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    BEST IN SHOW: From the Top by Chris Krupinski

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    June 2018 Judge: John Buxton

    “FROM THE TOP presents an opposite handling of 'subtle.' It isn’t. Chris obviously has complete control of  watercolor and delivers high contrast and rich color. The handling of all this pattern and numerous objects is helped with its light source, causing strong contrast that doesn’t allow close examination of darkened detail. It is a strong, well done painting."
    — John Buxton

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    See judge's comments on all 12 finalist paintings below (shown in random order).

    Name of Artist: Shana Levenson
    Judge's Comment: LIBERATED DREAMS asks us to an unreality…a place of witnessed imagination. It is so deftly handled, with it’s cool ambiance and skillfully displays it’s objective: the orange fish (or goldfish). I especially appreciate the subtle fish-patterned background, as a third read.
    Name of Artist: DK Palecek
    Judge's Comment: REACHING NO ABSOLUTE displays a great and fun application of paint and color. Close cool values so well executed above it’s warm undercolor, which is allowed to show through at certain areas. The three silos are nearly centered, but who cares because lighter areas control the composition...as do its placed darker accents.
    Name of Artist: Suzie Greer Baker
    Judge's Comment: HIGH AND DRY is a really good example of plain air perfection. Quick and educated choices of color and values and how to keep it clean and fresh. I admit, red and green and that docked boat arrangement would have scared me off, but Baker has made it work beautifully. Great job.
    Name of Artist: Brian LaSaga
    Judge's Comment: SCOUTING AROUND is very realistic in every respect. It is well thought out and a great composition, well designed and executed. Its point of interest and warmest spot—the squirrel, works so well. Brian knows what he’s doing, and does it so well.
    Name of Artist: John McCartin
    Judge's Comment: KANGARILLA MIST shows us a nice warm glow and a delicate handling of its distant trees. Its color is muted with a nice play of warm and cool throughout. Knowing what John is capable of, I am left wondering if this is one of his watercolor studies. He lists it as oil. This is really soft and wonderful as is. But what if…
    Name of Artist: Suzie Greer Baker
    Judge's Comment: FAITHFUL MORNING or various geyser subjects have been painted hundreds of times and yet Suzie has captured this totally...as her own, with soft and subtle use of color and so well designed. I wonder if that small foreground rivulet was actually there, or if she cleverly added it? It works!
    Name of Artist: Chris Krupinski
    Judge's Comment: FROM THE TOP presents an opposite handling of "subtle." It isn’t. Chris obviously has complete control of watercolor and delivers high contrast and rich color. The handling of all this pattern and numerous objects is helped with its light source, causing strong contrast that doesn’t allow close examination of darkened detail. It is a strong, well done painting.
    Name of Artist: Jane Hunt
    Judge's Comment: WESTERN SKIES has a delicate rendition of fading color and a fading day. OR, is it a beginning? It certainly has that calming and wonderful mood either way. I love the way Hunt has arranged and painted this scene.
    Name of Artist: Derek Penix
    Judge's Comment: AMERICAN SYCAMORE has such great brush quality. This tree is truly alive with Penix's excellence and vitality. Just a tree…but, awesome painting!
    Name of Artist: Natalia Gabeeva
    Judge's Comment: SECRET SINGS has a great composition and everything is quite well drawn. But that is my hangup. This competition is a painting competition, but this is a drawing with a nice warm wash. It is truly a great piece, but is it a painting … or does anyone care? It’s still great!
    Name of Artist: Linda Tracey Brandon
    Judge's Comment: THUNDERING QUINCE is a no nonsense, low contrast and almost monochromatic example—an example most artists would not attempt or consider painting. A square format and closely cropped view of quince doesn’t allow and doesn’t attempt any exotic composition. Yet, it’s mood and arrangement is quite pleasing. Linda, I love it!
    Name of Artist: TIM TYLER
    Judge's Comment: WINE IN A BOX is clever and well executed in every respect. The composition is…the color is…the values are…and I especially like that its subject, the wine, is so almost overlooked. Hiding red wine isn’t the norm. Well done.

     

    "I kept asking myself… but which is THE BEST? And WHY? I suppose therefore, after my 56 years of painting, it has to come down to simply my personal preference. Which really isn’t fair. All of these are WINNERS!" — John Buxton

     

    June 2018 Artists Choice

    Cash award to monthly Best in Show winner. All monthly finalists win a free promoted painting entry, are chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month, and compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August. Artists may offer to sell their paintings or print reproductions and keep 100% if sold.
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