April's theme for the competition was Baby Animals. Awww... who could resist? And based on my own work, I guess I was eminently suitable for judging. Dorothea sent me the link to the entries last weekend, and I enjoyed viewing them for a couple days before making my choices.
There were only 16 entries. They are a small group - but very talented!! It was quite as difficult to decide on the placements as it would have been with 10 times the entries, mainly because almost all of the works were of equal quality, with a variety of strengths in different artistic ways.
I wanted to share with you here my picks for First, Second and Third Places, and the three Honorable Mentions that were allowed. All of the entries demonstrated strength in values and draftsmanship, so I'll be commenting on the additional qualities that made these six stand out in my viewings.
|First Place - "Harley" by Claudia Chimenti
|Second Place - "Explorer" by Dolores Saul
|Third Place - "Triplet" by Elisabeth Blass
Fresh and spontaneous describes the pastel application as well!
|Honorable mention - "Ducklings" by Karin Kießling
|Honorable Mention - "Guarded Childhood" by Eva Schläfli
|Honorable Mention - "Puppies" by Ute Farr
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the show, and check out the rest of the Pastel Guild of Europe's site!