Thursday, December 08, 2011

Nominate the Best Art (Place/Landscape) on a Blog in 2011

You are invited to NOMINATE an artwork on an art blog for
The Making a Mark Prize for Best Portrayal of a Place 2011

This prize celebrates and highlights excellence in
creating pictures about places in our environment

Today the nominations open for the Making A Mark awards - starting with a call for entries for The Making a Mark Prize for Best Picture - Place / Landscape 2011.

This call for entries is also going to highlighted on The Art of the Landscape blog.  If you'd like to nominate take a look at some of the blogs in the blogroll of that blog - there are some excellent artists!

Joint Winner of
The MAM Award for Best Portrayal of a Place on an Art Blog 2010

Canal Sunrise 
by Loriann Signori (Loriann Signori's Painting-a-Day)
This post covers:
  • eligibility of the artist 
  • eligibility of the artwork
  • who can nominate
  • how to nominate
Previous winners of this award (created in 2009) - who are ineligible for this year's award - are:
Will another pastel artist win in 2011?



Leave a comment below and tell us all whose landscape painting / drawing / printing you appreciated in 2011.

Eligible artwork (drawings / paintings / prints):
  • Images should be about a place - this can be urban or rural, land or sea, real or imaginary, representational or abstracted.  The place can also be an exterior or interior of a building.  (Note:  If figures are dominant, then consideration should be given to listing the nomination in the Portrait/Figures category)
  • 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 2011
    • has not appeared on an art or illustrated blog in 2011 and prior to 5th December 2011
    • 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)
    • a photograph
  • For the artwork to be shortlisted, the nominated artist must agree in writing to their work being displayed on this blog as part of the shortlist (you can seek their agreement after the nomination)
Please be careful to check the date of the artwork and when it was posted to ensure eligibility.

Eligible artists
  • In 2011, any artist creating images of landscapes / places - real or imaginary - and posting their work to their personal art or illustrated blog can be nominated.
  • An artist who has NOT won this prize in the last three years - as listed at the top of this post
  • Only artists with independent art blogs operating in 2011 are eligible. (The awards exclude all corporate blogs and/or paid blogging.)
  • 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
  • No canvassing is allowed 
    • Artists can announce the awards on their blog and/or the fact they have been nominated 
    • Artists can reference on their art blog only
      • the fact they have been shortlisted and 
      • the post on this blog where the vote is taking place .
    • Neither the artist nor the person nominating can canvas for votes - canvassing will result in disqualification.  (Canvassing = repeated mentions and/or touting for votes on other sites)
Joint Winner of
The MAM Award for Best Portrayal of a Place on an Art Blog 2010

by Michelle Basic Hendry
 (Artscapes – Musings on Art & Life)

Who can nominate
  • Nominations are only accepted from people with an art blog
  • An artist can nominate their own work - so long as they have an active art blog!
  • Anonymous nominations are not permitted. In order to nominate you must have an art or illustrated blog and be capable of being identified by me. (This is purely to stop spammers as I link to the blogs of all those who have nominated in a later post summarising the nominations!)
  • All nominations must be in English
How to Nominate

To nominate - just COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST providing all the necessary details (see below) BEFORE 24th December 2011.  Nominations received will be posted on 24th December.

Your nominations MUST identify:
  • the title of the piece
  • the name of the artist,
  • the size and medium (if possible)
  • 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 to a piece of work you like
  • You need to ask the artist if their work can be posted on my blog - and let me know what the answer is.  This can happen after the nomination and BEFORE 24th December.
  • An artist can nominate their own work.
What happens next
  • Nominations close just after midnight on 23rd December 2011
  • On 24th December, a list of all nominations is posted - including a link to the person who nominated 
  • I will then select a shortlist of three works from the nominations 
  • The shortlist and the invite to vote for your favourite artwork for The Making a Mark Prize for Best Artwork - Landscape / Place 2011 will be posted on 26th December 2011
  • This winner of the category prize is also eligible for the overall Making A Mark Prize for The Best Picture on an Art Blog in 2011.
  • The winners will be announced on this blog on 30th December 2011
  • Read Making A Mark: End of Year Review 2011 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 
calls for entry will be posted this week and next

Invites to nominate for the different categories associated with the Best Picture Award are now being posted. The order of call for entries for the remaining nominations is as follows:
  • 9th December - Best Still Life
  • 10th December - Best Nature (botanical, natural history or wildlife) 
  • Nominations for the other awards will follow in the week commencing 12th December 
    • Making A Mark Nominations: Generating Art - 12th December
      • The Painting a Day Stickability Shield 
      • The Best Art Blog Project Virtual Challenge Cup
      • NEW IN 2011 - The Best Art Society Blog
    • Making A Mark Nominations: Getting Out of the Studio - 13th December
      • The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize 
      • The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy 
      • The Going Greener Gong
    • Making A Mark Nominations: Learning about Art & the Art Business - 14th December 
      • The FAQs and Answers Really Useful Medal 
      • The Make Me Think Gong 
      • The Best Book by an Art Blogger Blue Ribbon
    • Making A Mark Nominations: The Home Front - 15th December 
      • “The Moose” - the award for the best animal in an illustrated blog
      • The “Tales from the Frontline” Amusing Musings Trophy
      • The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of the Year
Links - Making A Mark Awards 2011

Click the link to NOMINATE Art Blogs for The 2011 Making A Mark Awards



    I hope this link connects to William Wray's Backdoor 24x24. It isn't a conventional link style, but I am over-focused on links today.

    It was fun to review Wray's year of posts, and pick this one as my favorite. Then I read his entry, and apparently he found it to be a favorite, too. The stunning sunlight keys up the painting, and yet the composition is the thing, not just the element of sun.

    Mr. Wray sees beauty in the fundamental things of his southern California land and cityscapes. This particular painting shines in that regard - it fulfills his goals of painting really good (great) scenes so well balanced and yet walking at the edge of our ideas of what art should represent.

  2. I would like to nominate my recent painting 'Old Lighthouse' which was shown on my blog

    I have been working as an artist since 2007 and blogging at www.annawilsonpatterson.blogspot .com since 2009. For the past two years I have been painting a specific part of the Sussex Coastline between Hastings and Dungeness, inspired by the vistas of sky, shingle and sea, punctuated by fishing shacks, boats and huts.

    I have been painting using water based oils on 20cm square panels, seeking to capture the suggestion of the landscape and the features that remain in my memory. The Old Lighthouse is my first painting to achieve this.

    Kind regards

  3. Thanks Casey. If you want to make sure you have the right uRL just click the date/time and that will give you the dedicated URL - assuming this is set-up on the site

  4. I would like to nominate my own painting, an oil on linen canvas called 'School Run'. This was shown on my blog:

    This view is special to me. I see it four times a day in term time when I transport the children back and forth to school and nursery. It was this view that convinced me a childhood in Dorset, surrounded by beautiful countryside was the best childhood I could possibly give the children. This view made me stay in the UK instead of returning to expatriate life.

    This painting is OIL on canvas
    It measures 20" x 30"

    Kind regards,

  5. Hi Katherine, can I nominate my painting: Last Light at

    I have painted this pond several times and always find it provides new and exciting opportunities. This image is 7.5" x 5.5" oil on board.

  6. Katherine, I have read the info but can't see whether you are allowing more than one nomination from the artist, I may be wrong but I would also like to nominate 'Aups in Provence' :at the date is 4/4/11. It's a watercolour and measures 18" x 13"

    I love this little town and have stayed there often, I love the buzz of the place and the town isn't too big and still retains it's Provencal rural roots. The markets, as so often in this area are superb and provide brilliant subject matter.

  7. I'm only letting artists nominate one of their works. However an artist can be nominated twice for different works so long as these nominations come from two different art bloggers

  8. I am sorely disappointed that I missed nominating Deborah Paris for the MAM Landscape Award since the closing date was Dec. 24, but I do want to recognize her nonetheless. Had I been on the ball these past few weeks, her name would have made it under the deadline.

    The painting I should have nominated is "Morning Light," oil, 24" x 30". The link is

    This work speaks of Deborah's love of the wooded landscape where she lives in Texas. Deborah not only renders the landscape itself true to the area, but she does it with poetry and grace.

    So, for anyone who sees this comment, it is worth the time to check out this landscape.


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