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TREASURE ISLAND ART GUILD (TI-AG) - MARCH 2012 Show "YE OLDE WORKSHOPPE"

Judged by Mac Perry


The above painting shows some of our Art Group members at work.
This painting is the second place winner of this monthís show, painted by Patricia McEntire.

Our Judge for this show was Mac Perry, Acrylics Instructor at Pinellas Park Art Society. Mac wrote of this painting above " Naivism or Folk Art was a movement in the early 20th century. Perhaps the most famous naivist was Grandma Moses who set aside many rules of art, and ignored the laws of perspective and point of view and replaced these with a delightful, almost childish application of detail and freshness and a harmoniously balanced arrangement of figures busily going about life. This style is often seen on Christmas cards. Patricia has given us a rarely seen artwork painted in this Naivism style.

I encourage her to study the works of Grandma Moses and Henri Rousseau. Notice the flatness and up and down images, how the distant people are just as tall as those in the foreground, the moving point of view, every image is seen straight on. Notice the simplicity of the scene, feel the nudging into a time in the past, a time of your childhood days. Walt Disney mastered this technique of taking adults back into their childhood dreams ".


MARCH 2012 Honors:

First Place Portrait :Oil with knife by Gay Womack
1st Place Portrait :Oil with knife by Gay Womack

Critique from the judge !

Most artworks are lighted by a room light or bright window. Rarely, a painting will produce its own light and brighten up a room instead of the room lighting the artwork. It is a rare artist who obtains this skill. It is usually achieved by color choices and enhanced by texture. Gay has achieved both. Her artwork glows and radiates light. She has used sister colors (umber, yellow, sienna, orange and red) played against a soft complementary blue hat. I call this a mushroom combo because of the shape on the color wheel. The facial detail is consistent with each part (eye, nose, ears, lips) being developed about 40%. There could have been a better composition by giving the face more nose room (move the head back a little). This is a splendid artwork that will brighten up any room.



Second Place- Workshop Artist - Acrylic by Patricia McEntire
2nd Place Workshop Artist Acrylic by Patricia McEntire

See the judgeís comments above.



3rd Place - The Big Tent-Pastel by Colleen Ward
3rd Place The Big Tent Pastel by Colleen Ward

Critique from the judge !

Aesthetically I was pleasantly attracted by the soft evening shadows that are so romantic. It took me to an exotic place far away in a dreamworld where there are minarets and arched windows. Technically, this was created with soft edges and purple colors. There is heat at the top with warm colors and coolness at the bottom in the shaded area with cool colors. I love the infused colors in the tree trunk (blue, red, purple, yellow, green) and no mud. Colleen utilized anchoring, created strong vertical lines, and did a splendid job on the wall texture. Vase with Oranges a miniature acrylic by Nancy Davis I was especially impressed with how Nancy Infused colors everywhere Used the blues against the complementary tans Contrasted the hard edge front image against the softer rear image. Iíd like to have seen a softer back edge of the table Oranges and table cloth both have about four shades of color, making them more realistic. Maintains a consistent light source Uses correct and good shading on window panes Utilizes several contrasts at focal point (value, color, intensity, detail) Gave special attention to the beautiful wall. It isnít just a flat wall; it is full of life.



Honorable Mentions

(in no particular order of merit)


Vase with Oranges - a miniature acrylic by Nancy Davis
Vase with Oranges a miniature acrylic by Nancy Davis

Critique from the judge !

I was especially impressed with how Nancy:

  • Infused colors everywhere

  • Used the blues against the complementary tans

  • Contrasted the hard edge front image against the softer rear image. Iíd like to have seen a softer back edge of the table

  • Oranges and table cloth both have about four shades of color, making them more realistic

  • Maintains a consistent light source

  • Uses correct and good shading on window panes

  • Utilizes several contrasts at focal point (value, color, intensity, detail)

  • Gave special attention to the beautiful wall. It isnít just a flat wall; it is full of life.



Honorable Mention: Keeping Guard - Acrylic by Paul Shann
Keeping Guard Acrylic by Paul Shann

Critique from the judge !

Paulís composition caught my attention. The birds and plants on the left point left and on the right, point right. They remind me of the aesthetic motions of a musical conductor. The long thin necks on the birds seem to be stretching as if to hear a crack of a stick or rustle of a bush, a warning sound. There is good balance here. This artwork is structurally sound and pleasant.



Honorable Mention: Flowers in a Bowl - Acrylic still life by Dawn Woodward
Flowers in a Bowl Acrylic still life by Dawn Woodward

Critique from the judge !

Aesthetically this is a powerful image that jumps off the canvas and catches your attention. Dawn uses a " Sisters Combo " of colors (red, orange, yellow, green) at the top of the wheel and expertly avoids the blues and purples. She also utilizes a rarely used " Intensity Contrast " by painting the background the same colors as the foreground but contrasting the intensities. Unfortunately, the lower area is overworked and has brought mud into the painting and all of the flowers are aimed at the viewer instead of some facing upward as flowers do. Otherwise, this is a powerful painting and exhibits much authority.



Honorable Mention: This is it - Oil by Pete Garino

This is it Oil by Pete Garino

Critique from the judge !

Pete has done a good job on the difficult skin tones by using several colors (blue, white, orange, tan, red). There are good proportions (portraits are especially difficult). I especially loved the blue shirt color. There is perhaps a little too much " Head Room ". The eyes should be placed on the top third line.


Thank you Joe Martin for suppling photographs for this webpage.

All this artwork and more is on display at the Treasure Island City Hall through the month of MARCH 2012 at no charge. Open during normal business hours.


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the entrants!


The Art Guild also features members artwork at the Treasure Island Community Center.
Four works from each member selected are featured starting in April 2012.
These paintings are not judged, there is no reception, but they are truly worthy of a visit for your enjoyment.

Treasure Island Community Center

1 Park Place & 106th Avenue

Treasure Island.

Please call 547-4575 ext. 238 for hours of operation.



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