Slideshow of No Limits - Freedom to Create

First Place - Stick With Your Old Tools by Kaaren Marquez
First Place - Stick With Your Old Tools by Kaaren Marquez

Juror's comments:

I saw two versions of this image in the show entries.  I thought it was an interesting composition in both using simple everyday objects. The first one was well done, but then in this one the artist took a chance, letting things go and using materials in a different way. I was impressed that this one had pushed the limits of what that image and materials could do in such an interesting way. The colors all hold together really well. It is loose enough that you can see the paint and see the artist hand, but it is also clear.

Second Place - How Grape Thou Art by Nancy Near
Second Place - How Grape Thou Art by Nancy Near

Juror's comments:

The artist used this layering of color and texture that pushes the composition in ways that are really beautiful. The creation of textures that are similar but have variety create interesting spatial relationships. I like the way the thin line of blue happens against these big circular shapes and then the way the colors are layered but still kept clear and rich.

Third Place - Shadowed Iris by Edna Acri
Third Place - Shadowed Iris by Edna Acri

Juror's comments:

This painting has rich, intense color against the dark ground that creates a mood of mystery. Nice. There are many very well done flowers in here – I have seen this kind of style before – but I feel that this one pushes the depth of color in a way that is so interesting. Then there is all the darkness in the ground color. There are subtle shapes happening, leaf shapes that appear and disappear. The blending of the colors is really beautiful.  Very nicely done.

Most Creative - Passing Through by Taryn Curiel
Most Creative - Passing Through by Taryn Curiel

Juror's comments:

This one is so interesting. It appears to be a reflection in a window seen from the street.  It has movement and really strong horizontal and vertical elements happening – a limited palette keeps it uncomplicated and clean.  It has a lot of texture that doesn’t fight with the composition, it just adds interest and more movement. This one I could spend a lot of time with. The abstract shapes let the figures reveal themselves slowly.

Honorable Mention - Fire and Ice #2 by Sonia Siccardo
Honorable Mention - Fire and Ice #2 by Sonia Siccardo

Juror's comments:

The strength of this composition is surprising. In some ways, it is traditional.  There is this overlapping that happens with the mountain and the trees; but it is the way  the watercolor is handled that is so pleasing. The contrast of the complementary colors is really good - I wouldn’t have thought to use it in this way. There is an element of surprise in this one, a gentle surprise that is not trying to bowl you over with shapes or color.  It is a very simple, clean composition.

Honorable Mention - Kaleidoscope by Peter Taber
Honorable Mention - Kaleidoscope by Peter Taber

Juror's comments:

I really appreciate the textures within this one and the way they work with the colors. There are beautiful color shapes but then the texture moves the composition through these little linear shapes up in the corner. It has rich color against more subtle muted colors, lots of contrast – dark light as well – there is a lot going on, but it all holds together in a nice way. It feels almost like a flower blooming out from the dark to the light, but still holds on to the abstraction. 

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