- I've got two drawings into the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists at central Hall Westminster - see Two works in the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition
- UPDATE: Tracy Hall's (Watercolour Artist Diary) two simply stunning miniatures have also been accepted. They were much admired when I delivered them to the exhibition! These are her two works on her blog - Water lily miniature painting and Red Admiral and Cone Flowers. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say I'd be very surprised if one or both of those don't get some sort of award. You can read more about Tracy's miniature art (and prizes) on her website.
- In the meantime Sarah Wimperis (The Red Shoes) is also doing very well with society exhibitions. She has got one work on exhibition at the Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery at the moment (see Painting Accepted) and also heard this week that she has had two accepted into the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour - see I Did it Again!
If you're a friend/follower of this blog and have success at a national level please let me know so I can highlight this in 'who's made a mark this week?
Art BlogsDrawing and sketching
- Yesterday was the 26th International Sketchcrawl Day and you can see the results in the Sketchcrawl Forum. I didn't participate having been out sketching on both Thursday and Friday. Here are some posts about the day:
- 26th World Wide SketchCrawl in Tokyo on Urban Sketchers, as was...
- a great post by Liz Steel about the Sydney Sketchcrawl 26
- Jan Blencowe took vidseos of the The First Sketch Crawl of 2010 - which is a first!
- Earlier this month, Charlene Brown (1150 words) posted about Things to take on a painting trip to Mexico
- Cathy Gatland's (A Sketch in Time) story of a recent untoward event Stealing time comes complete with great sketches!
- Today I posted Leadenhall Market - my sketch done on Thursday when I went to check out the place where my drawing group is having another exhibition - opening the end of March
pen and sepia ink in a Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- Oldenbrooke continues with his reviews of Artists in Pastel. I just wish more of them had a blog!
- Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) is using oil pastels - and look what a difference a change of background colour makes in Background Change on Maine Coon!
- On Friday I spent part of the morning in the National Gallery and today I've posted about Sketching Cezanne's landscapes on The Art of the Landscape
- On Tuesday I highlighted Art Instruction: Drawing and Painting Landscapes in Watercolour
- Chapter 3 - Getting Started of Deborah Secor's online book is now published on her new blog Landscape Painting in Pastels. She comments.......
Don’t copy calendar art or magazine photos. It’s always better to use a photograph that you’ve taken yourself. You’ve made choices already, deciding to point the camera at the subject, as well as making compositional decisions when you took the photo. You have some familiarity with the place, having visited it before, and using it will never raise the question of copyright violation.
- Tracey Helgeson has been busy with Vermont, Plan D her project to produce giveaway small square panels concerned with colour. A truly awesome project and result! She has a new blog for selling these small works Tracey Helgeson (Tracey's surname always takes me back to philosophy days in Cambridge and I ALWAYS have to check the spelling. Those who also did philosophy will know why!)
- Times Online: Banksy woz' ere is about the new Banksy film. Banksy made it on to the cover of the Sunday Times today as well
- Loriann Signori (loriann signori's painting-a-day) got some great advice and has posted about more experimentation with monotypes
- On Monday I wrote about Selling Art Online and Site Traffic which was an overview of the charts for site traffic for different art gallery websites where people sell their art online. I noted that some of them seemed to have less traffic than this blog!
- One of the sites I highlighted was Boundless Gallery. Today I note that Dan at Empty Easel is announcing that Boundless Gallery is closing and will explain all tomorrow in his Selling Art Online post (I also note that there's no announcement on the Boundless Gallery website!)
Big news, folks. . . In a truly sad turn of events, BoundlessGallery.com, a well-known online art gallery, will be closing its doors this week. Tomorrow I’ll explain the details of the situation as I know it
- Earlier this month Joanne Mattera asked Marketing Mondays: Do You Really Need a Gallery?
- I liked The Storque's post this week Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Artist in the Office and this is Summer Pierre's The Artist in the Office. Her blog is An Accident of Hope. Apparently on Monday she starts interviewing other creative folks who have found their way in the work a day world. I looked at some of her other posts and rather liked this one Put Your Blog To Bed
- "Shut Up Already...I'll Look at Your Art!" (SUAILAYA) had Edward Winkelman looking at art for 10 seconds and giving his judgement on it. Sounds like it was an interesting exercise judging by the rules. You can see the art submitted in a slideshow on the blog. I've not yet worked out how we get to see/hear Ed's comments as there are plethora of posts on his blog and one called Hashtagclass and coming to it late in the day I can't make any sense of what comes first, which were live at the time and are now redundant etc etc.
The First session of "Shut Up Already...I'll Look at Your Art!" took place Feb. 24th 2010 at Winkleman Galley N.Y., NY. A participating project of #class, artists Jenifer Dalton's and William Powhida's exhibition in the form of a think tank at Winkleman Gallery.
- I enjoyed reading Harriete Estel Berman's article on ArtBiz Blog about Artist Contracts: She Broke the Rules and how she got an antiquated and convoluted speaking contract changed.
- Padraig McCaul has set up an art business blog An Artist's Business Guide which has just one post so far - 10 Steps to Building a Viable Business as an Artist. It's an interesting read - but how about some more posts?
Art and the Economy / Art Collectors
- Bloomberg records the recent decision that Raphael’s $47.6 Million Muse Export Banned by U.K. Government. This means that the Raphael drawing that fetched a record 29.2 million pounds ($47.6 million) in an auction in December now will have a temporary export bar while people try to raise the money to keep it in the country.
- It also highlights Barnes $25 Billion Art Trove, Boardroom Fight Drive Documentary - which sounds absolutely fascinating. I'd love to be able to see it. “The Art of the Steal” will be shown at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York and the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, starting today.
Art Competitions and Art Societies
- UKCPS has announced its call for entries for its two exhibitions this year on UKCPS News:
- Call for Entries: 9th UKCPS Annual Open International Exhibition 2010 this exhibition is open to entries from artists working in coloured pencil living anywhere in the world. Advice is available to those wanting to submit their work from countries outside the UK.
- Call for entries: 8th Annual "World of Coloured Pencil" Exhibition 2010 - this is a members only exhibition and this year the works will be chosen by ballot
- It's really great to see that the Royal Watercolour Society have got their list of prizewinners onto their website while the exhibition is still on. I've lost count of the number of times I've come across art society website which can't even manage to get a notice of their exhibition on to their website before it is open!
Art Exhibitions and art fairs
- The Guardian review of the Henry Moore exhibition which opened at Tate Britain last week says Exhibition reveals Henry Moore as 'darker, edgier than we realise'.
- Jonathan Nones has an interesting observation arising out of the Henry Moore exhibition that relating to Paul nash - How British art lost modernism and found its soul
- Here's today's article in The Observer Henry Moore at Tate Britain
- I went to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the Royal Academy again on Friday night and took a friend - and it was absolutely chock-a-block. I hate to think what it's going to like in the final days. If you've not seen it yet, I'd recommend sooner rather than later.
- Quilt fans should not that there's going to be an exhibition about Quilts: 1700-2010 from March 20 to July 4 at the V&A, London SW7 (www.vam.ac.uk, 020-7942 2000)
- The Washington Post has a Review of 'The Sacred Made Real' at the National Gallery of Art
Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniquesWorkshops
- London Drawing has Creative Life Drawing Evening Workshops at Tate Modern. They continue until Monday 29 March 2010
The workshops are completely accessible - working on the premise that no skills or drawing experience are needed to make strong and exciting work.Tips and techniques
- Vivien Blackburn (Painting, Prints and stuff) demonstrates her Digital experimenting, combining images
- More Paint Out Advice from Florida artist Linda Blondheim. It includes some criteria which she uses for whether or not they are worth doing.
My advice is to never pay for paint outs. They should be paying you. All costs can be underwritten by sponsors. Never care about awards at paint outs. I discourage awards because we are there to make a living and enjoy the event. Paint outs should be sales oriented. For a good paint out, all artists are professionals and should not be concerned with winning awards. Awards create a competitive atmosphere which is unnecessary.
- Joanne Mattera Art Blog has a 'Marketing Monday's post which focuses on The Studio Visit
- Art Studio Rules from Marion's Painting Blog,. More thoughts on studio rules can be found here
- Marion has also reviewed The Artist's Studio, Edited by Giles Waterfield
- Roz Stendahl (Roz Wound Up) comments on Favorite Papers?…Buying Paper Samplers—It Just Makes Sense
- A couple of posts about older art books this week - the aort that are not hot off the printing press! I've been updating both of them as comments came in about other relevant websites so if you read them just after they were oublished it's possible you might want to take another quick look - all changes are marked as [updates]
- James Gurney (Gurney Journey) continues to post about colour - and this week has posted very day about colour!
- The Color Wheel, Part 1 concerns the colours on the colour wheel
- The Color Wheel, Part 2 is abour primary colours
- The Color Wheel, Part 3 is about complements
- The Color Wheel, Part 4 concerns problems with the traditional artist’s color wheel, and its concept of primary, secondary and tertiary colors.
- The Color Wheel, Part 5 which covers the Munsell system
- The Color Wheel, Part 6 looks at cyan, magenta, and yellow
- Richard McKinley (Pastel Pointers) wrote last week about The Color Temperature of Light on his blog Pastel Pointers. The points he makes are relevant to everybody.
- The Los Angeles Times has an article about an alleged plagiarism scam. Read all about it in Did David Burdeny copy Sze Tsung Leong's photographs? It comments on infringement of photographic copyright before highlighting a couple of cases..............
There have been several high-profile instances of photographic infringement. Sherrie Levine, who challenged the very nature of photographic originality by shooting the works of Walker Evans for her 1981 work "After Walker Evans," was forced to turn over that series to the Evans estate. Jeff Koons has had mixed results in court defending his own appropriation of photographic images.
- The opinion poll closed yesterday and the results are posted in Where do you start when making art? (MAM Poll RESULTS)
- I continued with my theme of the PC vs the Mac this week - see PC vs Mac update: questions about the iMac - and got featured in their Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion section of the daily headline Mac news site www.macsurfer.com as a result. Thanks to the 300+ people who came and read my post! Thanks also to the very many people who have been giving me advice on what to do - I've been listening carefully to you all.
- Creative Review highlighted the fact that Photoshop had its 20th birthday this year - see Photoshop is 20
- Alyice Edrich has written about How To Set Up StatCounter On an Art Blog on Empty Easel. Nice to see all the screenshots.
The Web: networking, blogging, webware and websiteblogging
- Problogger had a useful article concerning 8 Reasons You Might Not Be Getting Many Comments
- As of 11 February 2010, OpenOffice.org 3.2 was launched. This works on Windows, Mac and Linux is now available for download. It's already been downloaded by over 4.6million people. New features are described in detail on this website. OpenOffice.org has been nominated in the About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2010. The key point about this news is that it's hit the market ahead of Office 2010 and for those of us looking at what software we need if changing computers this is a very relevant consideration! Here's a review on The Register - Office 2010 offers support for ODF files (ie open office standard files). The beta version of Office 2010 will expire in October 2010.
Monday is the day that application notifications will finally be removed from the Facebook platform.
- Did you know that networked blogs discontinues notifications within Facebook on 1st March. No? Nor did I! Apparently it's all part of this Finally: Facebook Silences App Notification Spam. I'm going to watching carefully this week to find out what happens but I'm expecting change as from tomorrow.
- If people were using Facebook to explore local businesses or while they were travelling would they find you and your studio? See Exploring Local Businesses on Facebook
- Facebook is currently valued at $17billion? See Facebook Shares Trading At A $17 Billion Valuation. Guess that could mean it's around to stay or somebody is going to make a mega loss at some point. But remember how people all thought that AOL and Myspace would be around forever?