I need to select paintings to frame tomorrow and Friday for the show. This is my current take on ranking them. The first 3 (in red text) will be jurried as part of the competition, the top 5 (green text) will be left with the gallery and the remainder come home. What do you think? Is there one missing from the top 3?

I do plan on paitnting sunsets Thursday night, and if good there is time to get into the show, but I’m assuming this is the final group. I’m also painting downtown Estes Park tomorrow, but that’s a “media event”, so I’m basically a circus animal promoting the show for the day 😉

I really appreciate feedback from you. Don’t be afraid to be critical–I need that too. Thanks!

Moraine Park Stream
Moraine Park Stream – Oil on Linen – 11×14
Moraine Park, Sunset
Moraine Park Sunset – Oil on Linen – 8×10
Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Bear Lake, Morning – Oil on Linen – 14×11
Moraine Valley, Estes Park CO
Moraine Valley, Oil on Linen, 8×10
Lily Lake Study

Lily Lake Plein Air Study – Oil on Linen – 8×10
Riverbed, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Riverbed – Oil on Linen – 11×14
Falls at Alluvial Fan, Estes Park, CO
Falls at the Alluvial Fan – Oil on Linen – 14×11
Alluvial Fan Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Falls at Alluvial Fan – Oil on Linen – 20×16?
Old Gultch Road, Estes Park, CO
Old Gultch Road, Estes Park – Oil on Linen – 8×10
Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Peak (Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park) – Oil on Linen – 10×8

9 thoughts on “Help me choose the top 5!

  1. I’d probably swap 8 with 5. I really like 8 – nice lines and colors are wonderful. But 5 I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around – the sky and the mountains don’t fit together to me. It doesn’t feel like a colorado sky – can’t put my finger on it but your other clouds in 1,3,9, 10 capture the mountains better in my opinion. I do like the mountains and trees in 5 – I just think the sky needs more fiddling.

    Great selection of work for the week.

  2. Hi Ed,

    Nice work this week. I think I agree with your ordering — #1 is definitely my favorite. I really like this painting! (Number 2 also has a very nice mood to it as well.) My one comment is that the light of the trees in #3, #7, and #8 seems like it wants to be a little warmer to me.

    Best of luck with the show!

  3. What a great group of paintings! I like #2 the best because of the unusal color, close values and feeling of “place”. It’s working for me! I also really like #7…great shapes, bold design, bright color! #1 is beautiful but maybe more ordinary in design and color and wouldn’t stand out as much?
    Good Luck!!!

  4. I think I agree with your top three, although the one thing that bugs me is how similar the compositions are: sky, mountain, water in front, most of the angled lines pointing towards the middle of the canvas. The more I look at them, the more I’d be inclined to swap #3 for #4, mostly because the bright yellow green trees in #3 don’t work very well for me, and I love the moodiness of #4. I really like the boldness of #7 – perhaps it could be put into the mix somewhere. Love the color combinations in #2!

  5. Personally, I’d raise #7 up the list. It may lack the “finished” quality of some of the other paintings, but vitality of the light and the boldness of the forms really appeal to me.


  6. Can you have a top 4 instead of top 3?

    I really like number 6, it is vibrant and it would do great I think.
    But I can’t see removing any of your current top 3, unless you removed #2 just because it’s not as much in ‘theme’ with 1, 3, and 6.
    But I love Painting 2 because of the mood and the clouds.

    Oh well, maybe just close your eyes and pick 3, they’re all good!

  7. #3, #2, and #10 move me the most. If I could touch up #3, it would be to bring more light into the forest between a few tree trunks; this would also model the slope, in my opinion.

    I admire your work. But more than that, I love the region. The Big Thompson River was, prior to the flood in the 70s, one of my favorite chunks of the Rockies. You have captured its essence. I’m currently writing a tale about the winter my wife and I spent in a cold water cabin that was perched on an outcropping of granite several hundred feet above the bank of the river. It was challenging, to say the least, but what a view.

    Good luck with your show.

    Ron aka OldMack

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