My Three Entries

WFMartin

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Each year I enter several art competitions in our area. This year my most important one was called off because of Covid, but one of the other ones is asking for entries. This year I plan to enter the following 3 oil paintings.

Each of them is 16" x 20", oil on RayMar Canvas Panel.


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"Mysterious Path"

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"Road Warrior"

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"What Lies Ahead"

Hope I've made an appropriate choice for my entries. This show is called, "Celebration of Artists", and takes place at the West Valley Art Museum, in Peoria, Arizona. I managed to have received a "Best of Show" twice at that show, in years past.

I have used a lot of paint from The Art Treehouse for these paintings, as well as their Water-washed Linseed Oil, Water-washed Walnut Oil, Canada Balsam, and Oil of Spike Lavender. They also sell my own special medium, under my name, that contains those ingredients that I mentioned.
 

Iain

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If these three were in competition with each other, it would be a deadlock. Each has something to recommend it, while being incomparable.

That owl reminds me of the time I disturbed a sparrowhawk on a kill. I turned a corner and it sprang in my face like your owl! I couldn't get the image out of my head. Like talons.
 
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Artyczar

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I agree with Iain in that I wouldn't know which to choose with these since they are all so incredibly stellar. Really amazing Bill. Good luck, though you won't need it.
 

16ga

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I really like Mysterious Path. Not that there's anything wrong with the other 2 but I really like the feel of that one.

Good luck in the competition.
 

Nufocus

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Yes, great trip. I’d go along with 16ga. There’s something extra well done in that Mysterious path.
 

Maybenartist

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Bill, To be honest, the first and third are winners. The owl diminishes. I would chose a different for the third.
Not to be controversial because I think they're all worthy of showing. Nevertheless, I think the owl is unique and the style is refreshing. Of course, that's just a personal choice. When I've walked around galleries and viewed hundreds of landscapes with the same shadow and light, same old same. I then come across a painting like Bill's owl and it's a breath of fresh air.
 

stlukesguild

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I especially like the mood and sense of mystery of the first painting, Bill. I like the third very much as well... except for the kids. I would probably downplay that red shirt and lose them a little bit into the shadows as you did with the first painting. I think the brighter colors in the areas of light moving down the road and the white on the barn in the distance and the brilliant yellow-green already lead me down the path visually where I will encounter the kids. The light trees on the right (birch?) already lead me back so that I continue to move around the painting. But what do I know? Great work!
 

Bongo

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Not to be controversial because I think they're all worthy of showing. Nevertheless, I think the owl is unique and the style is refreshing....Not to be controversial because I think they're all worthy of showing. Nevertheless, I think the owl is unique and the style is refreshing.
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Not to be controversial because I think they're all worthy of showing. Nevertheless, I think the owl is unique and the style is refreshing. Of course, that's just a personal choice. When I've walked around galleries and viewed hundreds of landscapes with the same shadow and light, same old same. I then come across a painting like Bill's owl and it's a breath of fresh air.
The thing with the owl is that it doesn't fit in with the other two paintings so it looks out of place (because it is) If the other two paintings were birds in flight and the third a moody landscape - then the landscape would be odd man out.
 
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