The 2013 You be the Judge art contest has now begun and this year’s Grand Prize package contains some incredible items and opportunities for the Grand Prize winner. Among artist’s equipment, instructional art videos and a chance to have your work seen in major art magazines around the world, there is also an entire library of art books that is included as well. One of those books contains the most substantial collection of Edgar Payne’s work available and is one that I highly recommend to other artists.



Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey is published by Pomegranate, a family-owned, independent publishing company located in Northern California. They are a leading museum publisher, producing fine art, contemporary illustration and photography in a vast array of high-quality, affordable products. The company collaborates with many renowned institutions including the National Gallery of Art, The Library of Congress, the British Library, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey is published in conjunction with an incredible exhibit of Payne’s work that has been traveling around the country for the past year and is currently on display at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma through March 24, 2013.

This beautiful book is 272 pages with crystal clear reproductions of Payne’s work to study from. There are 120 color reproductions and over 50 black and white photographs and drawings. As one of California’s premiere plein air artists, Edgar Payne is often known for his paintings which capture the vigor of the Sierra Nevada and the rich colors of the desert Southwest. In addition to these memorable subjects, the book also focuses on Payne’s work from the towering peaks of the Alps, as well as the vibrant harbors of France and Italy. If you’re a fan of Edgar Payne’s work, this is one book that you won’t want to miss.

Here are examples of some of the beautiful quality reproductions that are included in this Smyth-sewn hardcover book which measures 12” x 10.5”:

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To learn more about Pomegranate and Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey visit While you’re there, be sure to browse their wide selection of catalogs which include other publications such as art books, calendars and journals.

If you’re an artist who is interested in entering the You be the Judge art contest for a chance to win Pomegranate’s Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey, visit for all of the details. There are 5 more bi-weekly contests left until the Grand Prize round takes place. Click here to see this week’s entries and to cast a vote for your favorite. Remember, it’s up to you to decide who this year’s winner will be!