Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Learning about Art & the Art Business - MAM Art Blog Award Nominations 2011

You are invited to nominate those who promote learning about art and being a successful artist.  

The next section of the Making A Mark Awards relates to Learning about Art and the Art Business.

There are three awards:
  • The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
  • The Make Me Think Gong
  • The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
This is the area which focuses on our personal development - whether that's via:
  • regular posts on a blog wholly focused on the development of artists
  • a really good series of posts on a particular topic of major relevance to artists
  • a new art instruction book
  • a new book about the artist and the art business
Nominations for this category are not limited to artists but they must write about art or artists. To date, people who are not artists have won awards in this section in three of the last four years.  They can be
  • artists with an art blog
  • non-artists writing about art, artists and/or the art business
Instructions on how to nominate for these and other awards are set out at the end of this post.


The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal

The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal
for the
blog which aims to share useful information for artists including what they have learned with/from others
  • 2009  Roz Stendahl (Roz wound up) Roz is articulate and writes very well and at some length about the topics which interest her. Two of these topics are visual journaling and art materials. Her series on journaling superstitions is a masterpiece! She enjoys experimenting with art materials and paper and her very thorough testing of art materials sets a standard for artists writing reviews on the Internet.
  • 2008 James Gurney (Gurney Journey) James very much deserved this award because of the vast number of posts he has provided during the course of this year (and last) which have been both extremely informative and highly educational.  James is a one-man course in how to draw and paint! People pay fees for workshops from tutors who know much less than James does!
  • 2007  Charley Parker (Lines and Colours) for his series of very comprehensive posts on how NOT to display your art on the web

The Make Me Think Gong 

The Make Me Think Gong
for the 
person who makes me (and others) think and offers insights that are transferable to the activity and business of being an artist. 

This award leans more towards matters relating to career and business aspects of being an artist rather than artistic practice per se.  So less "how to paint" and more "how to avoid being a starving artist"
  • 2010  Joanne Mattera - Joanne Mattera Her series of posts - Marketing Mondays - is extremely wide-ranging in its coverage of very practical issues for artists.  The content is also very helpful and I invariably find myself highlighting them on Who's made a mark this week? 
  • 2009  Edward Winkelman (edward_ winkleman) He's a very generous blogger who consistently provides some very useful advice for artists wanting to pursue a career as an artist and/or want to get into a gallery and/or keep being a gallery artist. He also attracts a diverse group of readers which makes his thought-provoking open discussion posts very interesting. 
  • 2008  Seth Godin (Seth's Blog I rarely miss reading one of his posts and very often find that they trigger thoughts about ways in which his thoughts could be applicable to the practice of art and/or marketing within the art economy.
  • 2007  shared by: two artists who refer to the wider aspects of how we live our lives, difficulties we have to deal with and approaches which seem to produce good results. They speak about both everyday matters and bigger concepts in an everyday way. They often make me step back and think about what I'm doing and how I relate to what they are talking about. In other words they take my perspective out for a spin!
  • 2006  shared by:
    • Alyson Stanfield (ArtBiz Blog) Alyson is focused on the business end of being an artist and her e-mail letter arrives in my inbox every Monday and always gets read as does her blog.
    • Robert Genn (The Painters Keys) Robert Genn's has been twice weekly letter and subsequent clickback for the artist community since 1999.  I've been subscribed to the Painters Keys and reading his letters for a very long time

The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon

The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
for the most helpful book written/produced by an art blogger 

The criteria are that
  • the author MUST be somebody who blogs about art - but they don't have to be an artist.
  • the book MUST have been published in the previous two years ie after 1st January 2010 in the case of the award for 2011. This is to avoid any bias towards books published in the early part of this year as opposed to those which have not yet had time to build a following.
What I'm looking for is the book which does NOT follow the conventional recipe used of late for a lot of art books produced by traditional publishers. I'm fed up with art bookswhich are both lean on content and padded out with the perennial sections on art materials and colour wheels at the beginning.

A "blue ribbon book" will have a structure, content and design which speaks of the passion and priorities of the artist blogger who has written it (ie "identikit books" will NOT win this award!).

Given the ease with which artists authors can now pursue a self-publishing venture, the blue ribbon book may also have been produced and marketed by the artist blogger. However published, it emphatically MUST add value as opposed to being more of the 'same old, same old'. or just nice to look at.

  • 2010 Landscape Painting in Pastel by Deborah Secor (Landscape Painting in Pastel) This has been published in full on her blog of the same name. The difference here is that the book is not going to be published in print.  Deborah's book is very thorough and I'm guessing might possibly be a tad too long for most publishers these days.  She's also thought of more subject matter she'd like to cover so there's more to come!

Nominate an art blog for a Making A Mark Award

I've been keeping a list of art blogs which have had "made a mark" during the course of the year but I'd also very much love to hear which art blogs have had an impact on you.

What you need to do - it's very simple!
    • Identify the title of the Making A Mark Award that you want your nominee to be considered for
    • Leave a comment on the post on this blog inviting nominations for that award - BEFORE 24th December
  • WHICH BLOG: Identify
    • the name of the blog, its URL (eg "The Art Blog" and
    • the name of the blogger
    • (Note: prizewinners who have won in the last three years are not eligible - but only in relation to the specific award that they won)
  • WHY: Say WHY you think this blog should be considered for a Making A Mark Award.
That's it! Simple!

I'll collate all your nominations and comments in relation to each award and consider alongside those blogs which I have in mind as being worthy of consideration.

The Making A Mark Awards will be announced on the 29th and 30th December.

See my Making A Mark website - and below - for the aims of each prize, a list of previous award winners and an outline of the reasons why they won.

Note: All nominees and nominators are linked to both from this blog and my main website page where all the past awards and nominees are listed

So over to you - who do you think merits being nominated for these three awards?  Answers as a comment on this post please.

Links to the other posts seeking nominations can now be found at the top of the right hand column



  1. The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal- I would nominate Leslie Saeta. Leslie gives out daily tips on her Fb and blog along with a weekly radio show...AHA...and has written an ebook with all those tips included. Amazing artist and so giving and helpful.

  2. The Make Me Think Gong- I would like to nominate Dreama Tolle Perry. Every post is thought provoking and makes you take a moment to reflect and get right with yourself. Dreama also cohosts the AHA radio show and has a wonderful book out the Artists Toolbox. Amazing!

  3. For the Make Me Think Gong Award, I'd like to nominate the the science-art blog Symbiartic by Glendon Mellow and Kalliopi Monoyios:
    These two artists/illustrators discuss topics such as intellectual property rights and illustration vs photography, they interview interesting artists, they compile and publish a list of science-art related events, they highlight science-art that's in the news, and much more. These two bloggers have their fingers on the pulse of the science-art world and their posts always make me think!


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