Monday, December 16, 2013

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

The Making a Mark Prize 
for Best Picture 

This prize aims to celebrate and highlight excellence in artwork which is about Nature - botanical, natural history or wildlife

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

Past winners

Winner of Best Picture of the Year (Nature) 
on an Art Blog 2012
Magpie by Sherrie York
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 Nature 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 Nature - botanical, natural history or wildlife
  • 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. The award is about the Natural World.

    In theory, it can include domestic and commercial/farm animals, however I'm very keen that it should also go beyond this and include wildlife art, botanical illustration and natural history illustration.

    The shortlist will be balanced between the different types of art.

  2. I would like to nominate
    "Japanese Chrysanthemum"
    by Eunike Nugroho.
    28cm x 38cm watercolour
    Blog - Eunike Nugroho
    Published 10/12/2013
    I think it deserves to be nominated because it is a wonderful rendition of a botanical subject.
    I enjoy artists showing botanical subjects in a bold and lively way and this artwork exemplifies that. It would certainly have great wall appeal and allow the viewer to see well into the plant without having to peer too closely - her technique always shows a full range of tones and wonderful light and depth with gorgeous rich colours.
    Eunike shows the viewer the process in such a way that you feel you are in the studio with her, Just by watching the progress of this piece makes me want to paint!

  3. I would like to nominate
    "Sandhill Crane Nest"
    by Julie Ford Oliver
    48 inches x 36 inches Oil on Canvas
    Blog - "Art Talk - Julie Ford Oliver
    Published 15 May 2013

    Just about any item on her blog could win this award, however, the reason I select this particular one is because it is 'the one that got away.' That is to say, the one she rejected from her exhibition as being below par. I think it is marvellous and would love to see it in its full sized glory - but it's a long way from Yorkshire to El Paso (although she originates from Manchester).
    Julie is among the leading exponents of fractured techniques and makes no secrets about explaining them to us novices. Here she walks us through the research and we share in the battle and anguish, of all artists, as she produces a series of works in progress. I would love this painting to win this award as it has everything about it that I dream of achieving - but never will. It has the detail, the richness of texture and colour, the uniqueness of subject and context.
    It's insperational.

  4. I would like to nominate Diane Hoeptner's "Sun Cat" posted December 1, 2013 for The Moose

    14" x 11" oil on wood


    Diane's paintings of cats are so beautifully soft with exquisitely detailed backgrounds in most of them. While she does work with other subjects, her cats stand out as unique.

    Sun Cat is an odd looking cat, and appealing simply because of that as well as the colouring, stance and background. Its not just a painting of another cat, its a portrait that provides the essence of the animal.

  5. I know I jumped the gun on nominations for The Moose, but wanted to add that Diane has provided permission to use the image if required.

  6. Hi Katherine, Please can I nominate Claire Ward's big "Welsh Oak Woodlands" painting for this award.
    It can be seen on her Drawn to Paint Nature blog
    84x60cm watercolour
    The reason why I like this is because it is an enormous labour of love, taking most of this year to complete. It depicts the little treasures found in a woodland throughout the seasons. Each little piece was carefully chosen and exquisitely rendered.


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