Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Nominate the Best Art (Portrait/Figures) on a Blog in 2010

You are invited to NOMINATE an artwork on an art blog for 
The Making a Mark Prize for Best Artwork - Portrait / Figures 2010

This prize aims to celebrate and highlight excellence in portraiture and/or artwork predominantly involving figures ELIGIBILITY

Yesterday I highlighted the value of telling people how much you appreciate their work (seeWhy be an art blogger?).  Today you can make a difference by sharing your perspective on the people whose work you valued in 2010.

Today the nominations open for the Making A Mark awards - starting with the Making A Mark prize for the best portrait or painting figures in 2010

Eligible work:
  • In 2010, any artist creating portraits or artwork predominantly involving figures - real or imaginary - and posting their work to their art or illustrated blog can be nominated.
  • 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 2010
    • has not appeared on an art or illustrated blog in 2010
    • 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 
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Portrait/Figures) is  
"Palm Sunday" by Karin Jurick (A Painting Today)  
    To nominate - just comment on this blog post providing all the necessary details (see below) before 24th December 2010
    • Your nominations 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 for The Making a Mark Prize for Best Artwork - Portrait / Figures 2010
    • This shortlist of three works then becomes eligible for the overall Making A Mark Prize for best artwork on a blog.
    • Results are published on this blog 30th December
    Read Making A Mark: End of Year Review 2010 and consult the links below (to be posted) to find out more about the other Making A Mark Awards.
    Please also NOMINATE for other MAKING A MARK AWARDS
    (see below - links become live as invites are posted)
    There will be more posts this week inviting nominations for the remainder of the Making A Mark Awards - but only one email update each day.


      1. I would like to nominate Alexandra Zonis of pencilscribbles.wordpress.com for the Best Art (Portrait/Figures) on a Blog in 2010.

        Alex has been pursuing portraiture and she has grown tremendously in the past year. She is working on a series of portraits for the Sketchbook Project. If possible, I would like to nominate all the work for the sketchbook project, and specifically I would like to nominate her portrait of KENNY. I love the expression, the tilt of his head and his hat and the softness of her pencil marks.

        Alex has agreed to this nomination. The link to her blog is here: http://pencilscribbles.wordpress.com/
        The link to KENNY is here: http://pencilscribbles.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/kenny/

        Carol King

      2. Thanks for starting the nominations process Carol

      3. Hi Katherine,

        I would like to nominate Ms. Myrna Wacknov and her painting titled "Fragments", posted to her blog on 31 March 2010, URL http://myrnawacknov.blogspot.com/2010/03/its-doneno-fooling.html.

        Myrna's blog is "Creativity Journey" and the URL is http://myrnawacknov.blogspot.com/

        What I find particularly appealing about this piece is that Myrna has included several daily drawings that she posted in 2010 to her other blog, "Drawn to the Mirror", http://drawntothemirror.blogspot.com/.

        I think the portrait is superbly done. Painting over the grid of collaged self portraits adds layers of meaning to me.

        For a little background about the small self portraits, Myrna challenged her blog followers to commit to drawing daily and posting to a blog. She’s done this with her self portraits. It’s been fun to see how they have developed over the year’s time. Then to take the small self portraits and create a masterful self-portrait is wonderful. Plus, it makes me smile!

        I believe “Fragments” is a mixed media/watermedia piece. I have contacted Myrna Wacknov and she has said she would honored to have the piece shown on your blog.

        By the way, we both enjoy your blog.

        Thank you for your consideration.

        My art blog is http://peggy.stermer-cox.com. I took Myrna’s challenge and have been drawing daily; it been great!

      4. Thanks for the nominations. Keep them coming!

      5. I nominate Karin Jurick's 100 Faces project. It's such an excellent addition to her portfolio, and the journey through the mugshots is a great lesson in character and vision. http://www.karinjurick.blogspot.com

      6. I'd like to nominate Derek Jones for his beautiful work in soluble graphite, specifically the lower image in this post:


        I've so enjoyed watching Derek develop his works in graphite this year. I'd never have believed graphite could be so fresh, lively and fluid. He has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of this medium with this lovely portrait and the many others he has shared with us in 2010.

        Derek has confirmed he would be happy for his work to appear on making a mark.

        I'm looking forward to seeing the nominations last year I was introduced to some fantastic blogs from checking out who had been nominated.

      7. Thanks for this competition, Katherine.
        I would like to nominate Crystal Cook for a painting of her son.

        Artist: "Art by Crystal Cook"
        Title of blog: "Please?"

        Title of work: "Please?"
        Date: December 8, 2010 (Wednesday)


        I like the expression of the child in this painting and the way it has been captured. The innocence on his face and the disappointment for not being able to take a bite from the apple is captivating!

      8. I would like to nominate
        Catching Snow by John Hulsey.
        John has agreed to this nomination.
        Thank you.

      9. Ann - the Making A Mark Awards are focused on art blogs and blogging art

        Art on a website is not eligible. The only art which is eligible is an image on a blog with a unique post URL.

      10. I want to nominate Daniel Peci's work, paintings or drawings


      11. Daniel - you need to nominate just ONE WORK.

      12. Hello,

        I would like to nominate Kevin Wueste’s drawing of Randy posted on May 8, 2010 {scroll down to the fourth image in this post}

        I wish I could nominate every work he created this year, narrowing it down to one was difficult, I selected Randy because of how Kevin seemed to capture the intense stare of the model and the direct interaction that must have occurred during the session.

        Kevin’s ability to capture the human spirit is an inspiration to me. He is capable in all mediums however I particularly enjoy viewing his portrait drawings because of the energy in the mark making and how he keeps some areas simple and develops and refines the drawing only where the maximum effect is required.

        Link: http://kevinwuesteart.blogspot.com/2010/05/soriba-about-20-some-hours.html?zx=615855db9cee0cf8
        Title: Randy {4th drawing down}

      13. I'd like to nominate Margaret Dyer's "Dejeuner" 24 x 19 pastel:
        Posted Oct 27, 2010 on her blog
        Small Pastel Studies by Margaret Dyer
        I've loved this piece from the moment I saw it, and I still love it months later. Margaret took a complex scene that could have easily been over done by many artists, and used the repeated geometry in the chair backs and wine glasses in simplified forms to bring us right to the lone figure, framed between the two bright windows. She's waiting for someone. The rim light on the figure and the surfaces in the restaurant shimmers. I just love this piece.


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