First off, I’d like to apologize again for the Flickr kerfuffle, and to those who didn’t receive the finished tutorial in as timely a manner as I’d intended. Though I’m loathe to lay blame… I’m totally blaming Yahoo.
And second, I’d like to thank you! Each and every one of you. Those who participated took a (rather confounding) set of instructions and turned them into unique and beautiful representations of the artist. Each had a voice so unique and so rewarding, that impressed is hardly a large enough word to use. And to the audience who supported the artists with comments and encouragement, thanks to you as well! Many of us create or continue to create as a result of the feedback and enthusiasm shown us.
I am always humbled and amazed by the talents I witness through others during these contests. Not that I expect less from each of you, but that I expect more of myself as a result. Your works inspire me to pick up my tools and materials when I least feel like doing so. And, on a personal note, with a continuous barrage of health complications this past month, I was allowed a blissful escape via the art you’ve chosen to share with me. Thank you. You have been my oasis.
Now on to the voting! I tallied up comments left on both Pinterest images and here on the blog, among which two artists stood out as clear favorites, in both the group and judged votes. With that said, I’d like to take a moment to stress that each entry was beautiful. Not only beautiful, but full of life. And despite the ease with which some of you completed your entry, and the frustration with which others did so, I enjoyed viewing each piece equally. The journey of the artist reveals itself in every turn of the wire and it’s a lovely path to walk.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it. The winners are:
Group Favorite: Adrienne Atadero who wins $25 (payable via PayPal), the finished tutorial piece (pictured above) and 10 tutorials of her choice. To claim your prize, please email me with your physical address, PayPal ID and choice of tutorials, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judged Favorite: Judy Larson who wins 10 tutorials of her choice. To claim your prize, please email me your choice of tutorials, at email@example.com.
Thank you again everyone! I encourage you to continue to visit the gallery of entries and support the artists pictured there. I know I’ll be visiting it often.