Winter 2017/2018 - Free Choice - Winter > closed

February – category Portrait/Figure – challenge: Dance. We want one or several dancing figures. That can be ballet, ballroom dance, ethnic dances.> closed

March – category Landscape – challenge: a cityscape, either at day or at night. Your entry may contain human figures, but only as part of the scene. Remember, this is a landscape challenge! > closed

April – category Animal - challenge: On the bird table. A painting of one or more local wild birds. It’s fine if they are perched on a twig or sitting on the ground; a bird table is not essential for this challenge.' Please ask yourself if your painting shows the kind of bird you would see in your garden before you enter it. Not any bird painting will do! > closed.

May – category Still life – challenge: Clothing and accessories. Think a still life containing scarves, hats, jewels, gloves with or without a pice of clothing.

June – Category: Portrait – challenge: An old woman. This is a portrait challenge, so no full figure please.

July/August – Free choice

September – category Landscape- challenge: Woodland or forest.

October – category Animals – challenge: My four-legged friend. Cats, dogs, horses are all good; or maybe you have a pet pig or goat at home? We expect an animal portrait or figure, not just animals in the landscape.

November – category Still life – challenge: Roses and metal. Roses and metal are a great combination. Think brass, bronze, steel vases, pots or even trays, as long as it is metal.

December/January – Free choice

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PGE Board 2018


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Get Dusty Information Sheet for Guest Judges

Each Get Dusty competition closes on the 25th of the month it runs.

The gallery can be reached through the PGE home page. Until the 26th, the current competition entries can be viewed by clicking on the link in the left-hand column under ‘Latest Get Dusties’. To see the entries in a bigger format, just click on the thumbnails.

Until the 27th, a member of the board deletes any entries that do not comply with the competition rules.

On the 28th, the guest judge can commence judging by viewing the entries online. As this competition is now closed, you have to go to ‘Main Menu’ in the right-hand column to see it. Click on– Get Dusty Competition- (Year)-(Month-category-challenge)’.

The guest judge is asked to email the results to the secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) once their decision is made. The associated comments can be sent at a later date, no later than the 10th of the following month.

The judge is asked to select the following:

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

Honourable mentions (HM):

8 or 9 entries, one HM

10 or 11 entries, two HM

12 or more, three HM

Although every participant can enter two paintings, only one of them may place.

If there is to be any variation to the closure date for any of the competitions, such as Summer or Winter competitions, which generally run for two months, the judge will be informed accordingly.

Clarification on any of the above may be obtained by contacting the secretary or any other member of the board.

Checklist for Get Dusty entries:

•Artistic merit/originality - is the choice of subject matter and/or approach (within the given theme) original?

•Drawing - does the artwork show sound drawing skills?

•Pastel Technique - does the pastel technique used suit the subject chosen?

•Composition - is it a good composition?

•Tone/Value - are the values good?

•Colour - is the use of colour effective for the subject chosen?

•Edges – has the artist used a good variety of edges, and where appropriate?