General Members: Highly Commended
Judges Comments: This pastel shows the artists journey of discovery and shares a glimpse of rarely seen beautiful imagery.
Judges Comments: An achievement in the telling of the complex movement of waves from the distant horizon. The explanation continues in the sense of mass of the promontory and forward rocks, along with texture of sand and the varied use of blues in the sky.
Judges Comments: The interest of this painting is in the juxtaposition of the flora and fauna. The thorns have a patterned treatment which frames the horned dignity of the smoothly stylized animal.
Morning Sparkles By Carole Elliott
The artist here has created a beautiful sense of perspective in a very short distance, by clearly explaining the glistening rocks and pebbles, within the free flowing water. The artist has also acknowledged the unseen sky in the reflection on some of the rocks.
Howdy Ma’am By Anne Berry
Well done to the artist who has achieved in making a strong connection between the eyes of the believable laconic cowboy and the viewer. This is not a requirement, but I feel is an added aspect in the execution of portraiture. You can test this for yourself by walking around the portrait. His eyes will follow yours.
Determination By Rachel Cant
This cleverly painted image has managed to achieve a sense of Confrontation, power and strength, within a turbulent atmosphere, without the usual advantage of high colour.
Well done and congratulations.
Mother and Son By Maxine Thompson
Faithfully reproduced in all their glory. Fluffy and furry someone’s dear ones fixed in pastel forever.
All Ablaze by Louise Corke
I find this pastel highly appealing even though it approaches the point of breaking the rules of placement. “Well done,” I say and you got away with it brilliantly. Rules are sometimes meant to be broken.
Master Pastellists - Winner
Mikey By Maxine Thomson
A wonderful simple and strong portrait of an alert, appealing small pup. He has won my heart and come out as Top Dog. Well done and congratulations.