|Life by Akash Batt|
|Akash Bhatt gold award winner |
with his painting 'Life'
Not a bad prize for winning an art competition!
Akash’s work will now also feature in a public selling exhibition of the top 100 works at Bankside Gallery, London, from the 9 September 2010 to 19 September 2010.
Drawing and sketching
- Bill (Profile Reportage) wrote about Veronica Lawlor - click this link to see the 9/11 drawings
I recently attended a conference where New York-based illustrator Veronica Lawlor spoke about the drawings she created on September 11, 2001. She ran towards (and drew) the towers as they fell. These emotionally-charged reportage drawings are now part of the Smithsonian Collection in Washington.
- In the past we've grown used to seeing Laura Frankstone (Laurelines) recording her immediate family on her blog Laurelines - whether sat around at home, or at weddings or demanding attention as only new babies can! It's therefore not in any way a surprise to me that Laura also chose to record her mother in drawings as she visited her over the last 11 months from the day her mother was only given a few weeks to live. Last Sunday Laura's mother died - and you can see some quite remarkable drawings on her blog in A time out to be with her. and My mother's death. I'm very sure her mother was very proud to have a daughter like Laura.
- Check out Liz Steel's blog Liz and Borrowmini for sketches of her tour of the Great Houses of England. But you can maybe get a better sense of how many sketches she's producing on her "royal tour" by taking at look at Borrowmini's photostream on Flickr. Or to put it another way - 5 weeks into her 11 week world tour she had to break out a new pan of Ultramarine for her paintbox. I'm hoping to be sketching Kew Palace with her next Wednesday.
- Great post by James Gurney (Gurney Journey) about the chisel pencil technique of Ernest Watson - see The El Dorado Page
- This next week the 9th Annual Open Internal Exhibition by the UK Coloured Pencil Society opens in Stamford in Lincolnshire (see below for more details). I've got the busiest week imaginable in terms of NOT sitting at my desk - but in my role of UKCPS blogmaster I should still be posting images of prizewinners, those highly commended and details of new signature members on UKCPS New in this coming week.
- totally yummy taffys can be seen in Neapolitan, Licorice and Cinnamon Taffys on Paula Pertile's blog Drawing a Fine Line
- Casey Klahn (The Colorist) has been exhibiting. Sausalito - A Photo Report is the latest in a series of 'on the road' posts which include Road Trip - An Artist's Reality Blog and On The Road Again - An Artist's Reality Blog and There's Good News, and There's Bad News
|Hook Quay by Graham Brace|
- Graham Brace's Environmental Inspiration is a guest post on The Art of the Landscape about his favourite place for stimulating his art - where he lives in Pembrokeshire in West Wales
- I've asked various artists this week whether they would be interested in contributing guest posts about their favourite place to paint. If you'd also like to contribute check out Places to Paint
|100 faces #11 by Karin Jurick|
- On Wednesday I wrote about Painting from photos which generated a fair few comments - which leads nicely into.......
- Karin Jurick's new blog - BUST-ED - is about a project to complete a 100 paintings from mugshots! The mugshots are by other photographers but they are public information/property. For me it goes to demonstrate that you can make a photo taken by somebody else your own - but only if as I suggested you've already developed some basic skills. All Karen's paintings are 4" x 4" and are intended to be quick painterly studies of the face. I can always trust Karin to come up with something different - and am very happy to recommend you take a look! Also take a look at her main blog if you don't already know it - A Painting Today
- WindowScapes Oil Paintings by Karen Hollingsworth is a new blog worth which is following for people who are trying to improve their oil painting. It's not got many posts as yet - but hopefully will become a blog we all love to look at. I particularly like the clear sense of identity and style which Karin has in her work and her love for her subjects which is always very evident. Her small works are at auction.
- Last week, Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) reviewed and highlighted a splendid artist in the imaginary realism genre. Barbara Kacicek (Barbara Kacicek) produces drawings and paintings and uses the static pages on Her Blogger blog to provide a page for each. Quite apart from being nice work to look at this is also a good demonstration of how a Blogger blog can now produce an effect very like a conventional website
- Barbara Kacicek / Drawings
- Barbara Kacicek / Paintings - Meditations on three plums
- Barbara Kacicek / Prints
- She also has a separate drawings blog with a very nice clean design which complements her work very well
- James Gurney (Gurney Journey) has a great post today Quick Draw about a time limited art competition painting plein air. Just goes to show what you can do in two hours!
Art Business and Marketing
- Alyson Stanfield has a page on her Art Biz Coach / Stanfield Art Associates site devoted to Legal Resources for Starting an Art Business in the U.S.
- I like the way Paula Pertile (Drawing a Fine Line) has used one of the static pages on her Blogger Blog to provide a gallery of art which is available to licence. In fact, overall, it's very difficult to tell now whether she has a blog on her website or a website on her blog. I like it!
- How to pack, post and ship art - Resources for Artists seems to have reached the #1 spot in google! Do please review and see if there is anything for you to learn or whether you have any tips you'd like to share with other artists. I've also noticed that I never did do that article about shipping internationally so that will be coming soon.
- A number of useful posts from the Huffington Post
- First a MUST READ post this week which will make you think twice about artist statements Are "Artists' Statements" Really Necessary? by Daniel Grant. This one has been bookmarked on How to write an Artist's Statement - Resources for Artists
- Can E-Mails Replace Printed Exhibit Announcements?
- Should Artists Publish Their Own Catalogues?
- Protecting Your Art with Paper: Invoices and Art Consignment Forms (VIDEO) by Jonathan Melber Co-author of ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (And Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career
Art Competitions and Art Societies
- There's more than one prize at the BP Portrait Award and The BP Visitors Choice Winner is...
- The 9th Annual Open International Exhibition of the UK Coloured Pencil Society - sponsored by Caran d'Ache - is at the Gallery in the Stamford Arts Centre between 14th September and 1st October (Private View 13th September).
- For those, like me, who have still to get their artwork to the Gallery (early start tomorrow morning!) here's a reminder of what's required - Delivery of UKCPS Exhibition artwork to Stamford
Japanese Still Life by Peter Woof UKCPS
can be seen in the 9th UKCPS Annual Open Exhibition
Art Exhibitions and Art Fairs
- Rachel Whiteread drawings at Tate Britain - this is a slideshow of a collection of images from Rachel Whiteread Drawings at Tate Britain 8 September 2010 – 16 January 2011
Rachel Whiteread is renowned for her evocative large-scale sculptures, but drawing has always remained one of her core activities. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore her works on paper, most of which have never been shown before in a public gallery.
- MOMA is showing Underground Gallery: London Transport Posters 1920s–1940s - I've always really liked the Posters on the London Undergound - they're very definitely an art form. The exhibition runs until January 10, 2011.
The posters, designed by significant artists like László Moholy-Nagy, Zero (Hans Schleger), and Abram Games, were the crucial face of a pioneering public transport campaign for coherence and efficiency that also included station architecture, train interiors, and Harry Beck’s iconic Underground map (1931–33).
- London Lives at the Bankside Gallery (next to Tate Modern on the south bank of the River Thames) 9 September 2010 - 19 September 2010
- Diversity Exhibition at Ilminster Arts Centre by three coloured pencil artists. This is the post showing the exhibition hung on Pauline Longley's blog
- The 20/21 British Art Fair is at the Royal College of Art Kensington Gore, SW7 (next to the Royal Albert Hall) between Wednesday 15 - Sunday 19 September 2010 (how to get there). These are the galleries which are exhibiting and this is some of the art which will be on display including the Peploe below
|Samuel John Peploe R.S.A, 1871-1935, |
Street Scene, Cassis, oil on board, 33cm x 41cm
Art History, Galleries and Museums
- The Guardian: Lord Sainsbury donates £25m towards British Museum extension The British Museum has received a £25m donation from the Conservative peer. The gift is said to be largest single donation to arts in 25 years and 'vital' to its new £135m Lord Rogers-designed exhibition space and conservation centre.
- The 10 best pre-Raphaelite paintings - Stephen Wildman, director of the Ruskin Library, chooses his favourites from the Brotherhood (some of which I saw last Friday!)
Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniquesNew art instruction books
- Who Cares? by artist and author Jean Haines (Watercolours with Life) provides some wonderful tips for an approach to be an artist. If you've ever thought about writing a book, Jean's blog has various posts which highlight how whappens to your life,
- You can preview John Raynes videos:
- I've now updated Makingamark's Top 10 Fine Art Books which now includes the best selling and top rated art books in August and commented on some of them in The Top Ten Fine Art Books in August
- I came across a new art instruction book for watercolour painters Colour & Light (How to Paint) by: Jean Haines on Watercolours With Life. (However I have to say I am NOT fan of the centred text on the blog. It doesn't make it easy to read.)
- Two reviews of Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils on UKCPS News by the competition winners
- Is Damien Hirst a Serial Plagiarist? asks ArtInfo
- In September, the Making A Mark is about how do you measure what matters to you - see POLL: Which performance measure matters most to you as an artist? You can find the poll in the right hand column and it closes on 30th September
Websites, webware and blogging
- Techie: Bloglines to close down 1st October - Bloglines is owned by Ask.com and you can find their explanation for their decision here - Bloglines Update
- There have been changes in the Paypal UK Policy agreement this week - although I'm none the wiser as to what they actually are!
and finally........I'm incredibly busy this next week so posts may be a bit late and/or missing until I can catch up
- Monday I'm taking artwork 100 miles to Stamford in Lincolnshire and attending a talk in the evening about Who gets the money? (about Arts Funding) at the Mall Galleries in London in the evening
- Tuesday I'm again entertaining my friend Louise Sackett to more art in London. After Singer Sargent and the Turners at Tate Britain on Friday, we're aiming to visit the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery and see European Art and British portraits.
- Wednesday I'm meeting up with Liz Steel (Liz and Borrowmini) and Alison Staite (Art Journey) at Kew Gardens - and then attending the Threadneedle award Dinner in the evening
- Plus I'm trying to get to see the British Art Fair and the exhibitions of the Society of Feline Artists, and London Lives on the South Bank