Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LOST in Rome?

I am a little embarrassed in my lack of communication this month.  I have a bunch of excuses (spring break week on the beach, carpal tunnel pain, my real job, and a few others) but let's be honest,  I have been remiss in not posting the paintings as they come in.   AND the Vote Now link on this site was not finding the March contest, but I just fixed that too.

Anyway, today I'm going to post the wonderful Rome paintings that have come in this month.  The group is small (at least right now) so everyone might make the finals this month, but they are all worthy of much more.
-AND- I may have a change to the boundaries (because lots of people ventured out of Rome) but I am checking on that.

For example Layne Cook's Piazza Cafe:

12x12 Oil on Canvas by Layne Cook's
Piazza Cafe

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Colosseum and a Roof Top Garden

The Colosseum by Sam McIntire
17.5 x 10 Watercolor
Sam McIntire choose the view of The Colosseum for his watercolor submission and Nicola Dalbenzio found this little roof top garden.

Roof Top Garden  by Nicola Dalbenzio
9x12 Watercolor and Pen

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

David Sgambellone is February's Winner.

David took this Street View from Prague and made it romantic and beautiful enough that even the folks who live next door might want to "go there."  From a neighborhood in Prague, through an artist in California, to your desktop for your enjoyment.  David won $250 for his effort.  At the end of this post are some of the judges comments about this and the other finalists.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
by David Sgambellone

Some of our Judges notes:

My choice for First Place is David Sgamballone's watercolor. It's avery nicely rendered composition of a quaint country scene which brings to mind photos I've seen taken by Marie Zahnova. Second choice is Tilan Ti's oil. The Impressionistic style romanticizes the scene and the horizontal format emphasizes the bridge which holds the composition together...very nice!

The 12 x 12 oil by Layne Cook is worth mentioning. It's a strong, successful painting in all respects. . but it could be anywhere
My first choice was – and still is… 12 x 16 Watercolor by David Sgamballone

It makes me feel like sunning myself in the garden.
I cast my vote for Tilan Ti.  It's beautifully done and captures the spirit of Prague.
My favorite painting of the group other than of course my own is "Sunshine on a Cloudy Day" by David Sgamballone. I like it because it is peaceful. It also shows a way of life for someone living in Prague. 
I vote for the 12.5 x 35.5 oil painting by Tilan TI.
 I pick the  9 x 7 Gouache on Paper by Chris Ousley as the winner.
I felt that he gave us a winning combination of subject, composition and style. I have never been to Prague but I feel that I now have a sense of the place - the history, the architecture and the landscape. The people and the swans bring it all to life. I feel Chris did an outstanding job with the tricky  perspective. The hard lines of the bridge are nicely balanced by the movement in the water and the simple palette makes this a winner!

I like Layne cook's first. The brushwork and colors
then tian ti The depth and atmosphere
3rd David Larson Evans. Nice clean color

Sunday, March 6, 2011

February Finalists Finally Found

Why do I find myself apologizing for the silliness of my headlines?  It's obvious to me.  I have finally realized it it March 5th.  Or WAS March 5th Yesterday.  Don't know how I missed it really.  I sit in front of a computer all day, most of the time.  So with no further adieu here are February's 8 finalists.  (That headline would have worked better with FIVE, but I couldn't stop at 5) The first one is the POPULAR VOTE WINNER (of $100) Congratulations, Grace. The other 7 finalists follow in no particular order.

If you have been asked to participate in this round of judging, please email KayZahn@GreerAz.com (asap)

9 x 12 Watercolor by Grace Gehrke

12.5" x 35.5" Oil on Canvas by Tilan Ti

12 x 12 Oil on Canvas by Layne Cook

8x10 Oil on Panel by David Larsen Evans

12 x 16 Watercolor by David Sgamballone

8 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel by Carmen Beecher

4 x 12 Oil on Canvas by Carol Schiff

9 x 7 Gouache on Paper by Chris Ousley

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

When in Rome, PAINT

I have a grandson named Roman. He's 4 1/2 years old.  He loves elephants, and so "When with Roman we do as Roman does" and that is. . . we play elephants. As elephants, with elephants, and for the elephants. I doubt you'll find any elephants in Rome via Street View but if you do, please let me know.  Even if you don't paint them I'd love to see them.

So in case it hasn't been made obvious by my silly references, we are going to be painting Rome, Italy for the month of March. So check out the Current Challenge page for a "starting point."  It's the Colosseum, and it could use some paint!

Have fun and if you have not already voted for your favorite of the Prague submissions in February, please do so in the next day or two.  The voting will end and the Finalists announced on March 5th.