TheRafflesia with Flowers as Old as Time
Some judges' comments:
" I like this one as it reminds me of winter. It is not a traditional Christmas flower but it does feel Chrismas-like because of the white and the red."
"I feel the winter season in these flowers."
"Portrays winter in a creative way, it's very Christmas-like and beautiful."
"The emphasis of the whites and reds gives in mind various themes like the winter, the holidays, Japanese culture."
Some comments from the judges:
"I liked the peaceful atmosphere of this. /.../ This blue with white combined perfectly, I imagine a snow back in there."
"The colors, the delicate flower, the darkness, and basically all elements are something I would associate with winter. This reminds me of the blue hour just after sunset!"
"The colors create a delicate, enchanting [setting] which entices you to take a closer look to see that there is more color to it than the blues and whites."
"Cold, elegant, delicate in its beauty. Like winter."
"The contrast, the way the flowers pop against the blue, and the composition are just really beautiful /.../ it captures the winter season perfectly."
The first place goes to:
A few of the judges' comments:
"The colors are very vibrant. The blue and purple overall tone makes it very harmonious, but it is still dramatic because of the small splotches of contrasting colors and the great textures and small abstract elements."
"What is most striking here is the technique of painting, creating a very vivid shade of blue and calling attention /.../. It is impossible not to look [at]."
"Background and foreground harmonize nicely and it looks realistic in shape and flow."
"This traditional painting is filled with incredible use of color and /.../ an explosion of iridescence."
"This strikes me as a casual but yet intense portrait of spring, since the bluish purple still reminds me of winter, but those traces of red and orange on the flowers immediately connect them to the season."
Some honorable mentions, too!
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