|Apple and Goat's Cheese by Julian Merrow Smith|
- yet more Indian Summer days and lots more outings with my newly retired "other half". I think I said at the beginning of the year that my posting frequency might be affected after he retires. Let's just say he's really into getting out and about!
- the new fridge freezer saga - which I won't bore you with save to say it took up a lot of time and effort - but in the end I didn't have to rebuild the kitchen!
- Julian Merrow Smith (Postcard from Provence) has been out of action for rather longer than me - having just been in hospital in Marseilles for four weeks. Finally - hurrah! - he should be back home today / round about now! Welcome back to the Internet Julian - and I guess I'm not the only one who is hoping you will be back posting paintings again just as soon as your recuperation allows. The painting at the top of this post is the last one he painted and posted in mid September
- Carole Marine (Carol Marine's Painting a Day) is now living in her new home in Oregon - well away from the tinderbox called Texas. Regular readers will recall Carole and her husband and son had minutes to vacate their home before both the house and her brand new studio burned to the ground last month in the Batstrop fires. You can see where she is now and plans for studio development in her New Beginnings blog. Meanwhile she has a post about happens when you starts to paint a new subject - and her response to the reaction - Whatever! It has well over 100 comments so far.
- Meanwhile Jo Castillo (Jo Castillo) whose house was also burned out in the same fires is still in her RV and hoping to close on a new home soon. It's weird to read her talk about playing golf and discussing which holes got burned.
- The Artling has a long and very interesting interview with Liz Steel - Artist Interview - Sketch Artist Liz Steel
- Yesterday was the 33rd Worldwide Sketchcrawl Day - you can see worldwide efforts on their forum (click the link). However here are some of those who have posted their efforts on blogs
- Worldwide SketchCrawl Day at The Hepworth is about a group of UK sketchers who went to the new Hepworth Museum in Wakefield
- #33rd World Wide Sketchcrawl at Deoksugung Palace, Seoul on Seoul Urban Sketchers where you can see more sketches of the palace. Looks like the weather (rain with thunder) kept them sheltering at the Palace - but there are some very nice sketches plus photos of participants sketching
- Importantly Enrico Flores (4ojos) documented the other major worldwide happening yesterday - the worldwide economic protests and marches through various cities. 15-O/manifestantes is his post and sketches relating to the marches
- Sketchers who live in the North of England have started their own facebook page called Sketchcrawl North. I can see a few familiar names in its members.
- Harika by Samanatha Zaza is a new blog to me. It's described as the adventures of a compulsive sketcher in Istanbul. Take a look at her summer sketches - there's lots about Kathmandu and Nepal
- I am way waaaaaay behind in posting sketches to my sketchblog. I'm sure I will catch up with the backlog at some point.
- Mitchell Albala has finally got an RSS feed set-up for his Landscape Blog - Essential Concepts of Landscape Painting - and it now updates for me in Google Reader!
- Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns) has a tip on paint handling when painting a seascape
- Nicole Caulfield (Nicole Caulfield) has examined The Ins and Outs of Donating Your Artwork
- Yesterday I looked at How to sign an art print - and would welcome views on how best to make a distinction between limited editions of handpulled fine art prints and giclee prints
- The news from the Frieze Art Fair which finished today is that business has held up - Frieze sales report: Playing safe pays off. Business across the stands varied between slow and sell-out. Here's the Guardian's take on the best and worst of Frieze
- Christies recently did well with its Contemporary Art Sale in London this week. I viewed the works for sale on Monday afternoon before settling down to watch the film about Gerhard Richter Painting which they had showing in the salerooms. These are the results (with images) for:
- Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction (14th October)
- Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction (14th October)
- Post War and Contemporary Art Day Auction (15th October)
- These are the works in the Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale which was previewing prior to this sale in New York in November. One of Degas Petite danseuse de quatorze ans is included in the sale and is expected to got for more than £25m. I lusted after Wayne Thiebaud's
- Sotheby's recently emailed me to say they've started to release four films about Your Art World: the Documentary Series - starting with
"Like making a baby, the best is the process"a collector interviewed for the film
- I reported that Henriette Simson won the Threadneedle Prize - making it a total of four women who have won the £25,000 prize every year since it started in 2008!
- The new Gerhard Richter Retrospective Panorama opened at Tate Modern and will continue until
- Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe has opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and continues until January 2, 2012
- the Morgan Library and Museum on Madison Avenue has two exhibitions about French drawing which run through to 31st December
- David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre
- Ingres at the Morgan "presents seventeen exceptional drawings and three letters by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867), one of the greatest draftsman and portraitists in French history"
|Work by Ford Madox Brown|
- The Telegraph reviewed the new exhibition about Ford Madox Brown at the Manchester Art Gallery. This is the Guardian's review. This is the guide to the exhibition. I confess I'm a huge fan of 'Work' (1852-63) by Ford Madox Brown - I've seen it at the Gallery and could look at it for hours!
|Part of the Special Loan Exhibition of Royal Portrait Miniatures|
- Review: Miniature Art Society - Annual Exhibition 2011 - which included a Special Loan Exhibition of Royal Portrait Miniatures
- Review: Royal Society of Marine Artists - Annual Exhibition 2011
- Jenny Saville seems to have started to focus on exhibiting work in the USA. It's a rare opportunity to see the work of the only artist that I think rivals Lucian Freud when it comes to painting naked flesh.
- she is currently showing work at Gagosian in New York - Jenny Saville Continuum (until 22nd October) - this is Simon Schama's review of her paintings of children for the FT
- plus the Art Newspaper has announced that she has secured her first solo exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in Florida (30 November-4 March 2012). This show includes 15 large-scale paintings and 15 drawings dating from 1992 to 2011.
- Joe Simpson has developed a series of paintings of musicians which are being shown in Soho during October - preview them here. His painting of Maxi Jazz was selected for the BP portrait Award this year.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new website. It's expanded and redesigned and provides better access to the collections. Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) reviews its changes and increased functionality and improved navigation in New Metropolitan Musem website
- Meanwhile The Art Newspaper argues that the New York's Great Art Museums could do better - following the admission price hike this summer.
- Art scholar, author and critic Martin Kemp is the Da Vinci Detective!
Various artists have posted tutorials and/or comments on ways of working
- These are Lori McNee's Top 10 tips to improve your art on Lori McNee Fine Art and Tips
- Jackie Simmonds has started a blog Jackie Simmonds artyfacts and - as an experienced art teacher - has started by posting a number of useful tips and techniques about
- drawing and sketching eg Are you being watched?
- art materials - for example: Sketchbook materials and Something different to sketch with...
- other topics will follow as per her introduction and outline of intent
- Maggie Latham (Maggie Latham) wrote last month about cropping and working intuitively and how cropping decisions vary depending on the media you're working in
- I've got three new resources about NEW art books in 2011 - and 2012 - which came about because I had no record on the web of which new books got highlighted every month in my website about new art books. Below are the new sites which are described in New Books about Drawing and Sketching in 2011 (and 2012)
- 2011: New Books About Drawing
- 2012: New Books about Drawing
- 2011: New Books about Painting - although I'm still filling in the gaps on this one. There will be a blog post about it when It's up and running properly - with an additional site about new books planned for 2012 which is also in preparation.
- This is my site which lists Making A Mark's Top Ten Fine Art Books in September
- This is Book Review - The Illustrated Herbal by Wilfred Blunt - which I bought secondhand at the RHS Autumn Show
- A new London Graphics art store has opened in York Way near Kings Cross. Note however that it is closed on Saturday and Sunday!
- Chris Beck (I'm painting as fast as I can) has found a better way to work with stretched watercolour paper
- I started a new poll at the beginning of the month. In October I'm asking POLL: Do you sign and date your artwork? It's had lots of responses.
- If you'd like to respond you can find the poll in the right hand column a little way down.
- There are more polls on my new "resources for artists website How to sign a painting and other fine art
- at the beginning of the month I reported back on last month's poll - What makes somebody buy a painting? (Poll results)
- Anybody who doubts the influence of Steve Jobs on the artist should read Duane Keiser's post Steve Jobs on Keiser on Painting.
- This is what Gurney Journey looks like in the flipcard view on Blogger. Here's how to enable dynamic views on your Blogger blog. Be careful you read ALL the instructions first if you want to revert to your usual template as the dynamic views effectively dump the side column.
- A very useful post by Alyson Stanfield about How to look like a whiz on Facebook and Twitter
- Social media censorship:
- This is an interesting article on Arts Professional - Censorship in Social Media: Where do we draw the line? - which highlight's the decision to implement Facebook-friendly censorship in relation Robert Mapplethorpe's nude photos - see also the original Art Newspaper article Before Facebook censors us, we’ll do it ourselves. Personally I think one has to accept that different sites have different audiences and hence different levels of tolerance.
- Facebook 's level of tolerance is no doubt influenced by its horizon scanning. I'm guessing it had one eye on the nature of recent developments on the web (in the UK and I guess elsewhere too) - such as the development and introduction in the UK this week of the ParentPort website which is designed to help tackle fears over sexualisation of children. Will parents be able to differentiate between nudity in art and nudity in porn?
Flash your virtual cash! This is a link to The Guardian's Fantasy Frieze Auction - where you get to bid on artworks and then get told what it actually went for!