11" x 8", coloured pencil
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
However in the meantime I thought you might like to see the results of some delayed gratification this week.
Here's my sketch of "Eton Mess" - enjoyed in the National Dining Rooms after my Drawing Lecture at the National Gallery on Wednesday this week.
You can see more of my sketches last week in Travels with a Sketchbook:
- Lunch at the National Dining Rooms - and sketching at the National Gallery (6 sketches - posted today) and
- Wisley (1 sketch - to be posted tomorrow)
October is the month of The Big Drawing Book Review. Below is a list of reviews done so far. The list is in date order and includes name of blogger (name of their blog + link) and then the title of the book being reviewed + link to blog post reviewing it and name of author - plus the 'pencils' rating given by the reviewer.
- Dave in Oxford/Mothsailor (Dave's Blog) - Drawing by Daniel M Mendelowitz (This is a really excellent book review!)
- Katherine Tyrrell (Making A Mark) - Keys to Drawing with Imagination (Bert Dodson) - 5 pencils for artists wanting to enhance their creativity and work more from their imagination.
- Katherine Tyrrell (Making A Mark) - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Betty Edwards) 5 pencils
- Katherine Tyrrell (Making A Mark) - Keys to Drawing (Bert Dodson) - 5 pencils (review completed May 2006)
London is supposed to be the new global art capital and one of the reasons is the number of major art fairs it hosts in October. So if you'd like to get an insight into the art fair market in London, here's a few articles about them. So far I've managed to remain immune to their entreaties and I've avoided doing a post solely devoted to it (see if you can work out why!) - but decided to give you a bit of a flavour of it all!
For those new to Art Fairs in London, 'Frieze' is the annual art fair targeted at the hyper-rich which in three years now ranks alongside the Venice Biennale (Frieze Art Fair website - these were the galleries exhibiting). Tens of millions of pounds change hands during the course of the Fair.
It's worth remembering that in reality Frieze is not about 'us' the general public in the way that exhibitions at galleries and museums are, but primarily about two things: convincing a very small group of wealthy collectors to part with their cash, and providing an invaluable profile-raising opportunity for galleries within an insular art world.
James Wignall - Frieze - a bewildered punter writes
- a great overview of all the UK art fairs and online sites by Times Online. Note the Affordable Art Fair finishes today
- The Guardian has produced a number of articles:
You will notice I have not yet mentioned the art. This is because to comment on the merit or quality of what's on display at Frieze is irrelevant. Once, the direction of contemporary art was determined by lonely, radical geniuses with a vision and an atelier. Now it is determined by hedge-fund managers, or by Deutsche Bank (headline sponsor) redeeming itself in a maelstrom of (mostly) college-standard tat.........Contemporary art has become what money men call a new asset class. It has attracted a new type of collector.
Stephen Bayley - Frieze is an ideal venue for fools and their money
- Take Adrian Searle's tour of the Frieze Art Fair especially suitable for image-enabled i-pods
- Somebody set up a fleamarket in the middle of this "massive posh yard sale".
- There was a free sculpture park in the middle of Regent's Park
- Zoo is the fair with flair: Frieze's not-for-profit, upstart young cousin, set up in 2004 by David Risley and Soraya Rodriguez and held this year at the Royal Academy. Most works cost most works cost between £1,000 and £3,000. (Zoo website) and list of exhibitors
- The Affordable Art Fair finishes today. It's held in Battersea Park and like Zoo everything costs less than £3,000 and the Fair (held twice a year) apparently now sells £7 million of art each year. These are the exhibitors. (I'm not sure I agree with all their summary definitions of different media. ) A Reuters article "Affordable Art Fair seeks to lure new buyers" provides an interesting comment on artists who get fed up with the diet of articles served up by the media about art. Which seems like a good point to stop.
- An American's Passion for Art: Paul Mellon's Legacy opened at the Royal Academy yesterday. The exhibition runs until 27 january 2008. I've been really looking forward to this one due to the fact that this is a 'once only' type of exhibition and because it also focuses on some of the finest works of British art - when BritArt meant Reynolds, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Constable, Turner and Blake! The exhibition features more than 150 works, including prints, drawings, paintings, rare books and manuscripts. For those interested in miniatures it apparently also includes work by Nicholas Hilliard.
- The Fine Art Society is presenting an exhibition of works by James McNeill Whistler: The Embroidered Curtain in the gallery at 148 New Bond Street, London W1 from 18 October to 8 November 2007. It includes a work which is considered to be one his finest - the rare Amsterdam 'The Embroidered Curtain' (1889). It shows the façade of a house by a canal, rendered in an abstracted pattern.
- You can download the pdf version of the catalogue from the website.
- My posts from my Whistler project in May can be accessed via the Whistler category label in the right hand column.
- People making their own personal marks through the medium of watercolour might like to take a look at selected works from shows at the Bankside Gallery by The Royal Watercolour Society
Members of the Royal Watercolour Society experiment with watercolour to its maximum effect from the figurative to abstraction. Fluidity, colour and the brilliance of the medium will be explored through themes of landscape, the figure and still life.
Bankside Gallery - synopsis of Autumn Show
- The Autumn Show recently opened and runs until 11th November. Scroll down to see selected works in "Taking Risks". The Gallery is open daily between 11am – 6pm and admissions is free. Art events during the course of the exhibition are listed here.
- You can also see selected works from the exhibition "10 days in Maharashtra" related to the trip which 10 members made to India last January.
- The 155th Autumn Exhibition of the Royal West of England Acdemy in Bristol opens to day and runs until 12th December. I've never been to one of these shows but have heard that it's good - other views would be welcome so I can decide whether or not to make the trip! (Location is here) The members page on the website provides links to a mini CV and examples of members' work. This is an academy which includes many well known artists who are also members of other societies and this page provides an insight into the benchmark for admission.
- "Gardens in Focus" is an excellent exhibition of photographic works in The Glasshouse Gallery at Wisley. It features the best of the RHS and Garden Photographers' Association annual photographic competitions, across a broad range of categories including plant portraits, garden views, and wildlife in the garden. (There appears to be a problem with the Garden Photographers' Association website at the moment).
- According to the Guardian, late night culture vultures could be out in force this month for the temporary late night openings at a number of venues in London - Culture Venues join the dark side; I'm just wondering what the V&A by torchlight might be like.
- You can now read an interactive version of the Royal Academy magazine online. This is the Autumn 2007 edition. (The first link is generic and the seond is specific to that edition).
- Just a reminder for those who you who do these (but who haven't signed up for a reminder!) that the next one - Worldwide Sketchcrawl #16 - is on Sunday November 4th. You can read more about what people are planning on the Sketchcrawl Forum.
- Seth Godin has written How to create a great website and How to create a good enough website. There's a difference!
- Charley Parker over at Lines and Colors does something which I wish more bloggers would do (including me!) - he lists all the webware, templates, fonts, widgets and tweaks from others used on his blog in Colophon. I guess it helps with the queries......