The You be the Judge art contest begins today and I just want to thank everyone who has entered so far. The contest will continue into April, but the deadline for submitting all artwork is 11:59 EST on March 31, 2012.


I’ll be posting fifteen paintings every two weeks from the entries that I’ve received so far. After that, it’s up to you to decide who the winners will be by voting for your favorite painting. At the end of each two week period, the three artists who received the most votes during that time period will win a free download of their choice from my Principles of Painting DVD series (Drawing, Value, Color or Edges). These artists will also be entered into the final round at the end of the contest for a chance to win the Grand Prize.

The winners of each bi-weekly contest will be recognized by being awarded a “digital ribbon” on their entry, indicating that they are a finalist in the Grand Prize round. There will be a total of five bi-weekly contests, each consisting of fifteen paintings for viewers to vote on.

I’m honored to present the first 15 paintings in the “You be the Judge” art contest for 2012. Below each painting you will find the artist’s name, title, dimensions and medium. There’s also an assigned number for each painting which matches the number and description that you will find in the voting box at the bottom of this page.

Once you’ve viewed all of the paintings and are ready to vote for your favorite, simply follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to cast your vote. Keep in mind that only one vote is allowed per computer, so make it count! The last day for voting on these 15 paintings is Saturday, Feb. 18 by 11:59 p.m. EST. After that, the voting will close and I’ll tally up the totals to see who the winners are. Those three who received the most votes will then be recognized by a “digital ribbon” which will be placed on their entry within this blog.

The following Monday (Feb. 20), we’ll do it all again and I’ll post another 15 paintings. If your painting wasn’t included this time, don’t be discouraged because it could very well be in the next bi-weekly contest. I’ve received several entries so far and am looking forward to seeing the work of other artists as well.

Thanks so much to everyone who has participated so far and to American Artist magazine, Matt Innis of and Today’s Inspiration for posting blogs about the You be the Judge art contest.

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