|Country Road Farmhouse 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas|
by Maria Milazzo, 1st Place DECEMBER
Monday, January 10, 2011
Here is the Street View Link that was Maria's reference.
Here are some comments on the other paintings.
Maria has won the HOLIDAY SIZED prize of a $350 VISA card for her efforts in Iowa over the holidays. Thanks to everyone who painted, and congratulations to Nicola Dalbenzio who also won a $100 Visa card as the Popular Vote Winner.
Judges Notes on Maria's painting.
-Her simplistic approach is very refreshing. I love the multiple perspectives and the glowing horzon line of the wheat fields. The home appears quiet yet inviting. I love the Hopperesk style.
I have tried digital painting, it isn't easy. One must admit that as an example of this sort of work, Julien's is great! I did approve of the entry prior to the submission. We had this conversation and it is my belief that while many others do NOT consider it painting, I think it is just a new medium and so I let it into the contest knowing that MY opinion doesn't matter . . . the fans and judges would decide if they liked it or not.
We can discuss this if you like. Maybe on FaceBook discussion tab. Perhaps this sort of painting would be more readily accepted if there were a "video" or step by step look at how it is done. Starting with a blank page and clicking on "paintbrush" to have it "spray" paint where you want it is not the same as starting with a real paintbrush and a canvas, but it isn't cut/paste art either.
I will continue to invite artists of all mediums into the contest. If any submission lacks the integrity to win over the artists in this challenge, then so be it. The art world will speak for itself. Considering all of the miscommunication taking place lately, the heated rhetoric that is beginning to direct peoples actions toward violence . . . I have a feeling that a group of artists from all walks of life can have genuine communication about differences of opinion and none of us will resort to Heated Rhetoric . . . What do you say?
Posted by Kay Zahn at 11:08 AM