7 Sep 2011

Be my jury – which painting should I submit?

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

There are 8 more days before the dead line for the 2011 Little Art Show, by Toronto’s Artists’ Network, and I have finished 4 new paintings. The requirements for the show this year were that the art must be a 10″x10″, ready to be hanged. That’s about it.

I can submit up to 3 paintings, and the show is juried. So, I decided to upload them all here, and let you be my pre-jury – add a comment in the comments area below and tell me which paintings you think I should submit!

I would like to be accepted to the show, and have a strong representation in it with my art, so should I submit 1, 2 or 3 paintings?

You be the judge.

Here is the art, in the order I painted it:

Moshe Mikanovsky, Striper Cafe, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, Striper Cafe, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, 2 am Club, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, 2 am Club, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, BOOM, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, BOOM, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, Blue Star, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

Moshe Mikanovsky, Blue Star, watercolors on paper, mounted on board, 10"x10"x1", 2011

So leave me a comment below: (1) Striper Cafe, (2) 2 am Club, (3) BOOM, or (4) Blue Star?

And also, how many paintings should I submit, 1, 2 or 3?

Cheers

Moshe

Update: See what happened with these paintings: Fixing resin work gone wrong. They are now offered for sale for 50% off!

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20 Responses to “Be my jury – which painting should I submit?”

  1. I really like these three as a series:
    (1) Striper Cafe, (2) 2 am Club, (4) Blue Star?

    (3) Boom doesn’t fit with the others to me. Maybe because it is just the sign. The extra elements in the others add a lot of depth to them. Boom feels like it is missing something to me compared to the others.

    Love your artwork and enjoy your posts also.

     

    Kathy Kuczek

  2. Thanks Kathy! I see what you mean… I really like the feeling in BOOM, but what you say does make sense… the others look like they are in some context… maybe I should paint 2 more like BOOM ;-)

    Thanks again
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  3. If you do more like BOOM, please post them. Would love to see a BOOM style series.

     

    Kathy Kuczek

  4. For sure Kathy

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  5. Hi Moshe,
    I like all of them.

    I love the image of the fish ‘jumping’ to get a drink.

    The second one is very Deco, cleans lines and striking, lots of mood.

    I love the third one, only it’s not clear what ‘Boom’ is – a sign? for what? These days ‘Boom’ might have unpleasant connotations…

    I like the Blue Star too, but it doesn’t have much pizazz.

    I guess #2 is my fav.

    Rikki

     

    Rikki

  6. Thank you Rikki,

    I see what you mean about the BOOM. The theme here was neon signs. I usually collect source images from sites that are specifically allowing artists to use as source material, so there is no issue with copy rights. For some reason, this neon sign just made me feel, well, happy… But I can see how it has unpleasant connotations.

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  7. I like no. 1 and no. 4. Can’t decide which the best. To me they are both the best designs.

    :) Judi

     

    Judi Fox

  8. Thank you Judi, I love them too :-) There is something very special about these old style signs, not sure what it is….

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  9. I like Striper Cafe and 2 am Club. These two compositions effectively place the neon sign element in a greater balance – colors, shapes, and lines showcase the neon in a very high interest way. Boom and Blue Star leave the neon more solitary and feel different from the other two.

    It would be great to see your other neon compositions to see how they compare in use of other elements in addition to the neon.

    I am so glad I subscribed to your blog!

     

    Cornelius

  10. Thank you Cornelius

    Yes, I see what you mean. I also like the angles of the signs and how they relate to the buildings, and the buildings do add a great design element that is “missing” in the other two. Hmm, I see now more and more how the set I created could be improved by splitting and adding other designs that are a better fit. Not sure I’ll have the time before the deadline to the LAS but for sure after.

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  11. I agree that BOOM doesn’t really fit with the others in this series, but I have to say that it is my favorite of the bunch. If I wasn’t trying to show them as a group, I would go with Striper Cafe and Boom, just because I like those two the best as individual paintings.

     

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin

  12. Thank you Wendy,

    I am not sure really if they will show all 3 paintings together or not… Last year I also submitted 3 paintings, and they were not of the same theme at all. They showed each one of them in a separate lot (it was a silent auction).

    You know, my personal favourite is also BOOM. I think its the contrast and bright colours… It is fascinating to me though to see how different people prefers different work. Just shows us that our less favourite work can be someone else’s most favourite.

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  13. Submit 3 images. It’s not a matter of if they’ll show all 3. It’s a matter of giving the jury something to look at as a representation of your body of work. Chances are they’ll choose 1. That’s okay.

    1. Cafe Stripper
    2. Blue Star
    3. 2 AM Club

    Boom is really good. But visually the other three have more of a narrative to them.

     

    Terri

  14. Thank you so much Terri, for the encouragements, tips, and voting :-)

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  15. I like, in order, 1 Cafe Striper; 2. 2 a.m.; 3. Boom

    When I look at all of them, Blue Star seems flat to me. The shadowing of the others stands out, but Blue Star doesn’t. It could be the colors in Blue Star that make it seem flat.

    They are all great works and remind me of art deco very much. Nice work.

     

    Kathy Bartholomew

  16. Thank you Kathy,

    I see what you mean about Blue Star… I think someone else noted this as well. I do love though the yellow background, but yes, it has a more simplistic design. The trees here are also unique. I added them to add more context.

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  17. hia Moshe!

    i LOVE the cafe striper one. it’s done so well, that at first i thought it was a photo. really!
    the neon wire and the shaddows are very convincing in creating the illusion of 3D. i would submit just that one. it’s by far the strongest of them all.

    you know i love your work, so no offense, but my least favourite ones are ‘BOOM’ and ‘Blue star’. they are kinda flat and almost ‘un finished’, and submitting them might weaken the chances of the ‘Cafe striper’.

    if u really want to submit more than one, as a series, than i’d go for the 2am club, but maybe define the neon shaddows slightly more, to be in the ‘same league’ as the cafe striper?

    good luck, and i wish u to be accepted, and to have a successful show!

    Dalia.

     

    Dalia Bar-Dror

  18. Toda Dalia!

    I think that the original image I used to paint from as a reference had that heightened contrast in the shadows of Striper Cafe, and was not as strong in the 2AM Club and Blue Star, and of course BOOM is a night image, so no shadows really…

    The Little Art Show is a fund raiser for the Artists’ Network, and I believe the jurying is not as harsh as in other shows. Would you still consider only submitting one item, the strongest one, or 3? I am thinking right now to submit 3…

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  19. I once attended a workshop about getting into competitions, which I have since decided are a waste of my time. (There have been several good articles on FASO about them in the past month or so.)

    But, if you are interested in competitions, the main piece of advice I took away was “Make art that calls the judge back.”

    Based on that, I think 2 a.m. Club has the most visual impact if viewed for the brief amount of time that jurors can give each piece. They all have nice accurate detail, but I think the jurors rarely notice that. Judges might, but the piece has to make it past the jurors first.

    Best of luck to you!

     

    Jana Botkin

  20. Thank you Jana,

    What I like about 2am Club, which I did intentionally of course, is the red and green contrast… in the original picture there was additional structure which I removed, and there was some trees, which became the green squares…

    Why did you decide it was a waste of time to get into the competitions? Just wondering…

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

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