Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Detail of "Nine Stones"
Oil on board, nine panels, 23" x 23" each
Copyright 2009 Don Gray
Katherine Tyrrell's website, Making a Mark, is one of the most active and popular art blogs on the web, so I was delighted when she shortlisted my "Nine Stones" series for her "Making a Mark Award for Best Picture (Still Life) on an Art Blog Award." There are nominations in three categories, Portrait/Figures, Places and Still Life. You can see all the nominees and, if you wish, place your vote for the final awards here: http://makingamark.blogspot.com/2009/12/vote-for-best-artwork-on-art-blog-in.html
I was nominated by the very fine painter David Page Coffin. I hope he doesn't mind if I quote his nominating text:
This is actually a post about a series of nine related images, so you can consider my nomination about the first in the series if that works better. Why I chose the piece, and the series, for this category is that it's expressly about "still life," i.e., the life force in still stones, as well as being an outdoor object portrayed for its own sake and not about the place it was found, so it stretched my idea of what a still life might be about in an interesting way. Why I like the piece is that apart from being a beautiful example of making the commonplace extraordinary with paint and vision, it also is the artist's effort to stretch his own style and his audience's expectations, so it's also an image of artist courage.
Thank you, David and Katherine, I deeply appreciate this honor.