Friday, November 04, 2011

The Artist's Calendar - for 2012

At this time of year I begin to get very anxious about finding a new art calendar for the New Year.  If I haven't found one by the beginning of December I ratchet up to 'panic stations' mode! That's because I don't keep a diary - I maintain a calendar - and it sits right in front of me at my desk - just to the right of the iMac - and what I look at through the year is very important to me!

This year I got rather more anxious than usual when I didn't see a "must have" art calendar soon after they started to be published in the late summer.

So this year I actually sat down and created a website - just to make sure I knew what was on offer this year!  Except when I got started I actually ended up with two (prompted by Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery  - see my blog post on The Art of the Landscape)!

Click the links below to see the two websites I created.

Which artists do you like for your calendars?

I think you can tell a lot about the art you like by the calendars you choose.  I have to confess I hoard my old calendars because of the quality of the reproductions.  (Did I say I refuse point blank to have a calendar with poor quality reproductions?)

TWO QUESTIONS for you

  1. Who are your favourite artists for your art calendars?
  2. Which artist will be gracing your walls in 2012?
I dug out my hoard to reveal that my recent favourites were as follows:
  • 2011 - John Singer Sargent
  • 2010 - Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh
  • 2009 - Vilhelm Hammershoi
  • 2008 - Monet Waterlilies and The New Yorker Cats
  • 2007:  Georgia O'Keeffe and Leonardo Drawings (I was a very happy bunny with these two!)
  • 2006:  Charles Rennie Mackintosh (my absolute favourite - watercolour landscapes and couple of flower studies from two exhibitions held by the National Galleries of Scotland - I've been trying to hunt down similar calendars ever since!)
My calendar this year is of Klimt's Landscapes.

Klimt's Landscapes - 2012 Wall Calendar

and the calendar for the kitchen is the National Trust's Railway Poster Art - which has the notes on the same page as the image - which is fine for one line prompts.  It's good for reminders about trips out with "he who must not be bored while I sketch".


Railway Poster Art Calendar 2012
- available from the National Trust
Tips for researching art calendars

Here are some tips for researching art calendars.  These are based on experience and lots of research - I look at an awful lot of calendars before I buy!
  • In general I find museum calendars to be pretty good quality - but this is not always the case.  
  • The publishers who almost invariably produce a good quality product - in terms of choice of image and quality of calendar - are Pomegranate Press, Taschen and Brown Trout .  (Is there anybody else you'd like to recommend?)
  • Anything which is produced for the European market and includes translations into German is invariably good - otherwise it wouldn't sell in Germany!
  • ALWAYS check the size when ordering online - a decent wall calendar is invariably around about 12" square.  Some which you think might be wall calendars are actually quite a bit smaller - but left out the important word "mini"!
  • Those which have the notes on the same page as the image are 12 pages; those which have a separate page for the notes (ie two pages hang vertically) are referred to as being 24 pages.  I always get the latter for my study.
  • If ordering online check out the images on the reverse of the calendar to see whether it's a choice you're happy with.
  • The final criteria is does the calendar have a nice image for my birthday month!
The Artist's Calendar - your own production
  • Are any of you producing your own calendars this year?
  • Do you have any tips to share with others who might be thinking about doing this in future?

6 comments:

Robyn Sinclair said...

I can see why you would want to look at Klimt every day, Katherine but I am amazed that you can live without a diary. Where do you write the bits that won't fit in the little square your calendar provides for each day?

Katherine Tyrrell said...

There's nothing much that won't go on the calendars I get. I always get one which has one page for the image and one page for the calendar and I find there's lots of space for details! I couldn't cope with a smaller calendar and less space though.

I do the reminders to "get off butt and go somewhere" on the computer calendar.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I forgot my kitchen calendar for next year - now added.

That's one of the ones where the image is on the same page as the notes - and that's fine where you just need one line prompts. I think this is the sort Robyn was referring to - but this 12 page type doesn't have the space I require in the study. I've added to the notes to make this clearer re buying calendars online.

Tina Mammoser said...

I actually was tempted the other week by that railway poster, I love those images! But I don't really use a big wall calendar (we have a 3-person one in our house to write down commitments, and I use a pocket diary for my art appointments).

And since you asked, I've made a calendar this year! Was prompted to try it by an illustrator friend. And yes, it's a "mini" I guess. Oops! I'll add that word to my descriptions. :) My top tip is actually for selling it - try a pre-order special (I did 1/3rd off) for your mailing list or social media followers. I actually covered the cost of printing with pre-sales. http://www.etsy.com/listing/83776404/2012-wall-calendar-fine-art-calendar

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Many thanks for the tip Tina

Anybody else with any more?

Feel free to leave a link to your calendar if you've got a decent useful tip!

Felicity said...

I just bought a beautiful calendar from Tracy Hall
http://watercolour-artist.blogspot.com/2011/10/2012-calendars-now-available.html . I usually look for anything with watercolours but there is rarely one with really top quality work available on the high street. Tracy's calendar features lovely farmhouse scenes - tea and cake, dogs by the fire, chickens in the yard - the sort of idyllic life I'd love to be living!

I look for quirky things, I find those mass produced 'famous name artist' calenders a bit boring. It seems to be the same few on a loop every year - I wouldn't mind if it was say, Edmund Dulac or Kay Nielson!

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