Fire Lit Up the Vietnamese Sky - Charles Zetterberg - Acrylic
I found my self taken by the bright colors against the stark imagery.
Memories of the Vietnam war were pushed aside by my wonderment if the scene
actually depicted the artist's subjects viewing a breathtaking sunset.
Nice use of ambiguous intention. A thoughtful composition, carefully
crafted, not overdone. An intimate work, informing me to wonder about the thoughts of the subjects.
Desert Rose Explosion - Patricia Proball Zill - Watercolor
A rich, lush watercolor. Smart, skillful composition, filling the canvas with color and scale. Nice use of both carefully controlled and loose, sweeping brushstrokes. Depth of color is impressive, difficult to achieve within the medium.
Spring Flowers - Gerry Bourlow - Watercolor
An eye-catching duo of sharply drawn, bright pink flowers; juxtaposed
against a multi-color wash of surrounding foliage. An unusual yet interesting
composition and vision. Reminiscent of a photographer's skillfull use of Depth
of Field and Bokah to accentuate the focal point(s) of the work.
(in no particular order of merit)
The Last Exit - Bruce Kotchey - Acrylic
A grim and ironic piece; those experienced with being shown-to-the-door may find themselves wearing a wry smile while contemplating this work. Smart use of color and space, gently reminding the observer of a universal wonderment regarding the finality of things. I found the hat to be my point of subject assimilation, helping me flesh out or otherwise define the man I was observing. Interesting command of my inner process, a tip o' the hat to the artist.
Thank You - Joseph Martin - Photo Art
The heart-wrenching moment when a triangularly-folded American Flag is provided
to the grieving next of kin. A powerful, extraordinarily compelling piece.
American Goldfinch - Eleanor Adamo - Watercolor
A refreshing change and kind homage to John J. Audubon. This stately painting
captures the grace and detail exemplified in Audubon's work. Courageous effort
and fulfilled intention on the part of the artist. Difficult subject matter very well done.
Harbor Lights - Noreen French - Watercolor
A beautiful watercolor scene, reflecting a skilled hand capturing both
fine-grain detail and loose impressive strokes.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the entrants!
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