Three paintings that earned Certificates of Excellence.

Certificates of Excellence for Artwork in the 2018 CWA Communications Contest

Three paintings that earned Certificates of Excellence.

Three paintings that earned Certificates of Excellence.

Results from judging the Cat Writers’ Association 2018 Communications Contest are in. Three paintings from 2018 have won Certificates of Excellence this year, two elective paintings and one commissioned portrait, in the category “Fine Art”.

The Fine Art category is new for the 2018 contest. In the past there were image awards that I’d submitted to, but not one specifically for paintings like these. I’m thrilled to be honored, and especially with these three works. I have the images below and links to the articles about them here so you can read more.

The other certificates were for my Klepto Cat book cover illustrations from 2018 and for the Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 calendar, each of which has won a certificate in each of the three years I’ve entered them.

I am proud to enter my work in the annual Communications Contest given by the Cat Writers’ Association. I have entered materials in this contest since 2007 when I won my first awards. This very blog won a Muse Medallion for entertainment in the 2011, 2013, and 2016 and a Certificate of Excellence in the 2015 Communications Contests along with a number of articles, photos, and pieces of artwork.

Certificates of Excellence

Each entry was independently judged by three Professional CWA members. Winning a Certificate of Excellence means that the average of those three judges’ scores for the entry is 90 or above — a high bar to cross!

All certificate winners

As I mentioned above, I’ll share these in separate articles to give them their due.

V.1. Annual or Long Publication
Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar

XII.6 Illustration: Series
Klepto Cat Covers 27 through 32

XII.8 Fine Art
Links to these below.
Allegro Moderato
Chocolate Bath
Commissioned Portrait: Feebee, Amber, Buckley, Allegra and Ruby, and the Red Maple

Next, the MUSE™ Medallions, announced in June

The MUSE™ Medallion is awarded to the entry in each category receiving the highest average score from three independent judges. All judges are volunteers and are Professional CWA members. To become eligible for a MUSE™ Medallion, each entry listed has received an average score of at least 90, and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

The Artwork

Allegro Moderato

Allegro Moderato, pastel, 14 x 20 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Allegro Moderato, pastel, 14 x 20 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Some paintings wait decades to be painted, and when they have their chance they press on until they are fully realized. This was one of those paintings, one that monopolized four days of my life. I am not complaining in the least. Read more about this painting.

Chocolate Bath

Chocolate Bath, 6.5 x 6.5, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Chocolate Bath, 6.5 x 6.5, © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

It’s a little painting of a little black cat. I love to paint Mimi, I think because she is so self-aware and nearly all her poses are graceful and inspiring. Possibly it’s just because I love her so much. Read more about this painting.

Commissioned Portrait: Feebee, Amber, Buckley, Allegra and Ruby, and the Red Maple

I painted a very special portrait recently, special because it was commissioned as a gift for a friend’s significant birthday, a friend who I know as well, and because it was to include all the cats with whom she had shared her life to date AND include the red maple outside the window seen in so many photos of her cats, to carry a memory of a happy place far into the future. Read more about this portrait.

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