Sunday, April 11, 2010

11th April 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

Profile of Geneva (2009)
oil on board
by Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco
accepted for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2010

copyright the artist/used with permission

If your work has been accepted into the BP Portrait Award 2010 you'll have had a letter by now. I've got my draft blog post lined up for the formal announcement later this month!

In the meantime many congratulations to Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News ) - who had the Best Breakfast ever when she found that" Geneva" had been accepted for the exhibiion. She writes about painting this portrait in Profile portraits

Art Blogs

Congratulations also to:
Drawing and sketching
Coloured Pencils and Pastels
  • The Pastel Society has a new website (at last!) and it's currently showing some of the works from the Annual Exhibition 2010 which is currently on at the Mall galleries. Nice big images and a contemporary feel which is a big improvement - although I confess the font size is a challenge for my eyes!
Cartoons and Fantasy Art
Landscape

One of the best art experiences I've ever had was to be taken into the Hall of Nine in the Town Hall in Sienna and see the frescos painted on Good and Bad Government painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the fifteenth century. So it was a real pleasure this week to write about Ambrogio Lorenzetti - the first panorama
The Virtual Paintout in April - my contribution
coloured pencils on Saunders Waterford HP
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Painters and Painting
Art Business and Marketing

Art and the Economy / Art Collectors



Art Competitions and Art Societies



Art Galleries, Museums and Exhibitions


This week The Art Newspaper published its annual survey and analysis of the exhibitions and visitors to the major art museums and galleries of the world.

My post on Thursday identified and recast the Top 30 art galleries and museums in 2009 into a summary by major city. This identifies very clearly that London is streets ahead of any other major city in the world terms of the quantity and quality of the art on offer. I know it was good - but I now feel very lucky to live here and have all of it between two and three miles to the west of the desk where I sit writing this blog post!
Major museums

Artist Bloggers
  • Enrique Flores (Enrique Flores) is having an exhibition of his watercolour sketchbooks of Algeria in Visiones be Argelia from 14th April to 31st May at the Instituto Cervantes de Argel at 9, Rue Khelifa Boukhalfa, Argel 16000

Regional Guides to Art Activities
This week a new listing - and one which I've tried to highlight previously. It seems as if it's now beginning to tajke off so do send me links to any more similar listings that you find as I'm going to create a compendium.
  • The LA Art Guide - www.laartguide.net - is a comprehensive online resource guide to art shows, events, artists, galleries, museums, art centers, art associations, art classes, workshops, and art businesses in Los Angeles and worldwide.
  • The Slate art Guide provides listings for art activities in the Toronto area of Canada

Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques


Twittering Art Education
I don't quite know why it's taken me so long to find it, especially since I'm an alumni, but I've finally come across the Twitter account for the University of the Arts in London - which I recommend and you can find at http://twitter.com/ArtsLondon

Workbooks

Workshops
"to make figures with life... let the watercolours run together... watercolour is beautiful... the reference is just a guide... bad photographs make good paintings... the secret is to make your colour merge..."
    • Hazel Soan Workshop Day Four - which is all about painting animals in watercolour

    • for those taken with the demos this is a link to Hazel Soan's website. I've travelled on painting holidays with Spencer Scott before - they are very expensive but they also well organised and always have excellent tutors.

  • Please note: I've started adding in tutors to an information website based on warm and appreciative blog posts by their students! If you've got an appreciative student blogging about your workshops please send me a link!

Art History



Art Supplies


This week I've been focusing on The buying habits of fine artists with the publication of the results of two long-running surveys. The following posts highlight the similarities and differences between where a sample of fine artists in the UK and USA choose to buy most of their art supplies
Squidoo awarded me a purple star (for excellence) last week for my information site My Favourite Art Shops - Resources for Artists. I think the extensive slideshows helped! ;)

Colour


  • Have you ever wondered how colours get names? Try this Color Name Survey and find out how it's not that easy! You can find out more about it in this blog post Color Name Survey


Copyright


When corporations weaponize copyright to use against civilians, they use artists as human shields #debill
Cory doctorow
This week has been pretty momentous for those of us intersted in and concerned with the rights of visual artists. I'm probably going to repeat this section as a separate post next week as it's so important. I'm still unclear what's now happening re orphan works.
  • In the UK we had The farce of the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through its second and third reading and committee stage in parliament in a few hours. This is a process which would usually be allocated 20 days or so in the Paliamentary schedules. The only good bit about it is that Clause 43 relating to orphan works was withdrawn due to the campaiging of the photographers and authors (Where were the artists?)
  • You can see who voted no on the Digital Economy Bill - these are the people we have to thank that there is still life left in the orphan works debate
  • A number of people are posting about how the way the Parliamentary debate was conducted has now changed the way they are going to vote in the election. Here's one of them.
  • The farce continues over in the USA. The New York Times reports that Visual Artists to Sue Google Over Vast Library Project
On Wednesday, the American Society of Media Photographers and other groups representing visual artists plan to file a class-action lawsuit against Google, asserting that the company’s efforts to digitize millions of books from libraries amount to large-scale infringement of their copyrights.

Opinion Poll


  • the early results on the opinion poll to find out What types of art book do you like best? are absolutely riveting - well they are to me! Judging by the results compared to what's being offered by the major art publishers are missing a major opportunity waiting to be satisfied - 'how to' books at an advanced level for those who have grown out of the typical books which are produced as fodder for the ever present newbies.
    • Could it be that this opportunity might get addressed by artists publishing their own ebooks for what is perceived to be a 'minority interest'?
    • Might it be possible that drafts of art instruction books will not get 'dumbed down' in future?
  • In the meantime - if you're looking for your more advanced 'how to' books relating to watercolour painting try checking out The Best Books about Watercolour Painting. I'm having a really lovely time investigating all the wonderful recommendations which are coming in for books about watercolour painting which you want to recommend. Some of them are absolutely AMAZING and I've never seen them before - but they are available to order online (although you might need to buy a used copy). If you have an opinion and would like to recommend a book please leave your recommendations as a comment on this blog post Which are the best art books about watercolour painting?. Many thanks to all those who have sent in recommendations.


Websites, webware, social networks and blogging



Tina Mammoser (The Cycling Artist) had a post about her favourite techy tools - see Happy New (Financial) Year - Day five, techy tools

New software
Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks
The Internet
  • Mozilla’s Q1 2010 Analyst Report – State of the Internet is the first ever metrics report from Mozilla - I guess because Chrome continues to grow in popularity. Firefox market share continues to be strongest in Europe. In one recent study, they found that the typical user has between 2 and 3 tabs open at any one time with the maximum being over 600 tabs! I use waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more than 2 or 3! I'd never get any of my blog posts written if I didn't!
Social networking

and finally........



This had me smiling from ear to ear - some of you may recognise yourselves in this post Runners, Watchers, and Squatters by Scott Adams on his Dilbert blog

PS Blogging is going to be really peculiar for the next couple of weeks as I'm attending a Planning Enquiry Hearing in a formal capacity. This just happens to start on the same day as the events relating to the Silver Jubilee Exhibition for the Annual Society of Botanical Artists (in which I have two works). Please excuse what I'm expecting will be some odd posting as I'm going to be short on time - I'm thinking of doing some recycling of old posts which won't be familiar to many of you.

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