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The Botanical Artists of Canada for opening their second major society exhibition this week.
Botanical Artists of Canada 2007 Exhibition: Native Plants at Toronto's Todmorden Mills – October 4–28, 2007.
- The 'Best in Show' award went to Sherry Mitchell SFCA for Arbutus (a tree native to British Columbia) and
- the 'Best Composition' award was won by Myra Sourkes for Jack in the Pulpit.
- Members getting Honourable Mentions included Donna Greenstein, Margit Sampogna, Irene Hunchak, Tasira Strimban-Barishev and Gerry Jenkison.
- Jurors were botanical artist Sheila Siegerman; Natalie Iwanycki, Field Botanist and Herbarium Curator at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton; and Brenda Rix, Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The Big Drawing Book Review
October is the month of The Big Drawing Book Review. Below is a list of reviews done so far - with more to come. The list is in date order and includes name of blogger (name of their blog + link), title of book + link to blog post reviewing it and name of author - plus the 'pencils' rating given by the reviewer. More next week!
- Casey Klahn (The Colorist) Wolf Kahn Pastels Wolf Kahn (no 'pencils' rating as Casey posted early!)
- Katherine Tyrrell (Making A Mark) The Drawing Bible Marylin Scott - 4 pencils
- Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) Drawing from Line to Life Mike Sibley - 5 pencils
Some art blogs which are new to me and which I came across for the first time this week
- Mattias Inks will be well known to all those involved in the EDM SuperBlog - but I'm now hooked as well! Mattias Adolfsson is a freelance illustrator and lives in Göteborg in Sweden.
- Postcards from Detroit is an interesting spin on the better known one which emanates from Provence and is a relatively new blog which started in August. Stephen Magsig is based in Michigan has been doing daily artwork since 1987 - and it shows.
- Tania Nault (the Scratch Board) made a very interesting comment about how she has blogs which are opposites on her blogroll. Go read her post and then review your blogroll and see whether she's right. Her next post about an art experiment called 'Real Space' and how it mimics online social networking was also very interesting. Tania's obviously a very thoughtful artist/blogger - and she writes long posts too so I feel right at home! ;)
- Tracy Helgeson (Works by Tracy Helgeson) wrote a very interesting piece - Connections last month which reviewed progress since 2005 - how many paintings she has painted and sold each year and the impact on income, galleries and her own well-being. Some interesting numbers to ponder on for those trying to 'make it' as a full-time professional artist.
- Linda Blondheim (Landscapes of the South) has written a number of useful posts recently about plein air painting - including one for female artists wanting to paint plein air on their own
- Casey Klahn (Pastel) has been reminding us about how to make pastels on his new blog. You can see some of the really yummy colours he's made here.
- Nancy van Blaricom has been developing watercolour paint swatches and telling us about hot that helped her develop her palette.
Bad reporting along these generic lines distorts understanding and can destroy our pleasure in great art.
- Jonathan Jones (The Guardian Art Blog) asked Is lazy reporting harming the visual arts? Basically he was complaining about how, in his opinion, journalists tend to write the same six stories about art all the time. Take a peek and see if you recognise them.
After my Cycling Artist post on Friday, I decided to try and see if I could find Tina Mammoser - (The Cycling Artist) at the Art Prelude Event in Spitalfields (a historic site right next to the City of London) yesterday afternoon - she had a very impressive stand! She's there again today and it looks like it might be very busy.....
What follows is a mix of other art exhibitions and events, from Canada to California and from Glasgow to Washington.
- Scotiabank nuit blanche in Toronto last weekend looks amazing. Not least because it started at 7pm and went through until sunrise.
For one sleepless night, experience Toronto transformed by artists. Discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From alleyways and demolition sites to churches and squash courts, explore more than 195 destinations. One night only. All night long.
- William Wray's show "Dirty Beauty" opened recently at Segil Fine Art in Old Town Monrovia, California. He's got some good photos of it on his blog (California Painter - William Wray) - plus you get to see Bill with shades and without! Check out also the online version of the exhibition. The show closes 20th October. I wonder how long it will be before all galleries see the sense of creating online versions of their exhibitions.
- Quentin Blake - one of the patrons of the Big Draw - has an exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallaery and Museum, Argyll Street, Glasgow G3 8AG
- I'm planning to do a project on Turner soon - so it's fortuitous that there's a new Turner exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington - hopefully that means lots of new online resources! These are the images in their current collection.
- I discovered a neat trick this week. Go to Compete.com and then insert 'artist forum' into the search box and it produces a list of forums for artists. It comes out as an alphabetical listing AND it provides you with information about them in terms of ranking, people counts in relation to traffic and any other information collected about them from the internet.
Artist Profile is a fresh new quarterly magazine that takes you into the studios of artists working today, watching their processes and listening to them discuss ideas, inspiration and the technical and mental challenges they face in realising their visions.
We aim to present you with the best of what is happening locally and beyond, cutting across methods and media, and reflecting the fluid international environment that now shapes what we see and how we see it. Our feature articles will cover current events, historical research and a range of critical opinion.
Editor, Artist Profile
- Early last month there was a bit of a buzz in Australia as the first editition of a new quarterly art magazine was published. I gather that Artist Profile is the first serious art magazine in Australia which is dedicated to the artists' perspective rather than that of the art collector. The Editor's aspirations are set out here and you can read a couple of reviews of the first edition by Jim Thalassoudis (The Painted Sky) and Dianne Gall (This Painting Life). The consensus so far is favourable.
- The Artist Profile website also provides an excellent set of links to key organisations in the Australian Art world.
- Just in case any of you missed it, yesterday's blog post was about how artists selling their work on-line can avoid potential fraud and scams. The message about how to avoid these sort of scam artists can't be repeated too much. The news about how police in four countries have bust a £1 billion (repeat BILLION) internet fraud ring is extremely welcome news. I rather suspect there are more out there though.......
My orginal plan for the content here has metamorphosed into next week's "Techie Saturday"'s blog post. So here's some interesting posts I stumbled across while researching it.
- 'What is a blog?' The unedited voice of just one person according to Dave Winer of Scripting News in January 2007. He's been described as 'a protoblogger and technology maven' by the New York Times. I think they mean he was around when it got started. Unfortunately the link to his definition of what makes a weblog a weblog seems to have been buried by Harvard University - however here is his summary version.
I concluded it wasn't so much the form, although most blogs seem to follow a similar form, nor was it the content, rather it was the voice. If it was one voice, unedited, not determined by group-think -- then it was a blog, no matter what form it took. If it was the result of group-think, with lots of ass-covering and offense avoiding, then it's not. Things like spelling and grammatic errors were okay, in fact they helped convince one that it was unedited.
Dave Winer - Scripting News - The unedited voice of just one person
- 'What is web 2.0?' on the other hand is a question which has been answered - and visualised - at length by Tim O'Reilly in this piece in March 2005. In a week when some have hyped the notion of web 3.0 as part of a self-marketing exercise it's maybe important to note that some of us have still to get to grips with all the ins and outs of web 2.0!
Like many important concepts, Web 2.0 doesn't have a hard boundary, but rather, a gravitational core. You can visualize Web 2.0 as a set of principles and practices that tie together a veritable solar system of sites that demonstrate some or all of those principles, at a varying distance from that core.I was messing about with my parental control categories this week and discovered that apparently what this blog is REALLY all about is 'glamour and lifestyle'! I wish!!!
Tim O'Reilly - What is web 2.0? - design patterns and business models for the next generation of software
Postscript for my Travels with my Sketchbook fans
I gather I'm not the only person wondering at the moment what's going on with my Feedburner subscriber numbers which have been all over the place in the last week. I'm also been having problems with Google Reader picking up my Travels with a Sketchbook feed. It's not picked up any blog posts in the last month - although it's working fine in e-mail.