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The Least of These
by Joshua Clare
Oil 30" x 24"

Entered in: November 2010

Note: This painting exemplified masterfully manipulating the medium to express the message. This humble woman, with little by way of worldly possessions, who is considered to be among the least by much of society, stands with an expression and pose suggesting a woman of true worth - an inner worth. This was beautifully rendered using a muted palette with just the right spots of color in the right areas. The design is strong, values great. There are areas where edges become lost between the woman and here surroundings, yet other areas where she stands out boldy by use of color and value. This suggests to me, that although she is a product of her circumstances, she stands out as an individual, separate, and distinct. The brushwork is rough and unrefined, yet clearly defines the important elements. Details are minimal and unnecessary. Stronger color and more detail work would have killed the concept. The impact of the message is powerful because of the technical choices made by the artist. Excellent work!

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