February 2012 Finalist

16 Apr 2012
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February 2012 Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Michelle Dunaway

Change of Seasons by SM Botstein
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: simplicity can be so captivating.. this painting reminds me of a quote by Robert Henri from the book The Art Spirit “The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.” I think it's powerful how the artist chose to depict only the essential . The muted green color choice of the background and golden hued underpainting also lend themselves well to enriching the rust color of the the dried leaves. The design of the shadow is essential to the three dimensional aspect of the painting and was handled very well. It is a study of subtle light as much as a study of the forms in nature and is a beautiful blending of finished brushwork while retaining the freshness of a spontaneous painting sketch. - Michelle Dunaway


RayMar 6th Annual Art Contest Judges

December 2011--John Burton

January 2012--Kathryn Stats

February 2012--Michelle Dunaway

March 2012--Tony Pro

April 2012--Joshua Rose

May 2012--Warren Chang

June 2012--John & Shannon Watts

July 2012--Jennifer McChristian

August 2012--Michael Godfrey

September 2012--Sherrie McGraw

October 2012--Kathy Anderson

November 2012--Jill Carver

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