|Sledgers at Belmont Tower, Grantham|
© Haidee-Jo Summers
- Haidee-Jo Summers (Haidee-Jo Summers artist - ma vie en couleurs) , winner of the The Painting Plein Air Plus Prize 2012 in the Making A Mark Awards at the end of last month - was out in the snow this weekend and painting children having fun in the snow - see
Sledgers in the snow She even had time to make a video of herself painting plein air in the snow. Look at all that colour on her palette! (I have it on good authority straight from Haidee that the most popular sled colour is red!)
- Follow that! Well Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns) can. He has a post which critiques a painting and shows what he would do change it if it was his painting - see A snowscape flayed which is very instructive RECOMMENDED
- I really liked Footprints in the Snow. a lot - it's a good advert for "the simpler the better". You can see this painting by Nigel Fletcher on Painting Adventures in the Limousin
- Vivien Blackburn (Painting Prints and Stuff) has not stopped sketching on her iPad since she got it! Last week she was sketching a snow scene from memory Snow and late afternoon light. iPad painting
- I'm intrigued by Lin Frye's "Krylon Acrylic White Webbing" in SNOW!!!! But not quite like this ... in View from the Oak so I googled it and now I know!
- Snow Shadows by Nel Jansen is Nel's Everday Painting
- Duane Keiser (a painting a day) painted his First Snow, 1/17/2013 which seems to be a painting of snow at dusk or in the dark.
- The Guardian Art and Design section has an art challenge and asks people to Share your art: readers' winter wonderlands which has a slideshow of some interesting interpretations of winter.
- Taryn Day (The Art Room) has a poll on her blog to vote for two favourite Winter Paintings - by contemporary painters and by artists of the past. There's some good choices - including on of my favourites - by Gustave Caillebotte. I took a photograph of it in the Musee d'Orsay in 2009 - see below.
|Vue de Toits, Effet de Neige (4th Impressionist Exhibition 1879) by Gustave Caillebotte|
Collection: Musee d'Orsay
Photograph © Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved
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I added two blogs to my blogroll this week - both worth a read.
- I'm not a fan of abstract art but if you are then this is a website which will interest you Abstract Critical
- Adebanji Alade has started a new blog - which is focused on instruction - Inspired to Sketch
- Drawings from Nature by Eileen Postlethwaite doesn't have a lot of blog posts but it has some very interesting content and art - take a look
- Jana Bouc told me last week about how her sketching group got featured in her local newspaper - see Sketching the Extra-Ordinary in the East Bay Express
- Trevor Jones is in the process of 60 drawings of wild life in 60 days on his blog Trevorjonesart
- The SGFA Journal reviews Drawing in the Media: AA Gill’s “All Will Be Revealed” in The Sunday Times
Sketchers all over the world were out in force on Saturday for the 38th Worldwide Sketchcrawl
|Urban Sketchers on the big slope in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern|
- Urban Sketchers London were at Bankside and Tate Modern - but the consensus was it was too cold to hang around outside in the snow and freezing cold when they could hang around in the cavernous spaces in the Turbine Hall or Tanks of the former Bankside Power Station which houses Tate Modern instead. We did get one snow covered bush by Cat Andrew!
- Sketchcrawl North (Facebook Group) were out and about in Sheffield. Lynne Chapman (An Illustrator's Life For Me!) posted about her experience of the 38th International SketchCrawl - slurping, munching & sketching our way around Sheffield City Centre
- These are the Urban Sketchers NYC who were in 42nd street - Worldwide Sketch Crawl 38
- It was a very fishy story in SketchCrawl Istanbul
- Urban Sketchers Midwest were at Union Station in Kansas City - see 38th International Sketchcrawl, KCMO
- I've started a series of paintings about when they used to paint the Thames when it froze - this is the first post - The Frozen Thames - looking like the Arctic - which turned into a bit of detective story!
- The Fine Art strand of We are OCA comments on landscape painting in the UK Deeply unfashionable, but look again… which has been executed in watercolour and specifically the two exhibitions in London - ‘Constable, Gainsborough and Turner and the Making of Landscape’ at the Royal Academy and ‘Cotman in Normandy’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
- This is an interesting post on The Art Room - particularly in relation to the discussion - which I missed back in October - it's Questioning the Daily Painting Movement
- An ArtInfo article identifies 6 Things I Learned About Painting From the Met's Blockbuster Matisse Show
- Still Life painters will love Charley Parker's post about Anne Vallayer-Coster on Lines and Colors
- I've just discovered a great post on Painting Perceptions about The Great Lead White Shortage
- Cheng-Khee Chee Associate Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status), Watercolor USA Honor Society and many others. has a series of posts about painting watercolour using different approaches
- For Kurt Jackson lovers who can't afford the real thing here's his work as postcards
- Paint The Barn is now a Paint the Barn Facebook Group - and they've moved on from painting barns to painting trees
- Here's my follow-up to last week's big debate in the portraiture world - and the papers - HRH The Duchess of Cambridge official portrait - my verdict
- The Open University of the Arts blog We Are OCA had further comment on the portrait Royal portraiture, what place in the 21st century?
- The Guardian has an article about Andy Warhol's 300 Unseen Drawings which were found by Germany gallery owner Daniel Blau in storage. They are published in an exhibition catalogue edited by Blau and are currently being exhibited at the Louisiana museum in Denmark (January 8 - February 21, 2013) and then later in Holland. They will then be available to buy.
- Alyson Stanfield (artbizblog) always likes to get the New Year of the a business like start and has had a number of useful posts recently which include
- Do The Math for the Juried Art Exhibit - a sentiment I can endorse. I've been meaning to create a spreadsheet for this and might try and get this done this week
- Organizing Financial Invoices and Receipts Electronically
- Structure a Sale to Unload an Oversized Inventory - which identifies what you need to do and what you need to think about
- A post by Gary Bolyer (Gary Bolyer Fine Art) with an interesting story about Why Some People Almost Always Make Money Selling Their Art
She told me that Roy Lichtenstein became an art star because he worked very hard at selling and marketing and not because he worked hard at his painting.
- Content Marketing for Artists on The Abundant Artist starts the post by referencing my review of the site in the Making A Mark Awards. This post hits one nail on the head with its first point
Problem #1 – there’s too much advice on how to sell art online, and too few artists doing a good job of it.
- According to Forbes Warhol, Picasso And Richter are the Top-Selling Artists For 2012 - it highlights a chart on artnet which highlight the top selling works in 2012
- These are various commentaries of the current nature of the art market
- Art Info - 3 Hard Truths About the Art Market: It's Nasty, Brutish, and Short-Sighted
- Art Info - The Trickle-Down Delusion: Why Policies Friendly to the Super-Rich May Not Benefit the Art World After All
- Huffington Post - Art Market Bubble Dialogue: NYT Invites Readers To Weigh In, And So Do We!
- Gagosian seems to be having a really bad time - he has big name artists who are departing his stable (Damien Hirst's split from Larry Gagosian turns heads in art world) and he's in court an awful lot re his dealings with various collectors. I find the thought "what goes around comes around" unavoidable.
- ArtInfo - Judge Rebuffs Gagosian's Mark Tansey Claim — Has His Double Dealing Backfired?
- New York Times - New Blow in Art Clash of Titans
- the Selected Artists for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2013 - plus links to their websites so you can see the nature and calibre of the artist who gets representational paintings accepted for this exhibition
- the American Watercolor Society: Selected Artists 2013
Two Calls for Entries by UK Art Societies
- Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition 2013 - Call for Entries
- Society of Botanical Artists: "The Language of Flowers" - Call for Entries
- A Guardian article about History of art: a degree for the elite? The suggestion is that it's unfair to dismiss the study of art as a pastime for the well-heeled
- ArtInfo has a number of articles about art education - here's three from 2012 which I came across last week
Our criteria more or less boil down to weighing their respective price tags against the prospects of financial aid, teaching assistantships, and other support, as well as the benefits of their prestigious faculty, impressive facilities, valuable visiting artist programs, and cutting-edge curricula.
- 20 Top Artist Grants and Fellowships You Might Actually Be Able to Get - the details need updating for 2013 but those identified are a good place to start for those who want to find funding for art education in the USA
- A Guide to 20 Top Artist Residencies and Retreats Across the United States with a How, When, Where analysis
- Asia Regional Art Educators have what appears to be an active Ning site. Ning is used a lot by teachers and educators - I'm only surprised not to see more such sites for people involved with teaching art
- The Open College of the Arts blog is called We are OCA - and it has a Fine Art & Design strand with its own feed
- Two sets of color illustrations (plates) from Moses Harris's Natural System of Colours. and an article about The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard
- James Gurney has been writing about Composition and the golden mean recently - and doing some myth-busting
- Reigning Cats and Dogs (11 January - 15 March 2012) is a new exhibition in the New Year at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. I'm very sure it will prove very popular.
- Inspirational Sunderland: Grayson Perry's Tribute To Wearside Taste - The Vanity of Small Differences - Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress - will go on exhibition at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in Wearside in Summer 2013, followed by Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds - followed by an International Tour. The tapestries chart the class journey made by young Tim Rakewell, based on Perry's encounters in Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds while making the television series. Two works in the series of tapestries were inspired by Sunderland, 'The Adoration of the Cage Fighters' and 'The Agony in the Car Park'.
- Man Ray Portraits opens at the National Portrait Museum on 7 February
- The Watercolour and Works on Paper Fair - which focuses on early, Modern and Contemporary Watercolors - is at The Science Museum London from Jan 31th 2013 - Feb 3rd 2013 more
- Facebook have a community called A Peek Inside Artists Studios
- The Art Fund comments on Five arty iPad apps
- Numbers may make you boggle - but if you can handle them it's worth getting to grips with the range and quality of analysis which is available via Google Analaytics. This is the Google Analytics blog