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Saturday, November 20, 2010

RayMar Art Painting Competition Finalist

"Lake O'Hara" (study)
Oil on linen - 8x10"
not for sale


This painting was just selected as a finalist in October's Raymar Art painting competition. I was a bit surprised as it looks sub-optimal on their website (seriously), but I have always loved this little field study, so I'm really happy it was chosen.

The most magical part of it was that little strip of torquoise, which wasn't initially painted in. I had just finished and was standing chatting with Sarah Kidner, my painting companion that day, when I looked up and saw the wind kissing the water at the far end of the lake, stirring up a little piece of color heaven. I quickly mixed it and laid it down in one stroke, and shazam! -  totally pulled the painting together. Awesome!

Thanks so much to this month's judge Scott Jones, general manager of the Legacy Gallery. Their website is well worth a look - they represent some really fabulous artists.

16 comments:

  1. I agree that their version doesn't do it justice. Thanks for making these available at a decent size and quality.

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  2. This piece is Fabulous and yes that green strip makes it zing !

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  3. congratulations Liz! This is truly stunning. Went to the gallery -they do have great artists but found it disturbing that the frames were shown in almost all the work, and they were very distracting. Your work should be there too!!!

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  4. This is really a fantastic painting. You're right, the turquoise adds zip!

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  5. Beautiful painting, Liz--wonderful feeling of atmosphere and depth!

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  6. Congrats Liz! It IS a gorgeous piece. I too am lovin' the turquoise. Beautifully painted!

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  7. Congrats and glad to see the 'not for sale' ... this is a georgeous piece and I love the little piece ie. the 'turquoise' noise way back on the lake ... YOUR WORK IS FABULOUS !

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  8. Stunning work Liz, congrats on the award. Your work is full of warmth and atmosphere. Great stuff!

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  9. Hi liz, as a follow up, I checked out the gallery site you recommended. I noticed that the frames used did not have liners. Is this a common practise in the states? I have also noticed it in galleries down East. Do you have any thoughts?

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  10. Hi Angela, yes it is common practice in the states to forego liners. Occasionally you will see a very thin liner, but hardly ever.

    I haven't used liners in my frames for about 3 years now, I really don't like them much. Sometimes they look good, but I find more often than not they kill the glow of a painting.

    It's a tough one here in Western Canada, most of the buying public still really likes them. It's personal taste, I frame how I think my paintings look best, and then the client can always buy unframed and frame how they like if their taste differs.

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  11. This is a beauty, Liz! Congratulations!

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  12. Congratulations Liz! This a beautiful painting and that little touch teale just sets the whole thing off.

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  13. Beautiful painting . . . has a "Shangri La" feel to it, deep mystery or discovery. Also love "Silver Basin." Hope you win!

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  14. I love the slice of serendipitous turquoise. And thanks for the editorial on commercial and/or personal growth. I needed to hear that.

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  15. Ran across this today after seeing your 50 Flowers in 100 Hours posting. Liners are hardly ever used in the our market. Regarding the comment about us showing frames on the paintings on our website, I would prefer not to. But the overwhelming majority of visitors to our website want to see the frame. It has had a positive impact on sales. And, yes it is a fantastic study that I really enjoy -- I would love to have seen it in person. Scott

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