This painting is an accomplished, confident portrait, well handled with drawing, tone and colour. The unusual cropped composition gives a strong sense of the person's presence.
2nd Prize General Member:"Cherries" by Leanne Murphy
This work drew me in straight away with it's strong contrasts and glowing colour. The simple rounded forms, sharp focus with hard edges gives the work a fresh, confident appeal.
3rd prize General Member:
"Fern" by Nicola Reif
Strong sense of the presence of this bird, beautifully detailed, strong and well contrasted against the softness of the sky and foliage.
Highly commended: General Member: "Sssh!" by Jane Wray
I was drawn to the beautiful atmosphere in this work created by Jane's choice of colours and the backlit light effect, using the pastel with a soft technique to further enhance that sense of atmosphere.
Highly commended: General member: "Best Mates" by Carole Rowe
This painting is a delightful tonal study with flowing soft edges where the viewer is able to feel the tranquility of the flowers. Soft pastel colors harmonize the painting beautifully
Highly commended: General member: "Wags the Lamb" by Mary Ellis
A charming subject, well drawn and composed with a beautiful, soft rendering of the wool, using the texture of [pastel really well
First Prize. Master Pastellist: "Dawn" by Tricia Taylor
An accomplished seascape, beautifully and confidently handled with colour, tone and technique
2nd Prize. Master Pastellist:"Adonis" by Maxine Thompson
An accomplished portrait with a strong sense of the character of the person. Well drawn and composed.
3rd Prize. Master Pastellist:"Almost Ready" by Mabs Vandenberg
An appealing subject, using the softness of the pastel for the dancer's body, pose and costume.