Making a Mark Annual Awards Nominations


Every year the Making a Mark blog hosts annual awards for a variety of categories that have been blogged in the previous year. {More information about the awards can be found here.}

For the past few years I have nominated different artists for the categories in landscape, portrait/figures, and still life. This year I thought I would share the links and what I wrote in the nominating comments here. I follow several different artist and art related blogs, gleaning knowledge and inspiration. I find the internet has been such a wonderful resource and so full of generous artist that taking time note some of those that have been particularly influential in my own art career this year is the least I can do.

Please take a moment to visit each blog.
Thanks, Liz


The Best Place/Landscape 2010

For the Landscape category I am nominating Jeffery Boron’s painting “Island Sunset” from March 24, 2010.

Jeffery has a very distinct style and I am drawn to how he combines color and pattern to stylize his view of the world around him. This particular painting has all the characteristics I love in his work – energy, color, contrast of values, and an appealing sense of lightness and appreciation of nature.

The Best Portrait/Figures 2010

I would like to nominate Kevin Wueste’s drawing of Randy posted on May 8, 2010 {scroll down to the fourth image in this post}

I wish I could nominate every work he created this year, narrowing it down to one was difficult, I selected Randy because of how Kevin seemed to capture the intense stare of the model and the direct interaction that must have occurred during the session.

Kevin’s ability to capture the human spirit is an inspiration to me. He is capable in all mediums however I particularly enjoy viewing his portrait drawings because of the energy in the mark making and how he keeps some areas simple and develops and refines the drawing only where the maximum effect is required.

The Best Still Life 2010

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.