Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 2016 Challenge winners "Seaside"

Top entries selected by the public

1. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet

2. Life Is A Beach by Arlene of HarrisonHollow

3. 2-way tie 

Surf, Sea and Sand by Marcia of marcympc  

Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

Top entries selected by members

1. Sophisticated Seahorse Aquatic Writing Journal by Theresa of TheClayMonet


2. Bathing Beauty by Betsy of StrebeDesigns

3. 2-way tie

Tropical Tassel Necklace No. 186 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet  

Sea Tossed Shell Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

View all of the entries:

Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Leslie Segir
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:

  • Such beautiful work from everyone!
  • Very imaginative once again.
  • All the work is incredible, hard to pick one let alone three.
  • Great creativity with theme in mind!
  • All so beautiful! Chose those to which I felt a stronger connection.
  • Great summer theme!
  • Beautiful pieces - what a great theme. 
  • Great work ladies. Wish I were by the sea.
  • Once again, so difficult to choose only three!
  • Tide pool was so original.
  • Always so difficult to choose, they are all beautiful!
  • What a fun category. Some great interpretations here. 
  • I love all of these works of art! Very hard to reach a decision!!
  • I am a complete sucker for anything that smacks of abalone or Mother of Pearl. Gorgeous!
  • Love the variety in the entries!
  • Beautiful pieces! Very, very hard to choose just three.

And many thanks to this voter for sharing these detailed thoughts!

There were some hard choices to make this time.
I finally just decided to make my first choice be for something I wish I owned (#3), my second choice for something in which I admired a
technique (the skin tones in #4), and my third for something that spoke to my heart (#2). It helped that I liked the titles "mercat"--reminiscent
of meerkats, an animal that fascinates me--and "catfish," a clever play on an existing, quite different creature. (And of course, real cats have
been my passion my whole life.)
The following comments were made in no particular order as I shuttled back and forth between this box, the explanations, and the
enlargements of the pictures:
If choosing for sheer elegance, I would have picked #1 (in fact, before I realized what it was--"perhaps a weird candle?"--I thought I might
like it as a pendant) / for an interesting concept, beautifully carried out, #8 / the gorgeous colors in #7 / the interesting and pleasant concepts
behind #6 and #9 / and #10, for its exposed shell, which I like the idea of, but ima

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