In the April 2009 issue of the magazine, Peter Seltzer challenged artists to keep viewers engaged by repeating elements in their compositions with his Creative Spark challenge (read the article online here) and readers responded in droves.
We’re now pleased to announce that the editors’ choice and the winner of the prize (a half-stick set of Colourfix Pastels, a Rainbow Pack of Colourfix Paper and a Colour Shaper blending set) is Lisa Fricker with her pastel diptych, Lazy Day (24×30) and Summer Stillness (24×30), which are pictured above. The artist describes the process of painting the winning works:
“The problem of moving the eye is magnified in a diptych: The intended path is from the left, where a large wedge of lily pads points toward the upper right, then down to lower right within the second panel across the lily pads, brought back to the left by an upturned edge, a brilliantly colored stem and shadow patterns on the pond’s bottom. This is followed by a back-and-forth movement across the two from the smaller Koi shapes straddling both images, and the large Koi moving upward toward a bursting lily bud and repeating the figure-8 path,” she says.
Our runners up include Marie-France Oosterhof with Eggs, Ann Marie Torrez with Momma, and Brian Mathas Burt with Home-a-Rama. To see the past winners and challenges from all our Creative Spark contests, and the current challenge, visit the Creative Spark hub on our website.