Sunday, January 22, 2012

22nd January - Who's made a mark this week?

David Hockney 
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) - 2 January 

iPad drawing printed on paper 
144.1 x 108 cm; one of a 52-part work 
Courtesy of the artist 
Copyright David Hockney
This post this week has rather a slant towards Hockney, digital art on an iPad and pastels - which pretty much reflects my week.

His iPad drawings and how he has reproduced them for the exhibition really stimulated me to investigate further

Art Blogs and Artists

Digital art

Sight of the iPad Sketches at the Hockney exhibition on Tuesday prompted a quest to find out how he prints them so big and the purchase of a second stylus for my iPad - having lost the previous one within the first 24 hours!
Drawing and Sketching

Lunch in the Friends Room
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Now draw this Turner painting....
8" x 10", pen and ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Landscape art
This is a fast slideshow of Hockney creating another painting in the series related to the trees which were cut down. From this you can see how he works from smaller sketches both to get the painting started and also to refine the final colour palette. The sketches are essential to both the composition and design, the tonal values and the colour palette.
Pastels and Coloured Pencils
  • It's not unusual for people to sketch the dying or to create death masks or sculptures after they have died.  It's a way of remembering who they are and what they looked like. A Guardian article Jane McAdam Freud: a farewell to my father is an account of an interview with Jane McAdam Freud talking about life with Lucian Freud and her new exhibition (see Art Exhibitions).  It explains how she dealt with her feelings about the death of her father Lucian Freud through sketches and sculptures.
  • Laurent Debraux is a kinetic sculptor living in Paris who wrote me a nice letter explaining about his recent successes in recent exhibitions.  You can see YouTube Videos of his work - and this was my favourite

Art Business
Art Economy and Art Collectors
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Art Competitions

Call for Entries
Art Exhibitions

Exhibitions in Art Galleries and Museums - London / UK
Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but I don’t understand paintings like these. Fresh, bright and perfectly delightful, they are much too polite and unthinkingly happy for my taste: if they offer a vision of arcadia, it is a mindless one. Moreover, they resemble the sorts of landscapes that we expect from amateur Sunday painters. Hockney is anything but that – yet whatever game he is playing here eludes me.Alastair Sooke
Two openings in the near future

Exhibitions in Art Galleries and Museums - North America
Visit all eleven Gagosian Gallery locations during the exhibition The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 and receive a signed spot print by Damien Hirst, dedicated personally to you.
Art Education

Sharing your approach and techniques
ASK if the artist is willing to share, and if so, when/how/under what circumstances and for how much. BE GRATEFUL when they say yes. RESPECT them if they say no. Try to make it WIN/WIN for all concerned.
Art Materials and Equipment
Canson Mi-Teintes Touch - sanded textures board
Art Studios
  • I came across this article on the Grumbacher inhouse magazine Thalo  - Show and Tell - Studio Do's and Don'ts - it's about what you should be doing if somebody important comes to see you in your studio
  • If you have a studio project in mind for 2012 don't forget to let me know about it when you start blogging the planning/execution/results.
Book reviews

This week the Internet joined belatedly in the uprisings of the common people.  On Wednesday a lot of people closed their sites on the Internet and lobbied hard for a rethink on what was being proposed in the SOPA and PIPA bills in front of
Kroes favours a less invasive approach, tweeting: "Speeding is illegal too, but you don't put speed bumps on the motorway."
Also in the news were auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's who are being sued by Chuck Close et al for violation of the California Resale Royalty Act. Their argument is that the law is "unconstitutional, and therefore unenforceable."  The Art Law Blog also provides an Update on the California Resale Royalty Class Action.  I'd love to hear how the two auction houses respond to questions from artists' lawyers when asked why do they then pay out resale royalties within the UK where the law on the Artists Resale Right is mandatory.

and finally...........

This week Jonathan Jones of the Guardian highlighted The Art of the Remakes - and, in particular, the art blog called Remake/Submissions.  Basically the notion is that a work of art is recreated by ordinary people today - or do I mean contemporary artists?

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