"Beast of Burden"; Dottie Leatherwood
. This painting is a beautiful representation of taking something that others might see as an eye sore and turning it into a work of art. The artist's handling of their medium was masterful and the overall design helps to make this painting one that you immediately notice when you walk into a room. It incorporates a circle and an "L"composition, but one that is subtle. Judge comments (excerpts).
"The Growing Season"; Jan Yearwood
I really enjoyed the painterly quality of this painting. The contrast in thin and thick paint application is very appealing to the viewer. The artist was very aware of keeping the darks thin while beefing up the texture of the light focal areas. The design is a combination of a 3-spot and steelyard composition. Judge comments (excerpts).
"The Frog"; Eva Rizzardi
This is an eye catching piece due to its graphic quality. It's simple yet complex at the same time. Simple in its design, but complex in the layers. The detailed rendering of the frog against the backdrop of a linear grouping of sunflowers help make the frog an obvious focal point. To add to this, the artist used contrasting elements to make this an even stronger focal area: the dark value of the frog against the backdrop of the light valued flowers, the red of the eyes next to the green skin, the red eye gives a special variety to the circular pattern of the flowers. Judge comments (excerpts).
Honorable Mention: "Bundled Baby"; Martha Manco