A celebration of Cindy Woods
Cindy Woods really made her mark on the world of illustrated blogging. Lots of us knew and appreciated her wonderful drawings of her world which she shared with us on her blog Learning Daily and on Flickr. However I think some of us are only learning now - through the comments being left - just how much how she inspired and supported many other illustrated bloggers across the world. On Friday afternoon she lost her battle with cancer. The last four posts on her blog tell the tale of Cindy's last journey.
- end of story (by Cindy)
- rest of the end of my story (by Cindy)
- An open thank you (by Ronda)
- Cindy Woods 1956-2008 (by Ronda)
I never met her either, but I always felt as if I knew her just the same...A lot of people will never forget Cindy. However sadness at Cindy's passing is also being accompanied - quite rightly - by a celebration of Cindy's life and her work. Many people gave her fantastic send-off through the comments left on her blog. Today I'd like to feature some tributes by just some of the people who knew Cindy in one way or another. She did after all have 1,161 contacts on Flickr! :)
a comment on a tribute
- Ronda was Cindy's best friend and posted An open thank you on Friday afternoon
- Laura (Laurelines ), a close friend, wrote a beautiful tribute to Cindy Woods, passionate artist and courageous voyager very shortly after she passed away. It contains Laura's sketch of Cindy by Laura and a wonderful photo of Cindy with her friends Ronda, Laura, Lydia, Amanda (Craftmonkeys) and Oona.
- Wally (Crackskullbob) told me that he and Chris Bonney went to visit Cindy this last week and had a portrait party with Cindy in which Wally did the drawing featured above and in CINDY WOODS. Cindy also drew Wally and this has been shared in wally torta and cindy woods in The Portrait Party
- I personally found Chris Bonney's tribute Cindy by Cindy to be very moving. He's also been drawn by Cindy and gave Cindy's drawing of him a title which says a lot about Cindy More dignified than a photograph would ever portray me
- Danny Gregory has a very special post. It includes his interview with Cindy for his new book - which includes her drawings. I'm so very pleased that she got to see it before she passed away
Cindy Woods has long been one of my favorite sketchbook artists. I love the quality of her line, the clarity of her observation. And she is a strong exemplar of the fact that no matter what one's situation, drawing makes it better. She recorded her life at the Virginia Home, a nursing home for Disabled people, with grace, humor, and warmth.
- Rama Hughes (The Portrait Party) did a fabulous drawing of Cindy in Cindy Woods rocks on!
- Annie Bisset (Woodblock Dreams) highlights Cindy's kindness and generosity in Cindy Woods
- Rendez at Sketchbook Month wrote a very warm tribute For Cin who was a regular contributor
- Julie Oakley (Julie's pictures) was a huge fan of Cindy Woods
She is the most inspirational of artists. Her blog has been a joy to follow over the last three and half years. She has inspired me in so many ways. More than anything her tender portrayals of her friends have made me appreciate the beauty of going back again and again to drawing the same person.
- Sam of problemchildbride found that knowing Cindy has been "a revelation, a surprise, a delight and an education"
- Mindfever was inspired to draw by Cindy Woods.
Thanks to all who have visited me and left comments, I have enjoyed the exchanges between my all Internet friends immensely and want you all to know what joy it has given to get to know you as we have shared our lives online....and now back to the rest of the people who made a mark this week
- Charley Parker (Lines and Colors ) posted yesterday about John F Carlson - a name I've seen online a lot but whose book I've only ever seen once.
Carlson codified some of his teachings into a book, still in print after almost 80 years, as Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting.
- Jeff Mahorney (120 paintings) had a project to complete 120 paintings (this post explains why ) and he's still going..............
This is the short version of what I've learned: Consistent repetitive practice and tolerance/acceptance of negative emotions/thoughts are critical. Everything else will be learned on the way. That's really all I have to say. You can skip to the paintings now.
Jeff Mahorney - What I've Learned (After 120 paintings)
- I hooted at Shirley's sketch of the result of her annual encounter with a grandchild's cold Another journal page and EDM Challenge 197: Remote from Paper and Threads by
- ...and then I hooted again when I read Jonathan Jones who is Seeing the funny side of urban art. I hooted!!! Will this start a new trend? Will the security guards need to stop reading their books?
- Inspiring artist links! from Anthony Zierhut
- Kirsty Hall (Up all night again) has been blogging about the problem with thinking. She got my attention with her opening words....
One of the advantages of going to art college is that it teaches you to think deeply about your work.
Unfortunately one of the downsides of going to art college is that it teaches you to think deeply about your work!
- Danny Gregory (Danny Gregory) has been Catching up in advance of the publication of his new book An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers as well teaching a class on sketchbook journalling - see Teaching
- Brenda Hoddinott of Drawspace has got a new blog - called unsurprisingly Drawspace - and had an interesting post about Getting Started as a Forensic Artist
- For anybody who has previously enjoyed Sharon B's In Just a Minute note that she has moved the entire blog (back catalogue and all) to her new blog (and domain name) Sharon B's Pin Tangle.
- Sketchbook Month challenges participants to completely fill a sketchbook over the course of one month - I'm seeing more and more people participating in this
- Charley Parker Lines and Colors) wrote a review of Urban Sketchers this week.
- A new blog will be launching on 1st December......more about this next week!
- I found Connie Hayes website via Jeff Mahorney's links blog Art Monkey. I find her use of colour and light very appealing - check out her website (borrowed views)
- I love the coastscape series by Andrea Pratt (colouring outside the lines ) displayed as a set on Flickr
- There's just eight days left to vote in the Making A Mark Poll for November - How much art have you sold via your blog/website in the last year? (see the poll in the side column)
- I'm afraid I've found it necessary to produce A cautionary note about Imagekind
- Andrea Pratt (colouring outside the lines) is inviting people to contribute their views about a friend who is on the horns of a dilemma. Is the gallery playing fair?
- Don't forget to thank these people from Art Biz Blog by
On the Art economy front:
THE 2008 autumn art-auction season, barely a month old, has been characterised by two extremes: stacks of unsold works, and a few eye-watering purchases.Day after day, auctioneers on both sides of the Atlantic have been faced with the dull atmosphere of near-empty salerooms, bought-in masterworks and overpaid guarantees.
The Economist - Salvation in Cyrillic
- Salvation in Cyrillic was posted by The Economist yesterday. This reviews the impact of rich Russians on the art market and suggests keeping an eye on an upcoming sale of Russian art for indications of whether they're still "investing". The Economist's art.view provides a different perspective on the arts and art auctions.
- Jeff Watson suggests that the Art Marketing is coming back to earth but also that major pieces are no longer being consigned for sale at the major auctions. Methinks 'time out' has been called.
- This week I reviewed the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2008 and Exhibition
- Coloured pencil artist Susan Tait Porcaro is one of the winners in the latest International Artist competition (Oct./Nov.)- see International Artist Magazine / Susan Tait Porcaro on Pencil Pushers
- Renee Phillipshas written an Art Calendar article on Juried competitions - 44 Things You Need to Know . Thanks to Jan Blencowe for featuring this article in Landscape Echoes 11 The In's and Out's of Juried Shows on The Painting a Day Project
- On Monday, I wrote about my experience of Life drawing in the Royal Academy Schools Life Room
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- I came across a Ning community for art educators Art Education 2.0 which is about Using New Technology in Art Classrooms
- Renaissance Faces at the National Gallery is about my visit to this exhibition.
11" x 8", pencil in sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- I would tell you about Europeana, which is a digital museum that allows visitors to explore classic paintings, photos, recordings and texts - but it would be pretty pointless as the 10 million hits an hour it got shortly after it opened last Thursday have overwhelmed its servers so they're taking some timeout for a rethink! The idea is that digital content will be selected from that which is already digitised and available in Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collection. The Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are participating and a lot of the current material is French
- The new Luminance pencils by Caran d'Ache are a bit expensive. However my friend Gayle Mason discovered a new way of acquiring a complete set for "nothing" while Demonstrating for the UKCPS at Art Materials Live from Fur in the Paint. The story behind her new acquisition comes near the end. The version I first heard was a bit more explicit! (However it sounds as if Gayle had a much better experience with The Supreme Cat Show Experience
- This week Tina Mammoser (The Cycling Artist ) has been at the Edinburgh Art Fair and had a series of blogposts showing how her paintings are built up - as good as any art instruction book! IMO these now need to be part of a Flickr slideshow!
- Thorness Bay: Part 1 - source and prep
- Thorness Bay: Part 2 - underpainting
- Thorness Bay: Part 3 - midlayers of colour
- Thorness Bay: Part 4 - final glazes and finish
- Chuck Rose (Struggling to paint) has been experimenting with painting on his iphone using an application called brushes
- Kendra Ferreira (kjfdesign) has been experimenting with making her own colored grounds! Take a peek at Candy Apples, Candy apples in progress and Just about finished. Getting the recipe right seems to be the quest and it's really great to see the sharing as she progresses with her experiments and finds out what works and what doesn't. Continue reading her latest posts to see how her experiments are progressing.
- Tommy Kane (Tommy Kane) provided a Lesson in Blogging on Urban Sketchers ie how to change the size of the image after it has been uploaded.
- Sharon B commented on moving her blog on Morning Musings. She recommended taking a peek at an article about Domain Names and Website Flipping By Sean R Mize on ezinearticles.com.
Who can resist the idea of redesigning the Oval Office - here's what some designers came up with.