2015 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest Winners

Congrats to All of our Winners!


Jerry's Artarama is the proud host of many exciting art contests such as our recently completed 2015 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest brought to you by LUKAS. With our many yearly contests, Artists have the opportunity to share their art with the world as well as gain fabulous prizes from Jerry's such as Jerry's Artarama eGift Cards

And now for your enjoyment, here are the winners of our 2015 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest:


First Place Winner

Winner: Christopher Clark of Wheat Ridge, CO


"Lord of the Rings Inspired: Gandalf and Bilbo Having Tea"

"As a professional fine artist, I use Lukas oil paints exclusively. I choose the water soluble version, not because I use water, but because they are faster drying and have less odor than traditional oils. I treat them like regular oils, using oil solvents and mediums, and they perform fabulously. The paints have a creamy, buttery feeling, and their color saturation is wonderful. They are also a very affordable brand for the quality they offer. I highly recommend Lukas products to any professional artist."


Second Place

Winner: Cande Sagan of Hammond, IN

"Centennial Park Repose"

"I decided to try Lukas 1862 oils because I trust the products that Jerry's recommends. I love this line of oils and am adding them to my favorites. They performed to all my high standards for oil paints and i will continue to use them."


Third Place

Winner: Rich Alexander of Mt. Kisco, NY


"Winter Cat Boats"

"I love using Lukas oils because they flow easily and cover with one stroke of the brush. Lukas oil paint has great opacity and I've found the colors look richer as they age. I wouldn't paint with anything else."

Click here to see our Honorable Mentions


2015 Charvin Winter Painting Contest Winners

Congrats to our Winners!

Our most recent Charvin Painting Contest- the 2015 Charvin Winter Painting Contest was unarguably a resounding success! We have received so many amazing entries from our talented artist friends and customers that picking winners was incredibly difficult. But after a couple of rounds of voting, we've picked through the all of the talented participants to the following amazing entries!


Announcing our Winners:



First Place Winner

by Veronica Winters of State College, PA

"I paint with Charvin Extra Fine Oil Colors mixing them with a  few other professional oil colors. While their transparency is great for glazing, they have a good tinting strength and I use these colors a lot for the underpainting. These colors are wonderful for beginners and intermediate students getting a great value for the money spent on larger tubes."



Second Place Winner

"First Chukker"
by Len Jagoda of Waverly Hall, Ga

"I have been working in pastels for some time; but not very long ago I decided to add oils as a medium. I firmly believe that it is wise to select only the best materials for any project. Why let hard work suffer from inferior paint? So when I made my decision, I decided to test paints from several of the most highly regarded paint manufacturers. Most retail art supply stores only carry paints from two or three companies and some are not 'artist grade'. Jerry's carries all of the best paints and at much more reasonable prices. This made it possible for me to try several paint companies at much more affordable prices than I would pay from local stores, and from one convenience source (saves shipping costs that way as well). My initial paint purchases from Jerry's represented eight different companies, but all paints selected were each companies highest grade. Charvin Professional Extra Fine Oils are now my paint of choice."


Third Place Winner

"Gustavo Pet Portrait"
by Catalina Diaz of Clawson, Michigan

"The creaminess that the poppy seed oil gives to Charvin Extra Fine Oil Colors makes them the best choice for glazing due to its high quality and high grade of pigmentation. That, added to the unique gallery of tones (brights, pales and burned), makes the whole process of painting a joyful experience. As always, Jerry's has the best prices for them. So, some extra bucks in exchange for the experience, worth it. I highly recommend them."

Honorable Mentions

To see our Honorable Mentions, check out our 2015 Charvin Winter Painting Contest page.



Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci


Celebrating the master painter Leonardo da Vinci on his 563rd birthday!

Here in the US, we mainly mark April 15th as the dreaded Tax Day — but a brighter way to remember this auspicious day is as the birthday of the lauded Renaissance master painter, Leonardo da Vinci!

Born on April 15th, 1452, Leonardo is perhaps the most recognized artist in the world. Not only was he a staggeringly talented painter, he was also a skilled scientist and genius inventor, greatly increasing the knowledge of the time on subjects such as anatomy, weaponry, geology, mathematics, and so much more. In a very real way, Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man!

Leonardo has been an inspiration to millions over the centuries — not only in artistic and scientific ideas, but as an icon of all that we feel a genius artist should stand for: invention, innovation, and a dedication to beauty. (Not to mention inspiring countless copies like this one of the Mona Lisa). But his household name is also used to imply these qualities in products — and here we've picked out a few of our favorites!

Some of our very favorite art supplies are named after our favorite Renaissance man; from oil paints and watercolors to kids' art supplies and studio easels, the name "da Vinci" marks them all!


Da Vinci painting supplies

Da Vinci studio supplies


So on this fresh spring day, think not of taxes and W-2's — think of everyone's favorite master painter, and the art, ideas, and materials he's inspired throughout the years. Then join us in wishing him a very Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci!

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