January 2020 Finalist Paintings - Gallery

January 2020 Judges:  PaintingContest.Org panel of art professionals judged Best in Show and Finalist paintings in January 2020. 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-Jan2020REP-Wetlands-by-Michael-Orwick
BESTINSHOW-Jan2020ABS-Day-Dreaming-by-Millie-Mac
BESTINSHOW-Jan2020NLP-Clouds-Thunder-by-Almas-Kabani
FINALIST-Jan2020ABS-Beyond-My-World-by-Freya-Kazemi
FINALIST-Jan2020ABS-Effects-by-Athanasia-Karatza
FINALIST-Jan2020ABS-Faded-Tulips-by-Andrey-Pingachev
FINALIST-Jan2020ABS-Shout-by-Lidia-Kosiorek
FINALIST-Jan2020ABS-The-Unknown-World-by-Billy-Moro-Wey
FINALIST-Jan2020NLP-Alive-With-Color-by-Brittany-Lemmon
FINALIST-Jan2020NLP-Curious-Cat-by-Kathy-Chandler
FINALIST-Jan2020NLP-Ginger-Jar-by-Carlota-Estevez
FINALIST-Jan2020NLP-Honey-Sun-by-Inga-Vedmidska
FINALIST-Jan2020NLP-The-Chair-by-Bruce-Strickland
FINALIST-Jan2020REP-From-the-Tower-by-DeniseAntaya
FINALIST-Jan2020REP-Catching-A-Ray-by-Cheryl-Plautz
FINALIST-Jan2020REP-Dock-by-AndreyPingachev
FINALIST-Jan2020REP-Louder-than-Words-by-Yael-Maimon
FINALIST-Jan2020REP-The-Swimmer-by-Anton-Hoeger
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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: Michael Orwick
Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
Judge's Comment: “The artist so effectively conjures ‘the mystery of light and atmosphere’—as he well describes it—resulting in a thoroughly stunning depiction of a place real, yet beyond, of dreams and memories. The mood is set so completely that one easily imagines the buzzing of insects, call of birds, and scent of aquatic reeds. Magic looms vividly in the mind of the viewer, thanks to the masterful play of complimentary hues, maneuvering forms, and scattered yet rhythmic strokes.”
Name of Artist: Yael Maimon
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
Judge's Comment: "An incredible sense of presence emanates from this portrait of a cat, rendered almost counter-intuitively by apparently chaotic, yet perfectly placed, free-flowing swatches and strokes. The resulting effect seems almost impossible to achieve— the subject appears more lifelike and animated than real, posing attentively within its own special framework in a beautifully balanced composition."
Name of Artist: Denise Antaya
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
Judge's Comment: "A wonderful sense of drama and presence characterize this work; masterful perspective drawing and strong, well-placed diagonals lead our eye in and through to the horizon. Along the way, we stop to admire a beautifully rendered scene, the limited palette wielding its power through stark delineation of forms and effective use of contrast."
Name of Artist: Anton Hoeger
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
Judge's Comment: "Stunning image by the artist, all the more compelling by the accompanying narrative describing the swimmer symbolizing chaos and instability in the present world. Apart from the intrigue of meaning, the image itself is powerful and striking, from its distinctive hyper-realistic rendering to its emphatic textural treatment, eclectic patterns morphing foreground to background as if to depict multiple states of matter, transforming before our eyes."
Name of Artist: Cheryl Plautz
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Representational Professional
Judge's Comment: "The ebb and flow of rhythmic patterns gracefully support this superb rendering, and one feels a keen presence of filtering light over a wide range of softly defined values. Add the variety of meticulously rendered textures over the modeling of the animal and one feels a true sense of life, mass, and depth in a composition inviting us to explore over and over."
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 delightful composition, beautifully executed, balanced, and exceptionally well organized despite its overwhelming number of angles and elements. Color intensity is carefully metered yet doesn't spare the joy of bright hues within the confines of an otherwise representational scene. Meticulously observed perspective drawing results in a painting so satisfying to behold."

 

Honorable Mention:

Brentwood Bay, Morning Light by Rajat Shanbhag
This unusual yet highly unifying composition instantly intrigues us. The curved lines in the foreground pull us in while vertical, high contrast trees and poles create a sense of directional framing, leading the viewer in and down the road.

Katy of Stillwater by Nicole Mone
Lovely rendering: beautiful sense of clear, translucent skin and crystalline eyes.

Paris by George Bodine
Composition with great sense of mood and mystery.

Rain and the city I. by Monika Harmund Csanyi
Highly creative composition, nice sense of the abstract quality of rain.

Sophia by Christine Columbo
So delicate a rendering, interesting angled view and sense of etheric mood.

Pescadero Farm by Jolyn Wells-Moran
Bold brushstrokes, yet subtle palette yields distinctive mood.

Dan by Yvonne Ham
Wonderful character rendering and story telling with distinctive mood.

 

ABSTRACT PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

 

Name of Artist: Freya Kazemi
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "Fascinating abstract conveys a sense of feeling overwhelmed by forces beyond our control. One imagines the chaotic metroplex of a city compared to the well-crafted elements of a single building, or the impression of an individual desperate to rationalize itself within the apathetic context of a population. The qualities that make us human seem dwarfed by the scale of our present world, disconnecting us, and challenging us to deal with an imposing sense of obsolescence."
Name of Artist: Lidia Kosiorek
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "As if an invitation to participate in the moment of creation — perhaps observing a chemical catalyst or punctuated cellular event, this exciting abstract indulges our participation in a fleeting phenomenon, first hand. The balance of defined shapes with vivid hues against contrasting, muted values adds to a wonderful impression of the fluid state of matter."
Name of Artist: My Linh Mac
Award: BEST IN SHOW - Cash award and free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "Stunning abstract compels us to explore its mystical labyrinth over and over. As if to pay homage to some iconic gothic cathedral with its soaring stained glass windows and sculptured walls, one may discover a powerful sense of random adventure in this otherworld of morphing patterns, shapes, colors, and dizzying depths. Despite its complexity, dominant contrasting shapes seem to merge and focus the view, and one may have the sense of watching a flock of birds move up and away in unison."
Name of Artist: Andrey Pingachev
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "An amazing sense of depth and scale is achieved by this distinctive, original abstract design, along with the nagging feeling of an encrypted message staring us in the face. The sense of a Rubik's cube challenge pulls on us powerfully, perhaps activated by the intriguing placement of shapes, lines, and colors meeting or superimposing in unexpected ways. Perhaps, our subconscious mind has already broken the encryption and our conscious state merely needs to catch up."
Name of Artist: Athanasia Karatza
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "Like a creeping mycelium invisible to the naked eye, this image seems to grow beyond the boundaries of the canvas. Low chroma and limited palette place the emphasis on linear and spatial movement, resulting in compositional balance that relies on unusual placement of positive and negative weights. We have the impression of watching some obscure organism evolve and grow—an event rarely if ever viewed before."
Name of Artist: Billy Moro-Wey
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Abstract Professional
Judge's Comment: "At first glance, we conjured an impression of a futuristic, Buck Rogers kind of world, with a dash of Art Deco style that once defined modernistic concepts. However, a closer look departs from such comparisons as this painting exhibits its own distinctive style, sense of confidence, and originality. Our imagination is set to full throttle as we notice connected organic forms that seem to whiz by, as if inviting us on some strange hyper-ride to places well off the charts."

 

 Honorable Mention:

Cosmic Dust by Tom Shropshire
Intriguing sense of rhythm, shifting elements, crossing paths.

Serengeti Adventure by Carol Matthews
Interesting play of color, pattern and texture.

Attempt fo Creation by Silaro (Szilárd Szilágyi)
Original construction; complex, intriguing.

 

NOVICE / FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING CATEGORY

 

Name of Artist: Kathy Chandler
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
Judge's Comment: "We find this intriguing, impressionistic portrait of a cat to be an effective personality reading, depicting the exaggerated expression of excitement displayed under certain conditions (watching a mouse, for example). As if observing electrical energy flowing from a state of mind, we wait in suspense for the next move."
Name of Artist: Brittany Lemmon
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
Judge's Comment: "Highly original, thoroughly imaginative yet within its own believable context thanks to unifying style, color scheme, layered depths, and atmospheric perspective. Gliding into the foreground we experience what feels like a magic carpet ride over psychedelic flowers and fields, instantly transporting us to a strange otherworld with its ever-shifting reality, amplified as the viewer delves in."
Name of Artist: Carlota Estevez
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
Judge's Comment: "A study in harmony, this distinctive still life achieves luminous effects within an analogous color palette. Vibrant hues contrast with deep, muted values while masterful edge variance emphasizes depth and the dimensional quality of objects for a pleasing, balanced composition."
Name of Artist: Inga Vedmidska
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
Judge's Comment: "This mesmerizing still life immediately draws the eye with its free-form, textural brush strokes, skillfully conveying the effect of light striking and refracting inside the glass jar. Even the cast shadow is totally convincing despite an apparent bramble of strokes, random in isolation but wonderfully effective in context, strongly supporting the overall composition and the sensation of space, light, and depth."
Name of Artist: Almas Kabani
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: "Fabulous abstract painting features a wonderful play of form, texture, color and depth. Feeling of mystery and awe accompanies the distinctive mood, with plenty of room to explore the bizarre nature of a place without limit. Rendering in the realm of the imagination is challenging all by itself but this artist has accomplished just that in droves, resulting in a singular universe, all to its own."
Name of Artist: Bruce Strickland
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: PaintingContest.Org Panel of Art Professionals, Novice / For the Love of Painting
Judge's Comment: “Excellent draftsmanship is key to this interesting and balanced composition. Skillful rendering and careful perspective drawing convey the experience of just catching the cat resting on a sunlit chair. Detail is supportive yet never an end to itself; rather the artist has succeeded in capturing a sense of reality by choosing which areas to refine and emphasize, and which areas to only approximate — just as our own senses tend to record it in our mind.”

 

Honorable Mention:

Cityscape by Kalpesh Parmar
Lovely street scene with an air of mystery.

 

 

 

 


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