Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Nominate the Best Artwork (Still Life) on a blog in 2010

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 2010

This prize highlights and celebrates excellence in creating pictures
which help us to reflect on how the small and inanimate can be beautiful

Making A Mark Awards 2009: Best Picture of the Year 2009 (Still Life) 

Sometimes I feel you look right through me by Sally Tharp (Sally is painting today....
  • 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.  It includes artwork including flowers which is not botanical art.
  • In 2010, 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 2010.
  • 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
To nominate - just comment on this blog post providing all the necessary details (see below) before 24th December 2010
  • 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 -
  • 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 2010
  • Best artwork
  • Generating art
    • Nominate - The Painting a Day Stickability Shield
    • Nominate - The Best Art Blog Project Virtual Challenge Cup
  • Getting out of the Studio
    • Nominate - The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize
    • Nominate The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy
    • Nominate - The Going Greener Gong
  • Learning about art and the art business
    • Nominate - The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
    • Nominate - The Make Me Think Gong
    • Nominate - The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
  • The Home Front
    • Nominate - “The Moose” Award for the best animal in an illustrated blog
    • Nominate - The “Tales from the Frontline” Mention in Despatches / The “Amusing Musings” Trophy
    • Nominate - The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of the Year


  1. Hi Katherine, I would like to indulge in some shameless self promotion and nominate a painting from a series I am working on entitled, 'Still Life with a Twist'. I don’t get that much traffic to canvas for votes so here goes. I was attracted by the unusual take on traditional subject matter and making this into a painting. Using well known sayings, film titles etc really sets the old grey matter working on how to use the tile to create the work, rather than the other way around, or the arbitrary choice of subject matter.

    Title of the piece, ‘Next’.
    Artist, Steve Strode.
    Created July 9th 2010.

  2. Best Still Life on a blog: Karen Appleton's "Look at Me"

    also best still life on a blog (collection of works), Carol Marine

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  4. Hi,

    I am nominating Sadie J. Valeri’s still life painting “Message in a Bottle” posted on September 30, 2010.

    I am drawn to the quite simpleness of this painting. The muted color palette, the simple division of space, and the excellent skill in applying paint. Beautiful in so many ways! What is also wonderful about this blog post is that she shared multiple stages of this painting, so you get to see how she began and how the painting progressed into this gem.

    Thanks for hosting these awards! Liz

    Title: Message in a Bottle

  5. I'd like to nominate Julian Merrow-Smith's "Roscoff Onion with Blue Background"

    It is about as perfect a still life painting as I could ever wish to see. Since being alerted to JMS's blog earlier this year - I have found it a source of great inspiration. Each small painting is an absolute object lesson in the secret of good painting (mix the right colour and put it in the right place!). This particular painting is like a distilation of all that I aspire to (but am a million miles from!). Beautifully observed and economically rendered with perfect contrasts, colours and tones. Exquisite!!

  6. I'd like to Nominate James Neil Hollingsworth's Black Grapes #3, 6x6 oil on hardboard, Posted on his Blog Oct 4, 2010.
    Paintings in Oil
    I wish I owned this painting. I have several pieces by Neil, and I love them all. His ability to paint realism without being tight and fussy astounds me. In this tiny little suspended gem, he's covered so many textures: twine, grape skins, water droplets, spheres in bright light with chalky, mottled surfaces, the organic twist of green fruit stems... it's all here and it would fit in the palm of your hand.


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