Congratulations to all our exhibiting artists — and especially to the award winners listed (and shown) below. Our judge this month was Elizabeth Keel. Her painting comments follow the gallery of winners.
1st Place: Georgia Strack “Fanciful Jellies”
Exquisite use of color and medium suggesting a serene sense of floating in water. Both immersive and whimsical, this piece has a strong dimensionality which offers insight into the undulating beauty of aquatic life. Selective user of texturing is harmonious and assists the overall composition in a delightful way to the eye. Consider pushing the use of strong contrasting colors to further indicate the light and to provide a slightly more balanced use of warm and cool colors.
2nd Place: Christine Cooke “Abstract Bubbles”
Perfect display, excellent use of framing and matting which serves to pull the viewer into the space and aids the composition. Fantastic sense of the time and space, drawing the viewer to the cool green through perspective and line. Rendering of the globes provides a gorgeous hint of light kissing the edges and giving the sense that light exists in the space, but also through (and around) tangible shapes of color.
3rd Place: Audrey Lerigo, Dog Portraits “Did You Say Treats?”
The atmosphere in this piece is breathtaking. Deliberate repetition of dog’s form suggests intimate “ghostly” representation that gives a sense of knowing this individual dog. Expectation shines in his eyes, like the eyes of any loyal pet who loves their owner. Lovely lavender and cream matting gives a great presentation (only hindered by the paper not being pressed to remove natural rippling of watercolor paper. While not rooted in a particular time of space, these portraits express a sense of the psychological, offering a glimpse of the relationship between the artist and her subject.
1. Bette Davis MacDonald “Sunday Afternoon”
This piece is a compositional beauty! The use of slightly toned yellow watercolor paper works to naturally with the strong complimentary colors. Fantastic use of negative space that seems ephemeral, washed out in the depths of the twilight that encompasses the space where the structure meets and merges with the light. The windows are like looking into the cosmos — and can be conceptualized in many, many ways. Excellent balance and use of deliberate application shows confidence and clarity throughout the composition.
2. Darla Nolan “I Believe I’ll Pass”
Delightful subject with gorgeous use of saturated colors that give a fun, humorous glimpse at animal life. Excellent handle on technical skills, this piece shows the artist’s skill and control over paint application. Compositional framing could be addressed to provide a more balanced image (more space on edges so as to not cur off the birds, but also providing slightly more space to enhance natural gestures of the birds.
3. Susan Wewers “Out of Gas”
Composition and perspective are working very well in this piece. Variations of brush strokes provide visual harmony that does not overwhelm the viewer. Selective texture is great. Only real issue is the sense of light coming from the background which is not rendered true to this light source. Cast shadows from the truck can be adjusted to give proper weight to the truck and would integrate it into the landscape in a more natural, true-to-life way. Amazing color usage.
4. Lionel Sanchez “In the Groove”
Composition is visually striking and the subtle use of color is intentional and well used. This piece could be anyone, but the emotion and energy suggests a deep fissure or rupture of the figure both physically and psychologically. Design elements are stirring and use of lines are energetic, almost showing kinetic energy.
1. Karen Jaenichen “What Dreams Are Made of”
Great balance of colors alternating between areas of cool/warm colors that puch and pull shape forward and backward, indicating a space. Splattering is somewhat overwhelming and could benefit from simplification of color shapes so as to push the boundardy and not overload the senses.
2. Boni Skinner “Into the Night”
Very cool-colored palette that is both turbulent and calming. I don’t get the impression that this is a literal space because there is a slightly confusing horizon line — but the manipulation of paint indicating waves/clouds is expertly done. Although perspective is somewhat questionable, the greater reaction to this painting is the urgency of the turbulent waves and the chaos of a storm over the sea. Beautiful.
3. Fran Brandt “Wavy Portrait”
Not a traditional portraiture, but it captures whimsy vs character. Brave and intentional, this portrait strongly suggests a person’s experience, rather than how they look. Playful, yet deliberate.
4. Patricia Watt “Palms Over the Cotee”
Beautiful and tranquil, this piece uses low saturated colors to show the softness of daylight/sunset/sunrise. Some higher areas of contrast would push the 3-dimensionality of the landscape. Great use of varied brush strokes.