Great art is based on an abstract design!!!
As the juror, my choices were based first and foremost on the structure of the piece, the process of observation and painting. I looked for the use of color shapes and harmonies to move about the work. As well as the artist being true to their senses.
Paula Swaydan Grebel
Juried New Berlin Plein Aire 09/2014
Best of Show
Like the impressionists, this painter juxtaposed warm and cool colors, and the result, patterns of light are beautifully revealed. The eye excites as it moves freely around this well designed painting. Then there is the final destination, the end of the road, which peaks the viewers interest as to where it might lead.
|Cidar Hill Orchards by Thomas Buchs|
Cidar Hill Orchards
This painting offers variety in its shapes and form that congeal visually. There is a cohesive light; a warm, clear and crisp blue permeates this painting. This is the result of careful adjustment of each color shape, one next to the other. There is no formula or schema, rather shapes, edges, plus colors values, which moves the eyes around this painting. The artist has created a well-structured piece.
Second Place (Sorry I have no image for this one)
Heir M. Gott
At first this painting seems simple, but that is its winning hand. Although small in size, it is a striking piece. It is painterly and well designed. The artist used strong verticals, exciting diagonals, then grounded this painting with a horizontal in the distant horizon. I thought of landscape paintings by both George Braque and Andre Durain when I saw the spots of paint this artist brilliantly used to create movement and space. This painting too displays a cohesive light, a crisp blue daylight.
|Wind in the Willows by Sherri Thomas|
Wind in the Willows
A sensitive painting, this artist made good use of greys to capture both mood and atmosphere. There is no doubt what this artist was after, the movement of a willow tree set in front of distant hills. Here, through the process of observation and interpretation this painter rebuilds appearances in fragmenting marks on the planes.
After Morning Rain
Cidar Hill Orchard (see above)
|Auntie Evie's Grapes by Wendie Thompson|