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BANNER-George Avery

TREASURE ISLAND ART GUILD (TI-AG) - OCTTOBER 2012 SHOW

"Windmills of Your Mind"

Judged by Lorraine Potocki


Lorraine writes :

First, let me say what an honor it is to have been chosen to judge this show. I am only sorry that I will not be able to give the awards in person. My godson, Chad, is getting married on October 12, and I will be in NJ celebrating this wonderful occasion!

I remember when I went to a juried show a couple of years ago, the judge explained how he picked the winners. He said there were the obvious reasons-technical excellence, command of the medium, composition, color, etc. But, the thing I remember him saying the most was, sometimes I just like the piece. It moves me.

There were so many beautiful entries. I walked around several times before I began to jot down notes. I viewed each piece up close and then at a reasonable distance. I, too, looked at all of the obvious reasons one piece might have stood out over another. I also looked at how someone treated a subject in a way I might not have seen before. But, I have to admit, some pieces just moved me. I just liked them. After I made my selections, and wrote some comments, I walked around one final time to make sure I was comfortable with my selections.



OCTOBER 2012 Honors:

First Place: Oh Please - Acrylic - Bruce Kotchey
- Pastel First Place: Oh Please - Acrylic - Bruce Kotchey

Critique from the judge !

There is such emotion in this piece. It is compelling. The brush strokes add to the movement. The composition is dramatic. I like the choice of a limited palette. It's similar to why some black and white photographs just work better than if they had been in color. I was drawn to this painting the moment I saw it.



2nd Place: Fashions By Clyde - Acrylic - Pat Davis
2nd Place: Fashions By Clyde - Acrylic - Pat Davis

Critique from the judge !

The whimsical nature of this painting drew me in. I just had to smile. Very nice use of color. Movement in the piece keeps you wanting to look more and see more. It's playful and captivating. I really like this painting.



3rd Place: The Pub - Pastel - Arlene Shoemaker
3rd Place: The Pub - Pastel - Arlene Shoemaker

Critique from the judge !

I was drawn into the painting by its simplicity and elegance. It is understated by its use of muted colors yet achieves depth. Each time I came back to see it, I saw something new. I could almost hear the patrons in the pub talking and hear he normal pub noises of clinking glasses and laughter.



Honorable Mentions

(in no particular order of merit)


Flowers, Flowers Everywhere - Acrylic - Louise Garrigues
Flowers, Flowers Everywhere - Acrylic - Louise Garrigues

Critique from the judge !

The use of color and values makes this painting come alive. Nice depth and beautiful brush strokes. Every flower was treated as though it had its own personality. It draws you in from a distance and keeps you interested when you move in for a closer look.



Key West - Mixed - Chuck Hager
Key West - Mixed - Chuck Hager

Critique from the judge !

This piece has a lovely overall feel. The use of overlapping transparent colors is intriguing. It's soft, yet with the black sky, can be a bit imposing. Maybe mysterious. Use of texture gives it dimension and visual interest.



Gondolier - Palette Knife - Kathryn Vanasse
Gondolier - Palette Knife - Kathryn Vanasse

Critique from the judge !

I went back to revisit this piece several times. The gondola appears to be gently moving up the waterway. Although the painting is dark in value, I found it peaceful and quiet. The composition works well as does the use of palette knife for defining strokes.



Peppers - Inkjet Print - George B. Greenfield
Peppers - Inkjet Print - George B. Greenfield

Critique from the judge !

The peppers could almost be an abstract the way they are arranged as elements in this pleasing and strong composition. The lighting works well. Although the "lead character" is the largest and lightest value, it doesn't overshadow the rest of the "supporting cast". Rich, beautiful color makes this piece strong from a distance as well as up close.



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



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