- I first spotted the news in The Passing of an Idol on on Karin Jurick's blog A Painting Today
- which prompted my post American artist Andrew Wyeth dies age 91 which includes a link to the resource site I'd been developing. It also felt slightly uncomfortable for his death to be the reason why Andrew Wyeth - Resources for Art Lovers became Squidoo's "Lens of the Day".
- Sarah Wimperis - who shared a birthday with Andrew Wyeth - wrote about him in The Passing of a Master
- Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) wrote one his usual thoughtful pieces Andrew Wyeth 1917-2009
receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2007
receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2007
The New York Times has a slide show of photographs of Wyeth and his work while The Guardian also has a set of interesting photographs.
The Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina says it owns one of the most important public collections representing Wyeth’s career. A new installation of the entire collection will open to the public on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. There will doubtless be many others.
Plus there were numerous obituaries and reviews in various newspapers and journals - the links to which are now in my resource site Andrew Wyeth - Resources for Art Lovers. I actually enjoyed updating the site - I kept coming across really good one line quotes which I've now included. There was one I wanted to include - but it's a bit long even if it is probably one his more famous quotes.
"Oftentimes people will like a picture I paint because it’s maybe the sun hitting on the side of a window and they can enjoy it purely for itself,” Wyeth once said. “It reminds them of some afternoon. But for me, behind that picture could be a night of moonlight when I’ve been in some house in Maine, a night of some terrible tension, or I had this strange mood. Maybe it was Halloween. It’s all there, hiding behind the realistic side."Art Blogs
- Sarah Wimperis said Bye Bye to Muddy Red Shoes at the end of December - at which point quite a few of us wailed. So she's now reinvented it as Muddy Foot Prints - a blog which is going to be focusing on the how, the why, the where and explanations of making stuff - including her completely fabulous wool felt people (see an example on the right) and birdies - see Something Else . Here's Sarah starting with her Research
- Nature sketching features this week
- Good Morning, World is about Debbie Kaspari ( Drawing the MotMot) drawing birds and sketching in the Peruvian part of the Amazon rainforest. You can see her arrival in Iquitos prior to starting her journey up the Amazon in The Endless Parade of Iquitos
- While botanical artist Mary McAndrew (Mary McAndrew's Nature Sketching and Painting ) has been recording her visit to the Lake District and a sketchcrawl around Rydal Water in "Rydal Water and Cote How B+B" 9-11-08
- Meanwhile there were some great photos of the San Francisco Sketchcrawl Meet Up at the end of the day on Flickr
- Rose Welty (Rose's Art Lines) started to work out what the total output of John Singer Sargent was in terms of an annual or weekly output - and came to the conclusion that he worked very hard at his painting - see Sargent - Sweat and Success
it's rather hard to imagine what over 900 oils, 2000 watercolors, and countless sketches means. So I looked at an average Sargent month...to achieve the above during 1877-1925 Sargent produced over 18 oil paintings, 42 watercolors, and scores of sketches every month for 48 years.Artists
I made the big mistake this week of not noting where I came across the following artists. Shout out if was you and I'll update this post!!!
- Cayce Zavaglia (b.1971) produces the most extraordinary portraits using embroidery. Click on a picture to see what I mean. You can see her work in the International Thread Exhibition - and I'd love to see them 'up close and personal'. They all came about because she wanted to create a non-toxic studio after the birth of her daughter.
- Nicole Caulfield (Nicole Caulfield Art Journal) did a review of the show Chuck Close: Self-Portrait/Scribble/Etching Portfolio, 2000 that she went to see recently at the Brattleboro Art Museum - see Chuck Close & Colored Pencil?
- Nicole also introduced me to Kehinde Riley (b.1977) who I've not heard of before. An interesting approach, very strong work and HUGE!
- The owner of Henry the Feline Fibre Artist introduced him to me. Check out his work - I reckon he could go far!
- I'm curious as to your reactions to first two days of the smARTist Telesummit 2009. I've read two sets of comments so far - this is one of them - and neither have been complimentary as to the content or way it was run - but I guess that is very likely to depend on your experience and perspective. I then realised that only one person whose blog I follow had blogged about it. So who's participated to date? Does anybody else have a comment? So far as I'm aware registration is still open for this week's events.
- Of interest to anybody contemplating a store on Etsy is this item on the Etsy Seller Handbook. Of note also are items offering excellent advice in the Shop Makeover Series on Etsy's blog The Storque:
- Shop Makeover Series: Are Your Photos Frontpage Worthy?,
- Shop Makeover Series: Feature Friendly Photos,
- Shop Makeover Series: Broaden Your Target Audience with Tiered Product Lines
- Shop Makeover Series: Gallery Go-getter (Part 1)
- The Art Newspaper carries an item on Obama’s pledges for the arts
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 1
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 2
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 3
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 4
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 5
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 6
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 7
- Emerging Artist: A Business Plan for the Mature Artist Part 8
- I didn't get to the London Art Fair in the end but I gather it did OK in a low key sort of way. However Ian Jack, a Guardian correspondent, did go and yesterday suggested that The era of the true art collector has returned
The majority opinion among the dealers in the main hall is that this is a grim time to be in the art business. Prices can be haggled down. A lot of stock isn't selling.........The future for those big wallpaper-substitute pictures, £10,000 worth of photograph or acrylics, looks much darker; as doomed as the loft apartments on 100% mortgages they were intended to decorate.
The mantra among dealers is that a good picture will always find a buyer. What has disappeared is "the froth" boiled up by the City bankers and brokers. It is interesting to hear them described by people who were keen enough to take their money. One dealer said: "A baying mob who hunted in packs ... but they were always useful as a way of getting rid of indifferent paintings. All they were interested in was the signature and impressing each other. I showed no mercy."
The era of the true art collector has returned
- ...and so we find, according to Bloomberg, that Christie’s is to Cut Jobs as Crisis Cuts Auction Sales. While the IHT says Financial squeeze was inevitable for auction houses
- It's not much better on the museum front. The Art Newspaper had a couple of articles - How the richest US museums are weathering the storm and Museums make deep cuts in face of global financial crisis. It's not a pretty picture.
- While Jonathan Jones says that Boccaccio's Decameron teaches us how to survive the credit crunch
- On Tuesday I highlighted The Open College of the Arts. As a result I had some enthusiastic ex students comment - although I think the level of fees might be putting people off these days
- The Guardian reports that Sir John Madejski is putting Degas dancer back in the transfer market at £12m. (Oh dear, the reporter seems to be aware that he owns a football club as well as being a maor Art sponsor ).
- In the meantime, Germaine Greer has a much more interesting article about the Degas dancers - Degas's dancers are studies in cruel reality. But don't go thinking he felt compassion for them
- On Wednesday this week CPSA announced the artists accepted for "Explore This!" - their exhibition for coloured pencil pieces which 'break the rules' which is now to be annual and digital only.
- The UKCPS have issued their Call for Entries relating to the 7th 'World of Coloured Pencil' Exhibition 2009 on UKCPS News
- On Friday, the American Watercolor Society (AWS) announced who are the exhibitors for the 2009/10 Exhibition. I looked at the names and recognised precisely three. The list does not include two thirds (21 of the 33) of the prizewinners listed last year. Now I don't know if this is more or less 'normal' or not but it did seem very odd to me! Awards are due to be announced on 18th February.
- Yesterday, I had a comment on my post "Statement on AWS Gold Medal controversy from President" (22nd September 2008). The person was wondering why it's taking so long to arrive at a conclusion about the controversy. I've been wondering the exact same thing. Two weeks ago I emailed the American Watercolor Society (AWS) to ask them for an estimate of when they might be issuing a further statement on this matter. To date I've not even had the courtesy of an acknowledgement. If I was a member of AWS I'd certainly be wondering what was going on - and maybe members will have more luck than me at finding out. At this rate it looks like AWS will be announcing who's won this year's Gold Medal before they've resolved the situation in relation to the picture which 'won' last year - which, again, just seems very odd to me.
- A name that came up repeatedly in the discussion in the comments on my posts about art instruction books was Dave the Painter Guy - who will be better known to some of you as David Darrow. This is his channel on ustream.tv dave the painting guy . I'm going to do a little homework and then write a post about 'streaming artists'!
Two more blog posts from me this week:
- On Wednesday I wrote about Your favourite art books - what you like. This post lists all the books which were highlighted in the previous week's posts as being favourite art books
- Then on Thursday I turned my attention to What sort of art book is missing from our bookshelves? and there was nother useful discussion in the comments.
- plus a resource for those who might be wondering whether they need an art dictionary?
I had three posts on Monday - all about the Ecology Park Project. Guess which person can't tell a coot from a moorhen and has to go and redo the names on her plan of the Ecology Park pond complex!!!
- Making A Mark - The Ecology Park Ponds - an introduction
- Travels with a Sketchbook in...... An introduction to the Ecology Park Pond series (and then an update on Thursday) The Ecology Park pond in December - an update
- Watermarks - The Ecology Park Pond - an introduction
Ecology Park Pond Series - #1-4
coloured pencils on Arches HP
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
coloured pencils on Arches HP
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Tips and Techniques
- Check out Nicole Caulfield's experience of Colored Pencils vs. Pastel Pencils
- Andrea in Vancouver (Colouring outside the lines) provides a demonstration of how she constructs a painting - with all stages scanned and details provided of the materials and media involved - in moth 1 deconstructed
- A blog post from nearly 2 years ago has surfaced - when Debbie Kaspari (Drawing the MotMot) was providing instruction on 5 Steps to Better Bird Drawing
- The Official Google Reader Blog has a useful post Google Reader for Beginners. It has a video showing how it works. I keep links to all the Google Blogs for services I use in my Google Reader!
Robert Genn posted a delightful photograph of his winter plein air painting spot - and his dog Stanley.
Every artist should have a dog who guards the palette!
Many thanks to Bob for permission to use it.
That white stuff folks is snow!
If any of you have got blog posts with good photos of you braving the white stuff to draw or paint do let me know (email or leave a comment below) and I'll take a peek! All those that make me shiver will get a feature on this blog.
- who's made a mark this week? (previous week: 80)