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Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Fresh
by Zhi Su

Juror's Comments: “Fresh” by Zhi Su seems to depict a table at a farmer’s market.  Zhi uses colors very effectively in this detailed artwork and her composition draws the viewer’s eyes across the page expertly. The painting might have had a greater feeling of depth had Zhi “blurred” the patrons in the background (upper right-hand corner) with light washes and less detail, however, that is a subtle issue and there are many more highlights in this work to draw the focus.  One such detail being the chalkboard on the box that Zhi expertly illustrates. One can imagine the work necessary to create, not only the chalk writing, but the detail of previously erased chalk. Another highlight is the way the viewer can clearly see the effects of the weight of the basket on the cardboard box. These rich details and the contrast, in lights and darks, in this work merge effectively to show a masterful still life.