Online Country Competition 2021 – Winners

General Members: Highly Commended

Highly Commended - Grevilleas at Dawn by Jane Wray 75 x 96

EGrevilleas at Dawn by Jane Wray

Judges Comments:  This pastel shows the artists journey of discovery and shares a glimpse of rarely seen beautiful imagery.

Second Valley By Diane O’Brien

Second Valley By Diane O’Brien  

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.

Horns through ThornsBy Christine de Klerk

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.

General Members

3rd Prize

Morning Sparkles By Carole Elliott

Morning Sparkles     By Carole Elliott	 29 x 41

Judges Comments:

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.

2nd Prize

Howdy Ma’am By Anne Berry

Judges Comments:

 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.

 1st Prize

Determination By Rachel Cant 

Judges Comments:

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.

Master Pastellists

Highly Commended

Mother and Son By Maxine Thompson 

Judges Comments:

Faithfully reproduced in all their glory. Fluffy and furry someone’s dear ones fixed in pastel forever.

Highly Commended

All Ablaze by Louise Corke

Judges Comments:

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

Judges Comments:

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.