Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Nominate the Best Artwork (Still Life) on a blog in 2009

You are invited to NOMINATE an artwork on an art blog for

The Making a Mark Prize for Best Portrayal of a Still Life in 2009

This prize highlights and celebrates excellence in creating pictures
which help us to reflect on how small can be beautiful
  • This prize helps us to focus on aspects of our lives which are smaller than people or places. The Still Life can be a conventional still life - set inside or out - or it can be floral or botanical art.
  • In 2009, any artist can be nominated who has created a portrayal of a still life - real or imaginary - and posted their work to their art or illustrated blog in 2009.
  • 2D artwork is eligible - artwork can be a painting (in any media) or a drawing (in any media) or a fine art print (using any method)
  • Work is NOT eligible if it appears to be be one or more of the following:
    • was not completed in 2009
    • has not appeared on an art or illustrated blog in 2009
    • over-reliant on a photograph not taken by the artist
    • subjected to lots of digital manipulation/tweaks (over and above that needed to make it read 'true' on screen)
  • An artist can be nominated more than once - by different people - for different works
  • An artist can be nominated more than once - by different people - for the same work
  • To be shortlisted the nominated artist must agree to their work being displayed on this blog as part of the shortlist.
  • Anonymous nominations are not permitted. In order to nominate you too must have an art or illustrated blog and be capable of being identified by me. (This is to stop spammers!)
  • All nominations must be in English
Panaches de mer, lithophytes et coquilles (1769)
by Anne Vallayer Coster (1744-1818)
Louvre, Paris

To nominate - just comment on this blog post providing all the necessary details (see below) before 24th December 2009
  • Your nomination MUST identify:
  • the title of the piece
  • the name of the artist,
  • the name and URL of the blog (eg The Art Blog - http://theartblog.blogspot.com)
  • the date, title and URL of the blog post in which the artwork appears (please provide a link)
  • SAY WHY YOU LIKE THE WORK - this bit is really important so please do the best you can.
Remember that nominations are open and transparent and that it's good to share a genuine tribute.
  • You need to ask the artist if their work can be posted on my blog - and let me know what the answer is.
  • An artist can nominate their own work.
  • Nominations close just after midnight on 24th December.
  • I will then select a shortlist of three works from the nominations prior to posting them on this blog and inviting readers to vote for their favourite artwork.
  • This shortlist of three works then becomes eligible for the overall Making A Mark Prize for best artwork on a blog.
Read Making A Mark: End of Year Review and consult the links below to find out more about the other Making A Mark Awards.
(see below)
Links: The Making A Mark Awards 2010 for blogging about art - Making A Mark: End of Year Review


  1. My nomination is
    Still life with apples by Jos van Riswick. http://postcardfromholland.blogspot.com/2009/06/still-life-with-apples.html

  2. Thanks Marion for getting the nominations underway.

    Please can you all say why you like the work you are nominating as I review your reasons and use them when creating the post about the shortlist.

  3. Oh darn! Every year at this time I promise myself I will bookmark all outstanding posts throughout the year to make this nomination easy. Of course I never do it. Now it's going to take a lot of thinking.

  4. While reviewing, don't forget to make a note of any posts relevant to some of the other prizes - I'm looking for nominations for those as well!

    I like the process of reviewing what has happened during the year on mine and other people's blogs - it's very stimulating and really sets me up for planning for next year! :)

  5. It pleases me to nominate Joan DaGradi's still life, "White Milk Pitcher," o/c, 10" x 8". The link below provides the date of the post: 12/5/09.

    Joan's beautiful piece gives us a triumvirate of primaries: Pink, yellow and blue, with a large addition of translucent white as well.
    Add to this the mild and pleasing greens, and a marvelous transition of values from light to darks as we look into the picture.
    Beautiful, believable and brilliant!


  6. Hi Katherine,

    Thank you very much for having this contest. My nomination is:

    Title of Piece: "Aunt Peggy's Sunroom"
    Name of Artist: Shannon Ryan
    Name of blog: Chipper's Alley
    url of blog:

    The artwork appears in blog post
    dated: April 7, 2009
    titled: Aunt Peggy's Sunroom
    url: http://www.shannonryanart.com/cablog/2009/04/aunt-peggys-sunroom/

    The artist agreed to have their work posted on your blog.

    Why I like the work:
    I love the way the textures and light work together to create a calm yet vibrant atmosphere. Looking in the mirror, I almost expect to see Aunt Peggy appear there any moment. The beauty of the objects speaks of the owner's simplicity and gentle taste. Immersing myself in the painting, I feel enveloped in a safe haven.

  7. I would like to nominate Abbey Ryan's still life of "Tangerine Segments" http://ryanstudio.blogspot.com/2009/04/tangerine-segments.html

    I like the simple composition.

  8. Title of the Piece: "Nine Stones"
    Name of Artist: Don Gray
    Name of blog: DAILY ART WEST
    url of blog: http://www.dailyartwest.com/

    The artwork appears in blog post
    dated:APRIL 21, 2009
    titled: Nine Stones
    The artist agreed to have their work posted on your blog.

    Why I like the work:
    This is actually a post about a series of nine related images, so you can consider my nomination about the first in the series if that works better. Why I chose the piece, and the series, for this category is that it's expressly about "still life," i.e., the life force in still stones, as well as being an outdoor object portrayed for its own sake and not about the place it was found, so it stretched my idea of what a still life might be about in an interesting way. Why I like the piece is that apart from being a beautiful example of making the commonplace extraordinary with paint and vision, it also is the artist's effort to stretch his own style and his audience's expectations, so it's also an image of artist courage.

  9. My nomination is 'Blocks No.5' by Neil Hollingsworth and posted on December 19th, 2009. Neil's blog is Paintings in Oil, this outstanding still life can be found here:


    This particular painting pulled a 'Wow' right out of my mouth. The design, placement, composition demonstrates the time involved even before the paint hits the canvas. It is touchable, reachable, interesting and charming - much like everything Neil accomplishes.

  10. My nomination is Sally Tharp 'Sometimes I Feel Like You Look Right Through Me' posted on 17 July 2009.


    For me this piece is much more than a representation of a group of objects, it conveys such a strong sense of place and mood. The composition works beautifully - the eye drifts effortlessly across the canvas before a sense of curiosity develops and the viewer tries to see through the objects. The objects themselves are brilliantly rendered.


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