14 March 2012

You be the judge...


I normally don't ask for favors on this blog, but today I make an exception.

My painting, "King of the Road", was included in the current round of Brian Neher's online art contest, You Be The Judge.  Fifteen paintings are displayed in each of the 5 rounds.  Three are chosen as finalists.

King of the Road, 16 x 12", oil on linen

A unique aspect of this competition is that visitors to the contest website decide on the finalists from each round by voting for a favorite.  Another unique aspect is the lack of an entry fee.  It's free to enter and you can submit up to 2 pieces.  Brian's goals for this contest are to educate, inspire, and equip emerging artists...and those goals are reflected in the grand prize package he has constructed through donations.

Please visit the contest website now and vote for your favorite entry.  There are 15 paintings in the 3rd round, including mine which is #3 from the top.  All the paintings are worthy.  You will find the voting menu at the bottom of the post.

There are 2 more rounds yet to come, so if you are an artist, you still have time to enter your work.  All entries must be representational paintings using a wet medium.  Good luck.


13 comments:

  1. You will let us know when you make the grand prize round!!!

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    1. Thanks, David. I'd be thrilled just to make it through this round (I'm a realist, after all :o) But I like your way of thinking, too.

      Will post what happens.

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  2. Good Luck and congrats on being selected. Its a really nice piece. The quality through the rounds is really high.

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    1. Steve, It's a good contest. I like Brian's motivations...educate, inspire, equip. Hope you submit some pieces, your work would fit right in.

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  3. Done. As you say, all great works.

    But yours is a stand-out.

    I do my best to imagine what it might be like to be in front of each painting. Photos seldom are able to capture the 'presence' of a piece. The more painterly the work, the more the photo misses the essence of living paint.

    Yours is fresh, painterly, dispalys a fine sensibility but avoids sentimentality. It moves beyond the decorative. It gives a glimpse of the painter's regard for the subject in the careful and caring caress of marks around the face.

    I love seeing that it is made by hand, seeing that it was conjoured into existence by human talent onto a piece of cloth. In a world crammed to overflowing with digital images, that becomes more precious than ever.

    My fingers will remain firmly crossed.

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  4. Great painting..it got my vote...

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to vote, John. Much appreciated.

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  5. It's a beautiful painting Candace. Wonderful how you've used light and dark areas to direct the viewers attention to the center of interest. Good luck in the contest!

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    1. Thanks, Erik. Likewise, good luck to you. Your entry, "Fire and Ice", is stiff competition :o) Beautifully done.

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    2. Hi Candace,
      As a long time follower of your blog I'm honored to be on the same page as you. IMHO "King of the road" has the best chance of winning.
      Best wishes,
      Erik

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    3. Erik,

      Kind words...humble thanks...warm regards.

      Candace

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  6. Thanks for letting us know about this, I used the link and voted - best of luck with your entry!

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  7. Your work is delightful,Candace; and so is your name!Nice to meet you.

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