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    December 2019 Finalist Paintings - Gallery

    December 2019 Judges:  PaintingContest.Org panel of art professionals judged Best in Show and Finalist paintings in December 2019. Multiple views formed the consensus regarding finalists.


    BEST IN SHOW AND FINALIST CERTIFICATES: Each certificate is ready for printing at your desktop at full size (on letter size paper, 8.5 x 11 inches). First, scroll through to find your certificate. Next, click directly on the image to enlarge, then "right click" or "control - click" to save to your computer. Make sure you print in "landscape mode" and if you can, check "scale to fit page."

     

    BESTINSHOW-Dec2019REP-Forward-by-GeorgeBodine
    BESTINSHOW-Dec2019ABS-HarborLights-by-TomShropshire
    BESTINSHOW-Nov2019NLP-WinterWillows-by-LiliiaShuels
    FINALIST-Dec2019ABS-Carnival-by-LeahDockrill
    FINALIST-Dec2019ABS-VortexFutureReality-by-LAran
    FINALIST-Dec2019REP-BoatsMillbancStVancouver-by-AndreyPingachev
    FINALIST-Dec2019REP-CottonsSunset-by-Rick-Delanty
    FINALIST-Dec2019REP-MrWhite-by-YaelMaimon
    FINALIST-Dec2019REP-OrangeChair-by-LaurieCook
    FINALIST-Dec2019REP-TheWindmillAndLock-by-DeborahTilby
    FINALIST-Nov2019NLP-BohemianRhapsody-by-KarenBurns
    FINALIST-Nov2019NLP-LightningStrikes-by-AlmasKabani
    FINALIST-Nov2019NLP-RingNeckedPheasant-by-JeanieConant
    FINALIST-Nov2019NLP-SmallMaineMemoriesSchoodic-by-CherylPearson
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    See professional artist judges' comments on all finalist paintings. Painting are presented in random order, per category. Click directly on the painting image for additional information. Best in Show (over 10 entries) receives a cash prize in addition to a free promoted painting entry credit. All Finalists receive a free promoted painting entry credit. Free painting credits are available to artists when they next log in.
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    REPRESENTATIONAL PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

     

    Name of Artist Andrey Pingachev
    Judge's Comment: "A familiar atmosphere and mood emerges from this absorbing, pattern-rich architectural composition. Vertical lines permeate the horizon in an abstract framework; contrasting values and muted lights lend believability to the scene. Overturned boats with their shadow twins draw us in, beckoning us to explore further, capturing our interest well beyond the surface."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Deborah Tilby
    Judge's Comment: "Beautifully rendered landscape in a composition lauding its masterful perspective drawing. Exceptional sense of mood depends on carefully placed elements; wide sand banks where puddling water merges and flows contrasts with tilting shadows cast by stranded boats, docks and pilings. Soft complementary hues and minimal areas of deep value, undulating and receding, create a unique and satisfying viewing experience."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist George F. Bodine
    Judge's Comment: "Exemplifies excellence, from its unique, original composition and masterful rendering, to its intriguing suggestion of a compelling narrative. The viewer may find themselves absorbed by an almost spiritual contemplation on the nature of choice, contrasting the delicately modeled face and figure against iconic, implacable symbols—trappings of the physical world—past which she walks unfazed, bold and fearless."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
    Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Rick J. Delanty
    Judge's Comment: "Possessing us with its otherworldly aura, yet strangely tangible, viewing intently we find ourselves transported, as if somehow physically present inside this mood-drenched scene. We marvel at the glint of moonlight and listen to the splash of oncoming waves, immersed in a realm of the senses as the artist intended."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Yael Maimon
    Judge's Comment: "Superbly rendered in lush, painterly strokes and observance of true-to-life values result in the sense of hyper-realistic presence in this captivating portrait of a cat. Every apparently errant brushstroke falls exactly into place and one feels the warmth of the ears — and even the breath."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Laurie Cook
    Judge's Comment: "So much lies beneath the surface in this stand-out piece demonstrating confident drawing and thoughtful design. The exciting composition succeeds in its balanced arrangement of contrasting yet congruent elements: both vibrant and muted geometric forms surround and support dominant, organic foreground shapes, leaving us with a powerful sense of the figure's presence and a convincing experience."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry

     

    Honorable Mention:

    XIII by Jodie Kain
    Interesting execution of an original concept.

    Airship in the Rain by Tom Shropshire
    Imaginative, fantastical scene with a story.

    Shale Stone and Sea by Leah Dockrill
    Color scheme is arresting, and so appealing!

    The Boardman River by Robert Perrish
    Pleasing landscape with a distinctive mood.

    Art Transformation by Cheryl Plautz
    Awesome realistic rendering.

    Sunrise at The Vanderbilt Park by Tatiana Rhinevault
    Perceptible sensation of morning sunrise within impressionistic style.

    Contentment by Heather Arenas
    Complex composition, drawing and rendering, effectively sharing the experience.

     

    ABSTRACT PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

     

    Name of Artist Tom Shropshire
    Judge's Comment: "Mood reigns supreme in this compelling abstract which inspires us to explore the realm of possibility. The inviting composition, with its electric, blue-white lights over muted siennas, and powerful sense of atmospheric perspective is especially effective, leading us to a place out of time, a gateway to the imagination."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
    Award: BEST IN SHOW - free promoted entry (under 10 entries)
    Name of Artist LAran
    Judge's Comment: "With its strange matrix of inky lines, growing and climbing, root-like around and through the canvas, we imagine the glowing egg shape looming behind and wonder if this could be the generative source of this bizarre, sprouting web."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Leah Dockrill
    Judge's Comment: "One has the sensation of sprouting blooms beneath rain in this highly textural abstract which feels both organic and surreal, but seems to rise before our eyes as we watch it reach skyward. Intense hues vibrate and pop against the warm gray background, amplifying the overall sensation."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry

     

     

     

    NOVICE / FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING CATEGORY

     

    Name of Artist Liliia Shuel
    Judge's Comment: "Masterful, complex perspective drawing adds to the solid foundation of this superb design with its beautifully balanced composition. In addition to skillful drawing, the effects of varied edges, sense of multiple levels, believable depths, and high contrast values in hard and soft washes command our attention as we're drawn to explore every corner of this intriguing scene."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
    Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Karen Burns
    Judge's Comment: "Lovely still life attracts the eye through riveting color harmony and striking contrasts. Low value analogous colors and their high intensity complements on the pear and urn further embellished by the appearance of dripped glaze create a visual drama that keeps our interest in a simple yet strong composition."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Cheryl Pearson
    Judge's Comment: "This unusual landscape offers intriguing planes with sharp angles accentuated by vibrant colors and strong highlights. Rough forms emerge from receding shadows while broken strokes and mast-like features seem to serve as a bridge from the recognized to the realm of abstraction, creating a pronounced sense of mood."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Almas Kabani
    Judge's Comment: "Textural forms in an effective triadic color scheme give the perception of a vibrant, fluid state and illusion of multi-layered depths in this unique composition. The act of viewing takes us on an adventurous foray into the realm of the imagination."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Name of Artist Jeanne Conant
    Judge's Comment: "Fabulous scratchboard drawing features rendering of carefully observed, minute details with controlled and thoughtful use of strong to soft edges. A beautiful drawing framed by its high contrast background results in a striking and cogent image overall."
    Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
    Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry

     

    Honorable Mention:

    Fall Persimmons by Karen Burns
    Nicely rendered, composition and color.

    Precious Stones by Almas Kabani
    Interesting flowing and melding shapes, contrasts and textures.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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