Slideshow of 2019 Award Winners

Judges Favorite ($400 Cheap Joe Gift Certificate)
Judges Favorite ($400 Cheap Joe Gift Certificate)

Hawaiian Night
by LaVonne Carrick

Juror’s Comments: “ This is such a wonderful interpretation of the sky and horizon. You can see so much in the work. I love the balance of color, white space, and a nice light that emanates from the piece. Great work! ”

Beneath the Surface ($300 Gift Certificate M. Graham Paints)
Beneath the Surface ($300 Gift Certificate M. Graham Paints)

Having Fun
by Helen Jones

Juror’s Comments: “This is a sweet painting with good execution and nice detail in the water. It is a fun interpretation of an underwater scene. Nice use of color to create depth and contrast with the surface.”

Wettest Painting ($300 Lisa Blaylock Realty, ColdWell Baker)
Wettest Painting ($300 Lisa Blaylock Realty, ColdWell Baker)

Driving Home on Rainy Evening
by Mohana Pradhan

Juror’s Comments: “ Creative composition -- painting from the perspective of the driver/passenger. Nice interpretation of theme. The raindrops and the reflection on the road were well executed. This painting wonderfully recreated a drive home on a cold evening. ”

Best Color (From Laura Cabral, Book by Terri Hill, Dick Blick Goodie Bag, Original Terri Hill painting, Michael's $50 gift Certificate)
Best Color (From Laura Cabral, Book by Terri Hill, Dick Blick Goodie Bag, Original Terri Hill painting, Michael's $50 gift Certificate)

Amazing Adelyn
by Susan Jochheim

Juror’s Comments: “This painting has beautiful layering and saturation of color.  Great control of paint to bring bright and bold hues without overworking the surface. Nice job!”

Most Creative ($!50 Picture Elements gift certificate)
Most Creative ($!50 Picture Elements gift certificate)

Hawaiian Mirage
by Dmitry Grudsky

Juror’s Comments: “ I liked the risk this work takes in layering color atop the dancers. It successfully evokes the hazy, elusive quality of a mirage. Nice creativity.”

Most Creative (Picture Elements, one Cruze Digital Art Capture)
Most Creative (Picture Elements, one Cruze Digital Art Capture)

Onion Rings
by Yvonne Newhouse

Juror’s Comments: “ I just enjoyed looking at this work. Nice color and pattern creating a good overall design.”

Wildest Painting ($150 Gift Certificate from Judsons Art Outfitters)
Wildest Painting ($150 Gift Certificate from Judsons Art Outfitters)

Sea Dragon
by Janice Schafer

Juror’s Comments: “ This is a whimsical piece, very imaginative. I appreciate the use of color, juxtaposition of crisp line and color with more muted layering of color.”

Tony Baxter ($100 gift certificate toward framing)
Tony Baxter ($100 gift certificate toward framing)

Toes to the Nose
by Elizabeth Liebert

Juror’s Comments: “ This is a lovely painting. It is nicely painted, great use of color to capture skin tone particularly in the baby’s face and feet. Just an overall wonderful piece. ”

Tony Baxter ($100 gift certificate toward framing)
Tony Baxter ($100 gift certificate toward framing)

Kabocha
by Katherine Mergens

Juror’s Comments: “I loved the simplicity of this painting. Nice detail on the gourd. Good control and technique.”

Tony Baxter ($100 gift certificate toward framing)
Tony Baxter ($100 gift certificate toward framing)

When the Flights go Down in the City
by Kaaren Marquez

Juror’s Comments: “ Creative composition that captured the feeling of turning and landing a plane. I enjoyed the abstract quality of the work.”

University Arts ($100 gift certificate)
University Arts ($100 gift certificate)

Evidence of Rain
by Nancy Near

Juror’s Comments: “Great detail in the sand and the branch. Nicely executed.”

University Arts ($100 gift certificate)
University Arts ($100 gift certificate)

Pink Laguna
by Melanie Kaye

Juror’s Comments: “ I enjoyed this work so much. Nice execution. Good overall composition. Great feel to the work with dark areas and some lighter elements playing off each other. The flamingos are a fun subject.”

Best Acrylic or Mixed Media (Golden Artists Color $50 gift certificate and QoR paintset
Best Acrylic or Mixed Media (Golden Artists Color $50 gift certificate and QoR paintset

  Baker Beach View
by  Caroline McClintic

Juror’s Comments: “ This is wonderful piece. I liked the use of the wood as a painting surface and the overall presentation and framing. Nice rendering of the view on Baker Beach. Great texture on the wave in the foreground. Nice detail on the bridge and shore. ”

California Art Supply ($50 gift certificate)
California Art Supply ($50 gift certificate)

Mason Jar Candy
by Michael Granger

Juror’s Comments: “ This is a fun, playful piece with wonderful detail and composition. Great job on the glass and the reflection. Strong color. Great job!”

Creative Catalyst (2 DVD Gift Certificates)
Creative Catalyst (2 DVD Gift Certificates)

The Wave
by Donna Davies

Juror’s Comments: “ I was initially drawn to the color in this work. The various elements come together to create a playful abstraction. This is a creative painting with nice balance and movement.”

Something Special Award (Gift Certificate from Lenz Arts)
Something Special Award (Gift Certificate from Lenz Arts)

Dancers
by Teresa Beyer

Juror’s Comments: “ This is a nice painting with good technique. Bold color in the background contrasting with the dancers. There is a gentleness about the dancers that contrasts nicely to the contemporary scene of teens on their phones.”

A Work of Heart ($20 Gift Certificate and a large Portfolio)
A Work of Heart ($20 Gift Certificate and a large Portfolio)

Reflecting
by Karen Bacica

Juror’s Comments: “ This is a sweet painting that I enjoyed looking at and reflecting on my memories in Capitola. I think it is special when a painting can connect with the viewer in that way. It is not just the subject matter that recalls memory. It is the nice use of color and subtlety to the work that can inspire reflection. Nicely done.”

1st Place ($700)
1st Place ($700)

Lake Kinney
by Peter Carey

Juror’s Comments: “ Peter has such great mastery of watercolor medium. He has a way of making this look so easy, which it is not. The reflection in the lake is beautiful -- shows great control of color. What I love about this work is that it takes great skill to execute, but it does not lose its emotive quality. ”

2nd Place ($500)
2nd Place ($500)

Night Walk
by Jane Hofstetter

Juror’s Comments: “Jane has a way of creating a mood; evoking an emotion in her work as reflected in the solitary figure and the nice balance of dark and light. I enjoy the loose quality of the painting. It does not feel overworked and comes together very effortlessly. ”

3rd Place ($300)
3rd Place ($300)

Pinocchio: Japanese version
by Shao Wei Lu

Juror’s Comments: “ This is a wonderful recreation of Pinocchio. Flawless technique. The simplicity of the work is very lovely and light. Excellent job! I wanted to see the whole story. ”

Emerging Artist ($100 & Palette Magazine Subscription)
Emerging Artist ($100 & Palette Magazine Subscription)

Beached
by Jeanne Ahearn

Juror’s Comments: “ Beautiful control of the watercolor. Good composition. This is a lovely piece with nice detail and consistency. I was very impressed that this was in the emerging category. Nice job! ”

Honorable Mention ($100)
Honorable Mention ($100)

Wet and Wild
by Candy Yu

Juror’s Comments: “ I loved this painting, creative composition focusing on a detail of the boat. I like the concentration of color at the center that then becomes monochromatic at the edges of the painting .”

Honorable Mention ($100)
Honorable Mention ($100)

Twins
by Margaret Washington

Juror’s Comments: “ Very nicely done. Great light and shadow. I like the loose quality of the painting that evokes the gentleness and softness of an interaction between mother and child.”

Honorable Mention ($100)
Honorable Mention ($100)

Frolicking Dolphins
by Linda Taylor

Juror’s Comments: “ This painting is a refreshing take on a traditional ocean scene. I was particularly drawn to the abstract quality of the wave. There is nice movement and action captured in the painting. Nice subtle use of color.”

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