|East Lake, Victoria Park - Boxing Day 2010|
On the right is a scene from what turned out to be a very cold "ice rink" like Boxing Day walk. I was particularly struck by the view looking over the East Lake in Victoria Park towards the sunset and the "Gherkin" in the City of London.
The Making A Mark Awards
For those who missed them here are all the links to the final posts detailing the Making A Mark Awards for 2010
- The Making A Mark Awards 2010 (Part 1 - Getting Out of the Studio)
- The Making A Mark Awards 2010 (Part 2 - Learning about Art & the Art Business)
- The Making A Mark Awards 2010 (Part 3 - Generating Art)
- The Making A Mark Awards (Part 4 - The Home Front)
- Best Picture of 2010 on an Art Blog which includes
Blog plaques will be on their way to all winners in the next week.
Plus I've just started a series on Making A Mark Reviews...... reporting on my Media Opinion Poll results for 2010 - and the first one is The Favourite Coloured Pencil Awards! (2010 Brand Poll Results).
Other awards by art bloggers
- Casey Klahn (The Colorist) also had his own way of signalling art blogger's achievments - Top Ten Posts on Artist's Blogs - 2010
The 2010 Review - experiences and our achievements
- Lisa Call (Lisa Call - Textile Paintings) detailed her 100 Accomplishments for 2010 . Today she's be posting her review of 2010, focusing on the words she selected for 2010 and the Decade: Construct and Joy. Starting Jan 3, she starts a series of posts about her goals for 2011.
- This is Jeanette Jobson's (Illustrated Life) 2010 in review plus her Year end finale which focuses on the fact she won two of my prizes (OK well her cat won of them!) and was placed third in the best picture of the year. The photographs of the award-winning Tripod are most amusing for cat lovers.
- This was mine - 01.01.11 - Looking back (2010) and forward (2011)
I know I always get a lot of out of reading other people's blog posts about the year ahead at this time of year - and hopefully you do too. I asked people to send me links to their posts on their blogs about what they had planned for 2011. My aim in doing so is to share with you some of the alternative perspectives of other people. Seems like quite a few people aim to be spending less time on the Internet. See if you can get some ideas for any of these.
Here's three you maybe didn't expect
- Roz Stendhal (Roz Wound Up) wrote a post titled Goals, Resolutions? How about Being Present?. She advoates real reflection and that you have goals which are realistic and bear some relationship to the life you are actually living.
May your to-do list always wax and wane in direct relationship to your energy. And may that to-do list be built upon a profound awareness of who you are. I hope all your creative endeavors in 2011 bring balance to your life.
Don't wait for a special day to change your life.
- Laura Frankstone (Laurelines) is taking a breather and a different perspective this year - see 2011, the Unplan
- 1.1.11: Going Analog* in 2011 is by a poorly Jana (Janas Journal) - who is still sketching her tissues and pills!
- This is Paul's 'statement of intent' for 2011 - The Myth of Talent on Learning to See
- Carolyn A Pappas (C A Pappas Art) - 2011: The Year for Getting Things Done - nice to see somebody planning to sketch more
- Sue Pownall (Art of a Nomad) is a bit of a nomad and I'm not sure where she is at the moment. However she says in Art based resolutions reviewed and revised for 2011 that she's going with Chris Brogan's notion of focusing on 3 words for the coming year - see his My 3 words for 2011,
- Gillian Holding (Life and Art) is a contemporary visual artist living and working in Leeds. In Every Day is a New Year’s Day Gillian points out that.....
The #draw365 hashtag on Twitter, for example, has numerous adherents.
1. This should be first and last on the list really, as it's so important: remember to have fun! Of course you can't quantify this, but I want to have this on my list as I do forget sometimes, and life is just too short to not try and prioritise enjoyment in what you do!and goes on to reflect on a really great quote
"Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." (Chuck Close).Meanwhile Kirsty Hall (Kirsty Hall | Artist & purveyor of mad obsessive projects) has started her project for 2011 - Introducing 365 Jars and releasing them into the wild
But if you want a clear coherent statement of intent with precise measureable objectives by an artist who achieved an enormous amount in 2010, you'll find a lot of help in Jeanette Jobson's post about Aiming for 2011
- On The Art of the Landscape (which is 1 year old today) I've had a bit of a theme running about winter landscapes
- Winter Landscapes - Icy Winter by George Gardner Symons
- Winter Landscape - Adoration of the Magi by Pieter Bruegel
- Winter Landscape: Hunters in the snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
- Winter Landscape: Fox Hill, Upper Norwood by Camille Pissaro
- There is also a bit of a focus on John Ruskin and free ebooks Happy New Year! (plus a landscape art reading list) plus another snow scene
|Study of Ice Clouds over Coniston by John Ruskin (1880)|
- First it was that Plein Air Magazine was not being resurrected after all - it was just a rumour....
- Next, Ed Terpening (Life Plein Air) is posting that it is true after all - The return of Plein Air Magazine!
This is a list of 50 Incredibly Inspiring Printmaking Blogs by the Photographers Guild Blog (which isn't really a blog so much as a lot of articles). I follow a number of these and it's nice to see the printmaking tag on Making A Mark making it into the list.
These individuals have loads to say about printmaking in their blogs.
Art Business and Marketing
- The Etsy Blog has a nice new style. Plus the Sellers Handbook now includes posts about
- The 21 Best Resources from the 2010 Business Blogosphere
- how Etsy is moving away from Flash and towards more targeted showcases plus building a better advertising platform for Etsy - see pruning the showcase
- and the ever useful The Etsy Seller Handbook: All Our How-To's About Selling
- Seth Godin writes about The first rule of doing work that matters
- ARTnews has A Guide to the Virtual Art Market
- I came across the Nature Printing Society which looks fascinating
- I'll be doing posts about art competitions and art society exhibitions next week.
Art Exhibitions and art fairs
For those of beginning to get to grips with Brushes on iPad and iPhones it's interesting to see an exhibition of David Hockney's digital art on NPR - In Paris, a display from Hockney's pixelated period
The artist has always carried a small sketchbook with him. Now he carries the electronic equivalent. The creative experience is different on the bigger device, he says."On the iPhone I tended to draw with my thumb," he says. "Whereas the moment I got to the iPad, I found myself using every finger."And he really gets into it, reports curator Charlie Scheips."He says he sometimes gets so obsessed that when he's going, he rubs his finger on his clothes to, like, clean his finger — as if he was using real paint."
Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques
- Ann Kullberg has launched her coloured pencil magazine as a print publication - The first edition of Colored Pencil Magazine (January 2011) is now available
- After some uncertainty it appears Plein Air Magazine is making a return to publication
Don't forget that regular art bloggers followed by this blog can have their workshops featured in this weekly post. Drop me a line if you have a workshop to promote.
Art Galleries and Museums / Art History
- Some links about The Louvre Museum in Paris - the most visited museum in the world
- This is Louvre on Facebook
- This is a new website dedicated to art lovers and fans of the Louvre: the Communauté Louvre (Louvre Community). This is only available in Frencg right now but loos as if they have plans to expand to include other languages. I'm guessing English will be the first. You can see people taking photos inside the Louvre here.
- Admission to the permanent collections is free for under-18s (with valid ID). Le Louvre des Families is a blog by a mother who has been making use of the The Louvre with her energetic smal child.
- The Louvre Web site's guide for children, with stories and cartoons.
- Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post writes about Museums 2.0: What Happens When Great Art Meets New Media?
Now who is going to win The Most Gorgeous Mouthwatering (MGM) Studio of 2011? Do drop me a line if your goals and plans for 2011 involve a major project this year to refurbish or construct your studio - or even just to tidy it up and show it off in its full glory!
Thanks to Felicity Grace (Felicity's Philosophies and Other Curiosities and Sketches by Fiz) who spotted this one . Premium Brands supplies Daniel Smith watercolours in the UK - but only to trade accounts (ie rules about minimum quantities - but some of the quantities are pretty small). However there's nothing to stop a group of artists or an art society or a professional artists who gets through lots of supplies asking for a trade account.
- ARTnews has an article which provides an excerpt from Martin Gayford's Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud - see Lucian Freud - Resources for Art Lovers for more resources about the UK's greatest living portrait painter
- On 21st December I posted Are you selling or giving art for Christmas? (Poll results) for the Making A Mark Poll for December
- This is a follow up post by Carol Nunan (Carol Nunan - Printmaker) from the Tyne Valley which asks Did you sell or are you giving art for Christmas?
- Did anybody else the results of that poll?
- I'll be posting the Making a Mark Poll for January tomorrow
Websites, webware and blogging
- Mashable has some social network predictions for 2011 plus 95+ Predictions for the Web in 2011
- We are Social have been reviewing some of their top blog posts from 2010 and this one is informative to all those selling art online (or not) into the UK market - The UK’s media consumption habits
I'd like to wish you all a very prosperous and happy New Year!
This is a link to Making A Mark's 5th birthday post last month which includes 12 tips for how to become and remain a long-term 'daily' art blogger - see Now we are 5! (12 Top Tips for being a Long Term 'Daily' Blogger).