It's particularly interesting for me as I was one of the Judges this year in
terms of reducing 250 images from coloured pencil artists from aropund the world to the 83 images in the exhibition which can now be viewed online. All we get as Judges was the digital image (online), the unframed dimensions and a spreadsheet to include our marked for each work. The other Judges were
- Richard Rees PPS - President of the Pastel Society
- Nuala Henry - UK Marketing Manager, Hahnemuehle
Alyssa Tidwell - Editor of
International Artist magazine
was the Judge making the awards
YOU too can be a Judge and VOTE for the image you think deserves the People's Choice Award. All you need to do is:
- click the images to see a larger version of each image
- complete the form on The People's Choice Award Page - and then click the submit button
The 21st UKCPS Annual Open Exhibition Award Winners
Links in the artists' names below go to their websites where you can see more of their art.
Best Picture in Show
|Best Picture in Show - Black Sea by Megan Seiter (Pic No. 241)|
Megan Seiter is an American artist specializing in colored pencil still life drawings. Originally from Rhode Island, she received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 moved to California. Megan has shown her work internationally, in galleries and juried exhibitions hosted by the International Guild of Realism, American Women Artists, the Colored Pencil Society of America, and the UK Colored Pencil Society, among others.
This for me was the standout drawing in the show in terms of its HUGE impact and technical proficiency. I remember looking at it very, very closely to check it wasn't a photograph!
|Reserve Best in Show: Spellbound by Francesca Comparin (134)|
Francesca Comparin is based in London. I can't find a website so have no other information about her. However you can follow on her:
Best Pure Colour Pencil
|Best Pure Colour Pencil: Pittsburgh Pomelos by Janie Pirie UKCPS Gold (114)|
The Pat Heffer Award
|The Pat Heffer Award: The Guidi Siblings by David Sandell UKCPS Gold (055)|
During what has been an unusual and challenging year for the world, I was lucky to be able to work on a family portrait commission of three outstanding young people; the Guidi siblings. The restrictions during 2020 meant socially distanced meetings and photography at different locations. In May 2021 it was a pleasure to finally deliver the portraits to a very appreciative and patient family.
The Colour Pencil Shop Award
|The Colour Pencil Shop Award: Dragon Turtle by Susan Poole UKCPS Silver (220)|
- Caroline Strong: Ivy Bee and Red Admiral - Highly Commended (131)
- Judith Heilbronn-Crown UKCPS Diamond: Keswick - Highly Commended (224)
I'm going to ask UKCPS whether I can comment on my blog about the messages I'd like to get back to coloured pencil artists submitting to this show. I'm almost certain I've agreed to write something for the UKCPS Talking Point Magazine so it might need to be after that has been published.