You be the judge art contest final results

After tallying up the thousands of votes that came in over the past two weeks, the results for the You be the Judge art contest are in!

The painting that received the highest number of votes was “Refraction” by David McLeod. In an extremely close race, second place goes to Amy Karnes for her entry, “Stories on the Porch Swing”. Third place goes to “Tatya” by Rakesh Suryawanshi.

As the Grand Prize winner of this year’s contest, David will be awarded the incredible Grand Prize package which includes products from the following artists and companies: Richard Schmid, Joe Bowler, Dan Gerhartz, Brian Neher, American Artist Magazine, Jerry’s Artarama, Silver Brush Limited, ASW Express, Jack Richeson & Co. Inc., Yale University Press and Blick Art Materials.

As the Second Place winner, Amy will receive a complete download version of all of my instructional art videos (Drawing, Value, Color , Edges, Painting Outdoor Light).

As the Third Place winner, Rakesh will receive a download version of my instructional art video, Painting Outdoor Light.

Here are the winning entries from the contest:

David McLeod2 copy


Grand Prize Amy Karnes copy


Grand Prize Rakesh Suryawanshi copy

David McLeod 1 copy

Here are a few more examples of David McLeod’s work:

Grand Prize David McLeod3

Grand Prize David McLeod1

Grand Prize David McLeod7

Grand Prize David McLeod5

Grand Prize David McLeod6

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In addition to painting commissioned portraits, still life and landscapes, David is also a gifted teacher who enjoys sharing his knowledge with others through his blog and videos.

To learn more about David and his work visit

Thanks, again, to everyone who participated in this year’s contest by submitting your artwork or taking part in the voting process!