Another First Place finish

Painting # 54 Made in China 4

Judge’s Notes, by Leslie Belloso       February 2017

“First Place “Made in China” by Fred Sponseller:  The color and design of this painting is fantastic!  The painter’s use of so many saturated colors—a cacophony of red, gold, green, aqua, purple—is bold.  The risk pays off here.  This is an engaging, memorable and fresh still life.  The choice of objects is intriguing (no apples here) and also feels personal.  What is in the box?  Decorating the surface of a dresser or table is like creating a still life painting.  I feel like I am visiting someone’s home and looking at a carefully edited display in their foyer or living room.  Florid wallpaper next to cool white marble.  Decidedly stylish and lively.  This painting makes me imagine the rest of the elegant home.  Note that the signature in the bottom right is an important compositional element (cover it with your finger and the picture becomes unbalanced).  A thoughtful and beautifully painted picture.”

Thank You Leslie for a great review!  From the “Home” show at the Art League of Ocean City, Maryland


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