First Place: West 14th Street & 10th Ave. (triptych; watercolor on paper, 40×78)
Tim Saternow, New York City
Kelly Kane: What is your favorite part of the artistic process?
Tim Saternow: That moment when a painting ‘clicks.’ After hours of drawing, laying in shadows, building up layers, color and texture, it all seems to come together in an instant (or it doesn’t and never will!). It’s a feeling very hard to describe: the painting finally takes on an energy of it’s own, it’s own depth, a singular dramatic moment, then I know it’s done.
Second Place: Bale Patterns (watercolor and collage on paper, 14×14)
Lynn Slade, Pioneer, California
Kelly Kane: What’s been your previous competition experience?
Lynn Slade: I enter a few competitions but not many and not regularly. So far the experience has taught me to enter a painting with: a strong composition with a good value pattern; subject matter that’s interesting and unusual in some way, something that makes it stand out from other paintings when examined up close and from across the room.
Third Place: Time on Earth (watercolor and ink on paper, 25×39)
Jonathan Frank, Moab, Utah
Kelly Kane: What’s your favorite part of the artistic process:
Jonathan Frank: I really enjoy them all, but if I had to choose I’d say beginning the painting, when I actually start to apply paint. Also the very end, when I apply the outlining. It’s a very Zen-like experience.
Fourth Place: Lacrimosa (watercolor on paper, 10×20)
Kara Castro, Auburn, California
Kelly Kane: What artists (alive or dead) do you most admire?
Kara Castro: I admire artists that make me think, “I wish I had thought of that!” Specific artists I like cover a lot of ground; Chuck Close and Andy Goldsworthy as well as Paul Honatke and Jerald Silva are the first to come to mind.
Hosta La Vista (watercolor on paper, 12×14)
Snail Mail (watercolor on paper, 6×6)
Gerbera Glory (watercolor on paper, 17×23)
Apalachiola (watercolor on paper, 151/2×191/2)
Find more conversations with the winners in the February 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist.