Copyright David Paskett. Courtesy of the Bankside Gallery/RWS.
After all the controversy there's been about watercolour paintings recently, I'm really looking forward to getting out to see some really good watercolour paintings at the Autumn Exhibition of the Royal Watercolour Society - hopefully this afternoon! The above painting by leading watercolourist David Paskett, the Vice President of the RWS, is on the Private View invitation (which always clashes with my drawing class!) - and it's an excellent example of realistic and representational art where you can see that it is has been painted! (Enough said?)
I'll be doing a review this week but you can have a sneak on the exhibition page of the RWS website. Scroll down to see a sample of paintings in water-based media being exhibited by the members of the RWS. I'm afraid they won't enlarge if you click them but I'm sure they'll provide an incentive to people to visit the exhibition before it closes in the 8th November.
I am really beginning to enjoy the new followers function on Blogger. I'm finding new blogs which found me before I found them!
- A number of you will have spotted the fact that the participants are changing at Daily Paintworks. I'm going to do a blog post about the new set-up when it has settled - and identify who has left and who has joined.
- By way of contrast I can't work out what's going on at the Daily Painter's Guild which seems to be 'stuck'
- I'm pleased to see that Roz Stendahl has finally joined the blogging movement - having been an artist who's participated online in different ways for years. Check out her new blog Roz Wound Up plus her comprehensive website (Rozworks) which has the archives of her visual journals which go back to early 2005.
- James Gurney (Gurney Journey) has been booksigning in Paris Postcards from Paris plus he has a lovely post about Train Sketching
- Diane Mise (Compose ) has some very sound advice in Ten Composing Commandments
- Caroline Roberts (From the Studio ) has written about Practicing art, and how that relates to music
- Jana Bouc had a fascinating post at the end of September about the process of developing a Self Portrait in Pigtails
- Check out the progress of one of the travelling sketchbook projects at Flying Pictures - the continuation of the images is amazing! Take a look at the Captain’s log - Lindsay’s canoe, 2008
One of the great things about this 'follower' technology is that it's easy to spot a familiar face you haven't seen in a long time......
- Susan Borgas (Art And Stuff) is back posting again and has finally finished that painting
- Anita Murphy (am-art ) announced in Sour Grapes that she has moved from the sand dunes to Pakistan and is now able to contemplate plein air work
- I was fascinated by this Guardian article Grace under fire: first world war soldier's remarkable sketches from no man's land. His family have now arranged for his sketchbooks to be published in The Pictures and Diaries of a wartime Artist
The remarkable story of Smithie, who drew and fought in northern France in the first world war, is being told for the first time after his diary, complete with hundreds of vivid illustrations, was published yesterday.
- Drawing on Identity - Inkameep Day Scool and Art collection - do take a look at this remarkable online record
The drawings in this virtual exhibition were created by children of the Osoyoos Indian Band who attended the Inkameep Day School, near Oliver, British Columbia, on the Nk'Mip Reserve. Between 1932 and 1942 these students and their teacher Anthony Walsh worked together to create drawings, paintings, stories and plays that honoured traditional Okanagan language and culture. The arts became a way for the students, aged six to sixteen, to depict their everyday realities and their evolving sense of identity, growing up in mid-twentieth-century British Columbia.
- Plus I enjoyed looking at the wonderful colours of the landscapes in Nathan Fowkes old sketchbooks.
- A lot of people responded very positively to Ignore everybody and be creative! which focused on Hugh McLeod (Gaping Void) and the applicability of his ideas to making art.
- Hugh now has an interview with Seth Godin (Seth Godin's blog ) "tribes": ten questions for seth godin - who also coincidentally has yet another new book out ;) which is about why top-down, buzz-driven media is the past, not the future.
- Seth also had a good post this week on his blog about Is effort a myth? Recommended reading for anybody who thinks good fortune just 'arrives' one day........
Delete the outliers--the people who are hit by a bus or win the lottery, the people who luck out in a big way, and we're left with everyone else. And for everyone else, effort is directly related to success. Not all the time, but as much as you would expect. Smarter, harder working, better informed and better liked people do better than other people, most of the time.
Seth Godin - Is effort a myth?
- Nicole Caulfield (Nicole Caulfield Art Journal ) is participating in the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour and has an Open Studio This Weekend!
- Rose Welty (Rose's Art Lines) considered Marketing on a shoestring
I don't know about anybody else but I think all this 'Black Monday/ Black Friday' stuff has had an impact on my drawing - I've been doing rather more pen and ink.
(Right) Drawing a Head 09.10.08. 16" x 11.5" pen and ink on Canson Bristol Board
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- My post on Thursday Government seizes control of Singer & Friedlander was about the impact of the banking crisis and the looming recession on the sponsorship of art competitions and prizes.
- Earlier in the week I'd suggested 10 good habits for good times or bad - with the economy here being about the efficient use of time as well as the general backdrop which we're all coming to terms with.
- On Monday I was in overdrive blogging about the UKCPS Annual International Open Exhibition 2008. Many congratulations to Peter Höhsl (Austria) who won the Best in Show with "Facing the Enemy", Carol Bramley who won First Prize with "Black Watch" and my friend Nicole Caulfield who came third with Night's Agents. For those who've ever have ever had a piece not selected for exhibition and wondered why check out the tale of Nicole Caulfield's red shoes at the end of my post.
- If you've not done so already check out my review of the 45th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists plus follow through some of those links to see the websites and art of lots of wildlife artists. I highlighted three who work from life.
- The major exhibition, ‘Picasso et les Maîtres’ runs in Paris from 6 October 2008 - 2 February 2009. It brings together works from each period of his varied career with paintings by the Masters on loan from the Louvre, the Orsay and Paris' Picasso Museum. The exhibition explores the influence that great masters such as Manet, Delacroix, Renoir, Velasquez, Titian and van Gogh had on the work of Picasso. Picasso and the Masters is an exhibition in four locations within Paris. There are various reviews online. If anybody can find a working website for the Grand Palais or this exhibition can you let me know.....and before people start making Eurostar bookings the exhibition is coming to the Nation Gallery in 2009
Almost 200 of his works will be on show from October, many on loan from some of the world's most prestigious collections. In an attempt to explore Picasso's status as "heir" to the greats, all three venues will display his works alongside masterpieces from which he is thought to have drawn inspiration.
The majority will be shown in the Grand Palais, where an exhibition of 120 Picasso canvasses will hang alongside works by painters including Velásquez, Goya, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Louvre will play host to his variations on Delacroix's Women of Algiers, while the Musée d'Orsay will juxtapose Manet's original Déjeuner sur l'herbe with Picasso's later reworking. There's a detailed presentation.
Guardian - Paris match: Museums unite for Picasso season (my links)
- Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night is on at the Musuem of Modern art in New York until 5th January. The online exhibition is java oriented and a bit slow to start but it jas excellent images showing the texture of his paintings.
- The Saatchi Gallery opened in Chelsea (see below) with The Revolution Continues - New Chinese Art. I really don't like the way the saatchi website supports gallery exhibitions - it just looks rather naff to me - there's far too much else on the page competing with the online images! This review suggest that the opening show veers from the sensational to the downright awful
- the RWS Autumn Show is at the Bankside Gallery until 8th November (see above)
- In addition Prize-winning watercolourist Angus McEwan RSW has an exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh from 18th October to 5th November 2008 which he highlights on his blog (Art by McEwan) in Drawing near. This is an artist who loves painting wood. Check out his paintings of Venetian doors on the gallery website.
The new owners of the American Artist magazine set-up (ie titles "American Artist," "Drawing," "Watercolor," and "Workshop") has created a new website as an online community for artists. I had an invite to join it earlier in the week and wrote about this yesterday here The New "American Artist" Online Community. I see from my growing list of 'friends' on the site that a number of you have also now found it! :)
I've got an important additional point to make. As stated I hadn't properly explored the galleries and video set up. However I've now discovered that there is a download button next to every image. While this may be OK for videos that American Artist is allowing access to, IMO it is very definitely not OK in relation to artwork. Especially as there are no copyright notices linked to individual images - for example as you get with the individual image pages on Flickr.
For that reason while people should feel free to explore opportunities offered by the site and tp join as a member I recommend that you do not upload any images until the issue of the download button and the lack of copyright notices has been sorted - unless the implied invitation to 'copy' your artwork by downloading it does not bother you. See this thread which I've started in the feedback part of the forum - Copyright Notices needed. Feel free to add your own feedback from your perspective.
[UPDATE: It looks like the people maintaining the website (1) recognise and want to respond to the issues I identified and (2) have managed to identify a potential solution. Hopefully a solution will be in place pretty soon]
- The new Saatchi Gallery opened on 9th October. It's located in the The Duke of York's HQ building on Kings Road in Chelsea. The building makes for a good environment to view contemporary art. It's got very large well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings and a total of about 70,000 sq ft which effectively makes it one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world. The good news - entrances to all exhibitions will be free. You can have a virtual tour.
- Contemporary artists may well enjoy checking out the 'official' blogs on the website of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Click the link to find out more about the ICA. These are the Guidelines for Artists' Submissions and Exhibition Proposals. It's also worth noting that from September 1, entry to the ICA galleries and Bar Café before 11pm is now free to the public.
- Roz Stendahl - who is an absolute mine of information about media - comments on Derwent Graphitints Fading! on her new blog (see above).
- Trish (Finding My Own Voice ) has a blog post about Primatek Watercolors by Daniel Smith
- I highlighted a series of James Gurney's very helpful blog posts in The colour of weather and time
8.5" x 11", coloured pencils in Daler Rowney sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- Myron Arndt (Art Business Thoughts) has provided a series of posts about matting your artwork
- I'm enjoying the new facility with Blogger to pick up the image as well as the title and when the blog was last updated. I've got it switched on now for a trial run - my main concern is what it will do to load times for those of who have quite a few blogs in the blogroll
- A good place to start if you've ever wondered how to find out what Google is up to is the Google Blog Directory. which lists all the official and authorised Google Blogs. They're also worth skimming through from time to time. You find things like............
in June 2008, only 59.1% percent of Internet users worldwide use the latest major version of their preferred web browser. Firefox users are the most attentive.
.......Only 52.5% of Microsoft Internet Explorer users have updated to version 7, which is the most secure according to multiple publicly-cited Microsoft experts (among them Sandi Hardmeier). The study revealed that 637 million Internet users worldwide who use web browsers are either not running the latest version of their preferred browser or have not installed the latest patches. These users are vulnerable to exploitation due to their web browser's "built-in" vulnerabilities and the lack of more recent security mechanisms such as improved phishing protection.
Google Online Security Blog
- DUH! Apparently all those tags in Squidoo actually have no effect at all - read this the squidutils blog post.
- Spotted this yesterday - Apture.
Karin Jurick (Different Strokes from Different Folks) kept a sense of focus this week when picking her image for her challenge for the next two weeks - see Week 6-7 Challenge - New York Stock Exchange. I'll be very interested to see what people make of that - especially anybody given to flights of fancy!