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GREETINGS ARTISTS:
 
We hope you are all staying safe and well and finding the motivation to pick up your brushes and create something wonderful! If not, maybe you can find some inspiration from our contributing artists whose paintings can be viewed below in this email. By offering you this contest we are giving you the opportunity to paint your way through this pandemic and share your artwork with our members and  maybe even win a prize for your efforts.

We are starting the 17th week of our Light Chasers Spirit of Painting Contest and the contest will end after we have completed the 20th week. You have 3 more weeks to send in your artwork before the contest ends.

Thank you to all our contributing artists. We love seeing your paintings!
 
THE PAINTING CHOSEN AS BEST PAINTING OF THE 16TH WEEK OF THE LIGHT CHASERS SPIRIT OF PAINTING CONTEST IS:

"AUTUMN REFLECTIONS, MAINE"
BY MADELINE WIKLER
WATERCOLOR
16" X 20"
 
Congratulations to Madeline for her serene rendering of an autumn lake scene in Maine. The stunning simplicity of the painting borders on abstraction.  From the misty softness of the clouds, to the fading blues and purples of the far mountains, to the greens and rusts of the trees surrounding the lake and continuing on into the foreground lake reflections, colors flow and meld seamlessly with each other creating different shapes and shadows. You can almost feel the calm and peaceful atmosphere of a moment in time in the fall, just before the cold winter weather rushes in!
HERE ARE THE PAINTINGS SUBMITTED FOR THE 17th WEEK OF THE LIGHT CHASERS "SPIRIT OF PAINTING" CONTEST.

Doug Michalski
“Blue Heron in Blue Water”
16” x 20”
Acrylic

Donna Janec Karambelas
"Serenity"
Acrylic
30" x  24"

Carolann Garafola
"Ringling Courtyard"
5" x 7"
Watercolor 
 
Susan E. Hoffman
"Myakkahatchee Flood"
oil on canvas
9" x 12"

Judy Klein 
"Following the Storm" 
Oil on canvas
11" x 14"

Kathy Baiamonte
"Sunny Day" 
Oil
11"x14"
Coleen Kordas 
"My Painting’s Going to the Dogs 1"
Oil
11" x 14"

 
Emily Hook
"Desert Home:  Post Rainstorm"
Acrylic
16" x 20"
 

SPIRIT OF PAINTING CONTEST RULES:
 

1. This contest is for Light Chaser 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 (between Sunday at 5pm through Sunday at 5pm), but may have been started earlier. 
*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 (please include this in the body of the mail)
       *"Title of painting"
       *Medium
       *size
    C. Attach a photo of your unframed painting done that week. (When photographing your art for the challenge, please send only the image with out any background or frame.
    D.  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 Light Chasers Website to check on Mediums allowed)

Photography is not acceptable.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR ARTISTS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED PAINTINGS THIS WEEK. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHARE YOUR ARTWORK WITH US. IT IS TRULY UPLIFTING TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THEM EACH WEEK!!!

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

"I’m in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint." 

Claude Monet

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