Sunday, December 15, 2013

NOMINATE: Best Picture on an Art Blog in 2013 - Place

Making a Mark Prize (2013) for Best Picture (Place)
The Making a Mark Prize 
for Best Picture 
(Landscape / Place)

This prize aims to celebrate and highlight excellence in artwork which is about a place - urban or rural, land or sea or sky, inside or out

the best painting, drawing or fine print 
of a landscape or place 
- as seen on an Art Blog in 2013

Past winners

Winner of Best Picture - Place - on an Art Blog 2012 
and overall Winner of Best Picture on an Art Blog 2012
Heartbreak morning by Barbara Benedetti Newton
Previous winners of this award include:
Prizewinners in the last three years (2010-2012) are ineligible for this award.

Who can nominate

  • Nominations are ONLY accepted from peers i.e. people with an art blog. 
  • Anonymous nominations are not permitted. (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!)
  • An artist can nominate their own work 
All nominations must be in English.

What you need to do

To nominate - just
providing all the necessary details (see below)
BEFORE 24th December 2013.

Use the comment function on this blog post to:
  • nominate an artwork which YOU think is the best artwork about a landscape or place in 2013. You must state:
    • 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 (you MUST provide a the precise URL for the location of the post and not just the URL for the blog. Try clicking the title or the date of the post - that sometimes gives you the unique URL of the post)
  • say WHY you think this artwork deserves to be nominated
  • 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.

  • original artwork about a landscape or place - urban or rural, land or sea or sky, inside or out
  • a painting (in any media) or a drawing (in any media) or a fine art print (using any method) created using hands. Digital artwork is eligible
  • completed in 2013 - and appeared on an art blog in 2013
  • by an artist who has an independent art blog(i.e. websites don't count - this is an award for art bloggers!)
  • by an artist who has not won the award in the last three years
  • submitted with the approval of the artist i.e. you need to identify an image which can be used on this blog.(you can seek their agreement after the nomination and BEFORE the announcement of nominations in a post on this blog on 24th December)
Artwork which is NOT eligible includes:
  • photography
  • over-reliant on an image taken by another person

The Making A Mark Awards 2013

The Making A Mark Awards (a page on this blog (see top) explains the awards and highlights past winners 

I'll be embedding links to more blog posts about nominations for the following awards over the next week
  • Making A Mark Nominations: Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog
  • Making A Mark Nominations: Generating Art
    • The Painting a Day Stickability Shield
    • The Best Art Blog Project Virtual Challenge Cup
    • The Best Art Society Blog
  • Making A Mark Nominations: Getting Out of the Studio 
    • 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
    • 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
    • The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of the Year
    • The Art Innovation of the Year Award
    • “The Moose” - the award for the best animal in an illustrated blog
Winners are announced on 30th December 2012


  1. I'm nominating my own work, 'cos I'm allowed to, and because I'm rather pleased with this one (or two - it's a diptych).

    Title: The Hurlers
    Artist: Amanda Bates
    Medium: Oil on canvas
    Size: 20 x 30" + 20 x 30"

    Blog: Amanda Bates: Artist

    Post Dates: 22 July and 25 September 2013
    Post Names and URLs:
    (1, "The Hurlers")

    (2 "More Hurlers")

    The second post refers & links to the first post, and shows both canvases together.

    Why it deserves to be nominated:
    Because I put a lot of time, thought and effort into these. I even had to tidy the living room up (to use the big easel) twice!

    Why I like it:
    I think it has turned out very well. I like the hint of mysticism embedded in the solid reality of the stones; I like the grey sky and grim aspect, because that it what moors are like, most of the time; I like that the site is not one of the really obvious stone circles, but that it's still impressive; I like that it is definitively Cornish (because you can see engine houses), but not stereotypically Cornish (you can't see the sea). I think that the knife treatment, the palette, and the size, all come together to describe this unique place without being exceedingly literal (there are an awful lot of standing stones on the Hurlers site; these paintings only represent a few of them).

  2. I would like to nominate a painting by Mike Barr.
    Pirie Street Crossing ,30x30cm, oil on board You can veiw the painting at
    I love a number of his paintings especially his rainy street scenes as he is quite adept at capturing that type of atmosphere.I like this paintings perspective and how it draws the viewer in its rainy depths.

  3. I would like to nominate Jeremy Miranda's landscape painting Cache, 1/ 17/ 2013, the first image of six
    I like Miranda's imagery and handling of paint. His paintings of Icebergs are beautiful and iconic. Although the viewer is aware the icebergs are melting, some of his paintings offer an alternative doorway into a semi-tropical landscape or greenhouse garden that is an intriguing sliver of hope.


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