the Making A Mark Award
for the best artwork on a blog in 2009
Readers were invited to nominate work (which can be seen in yesterday's posts - listed at the end). I've then selected a shortlist for each of the three categories.
There is, of course, no right or wrong answer to which pieces should be selected from those which were nominated.
Before the display of images of the shortlist I've said a few words about why I chose the works that I did. You might also be interested in my comments in a couple of posts I did last year which provide some more context for making a selection - here are my thoughts on Selection, jurying and must-see lists and Juried art competitions - does size matter?
- The deadline for voting is a minute past midnight (Greenwich Mean Time) on Wednesday 30th December 2009.
- I will then formally announce the winner of each category in the second part of the Making A Mark Awards in a post later on the 30th December.
- You'll only be able to see the percentages of the vote which each piece attracts. However the work which attracts the most votes will also be declared Picture of the Year!
You now have five days to vote for which is the best artwork in each category. There are three polls below - please take your time and vote on each.
aims to celebrate and highlight excellence in portraiture
and/or artwork predominantly involving figures
I've chosen three works where I believe in the people. Each of the artists has added something into the picture they have created which says something about the individuals that they've portrayed. My guess is that each artist relied on a photograph - and yet I don't have a sense that any of the figures have been posed. Each left me feeling like I'd walked into their lives for a moment.
by Gary Nemkosky
12x16 Watercolor on 300 lb. Arches Aquarelle block
(nominated by Ann Thomson Nemkosky)
by Pierre Raby
9-1/4 x 11-3/4 inches, Graphite and conte on bristol,
(nominated by David Page Coffin)
aims to celebrate and highlight excellence in creating pictures
about places in our environment
by Sarah Wimperis
"The Temple of the Four Winds"
by Michael Hampton
(nominated by eLIZabeth Floyd)
by Casey Klahn
19" x 25" Pastel
(nominated by Astrid Volquardsen)
aims to highlight and celebrate excellence in creating pictures
which help us to reflect on how the small and/or still can be beautiful
I like still life paintings which go beyond good technique and the portrayal of found objects. In their own way, each of the pieces which you can see below stimulates my mind as well as providing pleasure for my eye. There's an element of quirkiness to each of them which I particularly like.
by Sally Tharp
48" x 48"
(nominated by Julie Broom)
by Don Grey
nine panels - each 23" x 23" - make up one artwork
(nominated by David Page Coffin)
With my best wishes to you and yours in this festive season.
I'll be back with the first instalment
of the Making A Mark awards
on Tuesday 29th December
- who all the past Making A Mark Award Winners are / who has been nominated for an award in 2009
- Making A Mark Awards 2009: Nominations for the best picture (portrait/figures).
- Making A Mark Awards 2009: Nominations for the best picture (place)
- Making A Mark Awards 2009: Nominations for the best picture (still life)