|A Postcard from my Walk project |
Postcards sent by Katherine Tyrrell
You can see the image Ronell made of my postcards above. It looks as if I like drawing trees next to water! Do click it to see a much larger image of all the postcards which are now in various countries around the world.
The problem for this post this week is I wasn't in London for half of it!
I got back from my short break in the middle of the week. Then when I got back I was doing things - like seeing the annual exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists or attending a life drawing workshop linked to the Lucian Freud Portraits Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I'll be posting some of my drawings from the evening this next week.
|Sue Tilley - who modelled for Benefits Supervisor Sleeping - which sold for $33m in 2008|
was the model for the life drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery
Art Blogs - Plein Air ConventionSo my references to artists blogs this week will focus on the recent Plein Air Convention which had a lot of bloggers attending.
Plein Air Convention
- Michael Chesley Johnson (A Plein Air Painter's Blog) had a couple of posts
This has been a great convention. Over the weekend, I ran into a lot of old friends and folks I've met over the years: Anne Laddon, Kim Lordier, Margi Lucena, Anita Louise West, Scott Prior, Brad Holt, Ed Terpening, Jeanne Mackenzie, Paul Kratter, Scott Gellatly...the list goes on, and I apologize if I've omitted anyone!
- Lynn Whipple (Lynn Whipple Plein Air Paintings) had A blast at the Plein Air Convention
- Paula Ann Ford (Tennessee Pastel Artist) has posted a pic of a couple of her pastel paintings in situ and then the paintings themselves in Las Vegas Plein Air #1&2, Soft Pastels on Canson, 9"x12"
- Becky Joy (Becky Joy Fine Art) painted Yuccas at Red Rock, Nevada
- Marina Laliberte (Marina's Painting a Day) from Pembroke Ontario also attended and this is her report back from the Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas 2012
- Brian Mark Taylor was one of the artists who did a demonstration at the Convention
- Karen Margulis came back with a commitment to paint plein air - see Why We Need to Paint en Plein Air) - and to do five oil studies a week which she will be posting to her Miles of Canvas blog
- You can also check out Plein Air Convention on Facebook
- Here's the Plein Air Magazine video of the event - plus this is one artist's video of the event
- It seems likely that next year's event will be held the same week - but in Monterey, California.
- Here are two sketches of the same subject matter - my mother's magnolia and garden in April - both on Travels with a Sketchbook
- one is on paper - The magnolia in April
- and the other was created on my iPad and comes complete with a YouTube video of how it was made - Brushes iPad video to Blogger via YouTube - April garden in Cheshire
- In the latter I record the process of how I got my the sketching actions in the Brushes app off my iPad and to this blog post via YouTube
Art Business & Marketing
- in Expand Your Art Brand with Integrity, Lori McNee (Lori McNee - Fine Art Tips) comments on brand-building with integrity and the need to capture the entry-level collectors following her attendance at the Plein Air Painting Convention in Las Vegas.
- The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012 - Call for Entries has been published
- Richard McKinley (Pastel Pointers) has published a couple of posts about
- The Two Ts of Painting | Theory and Technique, Part 1 | The Contrast Effect which discusses simultaneous contrast
- Pastel Pointers | Commercial Pastel Primers and Grounds covering manufactured pre-mixed pastel primers/grounds
- Karen Margulis (Painting my World) has tips for plein air artists working in pastel - see
- Plein Air Tip #1 Mounting Pastel Paper
- Where to get Great Stuff for Your Studio focuses on how to store paper
- I love Linda Blondheim's Artist in Residence Project - it's such a good idea for plein air landscape artists wanting to expand their experience and repertoire
- The major exhibition at Tate Britain this autumn will be the first major survey of the Pre-Raphaelites and the biggest show of their work in 30 years. This is the Guardian on the topic of Pre-Raphaelites exhibition celebrates 'revolutionary' art
- The queues for the Hockney exhibition at the RA continued until the very end - see Hockney is bigger than Van Gogh! I went to the last night for my fourth visit and the place was packed.
- For those who enjoy watercolour, there's an exhibition of work by Albert Goodwin RWS (1845-1932) at the Young Gallery, Salisbury until 26 May 2012. You can see an online exhibition of Albert Goodwin's work on the Chris Beetles website. I know Chris is of the opinion that Albert Goodwin is one of the finest watercolour painters the UK has ever produced. Goodwin trained with the pre-Raphaelites, was inspired by Turner and supported by Ruskin.
Art Societies UK
- The Society of Botanical Artists' 27th Annual Exhibition at Central Hall Westminster prompted these posts by me
- Botanical art, watercolour and art societies in which I asked why the excellent watercolour artists who paint botanical art do not join watercolour societies
- 27th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists - which reviews the show
- Certificates of Botanical Merit at SBA 2012 reveals the artists and images which this year won the coveted CBM
- There will be two more blog posts next week will be about the prizewinners and an interview with Fiona Strickland
- UK Coloured Pencil Society - 'The 10th 'World of Coloured Pencil' Exhibition 2012 opens at the The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick, CA12 5NG in the Lake District next Sunday, 29th April. The exhibition finishes on Saturday 26th May.
Regional - Europe
- Paradises and Landscapes on The Art of the Landscape provides an overview of the exhibition at the Museum Carmen Thyssen in Malaga - runs until October 2012. This Art Daily article also comments on the exhibition Exhibition of paradises and landscapes in the Thyssen Collection opens in Málaga
Major Museums USA
- There's a lot of interest in Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. Beijing, 1957) in Washington in 2012. “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” will run from Oct. 7 to Feb. 24, 2013, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. This is a New York Times article about it. It is preceded by
- “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” a monumental 12-part sculptural suite by Ai Weiwei which is installed around the perimeter of the fountain on the museum’s plaza. The work will be on view from April 19 until Feb. 24, 2013.
- the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present “Perspectives: Ai Weiwei” from May 12 to April 7, 2013 and
- the Corcoran Gallery of Art will exhibit “Untitled,” from September 22 to January 13, 2013.
- The exhibition “Dürer and Beyond" covers Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700 (April 3–September 3, 2012). This is the New York Times article about the exhbition - A Master Opens the Door to an Empire. This link takes you to images of some of the works in the show. One might think this "Small Piece of Turf" possibly prompted the idea of Dürer's Great Piece of Turf but for the fact the latter was painted by Dürer some 80+ years earlier!
|A Small Piece of Turf (1584)|
Hans Hoffmann (German, Nuremberg ca. 1545/1550–1591/1592 Prague)
Brush with gouache and watercolor over traces of charcoal underdrawing
Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700
Art Galleries and Museums
- Before my break I took at look at the Top 30 art galleries and museums in 2011 and identified the top five cities for visiting art galleries and museums.
- Thanks to the PSA Facebook group I learned about the following video - Video - Sennelier Colours by Dominique Sennelier - in which the grandson of the man who founded Sennelier talks about the various products and how they are made
Publishing Art Books
- Ever wondered why the price of ebooks is so high? Those thinking about publishing art books might like to take a look at this post The Agency Model sucks on A Newbie's Guide to Publishing. It discusses the relationship between the price of ebooks, Amazon and the big publishers
Internet, apps, webware and blogging
- Statcounter announced in March that its stats showed that Chrome was the world's number one browser for a day. Its growth has been phenomenal (unlike Google+) . I personally siwtched because it was much faster.
- Karen Margulis gives an iPad app "Paper" a rave review.
Face Britain is the UK’s largest ever mass collaborative art project, designed by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, to celebrate the nation’s children and young people during the lead up to HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.This last week, children's artwork generated by the project has been used to create huge images of the Queen projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace. Thousands of children's self-portraits were covering Buckingham Palace every night until Saturday. More than 200,000 self-portraits have been crested to provide imagery at every venue around the country.
This is an interesting article talking about how the project worked
The project has also organised the creation of portraits by celebrities and famous artists which are being auctioned to support work with disadvantaged children acrothe UK. There are to be two auctions and you can see images from the two auctions here.
- eBay from 3-13 May, where we will auction self-portraits from celebrities including Cilla Black, Adele, Alan Rickman, Jamie Oliver and many more.
- Christies - 9 May: a very special auction to sell the artists’ self-portraits, including works by Tracey Emin and Maggi Hambling.