The first week of voting has ended for the “You Be The Judge” art contest and the results are in.

Congratulations to Karen Killian for her entry “A Dog and His Boy”. Karen’s painting received the most votes during the week and will now be entered into the final contest at the end of the month for a chance to win an entire set of instructional art DVD’s. As the winner of Contest #1, Karen will receive a free video download of her choice (Drawing, Value, Color or Edges). In addition, I will also feature her beautiful painting on my Facebook page as well.

Karen Killian

“A Dog and His Boy” by Karen Killian

Here are a few more examples of Karen’s paintings. To see more of her work visit



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I also want to thank everyone who entered the contest and for your willingness to share your work with others. From the tremendous response that I’ve received so far, I’m sure that there are many artists who have been inspired and encouraged by your paintings as well.

If you’re interested in submitting your artwork for the contest, just visit my blog on how to enter. The finalists for Contest #2 will be posted later today, but there’s still time to enter the last two contests of the month.

I am now accepting entries for the third contest. Just email me your JPEG image to and title it “Contest #3”.