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April 9, 2013 / pleinairman

Help Me Pick a Painting

Update: We have a winner!  The painting that received the most votes is the one at the top, “Cottonwood Shadows.”  Thank you, everyone, for your votes and kind comments!

Second Update:  All the paintings are up for auction, and you can bid on mine here.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I am involved with the Verde River Artist Challenge.  Just as a refresher, this traveling show is designed to raise awareness about – and funds for – a unique riparian environment.  For the Challenge, I am donating a framed 9×12 oil painting.  The trouble is, I have three to pick from!  I need your help in choosing just one.  Which one of the paintings below would you like to see in the exhibit?

Make sure you click on each image to see it larger.  Then, please vote in the poll to the right.  (If you’re receiving this via e-mail, you will need to go to the actual blog post on the web.)   And thank you!  I will close the poll Friday morning.

1 – Cottonwood Shadows, 9×12 oil

2 – Quiet Bend, 9×12 oil

3 – Lingering Rapids, 9×12 oil


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  1. Linda Warner Constantino / Apr 10 2013 12:17 am

    I like all of them for different reasons. The first one for color, the second one for composition and the third for technique. Tough call. I think I like the second one for the beauty of the water.

  2. Michael Chesley Johnson / Apr 10 2013 1:02 am

    Thank you, Linda!

  3. NATURE GALLERY / Apr 10 2013 1:06 am

    Sorry Michael I was there and can't pick one from the other, guess you will just have to donate them all. LOL Wendy H

  4. Michele / Apr 10 2013 2:59 am

    The first one stands out. Think it's the beautiful reds plus the shadows.

  5. Judy P. / Apr 10 2013 3:10 am

    I voted for the first one, but you can't go wrong on any of them, lovely work.

  6. Scott Ruthven / Apr 10 2013 4:48 am

    Good luck with the show! They are all nice paintings for sure.

  7. Anonymous / Apr 10 2013 5:19 am

    2nd one is gawjus …best comp' …

  8. Street Portraitist / Apr 10 2013 8:35 am

    I voted 1 🙂 I think the colours, subject and shadows make for a lot impact.

  9. Susan Williamson / Apr 10 2013 11:03 am

    They are all wonderful pieces! I also love the frames. Can you tell me where to purchase them?

  10. Michael Chesley Johnson / Apr 10 2013 11:39 am

    Thanks, everyone! Susan – I can't remember where I got them, but it may have been Classic Gallery Framing in BC.

  11. Nancy Van Blaricom / Apr 10 2013 2:11 pm

    I vote for the third one … Lingering Rapids. I love the movement in this one. Great job!

  12. Loretta / Apr 10 2013 2:43 pm

    Hi Michael,
    I like them all. The tree caught my eye even though I'm partial to number 2. Number 1 might get people to walk across the room for a closer look. 1 or 2……or 3 because I liked your story about canoes and kyacks getting caught with the canoists parting from their vessels in a most unplanned fashion. The story would need to accompany the painting….yes??? I'm going with 2. Hope that helps. :o) I know fickle.

  13. Terry d. Chacon / Apr 10 2013 3:14 pm

    I like all of them. The 3rd one maybe just a tad more because of the depth. You cannot go wrong regardless.

  14. Steve Estes / Apr 10 2013 3:27 pm

    All 3 do it for me!! Great work! Thank you for being a part in this!!

  15. Daily Paintings / Apr 10 2013 9:53 pm

    Tough pick!

  16. Virginia Belser / Apr 10 2013 11:32 pm

    hi Michael-
    gosh- I love them all…. But I think the third one will command the highest bid… there is so much depth to it and I get such a sense of the rocks protruding our of the water.

    simply lovely.

  17. Meredith Adler / Apr 15 2013 4:20 am

    I am too late to vote, but that is okay…they are all winners to me!

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