Winners Announced for the Open Artist Call!

We recently had an Open Artist Call Competition open to all visual artists working in acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, and other dry media.  After a fantastic response with some amazing entries, the judges have selected the winners.

Daniel Cassity - First Place: $500 gift card

Robyn Cook - Second Place: $250 gift card

Teri Lai Nga Chan - Third Place: $175 gift card

Shelly Cox - Fourth Place: $75 gift card

Let's congratulate our winners!  And make sure to check TalentCall for more contest opportunities!


First Place Winner: DANIEL CASSITY


My still lifes represent the fall of light upon a variety of textures. To produce them I arrange common, as well as unexpected objects, in a manner meant to provoke inferences from the viewer; this is to engage the viewer beyond the painted surface: sometimes intended to evoke humor, sometimes intended to imply an event or story. "The Chopping Block" for instance, portrays a pig - cleaver at its back - standing calmly upon the platform of its fate. Likewise, some of the images offer a puzzle-like quality wherein the titles suggest a relationship to objects that might otherwise seem unrelated, as in "Explosives." As for the objects themselves, many of them I have collected over the years, and so they have a personal connection for me, others are included purely for the sake of symbolism.

As to the technical execution of the still lifes, the paintings are built up in glazes from a mid-tone ground, with the brushstrokes being largely eliminated by stipple brushes. The end result is a soft edged realism wherein the represented objects seem to emerge from their surroundings and shadows; in fact, contours and changes of surface planes are lost as often as possible. In addition to glazing, a variety of techniques are employed to produce the many subtle surface textures in these paintings, such as scumbling, rubbing, and stippling. These paintings are Oil on Panel.

The Chopping Block


Old Quaker & Pipe

Mask, Fork, & Vase

Baseball & Horseshoes

Second Place: ROBYN COOK

Bad Idea, Both Times






Fourth Place: SHELLY COX (Norma Cockwell)

The Discovery



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We are so excited here at Jerry's Artarama that the new line of Mijello TruColor Neutral Grey Palettes have come into stock! This is such a revolutionary line of palettes, and we're sure they will change your painting method as soon as you try them out. 3 styles are available: the Ellipse XL, the Artelier Airtight, and the Fredi Weber Tray — one for any painter in acrylics or oils!

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Sure, your canvas may start out as a blank, white surface, but it won't stay that way for long: why mix your colors on a blank white palette?  White surfaces cast reflections and shadows that affect the appearance of the colors mixed upon them. What looks like a nice dark color on a white palette may turn out to be a muddy mess on a toned canvas. Using a neutral grey palette virtually eliminates this issue! Know immediately if a color is too light or too dark right on the palette: don't risk ruining your painting by applying the wrong color.


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So really, is it any wonder we're excited? When it comes to painting in acrylics or oils, we've finally found the perfect palette! Mijello TruColor Palettes have everything we're looking for: a neutral grey tone for perfect color mixes, ABS plastic construction for durability, an easy-clean surface that doesn't stain, and three different palette styles to choose from. Pick one out for yourself today, we're sure you'll love it just as much as we do!


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