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Greetings Artists
 
THIS WEEK WE ANNOUNCE THE FINAL 20TH WEEK WINNER
OF THE
FIRST LIGHTCHASERS PAINTING CHALLENGE
 
The 20 winning paintings will be judged by three of our Lightchasers Featured Artists this week. Don't miss our Special Awards Email at the end of the week, when we announce the Winning Paintings and Prizes!

Many thanks to all artists who have submitted paintings and made this Challenge a success and something that we all look forward to each week.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO HAVE PAINTINGS IN THE FINAL CHALLENGE!

Just a note to everyone who has submitted artwork during the last 20 weeks. We, your Board of Directors, have found it increasingly harder to Judge your submissions because the Level of your Artwork has risen to a point where there are many "Best Paintings of the Week". Do not feel discouraged if your painting was not chosen "Best".
We can only choose one painting, and you should feel proud that you have made it very difficult to choose just one painting each week!!! ESPECIALLY THIS LAST WEEK!!!
 
THE PAINTING CHOSEN AS BEST PAINTING OF THE 20TH & FINAL WEEK OF THE LIGHTCHASERS PAINTING CHALLENGE IS:
 
"BRADENTON DINNER"
BY DARRYL GOLDMAN
OIL ON PANEL
8 X 10

CONGRATULATIONS TO DARRYL FOR HIS IMPRESSIONISTIC RENDERING OF A VIBRANT STREET SCENE. THE STRONG PERSPECTIVE OF THE BUILDINGS AND THE STREET DRAWS YOU INTO THE PAINTING. THE CONTRAST OF THE BRIGHT SUNSHINE AND DRAMATIC SHADOWS MOVES YOUR EYE AROUND THE SCENE. THE SOFT COLORFUL BRUSHSTROKES CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE THAT MAKES YOU WISH YOU WERE DINING THERE!
DARRYL'S PAINTING WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE FINAL CHALLENGE TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK.
 

NEW!!!
THE LIGHTCHASERS SPIRIT OF PAINTING WEEKLY CONTEST

We apologize if there was some confusion regarding the start of the new challenge. We received very few paintings this week and we want all our talented artists to continue their practice. We are re-introducing the challenge with some new rules and guidelines. If you have submitted a painting this week,Thank You, we will use it for next weeks results. Please, no need to send another this week. The deadline for the first weeks challenge is Sunday August 16th at 5pm. Please read over the rules below and lets continue to paint, share and enjoy each others efforts until we can safely meet up again. 
 

SPIRIT OF PAINTING CONTEST RULES:
 

1. This contest is for Lightchaser Members only no matter where in the country you are now. If you receive our newsletter you are a member.  If you wish to share the contest with other artists please have them sign up on our website.

2. Paintings eligible for the weekly contest must be completed during the week of that challenge. (between Sunday at 5pm through Sunday at 5pm).
*Paintings could be plein air paintings done that week, paintings begun earlier but completed that week, or studio paintings executed from previous Plein Air sessions and completed that week. 
*Subjects can be landscape, still life, figures or animals and can be done representationally or abstractly. 
WE ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO PAINT DURING THE WEEK! 
The deadline to submit is Sunday at 5PM!  
YOU ARE ON YOUR HONOR TO COMPLY WITH THIS.

3. Choose one painting to send in for the week. No obligation to submit every week, 
    A.  Type Spirit of Painting  in the subject line of your email 
    B.  In the body of the email please advise the following info:
       Your name
       Title of painting
       Medium
       Size of painting
       Attach a photo of your unframed painting done that week.
       Entries without all the above info will be disqualified.
    C.  Send the email to lightchasersinc@gmail.com.

4. We may throw in a special challenge once in a while, a prompt for the weeks painting so please be sure to read the emails to discover the prompt. Only paintings that take the prompts challenge will be accepted that week. 

5. The Light Chasers board will vote on the paintings and the winner will be announced the following Sunday along with that weeks new entries. Board members will recuse themselves if they submit a painting.

6. Each weeks winners of the Challenge will qualify for the final judging for several prizes. (number of weeks will be determined by the board not to exceed 20 weeks)

7. All mediums are acceptable that we allow in our Annual Shows. (Please consult the rules for our Annual Show on our Lightchasers Website to check on Mediums allowed)
    Photography is not acceptable.

Attention Artists
When photographing your art for
the challenge, please send only the image
with out any background or frame. 
FEATURED ARTIST

JOSEPH MELANCON
THIS WEEK WE ARE SPOTLIGHTING OUR LIGHTCHASERS FEATURED ARTIST  "JOSEPH MELANCON".

Joseph has been a familiar face to our group for many years. He has been a great teaching influence to our member through his many Demonstrations and Workshops.
Joseph had won the 2nd  place award in our Lightchasers Featured Artist Show in January. He is shown with his prize winning painting in the photo ABOVE.

Joseph is quite an inventor and has shared many of his ideas with the group, like creating his own unique easel
 or even making a paint brush out of a palm frond!  Every level of painter can benefit from his very informative teaching.
Joseph creates in  many different mediums and his painting style can be anything from Realistic to Abstract.
His vibrant use of color is woven throughout his work and his amazing use of backlighting in his landscapes is breathtaking!
Joseph's sketchbooks are legendary and you can get lost in them and the perfection of his drawings.
Below are several paintings Joseph has completed during this time of isolation.

For more information about Joseph and his work and teaching please check out his website at this link www.josephmelancon.com

Thank You Joseph for your generous support of the Lightchasers throughout the years!

 
9 PALMS, 16"X20", ACRYLIC
WALK TO THE SKY, 16" X 20", ACRYLIC
SABAL & SAILING, 16" X 12", ACRYLIC
PINECRAFT PALMS, 16" X 12", ACRYLIC
BRIDGE & BOAT, 16" X 20", ACRYLIC
SARASOTA BAY IN GOLD, 16" X 20", OIL 
"As you can see I get very experimental toward abstract.  I keep a list of maybe a hundred artists that break the barriers of convention.  They are the ones that inspire me.  Quiet time in the studio pushes me to experiment and go beyond what I am capable of doing…keep stretching to see where I can go."
JOSEPH MELANCON
YELLOW RISING 18" X 24" AQUA OIL
JUNGLE ANTICS 12" X 9" ACRYLIC
As this first Lightchasers Painting Challenge ends, We would like to sum up the past 20 weeks with these words:
 
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ART

CREATING ART
SHARING ART
AND ENJOYING ART!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THE ABOVE HAPPEN!

We hope to see more of your Amazing Artwork in the New Lightchasers Spirit of Painting Challenge!

TAKE CARE, STAY SAFE & STAY WELL & KEEP ON PAINTING!!!
MaryAnn, Susan, Patti, Jack, Lynn, Sharon & Terry 



 

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

~Pablo Picasso

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