James' work. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

The Late Show by Bob Upton
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: Nocturnes are notoriously difficult subject matter to pull off and Bob did a great job here. Wonderful control of values and attention to the various light sources: the top lighting from the warm streetlight versus the cool light coming from the upstairs window versus the warm light on the right side coming through the trees. Bob took an commonplace scene that would be easy to pass by and turned it into a beautiful piece of artwork. You can feel the mosquitoes coming out on a hot summer night. - Kathleen Dunphy







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy

Athabasca Shimmers by Linda Wilder
36 x 24 Acrylic

Judge's Comments: Linda's painting works so well as an abstract design turn it in any direction and the design is strong regardless of the subject matter, much like a Diebenkorn painting. Lovely texture of the thick paint on the water versus the smooth paint in the mist from the falls. Great contrast of warm vs cool with the orange foliage against the violet shadows in the foreground. - Kathleen Dunphy