"Well done to all the art club members that have submitted work on the
theme of 'A Christmas Scene' and thank you for allowing me to cast my
vote and choose the winners. Each work represents an authentic
interpretation and it's very exciting to see how each artist has
creatively responded to such a special time of the year.
So without further a do here are the winners:
First Place (by Judy Appleby) : No. 3 'Christmas Lights on Alameda, Malaga' I choose this
scene as the overall winner as it had immediate impact with the subject
and tradition of decorating trees with fairy lights. The predominate
primary colour palette is a real strength against the dark night sky. I
also really enjoyed the composition with the figures gathering around,
celebrating the season and dressed in their Winter clothes.
Second Place(by Joe Buggy): No. 7 'Christmas at The Kitchen' This work came second as
I really enjoyed the composition of the main figure and and the
secondary focal area of the people lining up to enter the building. The
work speaks to the importance of helping those in need, kindness and
respecting our fellow man. This is made especially poignant by the main
figure wearing a mask, a reminder of the indiscriminate virus that
continues to hinder our day to day life. Hope is ever present though
with the colour and light that is so inviting.
Third Place by (Trevor Lockey): No. 10 'Food Glorious Food' Third place goes to this entry
with a Robin having braved the Winter conditions to find an abundance of
berries laying in wait on the branches. The composition, drawing
element and subtle muted colours all combine to bring a wonderful
observation of nature that we might be lucky to witness outdoors just
for a moment.
I'd like to offer a comment on all the other entries that were a delight
No. 1 'It Looks Like Snow Again' A nice use of texture of the snow
covered mountain peaks.
No. 2 'Your Number's Up!' You have to feel sorry for that Turkey,
especially as he's so well constructed in collage materials. Really
nice result with suggestion of texture and pattern.
No. 4 'Nativity' A nice grouping of figures, with Joseph, Mary and Jesus
overlooked by the Star of Bethlehem with circular and round shapes
No. 5 'Christmas Dinner at The Black Bull' Sums up Christmas perfectly
with family members together and full plates of Christmas dinner. I do
enjoy the sketch-like abstract quality to it.
No. 6 'A Christmas Walk' This piece was a strong contender as I like
how it incorporated the use of warm and cool colours.
No.8 'Santa visits the Terrace' I really liked the view point of this
work looking from above and the reindeer that are too busy eating to
No.9 'Drifting Snow' Nice use of a complimentary colour palette that
holds harmony throughout.
No.11 'The Angel of The North appears!'Art and Icons working hand in
hand in this one, elevated to new heights, inventive idea'
No.12 'Nature's Baubles' A striking work that offers much in it's
composition and colour work.
No.13 'Here's to Xmas 2020!' Some effective pen and wash techniques.
Santa is bringing Punk back for 2020.
I hope you all enjoy Christmas as much as is possible this year and lets
hope 2021 brings us closer to life as we remember it. Keep on making
art and putting your energies into the things that bring most happiness