Blog Awards

The Kreativ Blogger Award (April 30, 2012)

Thanks to Anna at the wonderful Mouse Illustration blog, Sketches & Jottings has been awarded the Kreativ Blogger.

It’s an honor to be included among the blogs she’s chosen for this recognition. Go see them here.  (And see the award rules at the bottom of this section)

So here are my 7 picks, in no particular order. They’re all worth a long visit because they inspire, educate or simply serve as models for what we’re all trying to achieve.

E*phi=log: A great sense of fun and wonderful illustrations.

Edward Cheverton Illustration: Musical art, lots of color and ever-increasing recognition.

The Sketchbook: Montreal artist and teacher Shari Blaukopf somehow manages to do an exquisite sketch a day.

Sveta Dorosheva: A Russian illustrator whose blog (although in Russia) is a dream,

Mummushka’s Sketch Journal: Out of Australia, with a wide range of luscious things to view.

Protein Art: One of the most interesting art blogs I’ve ever run across.  You just have to go and see for yourself.

Au Hasard: The constantly updated drawings and sketches of a young French artist with a talented eye.

The rules for this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

2. Share 7 things about yourself  (see my list of 7 things, below)

3. Pass the award to 7 nominees of your own choosing

Papa Sakura of Sakura Lights, a gorgeous art blog, has nominated Sketches & Jottings for the Versatile Blogger. I am honored. Read through his page here, and be sure to browse the entire blog. He’s very talented.

As a result, I am pleased to nominate more of the work that inspires my own blog.  I’m limiting the selections to 10 blogs, in no particular order.

Daily Art Fixx – by Canadian artist Wendy Campbell, exquisite posts and beautiful original art.

Rob Jelinski – A talented designer and artist, one of the must generous online supporters of all our Sketchbook Projects.

Being Marie Tomeoki – Born in Japan, now in Toronto, an emerging artist of huge passion. (Click on her name for her blog, and here for her professional portfolio)

Cheeky Tree – An imaginative, always upbeat maker of amazing silk scarves, who writes as well as she designs.

Heavenscent Elephants – The joyously uninhibited talent of Alexis Moulds is showcased here.

City Boy – An exuberant expression of color and a fascinating read. (Click on the name for the blog and here for the professional illustration website.)

Naomi Adams – Well known across the web in the last few weeks for finishing an exceptional sketchbook, she is a great source of tips and creative inspiration.

Wilson Stewart – A licensed land surveyor turned self-taught artist, the quiet elegance of his daily life is reflected in this New Hampshire lakes region blog.

Houdini – A recent find, I love this blogger’s mission to unite old, lost photos with the families they belong to.  Well explained and beautifully structured.

Postal Art – A genius idea that has people from all over the world send any kind of self-portrait on a postcard to the project, based in Trinidad and Tobago.

The guidelines for Versatile Blogger are as follows (and repeated below)

These are the rules for the Versatile Blog Awards:

  • Nominate 10 to 15 fellow bloggers.
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post.

Previous Nominations

Hetterbell, a favorite follower, honored me with nominations for two awards, the Versatile Blogger and the Liebster for my three blogs: Sketches & Jottings, Canadian Art Junkie and Just Classics.

I’m following Hetterbell’s lead and merging the rules for the two blog awards by selecting 10 blogs (At the bottom of this page, you’ll find the official rules for both blog awards.) The idea is  to use the nomination to make others aware of great sites, as I hope I’m doing here.

So first, 10 blogs, then, seven random things you’re meant to share about yourself.

I am nominating these 10 blogs, in no particular order:

  1. Art Obsessive (Marian Wood)
  2. Sam Lyne
  3. Brooke O’Connell
  4. Dosanko Debbie
  5. Peach Farm Studio
  6. Botanical Beauties & Beasties
  7. Joan Martin
  8. Scientific Illustration
  9. Marcel Guldemond
  10. The Oregon College of Art and Craft Library (best post-sec library site around)

Seven Random Things

  1. Nothing is more annoying to me than pettiness
  2. Anything by Eric Clapton calms me down
  3. One day, I want to learn sign language
  4. I don’t like dishwashers
  5. My whole extended family is the most important thing in my life
  6. I love to kayak
  7. My all-time favorite winter travel moment was eating a Beaver Tail while skating on the Rideau Canal

* * *

These are the rules for the Versatile Blog Awards:

  • Nominate 10 to 15 fellow bloggers.
  • Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blog Award picture on your blog post.

And here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

27 thoughts on “Blog Awards”

  1. Thanks for the nomination!

  2. I’m honored by the nomination! Thank you very much.

  3. Thank you for the nomination! As it happens, YOU’RE blog happens to be on our list of favorites!!

  4. Hi boomerontario. Thank you again. We just posted our award nominations here: http://peachfarmstudio.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/versatile-blogger-award/ and you happen to be on our list too!

  5. Thanks 4 the nomination – am very happy 2 participate – but not quite sure how to – when i click on the image versatile blogger – it just takes me back 2 your blog post.

  6. Looks like a great list of blogs!

  7. Thank you so much for the nomination!!! I’ve just posted a new blog yesterday with a link to your blog:)

  8. Wow! Thank you so much for the nomination and the kind words. You’ve totally made my day. Your blog will definitely be on my own nomination list.

    • Lila Cheekytree – I’ve loved seeing your scarves, blogs, thoughts for some time. BTW, I missed the Rockton fair this year and went to the one in Norfolk instead. Same poultry!!

  9. Hey – honoured to be nominated. I’ve been blogging for over two years now but still only have a small handful of faithful followers – so it’s nice to be appreciated – and honoured in this way – thankyou x

  10. Hi, Thank you for the big surprise nomination!! Like ‘Houdini’ above, I have been bloggin’ a long time, since 2005 and it is fabulous to receive some recognition from
    one of my peers.X

  11. Oh, thank you so much for this greart award!:)))

  12. I nominated your blog for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award as I find it very …inspiring. Being a former illustrator I immediately look for a sketchbook when I see your posts.

    The rules for accepting the award are as follows Display the award logo, link back to the person who nominated you, state 7 things about yourself, nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
    Best regards Nina. 
    Jag gör världen vackrare

    http://vackrare.com/2012/12/29/very-inspiring-blogger-award

    • Hi Nina – Thank you so much for nominating the Sketches and Jottings blog. I’ve been away from my computer during the holidays and it was a lovely surprise to see your message. Very much appreciated. And congratulations to you as well on your own award. (I will be very happy to follow up when I’m fully back in action). Nice blog you have, by the way. Joan

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