# 129 - Lilies in Green Vase
An impressive still life illustrating a high level of competence with the pastel medium. Superb light and shade, and striking echoes of the vase colour within the flower petals unifies the elements. Very real, and very fresh.
# 190 - Clarkefield Canola
This is a lovely composition following the basic ‘rule of thirds’. The brightly coloured flowers stand out beautifully against the moody sky. Simple but sophisticated. Excellent work. A very eye-catching painting.
# 136 - Black cockatoo
This artist really knows the challenging medium of watercolour! A simple, understated background allows the clean, accurate colours to capture the essence of the bird, as well as its meal! Beautiful framing adds to the overall visual impact.
# 250 - Friendly Neighbours
Lovely loose expressive work with excellent gestural lines. An understated but beautifully presented background. This painting stood out. (Although the medium stated is charcoal, the judges were aware that the main medium used is pastel).
# 60 -Tsunami
A dynamic composition with a descriptive use of colour and beautifully abstracted elements. As well as this painting, all this artist’s work impressed the judges.
# 15 - Two pies in the grass (mixed media)
It’s great to see really good printmaking! This artist really knows her subject and she has captured the character of these cheeky magpies so well! An excellent limited palette.
# 277 - David
A riveting portrait! The eyes of the subject capture our attention, and the use of the royal blue colour stands out and unifies the man and the owl. A most intriguing piece.
# 146 - A splash of lemon
A zingy little ‘thirst quenching’ painting. The level of detail in such a small space is extremely impressive! Cheers!
# 442 - A new beginning
Fresh, innocent and an unusual composition. Lovely contrasts and well painted fabric. A romantic little painting beautifully executed. Well done!
# 319 - River scene, blue
Harmonious, analogous colours all arranged in a nice composition with the focus on the reflections in the water. (There is a ‘Monet’ feel to this pastel painting). The artist, although obviously on an early path, has great future potential.
# 31 - The fleet at rest
A striking watercolour with great use of light and shade indicating the time of day. Lovely sky reflections and the clever placement of boats lead the eye in.
# 439 - Blue jug
Great ‘wet in wet’ watercolour technique, and obviously painted from ‘life’. Both judges were immediately drawn to this painting. This young artist has a great future!
# 435 - Harry Potter
A popular and recognisable subject using a superb pencil technique. Another bright future ahead for this young artist!
#100 - Beauchamp Falls
Fantastic composition and balance of light and dark. The highlight on the rocks works really well. The imagine draws the viewer down the falls and into the stream.
# 214 - Moo St. pub Fitzroy
Deliberate miss alignment just works! Never seen this technique before. It keeps the eye moving and finds new points of interest.
# 262 - Alan
Nice composition and good use of depth of focus, this helps to bring the subject out. The highlight on the front of the meerkat works well. The dark areas are balanced with the light.
# 101 - Crunch
Perfect timing and nailed the focus, which can be difficult on fast moving subjects.
#132 - Cunningham on bark
I was instantly captivated by this amazing piece that captured its subject beautifully. I was drawn inwards, closer and closer as I noticed increasing levels of detail, both real and perceived. I was fascinated to explore the tones, textures and fabrication method.
# 1 - Gypsy
A flawlessly elegant piece, presented with bold execution balanced delicately with subtle curves.
Aukje Van Vark
# 255 - Leafy Sea Dragon
An amazing animal, expertly immortalised with its delicate features and beautifully presented.
# 304 - Galahs and Rosellas
This piece spoke to me and reminded me of the frequent visitors to my garden. A lovely piece, with complexity and detail.