- Take a look at these very detailed drawings by George Vlosich who mastered the twiddling of the knobs!
- Plus a slideshow of Etch A Sketch art – in pictures
and this is a video of George Vlosich using an Etch a Sketch to do what he does so well.
Artists and Art Blogs
Drawing and Sketching
- Andrea Joseph (Andrea Joseph Sketchblog) was highlighted in London local paper The Metro this week - see Love Me Doodle… Is doodling good for our brains? You can get a print of the doodle drawing below by clicking the link in the title below it
|Ballpoint Illustration Print.|
Schooldays Excercise Book revisited - Converse to Rulers via scribbles
© Andrea Joseph
- Jonathan Jones asks a question - Kelvin Okafor's drawings may look like photographs but are they art? and comments at the end Here is the talent that Damien Hirst can't buy with all his millions.
- iPlayer: More British Landscape Painting is a reminder about two programmes on BBC which are still available on iPlayer - This Green and Pleasant Land: The Story of British Landscape Painting and The Mountain That Had to Be Painted. The latter is
This site is about landscapes and the arts. It highlights ways in which landscape has been evoked, depicted or transformed in painting, photography, literature, music and film.Some Landscapes
- Plus I found I've discovered a blog which is new to me called Some Landscapes by somebody calling himself Plinius. What's interesting is he's created:
- This article in the Guardian is about Framing the view: six artists reveal how they choose landscapes. Contriibutors include Wolfgang Tillmans, Julian Opie, Fiona Crisp, Tacita Dean, Carol Rhodes and Lisa Milroy
- This is an interview with Marc Hanson on the blog of the Oil Painters of America. It's a great interview with some fabulous paintings. You can see more of Marc's work on his website and blog Painting my way through life. Marc also announced this week that he has opened a store on Etsy called Small Impressions
|Marc Hanson's new Etsy Store - Small Impressions|
- Botanical artist Fiona Strickland has been featured in an article in The Herald Scotland - Fiona Strickland on painting the perfect egg. It highlights how she has adapted her painting methods to tackle food for the first time. Regular readers will probably recall my interview last year with Fiona in A 'Making A Mark' Profile of Fiona Strickland
- In Egypt, the street graffiti artists include women - see Women in Graffiti: A Tribute to the Women of Egypt in suzeeinthecity
- The Colored Pencil Society of America have published their online Explore This! 9 Exhibition....
- ...and I've reviewed it in yesterday's blog post Review: CPSA's 9th Explore This! Exhibition in which I'm pretty complimentary about the artwork and the exhibition as a whole. At last coloured pencil artwork is breaking out from a massive emphasis on straight observational realism!
- The Plein Air Convention is rounding up those who want to attend on its website and on Facebook However I was very puzzled by the feature images on the website. Why don't the images related to the artists who are mentors feature their plein air work rather than their studio paintings? "Lost the plot" were the words which sprang to my mind! Authentic advertising which is congruent with the message wins hands down every time for me. Take a look and see what you think.
There's a strong royal theme this week!
- The Queen of the Netherlands abdicated this week in favour of her son as she reaches her 75th birthday. A competition has been running for people to produce a portrait of Queen Beatrix - and there's now a YouTube video Beatrix in Beeld of some of the entries. Including that by Sophie Ploeg
- The furore about the portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge rumbles on - see this article in last week's Washington Post - In uproar over portrait of Duchess of Cambridge, its artist speaks out. The same trite comments are being trotted about the same trite people who don't understand the difference between a photograph and a painting. I tried loading the video and it didn't work. I think maybe the Washington Post needs to make sure all its employees understand about file size and load times!
Who painted this?
- Who Painted This #14 provides you with a challenge from a different culture and the answer to Who painted this? #13.
- I've also created a website about the painter of the still life seen in #13 - This is my NEW website About Samuel John Peploe - Scottish Colourist Painter
- Two posts from me
- First a checklist about the costs involved in entering art competitions How to calculate the cost of entering a juried art exhibition. You can download a spreadsheet A Making A Mark Guide: Analysing the cost of entering a juried art exhibition for FREE from my website. There are two versions (.xlsx and .xls)
- 31st January was the deadline for the tax return - and I wrote Ten Tax Tips for Artists. They may seem basic but they do make a difference.
- The Arts Business Institute has an Artist Checklist for a Successful Show
- Judges are now getting involved in whether a photograph has been appropriated appropriately or not. It's getting confusing - see Fresh Copyright Fight Over Artist's Sex Pistols Appropriation Ends in Bad Review
Commentary on the art market in:
- the New York Times: As Art Values Rise, So Do Concerns About Market’s Oversight
- Art Info: 10 Former Art Sensations That the Market Has Left Behind - and one of them is Damien Hirst!
- This is my overview of How to enter the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2013
- I've been reminded that I need to get over the River to see Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea at the National Maritime Museum
- Tate Britain has a new exhibition about Looking at the View (12 February – 2 June 2013) which looks at continuities in the way artists have framed our vision of the landscape over the last 300 years.
- The Fitzwilliam Museum has an exhibition about illustrator Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand12 Feb – 12 May 2013 Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. The exhibition includes a selection of individual works, book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Plus a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio.
- The Artists & Illustrators First Annual Exhibition runs from 6 - 19 February 2013 at the Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU. www.osg.uk.com.
- The first major survey of the art of the Pre-Raphaelite painters opens this month in the United States. Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900 is opening February 17 at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. It continues until May 19. It's moving next to Russia will be at The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, June–September 2013.
- 82nd & Fifth is the Met's address in New York City. It is also the intersection of art and ideas. We've invited curators from across the Museum to talk about works of art that changed the way they see the world: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time. This yearlong series of 100 episodes offers a new way to see the Met's collections through the eyes of our curators and an "explore" feature that allows you to make your own discoveries.
- Curator, Tear Down These Walls is an interesting comment on Folk Art in American Museums in the New York Times
- I came across the website of The Indian Museum for the first time. It celebrates its bicentenary next year
- The Making A Mark Poll for January was about whether people read art ebooks. The results very much indicated that Artists prefer real art books (Poll result) - but also that a goodly proportion already read ebooks.
- James Gurney (Gurney Journey) asked for photos of people's art bookshelves and this is the post it generated Your Art Bookshelves
- Has anybody had any dealings with the Teaching Art Online website? On the face of it seems like a good idea - and then I got three "wake-up calls" which suggest it's somewhat dormant and completely unlike, for example, the education set-ups on sites like Alyson Stanfield's Artbizblog
- The blog http://www.teachingartonline.com/blog/ hasn;t had a post since May 2012
- the next course starts - oddly enough - today and lasts for a year. I suspect if you looked it up tomorrow the same would apply. Everything is looking very automated to me.
- comments are closed on the tutor's profile and distinctly lacking on the blog
- The Matthew Effect is one of Robert Genn's posts which make you want to sat "Yes!" as you read it - it's about art education
- Controlling M-Faces by Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns) is about that old truism If everything in a painting is of equal importance, then nothing is important! and he messes abbout with some paintings by famous painters to demonstrate how they too could have made them look amateurish if they hadn't used some good judgement. I liked his signoff
Nature in itself is not art, art is the product of a human decision about how to portray nature.Art Supplies
- I've been updating my website about UK Art Shops & Online Art Supplies as I realised I'd forgotten to include the website for an art shop dedicated to the needs of the fine art printmaker - see http://intaglioprintmaker.com/ What I hadn't realised was that they also have a blog Intaglio - Printmaker. Not a lot of posts but the content about printmaking supplies is interesting.
- Jacksons Art blog highlighted Kremer Artists Soft pastels which I'd not heard of before
This month, I topped 50,000 visitors to the blog in January. According to ClustrMaps 51,057 visitors visited my blog in January - which the first time it's topped 50,000 visits in a month. What I like about using ClustrMaps is it gives me such visual feedback about where the audience for this blog lives and also whether they like the content! Plus I can see very easily how it has changed over time.
|Making A Mark - ClustrMaps for January - One picture worth 50,000 visits!|
Those trying to think of a new twist on how to produce a self-portrait might like to take a look at this Guardian article - Ahn Jun's self-portraits are a high art and this slideshow of her photographic self-portraits Ahn Jun: self-portraits of a fearless artist. Not for the vertically challenged!