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: George F. Bodine
Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
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."
Name of Artist: Rick J. Delanty
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
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."
Name of Artist: Deborah Tilby
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
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."
Name of Artist: Laurie Cook
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
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."
Name of Artist: Yael Maimon
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
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."
Name of Artist: Andrey Pingachev
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
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."

 

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: Leah Dockrill
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
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."
Name of Artist: Tom Shropshire
Award: BEST IN SHOW - free promoted entry (under 10 entries)
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
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."
Name of Artist: LAran
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
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."

 

 

 

NOVICE / FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING CATEGORY

 

Name of Artist: Almas Kabani
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
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."
Name of Artist: Jeanne Conant
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
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."
Name of Artist: Karen Burns
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
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."
Name of Artist: Cheryl Pearson
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
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."
Name of Artist: Liliia Shuel
Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
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."

 

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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