OPA Online Showcase Competition Finalists (Fall 2012)

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   First Place
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Sunshine Breakfast by Stan Rogers
16 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting has it all: Great design, accurate drawing without being too tight, energetic brushstrokes, thick and thin paint, wonderful play of color accents amid the grays. Well done! - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Second Place
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Cracker Jack by Craig Pursley
-18 x -18 Oil

Judge's Comments: To pull off lettering in perspective and make it look accurate and not too distracting..what a feat! The red leads you right to the center of interest, a beautifully painted portrait, but your eye keeps moving around the painting to the door handle and light in the background. An ambitious and well-executed undertaking. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Third Place
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Autumn Marsh: Proverbs 2:2 by thomas kegler
30 x 40 Oil

Judge's Comments: We've all stood somewhere similar to this spot and been awed by the hushed beauty at the cusp of the day. Thomas captured not only the look but the spirit of that moment - you can feel the emotion emanate from the canvas. Just enough detail on the grasses in the foreground and a lovely sense of mystery as detail and warmth diminishes into the background. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

The Burden of Knowledge by Michael DeVore
32" x 36" Oil

Judge's Comments: Another emotional painting- I love the sense of intrigue--What's he reading? What's tormenting him? The painting on the wall in the background is a nice touch to add to the story. Incredible draftsmanship and just enough soft edges to keep it from feeling too brittle. Lovely color harmonies. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Sign of Spring by Nikolo Balkanski
20 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: Beautiful play of temperatures - you feel both the chill of the snow and warmth of the weak spring sun. Great drawing and depiction of "junk" - turning the mundane into art. I looked at this painting a long time before I noticed the fox next to the building - a great pay-off to the viewer without taking over the theme of the painting. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Mercato Nuovo in Rain (Firenze) No. 2 by James Crandall
24" x 30" Oil

Judge's Comments: I love the implied areas in this painting - the darks on the left and the signs behind the figures on the right. Lovely paint quality and brushwork. The warm accents from the incandescent lights play beautifully against the cooler natural light. Wonderful indication of wetness on the pavement. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Blue and White Ginger Jar by Christine Saper
10 x 8 Oil

Judge's Comments: Above and beyond the subject matter, this painting engages with the viewer with strong brushwork and luscious paint. I stopped thinking about a ginger jar and an apple and instead followed the tracks of the artist through her strong brushwork. Fresh and energetic! - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Apotheosis by Alan Larkin
20" x 16" Oil

Judge's Comments: I kept coming back to this painting again and again - the various textures and unique subject matter grabbed my attention. Beautiful rendering of the elephant and dynamic lighting. A head-turner. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Early Birds, Winter Park Farmers Market by Stacy Barter
24 x 30 Oil

Judge's Comments: You need sunglasses to look at this painting! Wonderful feeling of light. Beautiful sense of time and place and accurately-depicted figures. Just enough detail to tell us what's going on without losing that sense of blinding morning light. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Little Artist by Randolph Peay
30 x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: Great design and paint quality! I love the way the bear almost blends into the background, focusing our eye on the little girl. Sweet without being too sentimental. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

On Wings of Art: Sorolla's Studio by Ray Hassard
20"- x 24" Oil

Judge's Comments: I must admit that any depiction of Sorolla's studio would get my attention, but the execution of this piece elevates the scene from just a snapshot to a work of art. Lovely indication of Sorolla's paintings in the background. Great design- the triangulation of the bright white color keeps the eye moving through the painting. That half-figure on the left looking into the painting is a bold and effective addition. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

The Horse Before The Cart by Elizabeth Pollie
-24 x -30 Oil

Judge's Comments: Intriguing textures - those little glints of red/orange coming through make for a lively painting.Good solid drawing and I love the temperature shifts in the indication of the bricks on the wall. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA







   Honorable Mention - Associate Member
Award Sponsor: Oil Painters of America
Judge: Kathleen Dunphy, OPA

Brother Afar by Jacob Neagle
22 x 28 Oil

Judge's Comments: In addition to depicting a very moving subject matter, this piece is beautifully painted. The warm underpainting showing through provides unity throughout the work, and the thicker paint on the figure's face creates a convincing sense of depth. Great textures and subtle color shifts in the background shadow. - Kathleen Dunphy, OPA



  

 
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