Painting Plein Air Plus Prize
|The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize for excellence in plein air painting plus a strong commitment to sharing information|
The past winners are:
- 2006 Ed Terpening (Life Plein Air)
- 2007 William Wray (Urban painter William Wray)
- 2008 shared by:
- 2009 shared by
- 2010 Adebanji Alade (Adebanji Alade, South London)
It's worth highlighting any number of art bloggers who are intrepid and/or industrious plein air painters. These include:
- David Pilgrim (David Pilgrim Art) who is a founding member of the Plein Air Brotherhood and painted all over the UK and in Venice this year
- Painter Paul Wadsworth who organised The Cornwall Big Paint In - on a beach! - in response to the notion that artists could not paint on the beaches in Cornwall
- Sarah Wimperis - who lives in Cornwall posted regular paintings of her local river in all weathers and times of day on The Red Shoes in the first part of the year. Then painted non-stop in Provence in June (Four Go Painting In Provence)
- Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell, watercolors in the plein air tradition) - who does most of her landscape painting in watercolour plein air - and produces some wonderful paintings as a result.
Enrique Flores (4ojos) is the art blogger who caught my attention when the popular uprisings which have so characterised 2011 started in Spain. This is what I had to say on this blog back in May.
This week I've been watching one of my favourite sketchers Enrique Flores (4ojos) posting reportage sketches about the amazing peaceful protests by young people in Madrid within the context of today's elections. This, in a way, is the Spanish version of the revolutions which have been sweeping through the Arab world since the beginning of the year. It's always worth recording the fact that those who sketch and blog can also contribute to a much wider understanding of how life is lived in some parts of the world. It's the drawing version of the cameraphone!He subsequently created a specific place to keep all his watercolour reportage sketches from the protests which went on for days prior to the election. Now my browser offers me automatic translation of the whole page I can at least read what he was saying inbetween his watercolour sketches!
The paintings are not hugely well developed but just look at the quantity and the way in which he captures a live event - not knowing what was going to happen next at any time. Bear in mind he's also standing and painting wherever he can within the context of a crowded square in Madrid. It's a truly remarkable record - I've never seen anything like it before.
The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize is
|Sketch by Enrique Flores|
The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy
combined with the 'Get Off Your Blogging Bottom and Sketch' Brass Plate from 2007
|The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy goes to the most intrepid and/or industrious artist travelling with a sketchbook.|
- 2006 Laura Frankstone (Laurelines of North Carolina USA)
- 2007 Martha (Trumpetvine Travels of Berkeley California)
- 2008 Cindy Woods. (Learning Daily USA) This was a posthumous award
- 2009 Enrique Flores (Cuatro cosas Madrid, Spain)
- 2010 Liz Steel (Liz + Borromini Sydney Australia)
My reason for saying this is that 200 or so Urban Sketchers from over 20 countries descended on Lisbon for the sole purpose of sketching and talking about sketching during the 2nd International Urban Sketching Symposium - July 21-23, 2011. It was a resounding success.
- where they sketched in Lisbon
- the slideshow of the official Urban Sketchers Lisbon Symposium set on Flickr
- the Group Pool on Flickr
- the Symposium blog where there are write-ups of the different workshops and accounts of different people's experiences
Their output was truly impressive - as were the videos of people sketching people sketching!
The Travels with a Sketchbook Trophy are
The Urban Sketchers of the 2nd International Symposium in Lisbon
The Going Greener Gong
|The Going Greener Gong is awarded to the art blog which I've found most stimulating in relation to getting us in touch with nature and the environment.|
Past winners include:
- 2007: Richard Bell's nature diary Wild West Yorkshire.
- 2008 Shared by:
- Irene Brady (Nature Drawing and Journaling Workshops) and
- Debbie Kotter Caspari (Drawing the Motmot)
- 2009 Sketching in Nature - a group blog started in April 2009 by Cathy Johnson.
- 2010 Jeanette Jobson (Illustrated Life)
The award includes all those who blog about animals, birds, flowers and plants. Blogs are not required in any way to limit themselves to just those topics but they do need to have a feel for being green and sustainable about them. They also get extra points for getting out and about and drawing from life!
The blogs I considered this year included the following:
- Sherrie York Brush and Baren in Salida, Colorado
- Mindy Lighthipe The Art of Mindy Lighthipe for her participation in the 30 day daily leaf challenge
- Martin Stankewitz's How to Draw a Tree who keeps coming up with new perspectives on the tree in the landscape (try Tree trunks as barcodes)
(Incidentally - for those who enjoy nature try the Nature Blog Network)
My favourite blog - and one which I always make a point of reading in a leisurely way - is Sherrie York's Brush and Baren. I love the way her linocuts emerge slowly - through the cutting processes and the different inks until a wonderful image emerges at the end. The combination of structure and creativity is awesome!
What is especially noteworthy is Sherrie has the ability to make you look more carefully at nature - at what you take for granted when out and about. I see what she can make of something and feel inspired to do the same. Her artwork speaks volumes about her love of her environment and the natural world - and the video below does quite a good job too!
The Going Greener Gong is