Hello All!  Below is a painting I did of 2 wood ducks, done in acrylics.  This painting was done for a major waterfowl competition.

I thought the painting came out OK, so did all of my friends, however - I never even got a glance, much less a 'nod' from one single judge!

I'd love to hear from other members of TAC as to "what I did wrong" with this painting and what I could have done differently, in terms of getting the judges' attention!  

thanks,
Jenifer 

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You did great!

Thank you, Joanna! Everyone has very nice comments on this painting. I guess books and books can be written on the opinions of judges! I truly appreciate everyone's positive comments! That more than made up for the judges' rejection of my artwork.

joanna stanton said:

You did great!

Many thanks, dear Joy, for your comments!  You sound like an art teacher!  You sure know your stuff concerning art... I'm going to save all these wonderful comments from the friends here at TAC, for when I'm feeling 'down and out' on my artwork.   The wood duck painting above, was my entry for last year's competition (2011).  For this past year's competition (2012), here are photos of two paintings:  my own entry, and the winning entry, picked out by the 5 judges.  My entry is below, of the Canada goose.  Below my entry, is the winning painting, photographed in higher resolution than my own.  
please tell me what you think! 

Hi again, Jennifer,  I'm so glad that you can use my comments.  I'm not an art teacher but I've been doing art for a long time.  Your Canadian Goose is very good and I don't have any ideas of "bettering" it!  See, you DO keep improving.  Keep up the good work and don't be too hard on yourself!....................Do you use oil or acrylics or.............?

Dear Joy, this painting was done with acrylics.  I also paint in oils, and soft pastels.  The 5 judges liked the winning painting for a majority of reasons, among them, high, crisp in-your-face detail.  The judges love high detail, but they also look for appeal, attractiveness and accuracy of species, among other things..

thank you again, dear Joanna.

Jenifer Nadira Knight said:

Thank you, Joanna! Everyone has very nice comments on this painting. I guess books and books can be written on the opinions of judges! I truly appreciate everyone's positive comments! That more than made up for the judges' rejection of my artwork.

joanna stanton said:

You did great!

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