Art Competition Winner’s Circle

Stop by the Winner’s Circle for a weekly dose of artistic inspiration! Each week we showcase a piece of art from a past competition, such as the Splash: Best of Watercolor or Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing series, along with the artist’s thoughts on the image and what inspired them to create. North Light’s art competitions represent the best contemporary art and artists, while providing instructive, insightful commentary on artistic passion and creativity. Become inspired today!


15th Annual Pastel 100 Silver Award Winner | Peter Seltzer

Viewer interpretation is key to the pastels of artist Peter Seltzer. “I often like to employ a certain amount of ambiguity,” says the winner of the Pastel Journal Silver Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100. “This allows viewers to enter a piece on their own terms and find their own narrative. Although my paintings have a...


15th Annual Pastel 100 Winners | A Conversation With David Wells

Congratulations to artist David Wells on winning this year’s Pastel Journal Grand Prize Award in the 15th Annual Pastel 100 Competition for his exquisite pastel portrait, Cassandra. The finished prizewinning work is shown here, along with a photo of the work-in-progress and the preliminary sketch. You can read all about the story and technique...

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Strokes of Genius 6 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 124 artists chosen for North Light Books’ 2013 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 6: Value | Lights & Darks! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Strokes 6...