Monday, December 24, 2012

Still Life Nominations for Best Artwork | MAM Awards 2012

The 2012 Making a Mark Prize for Best Portrayal of a Still Life aims to highlight and celebrate excellence in creating pictures which help us to reflect on how the small and inanimate can be beautiful.

Listed below you will find the nominations for the Best Picture (portrait/figure) on an art blog in 2012.  The details of the nomination process and criteria for submissions can be found in Nominate the Best Art (Still Life) on a blog in 2012 (Note: Two nominations were not eligible as they did not comply with the requirement to be painted/posted on an art blog in 2012)
  • Three works will be shortlisted (including the nomination I've yet to make)
  • Larger images of the three shortlisted works will be included in the invitation to vote for the winner which will be posted on Wednesday 26th December
  • voting for the best picture continues until a minute after midnight on 30th December
These are the links to the other nominations for Best Picture:
Nominations for Best Picture of a Still Life on an Art Blog 2012

Delft Reflections by Cecilia Ross Lee
Oil on Canvas Board
11" X 14"
© Cecilia Rosslee 
Nominated Artwork: Delft Reflections
Nominated Artist: Cecilia RossLee (Atelier Cecilia Rosslee)
Post: Delft reflections
Nominated by: Self
The reason I am entering this specific piece is because I feel my work has improved since painting daily during the course of the past year. DELFT REFLECTIONS captures everything I try to encapsulate in my art work, good light, composition, 'effortless' application of paint and above all a warm feeling of enjoyment when one looks at a good still life.


One fish, two fish....gold fish by Alvin Richard
Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, 2012
8 x 10'', painting # 208
© Alvin Richard

Nominated Artwork: One fish, two fish....gold fish
Nominated Artist: Alvin Richard (Acrylic and Light) - New Brunswick
Post: One fish, two fish....gold fish
Nominated by: Roger Brown (Art Of The Wild by Roger Brown) - Botswana
The work by Alvin Richard is always interesting,each work has a story behind it.It is clear that much thought and planning goes into each of his paintings.Aside from that ,each work is just mindbogglingly perfect.Since I have painted in Acrylics before I know that it takes real skill and practice to achieve what he has.There are many reasons why I like this particular painting of his,I love the warm and cool colors,the depiction of light and glass,as well as his subject matter and story.
Spring Flowers in Copper by Charmaine P Jackson

oil on linen

10" x 9"

© Charmaine P Jackson
Nominated Artwork: Spring Flowers in Copper
Nominated Artist: Charmaine P Jackson (Charmaine P Jackson) - Northern Tasmania.
Post: Spring Flowers in Copper - Oil on 10"x9" Linen Panel
Nominated by: Self
The reason I am entering this piece is that I feel it represents many of the qualities I strive for in my work - strong composition, clear focal point, good natural light, colour harmony, natural setting, linking shapes, as well as contrasting values, shapes, textures, edges, refined v less refined passages ...in this particular piece I am especially happy with the brushy, more impressionistic style of the flowers against the smooth, more realistic style of the copper. This still-life was a real joy to paint and I think, and hope, that comes through.

Shadow Shapes
by Michaela Marsden
oil on linen panel
20" high x 10" wide© Michaela Marsden
Nominated Artwork: Shadow–Shapes
Nominated Artist: Micaela Marsden (micaelamarsden's sketchjournal) - Northern California
Post: Sunflowers
Nominated by:  Jana Bouc (Janas Journal) - San Francisco Bay area
When I first saw this painting I found it stunning. I had been trying over and over to paint sunflowers in oils and was having no luck. I had looked at other sunflower paintings on the web trying to figure out what I was missing and liked very few of them. Then I saw this one, which I learned was painted plein air and really captures the light of a very sunny afternoon perfectly. The composition is marvelous, and the light and fluidity of the glass and water have such freshness that is often only seen in watercolor paintings of flowers. The color of the flowers and leaves are just right and the shadows and flowers are so alive they seem to be dancing.

Micaela is a self-taught, prolific (she's out plein air painting regardless of weather nearly every weekend), humble and generous artist. I would love to see her have recognition for her beautiful work.
Nominated Artwork: Improvisation
Unfortunately this work is not eligible as it was not drawn/posted in 2012
Nominated Artist: visioneerwindows 
Post:
Nominated by: self

Nominated Artwork:  Black Jug
Unfortunately this work is not eligible as it was not painted/posted in 2012
Nominated Artist: Sadie Valeri (Sadie J Valeri) - San Francisco, California
Post:
Nominated by: eLIZabeth Floyd(eLIZabeth Floyd Studio- Alexandria, Virginia






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