I just wanted to give you a quick update on the You be the Judge art contest and to thank everyone who has entered so far. The contest officially started last Monday, Feb. 6, when I posted 15 paintings in the first bi-weekly contest. Viewers have been voting for their favorite painting from this group for the past week and there have been several blogs written about the contest that I would like to share with you as well.

Matthew Innis of Underpaintings.blogspot.com has written a great blog about the contest on his website. Click here to see the article about the contest. For those who aren’t familiar with Matt’s blog, I would highly recommend taking a look at the incredible amount of information that is available on his site. I’m always amazed at how much research goes into each of his posts. When it comes to keeping up with the latest news in the art world, Matt is one of the best. If you get a chance, be sure to take a look at his blog at www.underpaintings.blogspot.com.

American Artist magazine also posted a blog titled Educate + Inspire + Equip on their website at www.artistdaily.com.

Today’s Inspiration, a blog that focuses on the great illustrations from the 1940’s and 1950’s, posted a great article about Joe Bowler and the art contest.

Yale University Press also posted a blog on their website about the contest and the Sargent book that is included in the Grand Prize.

Voting for this first group of paintings will end this Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11:59 p.m. and a new group of 15 paintings will be posted on Monday, Feb. 20.

Take care and have a great day of painting!