A painting of a face makes quite a connection with an individual. That’s the power of the portrait. Not that the other categories are any less meaningful; they just seem easier to judge, perhaps because there’s no human factor to connect so strongly with.
Dear readers, I intended to post a pic of our viewing room, complete with the large, black plastic sheet (which mischievously kept falling down, until we perfected a system for keeping it firmly on the wall) that we had hung over the windows to block out the light for the purpose of projecting. Our art director even suffered a nail-in-hand incident when trying to hang the darn thing back up. Alas, the judging room was dismantled before I could get in there with my camera (sometimes we’re too efficient). So to make up for it, I’m posting a pic of the disaster area that has become my desk.