Many thanks to
- first - all those art bloggers who came up with the nominations. Your assistance in identifying good work is certainly valued by me.
- second - all the people who took time out over the festive season to come and view the nominations and vote in this Making A Mark Awards Poll.
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The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Portrait/Figures) on an Art Blog 2011
This poll traditionally has the most votes of all the polls - and it achieved that again this year.
This particular poll had me on the edge of my seat. The lead kept changing and as it drew to a close I started to think it might end up as a dead heat....and so it came to be!
The joint winners of the Best Picture of the Year (Portrait/Figures) each with 27% of the vote are:
© Sophie Ploeg (Sophie Ploeg)
|"Leah at Sea" |
© Taryn Day (Awake and Painting)
oil on panel, 6"x6"
"Black Sun" by Dirk Dzimirsky (Dirk Dzimirsky - Drawings) was in third place.
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Place) on an Art Blog 2011
This was another fascinating poll with the lead changing on a regular basis. I really didn't have any idea which piece was going win this year.
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Place) is Pacific Passage by Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell - Watercolours in the Plein Air Tradition) Nominated by Katherine TyrrellI'd like to point that I'd have been very happy to have nominated any of Robin's watercolour landscapes of California - which I think are fabulous. It just so happened that I've actually stood on this spot on a clifftop walk at Point Lobos (just south of Carmel in northern California) and wanted so much to be able to do justice to this view!
|Pacific Passage |
© Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell - Watercolours in the Plein Air Tradition)
14" x 14", watercolour
The runner up was Back Door by William Wray (William Wray) - which is another very fine picture, definitely a keeper!
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Still Life) on an Art Blog 2011
This category had a run away winner right from the off and the painting which won got 42% of the vote.
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Still Life) is "Bottles, Bottles, Bottles #736" by Lisa Daria (Lisa Daria's Everyday Painting) Nominated by Katherine Tyrrell
|Bottles, Bottles, Bottles #736|
© Lisa Darier (Lisa Daria's Everyday Painting)
Lisa Daria was last year's winner of the Painting A Day Stickability Shield (which has been won previously by a number of very well known daily painters). She has been posting a painting every day for two and a half years and has a very good reason for why she doesn't want to stop.
The runner up was Glass & Floral II by Jelaine Faunce (Jelaine Faunce: Contemporary Realism) - which was a completely different interpretation of painting glass containers
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Natural World) on an Art Blog 2011
We have a bit of an awkward situation with this category (and having received a rather odd comment, I've amended this section since the original publication to avoid any misinterpretation)
David J Teter who nominated Ant by Suzanne Berry let me know that, after his nomination, Suzanne pointed out to him that she had not taken the photo used as reference for the painting. He apologised for his mistake and for not checking with Suzanne first. I'd like to thank both Suzanne and David for letting me know - I'm very happy to acknowledge that this was a genuine mistake on David's part. However as the poll had already started I decided to let the situation ride and then work out what to do if the painting won!
Which it did.
So here's what I'm going to do.
The issue is not that somebody else's photograph has been used as a reference - which of itself is not unusual for those painting the natural world. Hence the nomination was not ineligible purely because somebody else's photo had been used as a reference. The issue was purely about whether or not the painting was "overly reliant on a photograph taken by somebody else" ie the criteria I'd laid down. (This is the point at which I started looking at an awful lot of photos of ants!)
It seems to me that there are three points which favour allowing the painting to be eligible. First, ants of the same species look pretty similar no matter who takes their photograph; they also seem to have a pretty limited number of positions which they adopt. Second, this is one painting in a long series of paintings of bugs by Suzanne. Looking at the design and composition of the paintings in her series it's very obvious to me that there is painterly interpretation of reference photographs. This is a painter who clearly adds value to a reference photo. Third the post about the painting eulogises about the colours she's been able to bring out in the painting. To me they are a lot more obvious in this painting than they are in photos of similar ants.
Consequently my view is that the painting is eligible and I'm very happy to allow the vote to stand. As I indicated when choosing a shortlist I always look at the art blogs of the painters first and it's my view that Suzanne is an accomplished painter with a very effective approach to portraying bugs!
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Nature) is "Ant" by Suzanne Berry (Suzanne Berry) Nominated by David J Teter
|Ant © Suzanne Berry (Suzanne Berry)|
16x16" oil on cradled hardboard
The runnerup was Sanderling by Tracy Hall (Watercolour Artist Diary)
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog 2011
This is awarded to the picture which got the most votes cast in the poll.
It’s always fascinating to see how the different categories fare in terms of the number of votes they attract and how art bloggers rate different work when they start acting as the jury rather than the artist whose work is being judged.
The painting which won this year was in a commanding lead - across all categories - from about six hours after the poll started all the way to the end. I was pretty sure who was going to win on the first day!
Bottles, Bottles, Bottles #736
© Lisa Darier (Lisa Daria's Everyday Painting)
- Second - Ant by Suzanne Berry
- Third - Pacific Passage by Robin Purcell
- here on this blog - the Making A Mark Awards page
- on my website - The Making A Mark Awards 2006-2011
Read who won the awards - click the link in the bold sub-heads below
- The Painting a Day Stickability Shield
- The Best Art Blog Project Virtual Challenge Cup
- NEW IN 2011 - The Best Art Society Blog
- The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize
- The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy
- The Going Greener Gong
- The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
- The Make Me Think Gong
- The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
- NEW in 2011 The Art Innovation of the Year Award
- “The Moose” - the award for the best animal in an illustrated blog
- The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of the Year
Shortlist and poll results - VOTE for the Best Artwork on an Art Blog in 2011
- Best Portrait/Figures
- Nominate the Best Artwork (Portraits/Figures) on a blog in 2011
- MAM Awards 2011: Portrait Nominations for Best Artwork
- Best Landscape/Place
- Nominate the Best Artwork (Place/Landscape) on a blog in 2011
- MAM Awards 2011: Landscape Nominations for Best Artwork
- Best Still Life
- Nominate the Best Artwork (Still Life) on a blog in 2011
- MAM Awards 2011: Still Life Nominations for Best Artwork
- Best Nature