Many thanks to the hundreds of art bloggers who took time out over the festive season to come and view the nominations and vote in this Making A Mark Awards Poll.
I’d also like to extend my appreciation to all those art bloggers who came up with the nominations. Your assistance in identifying good work is certainly valued by me - and all the other art bloggers who have enjoyed seeing the work nominated for 2010. (You can see links to all the nomination threads at the end)
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Portrait/Figures) on an Art Blog
|"Hands of Time" |
by Karin Jurick A Painting Today,
8 x 11" oil on masonite
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Portrait/Figures) is "Hands of Time" an oil painting by Karin Jurick (A Painting Today). Nominated by me - Katherine Tyrrell!
Karin Jurick got over 43% of the vote and has repeated her win in this same category in 2009.
Margaret Dyer (Small Pastel Studies by Margaret Dyer) - also a previous winner of this category - edged second place from Derek Jones (Derek Jones Art) who came third
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Place) on an Art Blog
We have a dead heat for this category despite the hundreds of votes cast!
|Canal Sunrise |
by Loriann Signori (Loriann Signori's Painting-a-Day)
The joint winners of the Best Picture of the Year (Place), each with 34% of the vote, are:
by Michelle Basic Hendry (Artscapes – Musings on Art & Life)
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Still Life) on an Art Blog
|Black Grapes #3 |
by James Neil Hollingsworth (Paintings in Oil)
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Still Life) is Black Grapes #3 by James Neil Hollingsworth (Paintings in Oil). Nominated by Belinda del Pesco.Neil attracted 35% of the vote and this was a category which was keenly contested with the lead changing many times during the course of the vote.
Sadie J Valeri (Sadie J Valeri) and Julian Merrow-Smith (Postcard from Provence) tied for second place with their respective works
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year (Natural World) on an Art Blog
|The Right Side |
by Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint)
10 x 8", coloured pencils and acrylic
The winner of the Best Picture of the Year (Nature) is The Right Side a mixed media drawing by Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint); Nominated by Katherine TyrrellJeanette Jobson (Illustrated Life) was second and Tracy Hall (Watercolour Artist) was third.
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog
This is awarded to the picture which got the most votes cast in the poll.
It’s always fascinating to see how the different categories fare in terms of the number of votes they attract and how art bloggers rate different work when they start acting as the jury rather than the artist whose work is being judged.
This year the winning artist won by a significant margin. In fact she repeated the type of lead she also generated last year when she also won this prize. So regular readers will now know that......
The MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog goes to
In second place - according to the number of votes cast - was The Right Side by Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint)
There was a tie for third place - with honours split between:
- Black Grapes #3 by James Neil Hollingsworth
- A Tangle of Capelin by Jeanette Jobson (Illustrated Life)
However I’ve got a new idea for next year which I’m hoping will include Karin's astute eye for what makes a good painting - of which more in the New Year.
Note: Every year, the voting always tends to indicate pretty early on which painting is likely to win this award. This year I identified a problem with some significant fluctuations in the voting which was investigated and, after much analysis, was addressed through the elimination of one of the entries. I'll be reflecting on the lessons learned in the New Year and seeking your help in thinking through how best to conduct this competition next year.
Links: The Making A Mark Awards
- This page on my website references every award since they started, everybody who has ever been nominated, all the nomination posts and all past winners. ( I still have to update it for 2010!)
- Vote for the best artwork on an art blog in 2010
- 2010 Nominations: