RayMar 3rd Annual Fine Art Competition Winners (2008 - 2009)
Painting
Final Judge Critique
Monthly Judges Critique
1st Place - $10,000 Cash
 
Milly Tsai
 
Old World Prague - 18 x 24
Finalist for Sep 2008
 
The strength of this painting kept bringing me back time and time again. The simplicity of design is balanced with the details limited to what is seen through the second arch. I like the way this arch becomes the focal point of the painting with the maximum contrast, the hardest edge, and the most interesting detail. I love the way the figures not only explain the scale of these buildings, but provide the element of "beckoning the viewer" to come for a closer look. Good composition, great palette, nice edges, and sound drawing. Fantastic piece. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
The winner of the month.
 
Michael Mao
2nd Place - $5,000 Cash
 
Jim Wodark
 
 Dingy on the Side - 12 x 16
Finalist for Mar 2008
 
I like the way the center of interest of the boats sits at the top of the painting leaving the bottom two thirds to support it. One has to be careful to make that subordinate part of the painting interesting but simple enough so as not to detract from the rest of the design. Here I think the artist succeeded. Nice use of contrasts and choice of colors. The boats themselves have nice punch to the piece, but the touch of red really pulls you in. Good planning and execuction. This peaceful painting is one that truly makes me feel good. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
Balance, travel and romance. Three words that immediately come to my mind as I first look at this piece. Composition here was crucial and you did it perfectly considering the cluster of boats. I feel that anymore to the right, to the left, higher or lower, it wouldn’t have worked as well as it does here. I do think the stern of the dingy is a bit much. It doesn’t have to totally steal the show, and it does. Water texture versus manmade objects is well done. Great job simplifying objects in the background. I like high horizon composition. Very elegant shapes on both sailboats.
 
Ronaldo Macedo
3rd Place - $2,500 Cash
 
Michael Mao
 
Morning Slumber - 9 x 12
Finalist for Dec 2008
 
This is always a tough subject, but handled very well here. Without the small bit of the arm showing, this probably wouldn't have worked as well. The subtle variations of whites and off whites and the handling of the direction of light makes this painting very convincing. Great piece. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
This was a no-brainer entry for me. What a great handling of all the whites! Subtlety colorful and everything leads you to that little patch of skin showing. I also like the way you lost the edge of the hair into the background. Understated beauty. Excellent painting.
 
Greg LaRock
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Warren Neary
 
Fading Winter Evening Light - 8 x 10
Finalist for Dec 2008
 
This hits me as nice little study for a larger painting. I think it warrants it. The shapes are very interesting and varied, but simply painted. A very moody piece, and I especially like the subtle shift of hues and handling of warms and cools. Good piece. Congratulations

Tom Browning
You’ve really captured the values well in this fading light. You can feel the cold ­coming on! Great subtle shifts in the snow blues. Wonderfully simple scene. I also like the way you handled the edgework and shapes of the trees. Good variety and spacing. The lights poking through are nice touch that adds interest.
 
Greg LaRock
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Keith Bond
 
Autumn in the Foothills - 8 x 16
Finalist for Dec 2008
 
I like how this painting is put together. It shows a good understanding of atmospheric perspective, and the colors show keen observation. The design is well thought out and leads the eye nicely from foreground to distance. The brushwork keeps the painting fresh and convincing. Nice job. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
Nice simple subject that conveys excellent atmospheric depth, good warm to cool transition from front to back. I love the loose brushwork and how you’ve taken a seemingly uninteresting landscape and turned it into a work of art.
 
Greg LaRock
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Wm Wray
 
Wagons - 9 x 12
Finalist for Nov 2008
 
 
A nice use of color, using complimentaries that are greyed down. Makes for a nice harmony. I like the way the near abstract foreground plays against the main car that has quite a bit of implied detail. Drawing is good, and balance of spaces and shapes is very interesting. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
A lovely balance of delicate color which conveys a mid day scene and the age of the vehicles. Sun-drenched and weathered. If I saw it in a gallery show I'd move right to it because it is so convincing.
 
Gil Dellinger
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Romel de la Torre
 
February Snow - 12 x 16
Finalist for Nov 2008
 
One of my favorite subjects, but tough to get a great composition. I like the dominance of the yellow house that perhaps borders on "too much". What does it for me in this painting is the handling of the paint itself through the brushwork and use of edges. Very well painted. congratulations.

Tom Browning
A compelling painting, which combines a convincing space with a mood that is consistent throughout. Although the focal point is strong and centered, supporting values and colors are successful.
 
Gil Dellinger
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Michael Situ
 
Newport Harbor - 12 x 16
Finalist for Oct 2008
 
The foreground with moored boats and dock are a nice lead in to the sail boat in the background. Values and color choices are well controlled and keep the sail the focal point. The brushwork is well handled as are the color choices. A nice example of impressionism. Bravo. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
A robust composition constructed on a not too obvious one-point perspective format. The moored boats in the foreground definitely help keep the viewer's eye from making too rapid of an entry into the background and its prominent sailboat. This work is a good example of using the basic principles of perspective and balance between complex and simple areas to hold it all together.
 
Ted Smuskiewicz
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Barbara Flowers
 
Red-Violet and Yellow-Green - 10 x 8
Finalist for June 2008
 
What a wonderful little gem. I can see the artist was working on pure emotion with this one. The subject must have been exciting, because everything seems to have come together. The vibrant colors and application of paint let the viewer share in this excitement. Nice and simple. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
This piece has energy and vibrancy. The artist has employed a wonderful, painterly approach. The painting is beautifully rendered with harmonious, thin transparent color in combination with thick impasto. The white highlight on the vase gives the painting such punch yet it appears to be so effortlessly applied. The artist has “squinted down” the objects in the painting to their simplest shapes and patterns. Well done.
 
Bryce Cameron Liston
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Abbey Ryan
 
Strawberry PB & J Half - 4 x 8
Finalist for June 2008
 
I was surprised to see that this piece is only 4x8 inches. Although I don't usually go for photo realism, this is so well painted that the textures and form come across as the goal of the artist.This trumps most other elements. The fact that there are very few hard edges is what makes this so realistic. Very convincing. Any painting that can whip up my appetite makes me want to see more of this artist's work. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
This piece is bold in its simplicity. I would never have thought about this as a subject for a painting, yet it works. I kept coming back to this piece—it’s simple and so very convincingly painted. You can feel, or should I say taste, all of the different textures. The paint application and handling of the edges are very well done. These essentials, along with the texture help successfully describe the different elements of the sandwich. Great highlights!
 
Bryce Cameron Liston
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Greg LaRock
 
Making Waves - 8 x 10
Finalist for May 2008
 
For a small painting, there is a lot packed into this. The compositions is intriguing as the eye is led out to the end of the pier where the atmosphere thickens. The complexity of the pilings was very well handled. The figure going into the surf was a nice touch and adds a little human interest. Overall this is very well executed. Congratulations.

Tom Browning
Great atmosphere....good sound drawing.......believable waves and water that lies down well..... and the figure is the punctuation mark.
 
Joan Marron LaRue
Award Finalist - $1,000 Cash
 
Dan Beck
 
Loris - 16 x 8
Finalist for Feb 2008
 
I like the simple design and use of color. The brush work and handling of edges make this a real easy piece to look at. There's a good sense of drawing that isn't overpowered by the looseness.

Tom Browning
A real winner. A well composed arrangement all working towards the whole. A perfect blend of reality and abstraction.
 
Kevin Macpherson

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