A brand new painting from Anthony Osler which arrived after the closing date - available on the charity website.
Postcard challenge results
It has been a joy receiving envelopes containing your paintings and opening them felt as if my postie was bringing me a gift every couple of days. This has been a really long project – 5 years so far and your contributions have given the whole initiative new life. Having this boost just as I get towards the end has been absolutely amazing.I updated the website at the end of June, and we have reached an amazing 946 paintings. I can see the end now. It feel attainable by the end of the summer. The project has raised £6900 for Care For Casualties so far (if we include the gift aid). My original goal was to raise at least £10,000 for them. I hope, that we will eventually top that figure. It’s no Captain Tom result, but it is still a worthwhile contribution to a very worthwhile cause.Now we have got the stock, we need to sell it to raise the money. If you are able to share the link to the page with anyone you think may want to buy one of the paintings, that would be fantastic.
Judge: Soraya French
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- Oystercatchers by Jan Couling
I think in this image the granulation of watercolour has created the right kind of texture and well balanced composition and quiet colour scheme make for a very tranquil and pleasing image.
- Dartmoor Moors II by Penny Newman
The watercolour is handled beautifully in this simple but very effective and well balanced watercolour with some gorgeous lost and found edges.
- The Waking Birds by Sue Downie
I love the quiet simplicity of this image, great placement of the two main shapes of the birds against a backdrop of linear marks with the flower (hogweed ?) placed in exactly the right place.
Judge: Nicki Heenen
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- The Waking Birds by Sue Downie
The title carries the element of including us in the painting and waking up to birdsong. Excellent composition and use of shape, paying attention to positive and negative space.
- Honeysuckle and Fence by Helen Otter
This is a beautifully done in a very small space. There is an interweaving of linear and curvilinear forms which makes for a very sophisticated composition.
- Ox-eye Daisies by Gillie Whittle
Tremendous skill in the simplicity of colour to convey the brightness of the flowers against the background. I also noted all the subtle shadow values in the white petals. Great job!
Judge: Val Pettifer
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- Blue Shed Portrait by Helen Otter
The reason I selected this as my first was because lockdown has encouraged thousands of people to explore the joys of gardening and growing their own food. Like painting, it’s one of those hobbies you can become completely absorbed in, whilst staying fit both physically and mentally!
- In the Shadow of the Pines by Susanne Taylor
In second place I felt this painting truly reflected the pleasure that many people have experienced during lockdown from walking in isolated locations, listening to bird song, and appreciating the trees.
- Clarice Cliff Plate by Pat Stoten
My third choice is for all the people like myself who are shielding. Painting has been a life line for so many, but what do you paint; the answer is whatever comes to hand, and I think this little painting is a gem!
Our heartfelt thanks to all three judges for taking the time to help us choose and for their kind words! Congratulations to the top pick from each judge – your Tindall’s vouchers are on their way.
Here are all the other fantastic entries to the competition – we will not continue to update the captions to include those that have sold after the end of the competition. The only way to find that out is to see if they are still available on the Running with Brushes website.