|The Big Cornwall Paint In - on Portreath Beach|
photo courtesy Simon Cook
This week has been just plain weird. Initially, events in London completely threw me and totally disrupted my sleeping patterns. Yet now everything has returned to being totally and utterly normal, it's really quite difficult to remember just how frightening it was on Monday night.
Some 25 years ago my immediate neighbour and friend David Hodge was photographing the Brixton Riots when he got hit over the head. Two weeks later he died of the injuries he sustained in the riot. He was really unlucky.
However it's good to recognise that - just like the phoenix - good things do come out of adversity.
- Out of David's death 25 years ago came an award for photographers. The Observer Hodge Photographic Award was established in 1986 to promote documentary photography by amateur, student and professional photographers under the age of 30. It provided a unique way for photographers to get "a break" which could help establish their careers. Over the course of 20 years it became a very prestigious award but, sadly, I think it finished in 2006 on its 20th anniversary.
- The "broom brigade" which burst spontaneously out of Twitter on Monday night led to the hashtag #riotcleanup outranking #londonriots before the end of the night as people focused on how to get back to normal. What's more they all turned up the next day and got stuck in!
- There have also been some interesting television programmes and debates which have attempted to listen to a variety of different perspectives to understand better why the riots happened.
- It's also been good to see some really outstanding community leadership - such as that demonstrated by Tariq Jahan, father of Haroon, one of the three men run down and killed by a car in Birmingham while protecting his community from looters. Surely that must set a standard for others to follow? We can but hope.
For the record here are my three posts earlier this week. I took much solace from those who shared their experiences of disturbances and the fact these things happen from time to time.
Anyway - the bottom line for me is I've not looked at a lot of blogs this week! Plus I've only got round to asking one person whether I can use their image in this blog post.
London art bloggers - and the riots
- Tina Mammoser (The Cycling Artist) makes some very sound points in Art doesn't stop for riots
- John Salmon (John Salmon Watercolours) wrote "Tears for Enfield. (After the Riots)" and got creative
|The Devastations occasioned by the Rioters of London |
Firing the New Gail of Newgate and burning Mtr Akerman's Furniture,
June 6, 1780
(Do read Ross King's The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism for a fascinating account of this period. I had no idea how big an event this was and how much disruption it created for the different artists. I highly recommend this book)
Yet more people are
- Cathy Gatland (A Sketch in Time) has posted about her recent trips abroad
- This included delivering one of the workshops at the recent Urban Sketchers Symposium in Lisbon - The Urban Portraits workshops
- Her other posts this have been ...and Home Again
- and After the Symposium
- Pete Scully
- I did take a look at the efforts of the Big Cornwall Paint In - on the Beach - on its Facebook Page which now has photos of the event and some of the paintings. I loved this one of how you store your brushes when painting on a beach
|How to look after your brushes while painting on a beach|
- I discovered David Teter's paintings when he commented on one of my 'riot' posts this week. I really liked the oil paintings which you can see on Avid Art. He's based in California
- I like David Pilgrim's (David Pilgrim - paintings and drawings) Whaddon sunset studies - sunsets are tricky!
- Somebody highlighted Marina Dieul (Marina Dieul) - but I forget who - and it's certainly worth taking a look at her blog
- This is so simple - and so rewarding. Read Lee Shiney's Collecting Your Collectors’ Names on Alyson Stanfield's artbizblog
- Alyson also asked a simple question of Facebook Artists’ Day Jobs – What’s Yours? and wrote up the results. It's interesting - you're all doing a lot of different types of job. I certainly wasn't Nuclear analyst-program coordinator'
- ING Discerning Eye - selected artists archive published - - it's worth taking a look if you're planning to enter this year
- We're approaching the busy season for art society exhibitions and hence I posted the deadlines for those which close in the next six weeks - see UK Art Society Open Exhibitions: Deadlines for entry
- Exit Through the Gift Shop, "the world's first street art disaster movie" was shown on Channel 4 last night in the UK. An absolutely fascinating film - my jaw kept dropping towards the end. There's a strong view that the whole thing is a hoax perpetrated by Banksy. Here's a link to
Guetta states in the film that his work largely consists of "scanning and photoshopping," acts which are carried out by hired assistants
- On Friday I posted DVD Review: Lucian Freud Portraits. Then on Saturday, the Imagine film Sitting for Lucian Freud - which is in essence the film as per the DVD - was shown on the BBC! It's now available to view on iPlayer (click the link) and is recommended viewing.
- Vincent Van Gogh returns to Dulwich after 138 years - Van Gogh’s 1887 Self-Portrait, is on loan from the Van Gogh Museum to the Dulwich Picture Gallery as its Masterpiece of the Month for August. The work is on display until 4 September
- I was intrigued by Cremnitz White and Freud having never heard of it before so did some research and this post was the result
- Roz Stendhal (Roz Wound Up) announced that My Favorite Paint Box Is Back—for a Limited Time. It's a Schmincke Horadam IAMART Limited Edition Half-pan Tin with 12 Colors.
Workshops and Summer Schools
- The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists has a few places left at its summer school for adult learners.
- Robert Genn's Letter about Self-Reliance about photographing your own artwork has generated lots of tips from readers
- Working from photographs - Terry Miura (Studio Notes) has provided his perspective in Using reference photos.
- Deborah Secor(Today's Art Class) asks you to Pay Attention: Photos provides some tips for working Today's Art Class
- Vivien Blackburn (Through the Lens) has responded to requests to demonstrate how you can create artistic images through digital manipulation of files in photoshop - see
Drying Oils: An explanation and demonstration of the seven different Winsor & Newton drying oils. Cold Pressed Linseed Oil, Thickened Linseed Oil, Drying Linseed Oil, Refined Linseed Oil, Linseed Stand Oil and Safflower Oil and Drying Poppy Oil
- Using Liquin Mediums with oil colour: demonstrates how to use the Winsor & Newton Liquin family of mediums and what their different properties are.
You can find more W&N product videos here
Webware and Internet
- When trying to decide what your strategy should be re Google+, try reading this article Google Plus – Innovators and Early Adopters on Experian Hitwise. Segements wise "Colleges and cafes" have been replaced by "kids and cabernet".
in just over six weeks, we’ve moved from innovators to early adopters to early mainstream users visiting the new social network.
- Twitter has this week acquired a new icon just below the window for writing messages. It's a little camera which, if you click, now allows users to upload pics straight to Twitter rather than using a separate account and a link. This article tells you about it - because strangely there's nothing on the Twitter blog
- Here's a scary story on the privacy front which be of concern to all artists who are using Facebook more and more for amplifying their profile on the internet. Facebook stole every contact and phone number in your phone – here’s how to undo the damage. I checked (based on the instructions in this post) and was horrified to find it was true. I think what I now have access to the mobile number of all my contacts who have set up facebook of their mobile phone. I don't wish to share my mobile phone number with everybody and knew there was a good reason not to set up Facebook on my mobile. If you want to know whether your mobile number is showing up in my facebook contacts please email me
- Now that Google’s Panda Update Launches Internationally in Most Languages this presumably will have a knock-on effect for traffic for certain sites
One of the things which distinguished the Hodge Award was that it was about a body of work. I thought the following quote about the award was of relevance to artists as well. It certainly made me pause and think.
'The Hodge Award is the most intelligent competition because the entrants have to enter a set. Competitions featuring single images are like presenting a novel by only entering one chapter. Photojournalism has to be about a body of work.'