Country Online Competition Winners 2018

The 2018 Country Members Competition Winners

First Prize General Member: "Paul" by Paul Neale

This painting is an accomplished, confident portrait, well handled with drawing, tone and colour. The unusual cropped composition gives a strong sense of the person's presence. 

2nd Prize General Member: "Cherries" by Leanne Murphy

This work drew me in straight away with it's strong contrasts and glowing colour.  The simple rounded forms, sharp focus with hard edges gives the work a fresh, confident appeal.

3rd prize General Member:
"Fern" by Nicola Reif

Strong sense of the presence of this bird, beautifully detailed, strong and well contrasted against the softness of the sky and foliage.

Highly commended: General Member:  "Sssh!" by Jane Wray

I was drawn to the beautiful atmosphere in this work created by Jane's choice of colours and the backlit light effect, using the pastel with a soft technique to further enhance that sense of atmosphere.

Highly commended: General member:  "Best Mates" by Carole Rowe

This painting is a delightful tonal study with flowing soft edges where the viewer is able to feel the tranquility of the flowers. Soft pastel colors harmonize the painting beautifully

Highly commended: General member:  "Wags the Lamb" by Mary Ellis

A charming subject, well drawn and composed with a beautiful, soft rendering of the wool, using the texture of [pastel really well 

First Prize. Master Pastellist: "Dawn" by Tricia Taylor

An accomplished seascape, beautifully and confidently handled with colour, tone and technique

2nd  Prize. Master Pastellist: "Adonis" by Maxine Thompson

An accomplished portrait with a strong sense of the character of the person.  Well drawn and composed.

3rd  Prize. Master Pastellist: "Almost Ready" by Mabs Vandenberg

An appealing subject, using the softness of the pastel for the dancer's body, pose and costume.

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