The concept of the Around the World competition was created due to the fact that 2020 has been a difficult year for many. One of the toughest things was being stuck homebound, not being able to travel to other states or countries, cancelling planned holidays, special trips and not being able to visit loved ones.
And we can certainly say that our Life of Colour art group definitely delivered a superbly high standard of art that has taken us on a journey right around the world and reminded us that we are all in this together!
Entering was easy and you were able to submit multiple entries. We had all walks of life, young and old submit entries using a variety of artistic methods such as sketching, drawing, painting and even cake decorating!
Your different interpretations of the competition were greatly appreciated such as this piece painted by Midge Olsen (pictured above) with the description of the art representing “warmth and serenity of where one's soul calls home”. This is so true and makes us feel so warm and fuzzy inside.
Jennifer Harries shared a playful post about her painted boots (see them in the collage) that are said to be going to take her to amazing places and will look great every step of the way!
Let’s take a closer look at some of our artists entries, journeys and the stories behind their art!
Alysha Kerin said "I have been given a second chance at life after a transplant, and I have so much of the world to explore, but arts been great therapy in the mean time"
Stories about our hometowns, favourite places visited and future holiday destinations were depicted in fun ways! Here are two amazing pieces by Minna Annukka and Nidhi Pathak:
The ever popular native Australian animals such as the koala and kangaroo made appearances as well as the larrikin bird, the magpie, with Karen Parker stating “An iconic Australian native bird! I know they can be quite scary during Spring, when they ‘swoop’ trying to protect their babies. However they have the most beautiful warbling call”
Other animals included tigers, rhinoceros, kiwis, wrens, parrots, owls, elephants, giraffes and peacocks to name a few!
We sailed around the world in 80 days with Helen Horgan and her Noah’s ark painting then made our way to the iconic Statue of Liberty, painted by Nicole Stark with the lovely narrative of New York having a special place in her heart due to being married in The Big Apple.
Laura Louise Hussey shared her story of origin in a painting showing London and Sydney in a creative depiction using the Harbour bridge and the London eye.
Some of the younger aged artists shared some skilfully put together art that not only showcased their future talents but was also quite personal to be able to post out to the world - and we are extremely thankful for that!
We shared some inspirational blogs with you all and were delighted to see some entries influenced by these.
Joanne Parsons shared a heartfelt post about her daughter Amalea- “This morning I showed my daughter the email of art by Torres-Garcia she was so excited to see a Uruguayan artist as our family is from Uruguay. Amalea started to draw and colour this creation immediately, it wasn't until late that we saw the around the world competition.”
At only 10 years old we were delighted to see her entry.
An absolutely beautiful entry from Clare Parkers 8 year old daughter Caitlin with her interpretation of figuring out what’s going on in the world right now was enough to bring a grown man to tears. The drawn picture had a heart in its centre with a world covered by a surgical mask.
You all represented your art beautifully with countries' landscapes and animals, iconic buildings and scenes, flags, and traditional art. All the themes were easily recognisable and choosing just two winners is going to be a difficult task!
To make it fair, we ran 2 competitions side by side.
We are aware that we have many levels of artists in our community and that many of you are intimidated by the immense talent and putting yourselves out there is a great feat in itself! So, one winner will be picked randomly, and the other will be judged by Lizzy McNaught from @lizzymcnaughtart based on creativity, skill and originality.
We think it's important to invite artists from our own community to judge the competitions because they truly understand the effort and love put into every entry! These are two fantastic pieces by Lizzy:
Our lucky winners will win a collection of our new product range that will be released in July PLUS a box of paint pens and watercolour pens.
Here is a rundown of the prizes:
- 1x 20 Colour Fabric Markers
- 1x 24 Pack wood slices
- 1 x 10 Pack Life of Colour Custom Made stencils
- 1 x Tote Bag
- 1 x Paint Pens pack of your choice
- 1 x Watercolour Brush Pens
Thank you so much for all of your entries it has been a wonderful journey that has uplifted our spirits in this time of need, good luck to you all!