Did anybody else spot the Tomato Get Together which was going on this week amongst some of the daily painters? I managed to get a screen dump before it changed! Above is the effort by the Daily Paintworks people. I also spotted a Cut Tomato on Duane Keiser's blog A Painting A Day while Julian Merrow Smith (Postcard from Provence) had Tomato, Goats Cheese and Bottle on Wednesday as well! (Note: I think Duane is experiencing blogspot problems at the moment.)
Titian created the big art story of the week in the UK - with arts correspondents battling it out to come up with a new angle. There are two Titian paintings (valued at some £300 million) which are available to the nation to buy at a bargain price £50 million each
There's now a big debate about whether the money can be found in time and whether it should. - see The battle of the Titians
However what I find interesting is the added focus on who are the new art collectors see Who might buy the Titians? Meet the new collectors of the art world and comments such as the following
There used to be an accepted wisdom that you couldn't put a price on great art. But that was before creativity became a commodity; before it became an asset so bankable that investors could be virtually guaranteed a three-fold return in the space of a year. Now, with a new generation of self-made collectors with an eye for talent and money to burn, art is big business and everything has a price tag.By way of contrast The Times chose to highlight Tracy Emin's take on who should fund the purchase of the in Threatened Titians draw in crowds to central Edinburgh
“The British, Scottish, Irish and the Welsh people should get together and buy them. It would be a pound each. The price of a packet of biscuits. Tomorrow, if ten million people put in a fiver, we're covered. It's not that much. It just depends what people's priorities are. People shouldn't confuse spending on hospitals and education with art and culture and sport. It comes from completely different pockets.”Art Blogs
Tracy Emin reported in the The Times Online
- The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) has a new blog - Colored Pencil Society of America News - which I commented on in Big News from CPSA - new exhibition arrangements and a new blog
- Sharon Tietjen CPSA (1939-2008) who received 18 national and international awards for her artwork in watercolour and coloured pencil.
- Robert D. Guthrie CPSA (March 5th 1936 - July3rd 2008). You can see the accolades paid to Robert in his lifetime on his website.
- Frances Belleville (Wagonized) has been Doodling the summer away - when she hasn't been turning out some really nice portraits
- Frances and Andrea Joseph (Andrea Joseph's Sketchblog) have also been having "a draw off thingy" - with cameras. I've got their best shots so far below (get the pun!?). Methinks they might be betraying their musical affinities along the way.
- it started with this one from Frances Rebel Rebel
- and Andrea responded with her cool for cats
- then Frances went for a full on frontal Eeee-Oh-Esse Rebel
- while Andrea has successfully avoided circlular OCD with this new one it's been a long time coming posted last Friday
- Nicole Caulfield is now back from her holidays - see I'm Back! and has moved into her new studio away from home.
- Shirley (Paper and Threads) continues her series of blog posts about homes she has lived in with Our Home in San Antonio, Texas. It's such a great idea for a series of drawings!
- I'm thinking about doing a series of sketches about Greenwich - here's my latest on my sketchbook blog Greenwich - very nearly sitting on zero.
(The Greenwich Observatory and the Prime Meridien)
pencil and coloured pencils in sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- Charley Parker (Lines and Colors ) is still in plein air mode and has a really interesting and informative post (as ever) about Richard Schmid. This is Richard Schmid's website but do go take a look at Charley's post as he has a loooooong list of useful links about Schmid and his work. Incidentally I hadn't realised before that Schmid owns his own publishing company........
- I've started to study Andrew Wyeth - see my blog post Andrew Wyeth - Resources for Art Lovers - and the new information site of the same name Andrew Wyeth - Resources for Artists has raced up the charts of popular art sites on Squidoo.
- I know we all feel like destoying work from time to time. But how would you feel if one of your clients destroyed one of your paintings? It came to light this week that somebody decided to destroy a painting by Lucian Freud - see Inconvenient truths which was followed up by a reflective piece by Jonathan Jones Lucian Freud: Art without the feel-good factor
Plus a new poll starts - which I think you'll find very interesting..........
I had the next link under websites and blogging to start with - and then I thought it has implications for marketing art!
- The BBC reported last week that Two thirds of UK homes are now online Those most likely to be online are
- homes in the south east
- adults aged under 70 who have a university degree or equivalent qualification - 93% of this group had internet access.
Communications regulator Ofcom said earlier this month that PC and laptop use had grown fourfold since 2002.If your marketing strategy or your art society have not taken the growth of online access and activity on board maybe it's time to take stock. Other art marketing stories I spotted included:
- Damien Hirst is aiming to sell off his backlog of unsold work - at Sotheby's! See 200 unsold Damien Hirst works looking for an owner at Sotheby's in The Times. I guess that's what comes of having a production line for a studio.
- An Artists' Market Horror Story : Open Thread by Edward Winkleman on his blog (edward_winkleman)
- There's an interesting take on eBay's approach to charging sellers fees and whether or not they got their business model right - in eBay's Death By a Thousand Fee Cuts in Silicon Valley Insider
- while the Imagekind Blog has been advising Sell more Art - 3 Ways to Promote your Art
If no one knows your artwork is for sale, how can you expect people to buy it?Art competitions
I know most artists don’t like to promote their artwork for sale. Whether it’s because they’re timid, shy, unsure about their talent or just don’t want to be pushy, most artists don’t like this idea at all. However, I hope to explain three of the simplest, most passive ways to market your work online; no bullish sales pitches needed.
- Robert Genn (Painters Keys) wrote about the role of Unconscious Confidence in competition - whether one is an athlete or artist
- while on Wednesday I wrote about Gold medal art - lessons from the Olympics for Artists - a post which seems to have found some resonance with a number of you judging by the comments
- On Monday I highlighted the RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - prizewinners and selected artists
- Representational painters resident in the UK should take a peek at my post about Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2008 - deadline 15th September It's an excellent exhibition and has some big money prizes.
- On the coloured pencil art society front:
- The UKCPS News Blog (UKCPS News ) has a post which responds to Some submission questions about the annual exhibition. I commented and posed a further question about future submission.
- CPSA has also announced it has changed its submission and exhibition arrangements for Explore This! 5 - more to come in mid September
- Yesterday the Guardian had an article Horrible! by Robert Hughes previewing the exhibition of work by Francis Bacon (1902 - 1992) at Tate Modern
- Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint ) and I will be going to the Private View of the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Feline Artists at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in central London on Tuesday. Gayle has some big news to be announced on her blog today!
- On Friday, "he who must not bored while I sketch" and I went to see Amazing Rare Things at the Queens Gallery - as part of A Royal Day Out - and which I'll be writing about this later this week.
- The Palette Project (May 08)
- The Color of the Light (December 2007)
- DANIEL SMITH's Newest Extra Fine Watercolor Triad - Firenze
- Tina Mammoser (The Cycling Artist ) has
- created a FAQs about Glazing questions
- run into a rather nice problem to have Watch your head. I'm sure she'd be happy to get any tips on crating very large paintings
- James Gurney (Gurney Journey) highlighted the power of Accent Color
- Seth Godin (Seth's Godin's Blog) has been blogging about The secret of the web (hint: it's a virtue)
- Rose Welty (Rose's Art Lines) - homeschooling Mum of three has started a new series of posts about Getting Where You Want: Organization
- Darren Rowse at Problogger has a number of useful blog posts about developing your blog - check out the following
- How to Craft a Blog Post - 10 Crucial Points to Pause
- Is Writing Great Content Enough to Build a Successful Blog?
- Intellectual Property Law Tips for Bloggers
- Some of you may have been attracted by Blogger's new widgets for subscribing to feeds and comments. However very two important points need to be noted and I've commented on these in Techie Saturday - The new Subscriptions Links widget in Blogger
- I'm making a new and improved version of an earlier post on this topic Blog feeds - and how to set up a Feedburner subscription facility on your blog available as a free-to-download pdf file from the blogging section of Making A Mark Publications later today. It's called Subscriptions 101 - Feedburner. You can print it off so you have it to hand while setting up your feed and feedreader account. Note that it is for personal educational use only. [UPDATE: now available]
- Blogger Buzz has also announced a new Blogger "followers" widget in Show off your followers - but it only be including those people who also use Blogger! It's also not available as yet on my blog............
- Music: Billie Holliday performing "Strange Fruit" in 1959 5 months before her death to Madonna's first ever live performance of her first single in 1982 to Dolly Parton's debut performance in 1967 and The Beatles final rooftop gig in 1969.
- Art: Jackson Pollock drip paints outside his East Hampton home, 1951 and Melvyn's interview with Francis Bacon in
- Music: Karajan conducting Beethoven's Fifth in 1966 and Leonard Bernstein conducting West Side Story in 1985