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As we three editors and art director sat in a little room, holed up for the last couple of weeks judging competition entries, one of us mentioned how smoothly the judging process was going. Well, that was before we got to the Portrait/Figure category! That’s when tempers flared as we each stood firmly behind the paintings we could not bear to see slip away.
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.