1st Place: Elsbeth Schuetz, Orange, Calif.
“The Story Book” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Meet the Winner
An experienced oil painter as well as a nail artist, Orly ambassador and editorial manicurist Elsbeth Schuetz has always preferred painting people to objects. For her Mini Masterpiece entry, she was drawn to the desire for human connection she saw in the little girl pictured in “The Story Book.” “The little girl expresses so much feeling and thought and seems to speak to many passersby asking ‘Do you have time to read to me?’” says Schuetz. “It’s as if she could see our lost capacity for connection. Her silent invitation to connect is very compelling in today’s age of digital contact.”
To reproduce the art on a nail tip, Schuetz printed out a copy of the painting the size of the nail and placed it next to the nail tip. She marked important points such as the height of the hair, nose, and chin, and then painted what she saw. The key to creating such detailed nail art? “Patience, the right brush, a steady hand, and nooo coffee for me,” she says.
Follow her on Instagram @elsbeth211.
2nd Place: Jacqueline McClement, Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
“The Desperate Man” by Gustave Courbet
3rd Place: Rebecca Compton, Christianburg, Va.
“Li I” by H.R. Giger
Crystal Hoang, Woodbury, Minn.
“The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo
Lee Antolini, Somers Point, N.J.
“Maya With Doll” by Pablo Picasso
Kieu Trinh Truong, Friendswood, Texas
“The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Hokusai
Joanne Sorbello, Stone Ridge, N.Y.
“Pop Shop Quad III” by Keith Haring
Rebecca Farris, Oakdale, Calif.
“Topaz” by Alphonse Mucha
Other Notable Entries
Lexi Majack, Racine, Wis.
“Sylvette” by Pablo Picasso
Brenley Honeycutt, Erwin, Tenn.
“Le Chat aux Poissons Rouges” by Henri Matisse
Jennifer Guthrie, Claremont, Calif.
“Woman With a Towel” by Edgar Degas
Amy Masters, Dayton, Wyo.
“Ritratto di Pablo Picasso” by Gabriele Donelli
Anastasia Mourouzidou, Athens, Greece
“Child With a Dove” by Pablo Picasso
Sarah Shinohara, Honolulu
“The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh
Kim Manore, Roy, Utah
“A Creek in Saint Antilles” by Camille Pissarro
Keva M. Tech, Longmont, Colo.
“The Girl With Ribbon Hair” by Roy Lichtenstein
Kristy Homolya, London
“Sunflowers” by Leonid Afremov
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