|Remembrance Sunday at Tower Hill (The Merchant Navy Service)|
Laurence Binyon and the Ode of Remembrance - plus the fantastic painting of red poppies by Arthur Melville
Drawing and sketching
- It was nice to see a friend of mine have her amazing drawings of London featured in Spitalfields Life this week. See Lucinda Rogers' East End. Lucy has a great and unique style and works as a full time illustrator with the sort of client list that I guess many people would like to have. She's also very good at getting access to places not usually open to the casual sketcher - such as when she drew the activities of those ministering to the 9/11 volunteers in St Paul's Chapel after the collapse of the twin towers. I very much appreciate the drawn records she creates of the East End of London where I live.
The passion with which Lucinda approaches her drawing has been motivated by the increased pace of urban development and the urgency of capturing something before it is gone. Many buildings that Lucinda has drawn now only exist in her portfolio.
- More of Andrea Joseph's (Andrea Joseph's Sketchblog) wonderful drawings of collections in forget myself and the way i feel from day to day
- Yet another blogger sketcher has joined the iPad fraternity. Walt Taylor (crackskullbob) has now got one - My first foray into iPad painting land - yet another excellent first 'painting'! However being an experienced digital sketcher Walt wanted his stylus back - so has found an app and a stylus which work with a iPad.
- Leadenhall Market - Hanging the Christmas Tree Lights - I was out sketching in the City of London this morning - and caught the chaps who hang the lights on the Christmas Tree.
- Miguel Herranza (freekhand) has just posted some really ace sketches of the Barcelona, 29th SketchCrawl. I love his sldieshow of the drawings he did of this fellow sketchers.
- Laura (Laurelines) has been sketching in San Francisco. See San Francisco sketches! and San Francisco sketches, part two and last. It feels like things are getting back to 'normal'!
- Casey Klahn (The Colorist) has been having ideas about painting and has made a mind map about them
- On Monday I was able to post a pic of what my work looks like in the exhibition in San Diego - see Cacti on parade!
- I'm entranced by Arthur Melville's watercolour landscapes! I love seeing paintings which make me yearn to be a watercolourist as good as that. The last person who made me feel like this was Singer Sargent.
- Schönbrunn Park - after Klimt is an experiment by me - in trying to understand Gustav Klimt's landscapes and whether or not neocolour crayons work in Derwent's new Black Sketchboook.
- How Long Does it Take To Look at a Painting? www.huffingtonpost.com
- Lovely, lovely paintings of beets - About Beets on A Brush with Colour plus a poem!
- Process for Solo in steps on Curve and Line by Prabha in Bangalore is the post about the paintings in her solo exhibition
- Rob (Painting Wales Diary) gives us Cattle market which has no detail and lots of atmosphere plus nice photos of the Wexford Plein Air Open photos,Wexford Open 2010
Art Business and Marketing
- Joanne Mattera pondered on what is becoming a question which gets asked more and more - Marketing Mondays: Website or Blog?
- Ariane Goodwin says Black: It’s Classy and Powerful. . . But it Doesn’t Belong on your Website in an article on Empty Ease.
- Arts organisations MUST meet 2 of 5 criteria (excellence, reach, engagement, diversity & innovation) if they are to attract Arts Council funding in future. Which to me is code for "meet as many of them as you can because funding in the future is going to become VERY competitive". See ACE's new funding system and ten-year strategic framework on Arts Professional (which describes itself as The UK's leading arts management magazine) for more detail.
- The Huffington Post reports that an unusual partnership of Gagosian, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Dasha Zhukova, And Others To Launch Site Art.sy. I wonder what gave them the idea for the name? ;) Is this a sign of plagiarism to come? You can find out information about art.sy here. Before everybody rushes off to join you might like to take a look at its compete.com profile below - and I've also added this into Online Art Galleries and Stores - Resources for Artists where you can monitor it to see if it takes off. However, I wouldn't recommend getting involved until it looks like it's actually got its act together.
|Art.sy - compete.com profile September 09 - September 10|
Art and the Economy / Art Collectors
- Brothers in Law on Art Info have an informative article Whose Painting is it? about what constitues good title for a work of art ( as in "who owns it") .
- Art Info (Auctions) had an article Guess How much by Souren Melikian
Determining the probable price of a work of art was once based on precedent. Specialists must now rely on instinct. The result is often surprising.
Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques
- Deborah Secor has a blog called Today's Art Class
Art Galleries & Museums / History
- Kathryn Flett: Call me a prude, but ... discusses the issue of taking children to art galleries and what's an "unsuitable image"
- Richard McKinley (Pastel Pointers) writes about studio organisation in The State of the Studio.
- For those intimidated by Richard's standard of 'mess', I must confess my instant reaction to his photo of his "messy studio" was to search for images of Francis Bacon's studio - now that's what I call MESSY! ;)
- This photo of Lucian Freud with David Hockney sitting for a portrait in his studio also illustrates that although tidier than Bacon he's also not too fussed about where his painting rags go.
- Winsor and Newton got artists to reveal their studios on their facebook page which is http://www.facebook.com/WinsorNewton. The result is The Artist's Studio - What to consider when setting up your working space
- LovePencils - the new Derwent Blog has a riveting new post - Lightfastness Testing Revealed!
- I highlighted it in More about Lightfastness on Making A Mark Reviews in a popt which also included a link to details about what Schminke does about testing its pastels
Books - creation and reviews
- Seth Godin points out that his decision to produce his books without using traditional publishers is an active and deliberate choice that he made - and one which we can all make. See No knight, no shining armor
- Deborah Paris has a new book out Studio & Business Practices for Successful Artists. It's described as follows 76 pages chock full of no nonsense information about building a career as an artist and there's a copy on its way to me so I'll hopefully be doing a review very soon
- New colours from new pigments is about watercolour paints by Winsow & Newton
Copyright and Digital Economy
- The Digital Economy Act, which has divided creative industries since its first inception, has hit what may turn into a considerable stumbling block. See thearticle Future of Digital Economy Act 'in limbo' until next year, say lawyers on the Guardian's Technology Blog
- Plus the UK Government has announced plans to review UK copyright law - see UK Copyright law to be reviewed
- Robert Genn deals with the thorny issue of somebody who "copies" your ideas and work - see Copycat in the gallery.
Philanthropy and Art
- Cause4 supports charities and social enterprises in organisational development and fundraising across the community, arts, sport and education sectors.
The Government and Art
- Advance notice - during the week of November 22 - 26, 2010, the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) is launching The Big Link Up. There will be a series of events in schools and cultural venues to celebrate and debate the importance of cultural learning for children and young people.
- Coalition spends £20,000 on hanging office art from Art and design: Art | guardian.co.uk by Polly Curtis
Coalition ministers have ejected the "BritArt" image of their Labour predecessors and are now attempting to cast themselves as traditionalists – at least according to the artwork they have selected to adorn their office walls. Cool Britannia is out, and 16th-century battle scenes are in.
- Don't forget to vote in my opinion poll for November - What price is affordable art? - in the side column
- Just in case you ever wondered Darren rowse (Problogger) provides a guide to How Bloggers Make Money Blogging
- Feedblitz is doing a series of List Building for Bloggers about email marketing. This is List Building for Bloggers - Part 2. Plus another useful post concerns Three Ways to Repurpose Your Blog
timoreilly brings you the best crowdsourcing definition ever (from @dkoffler on Twitter)
"finding the needle in the haystack is much easier when the hay helps you look."