- The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize
- The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy
- The Going Greener Gong
The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize
|The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize for excellence in plein air painting plus a strong commitment to sharing information|
The past winners are:
- 2006: Ed Terpening (Life Plein Air)
- 2007: William Wray (Urban painter William Wray)
- 2008 shared by:
- 2009 shared by:
- 2010: Adebanji Alade (Adebanji Alade)
- 2011: Enrique Flores (4ojos)
- an award for people who do more than just paint plein air. The winners are also people to share information - that's what the "plus" is all about; and is
- NOT confined to those who produce finished paintings plein air
I've painted in four countries this year through wind, rain, snow, fog, drizzle and even sunshine - on occasion!
The rain was coming in sideways and underneath my umbrella and my palette was getting wetter and wetter! The canvas was getting a fine spraying, and water was swirling around my feet! Some of the artists started to leave as their work, anything on paper particularly, was suffering too much. Easels started to fall over. I held my umbrella as close and as low as I could! (see Paintings for the Diamond Jubilee)
|Haidee-Jo Summers talking to Anneka Rice |
- while being filmed for the BBC coverage!
Her paintings are fresh, vibrant and of a very high standard.The plus factor on Haidee's blog Haidee-Jo Summers artist - ma vie en couleurs is personality plus sharing what and how she paints when working plein air. What I really like about Haidee's blog is that it's just like meeting her - sunny, chatty and confident. You learn without realising that she's handing out useful snippets and tips. It makes you think you can take up your brushes and go outside and paint just like her - with exuberant colour in her extremely competent alla prima mode. You can see a review of Haidee-Jo's year in a review on her blog - why not have a read and see what I mean!
- 2012 review - January to March!
- 2012 review - April to June!
- 2012 review - July to September!
- 2012 review - October to December!
The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize is
Haidee Jo Summers (Haidee-Jo Summers artist - ma vie en couleurs)
|The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy goes to the most intrepid and/or industrious artist travelling with a sketchbook.|
Previous winners are
- 2006 Laura Frankstone (Laurelines of North Carolina USA)
- 2007 Martha (Trumpetvine Travels of Berkeley California)
- 2008 Cindy Woods. (Learning Daily USA) This was a posthumous award
- 2009 Enrique Flores (Cuatro cosas Madrid, Spain)
- 2010 Liz Steel (Liz + Borromini Sydney Australia)
- 2011: The Urban Sketchers of the 2nd International Symposium in Lisbon
This year I'm going to award this prize to somebody who routinely carries his sketchbook with him and sketches while travelling to work and his studio in Chelsea on the other side of..... London. So no overseas trips - but lots of sketching! Check out this post for an example of what gets posted - Sketches on the Bus, Train and Tube in October I. For those who have never tried drawing on public transport before, I have to tell you that form of sketching is a challenge! Bear in mind the transport does not provide for a smooth journey and you never ever know when your subject is going to get up and leave!
Adebanji Alade (Adebanji Alade: My art, my passion for sketching) is something of a role model for all those who want to get better at drawing and painting people. He keeps his expenses on hiring models to a minimum. Ever since I've known him - which is now quite some time - he's drawn the people he sees while travelling on public transport in London. In doing so he has built up his skill level at the same time as developing a portfolio of sketches to use as a basis for his paintings. His blog is full of sketches done on journeys across London. The bonus is that he then also shows on the blog how he works when translating sketches typically drawn monochromatically in pencil or charcoal into portraits painted in oil.
The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy is
Adebanji Alade(Adebanji Alade)
The Going Greener Gong
|The Going Greener Gong is awarded to the art blog which I've found most stimulating in relation to getting us in touch with nature and the environment.|
Past winners include:
- 2007: Richard Bell's nature diary Wild West Yorkshire.
- 2008 Shared by:
- Irene Brady (Nature Drawing and Journaling Workshops) and
- Debbie Kotter Caspari (Drawing the Motmot)
- 2009 Sketching in Nature - a group blog started in April 2009 by Cathy Johnson.
- 2010 Jeanette Jobson (Illustrated Life)
- 2011: Sherrie York (Brush and Baren)
This award includes all those who blog about animals, birds, flowers and plants. Blogs are not required in any way to limit themselves to just those topics but they do need to have a feel for being green and sustainable about them. They also get extra points for getting out and about and drawing from life!
This year I'm awarding this prize to a blog which is written as a resource rather than by an artist.
ArtPlantae is a resource provider whose aim is to encourage an interest in plants, to make botany a more palatable subject, and to accomplish both through the use of drawing as a learning tool.Tania Maren's ArtPlantae Today is essential reading for all those interested in botanical art and drawing. Regular posts are frequent and always 'on topic' and full of high quality information about all the sorts of things that botanical artists are interested in. They include interviews with established botanical artists of some renown and news about workshops, exhibitions and new books. I've been reading it for years and have the highest regard for its content and author.
The Going Greener Gong is
Tania Maren's ArtPlantae Today
Tomorrow the Making A Mark Awards switch to:
- Learning about Art & the Art Business
- The Home Front