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|The Vanity of Small Differences - a book by Grayson Perry|
So tomorrow I should get my post surgery revised prescription and new reading glasses and I can get back to reading books as opposed to giant text on screen!
Artists and Art Blogs
- Two links for you about societies of watercolour painters
- Watercolour Societies - Resources for Artists
- The websites of Watercolour Societies all over the world which explains why I made it
- Coloured pencil artist Jeff George and the CPSA District Chapter 214, Los Angeles have produced a book for the upcoming CPSA Convention and Annual Exhibition - which has a strapline as follows a book of instruction and ideas. Ester Roi has written all about it on her blog - see Los Angeles CPSA Chapter Book. Maybe I should characterise it as a workbook?
- I love the simplicity and the innovation of The Sandwich Book by Wrocław-based artist and designer Pawel Piotrowski, (as seen on This is Colossal)
Drawing and Sketching
- Liz Steel (Liz and Borromini) is gearing up for the next Urban Sketchers Symposium (Urban Sketchers) which is in Barcelona (11-13 July). Even down to planning out how to use her sketchbooks - Trip Prep - Sketchbook Thinking
- Jan Blencowe is using an album on her Facebook Account for a Nature Journal / Sketchbook. Maybe it could upgrade to a Facebook Page?
- I'm blogging my sketches of a painting holiday trip to Bali in 1997: This is a sketch from a trip to Bali - of my room without windows - 46 Ananda Cottages at dusk
Four people in the art world received four 'heavyweight' honours in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The honours they received come after their name. They included
- Sir Nicholas Serota CH (Companion of Honour) - Director, Tate. For services to Art. In effect for the major expansion of the Tate Museums (see also Top 10 Art Galleries and Museums in the World for the significance of the Tate brand)
- Anish Kapoor CBE (Companion of the British Empire) - Sculptor. For services to Visual Arts. This is the sketchbook on his website
Anish Kapoor is regarded as one of the most influential and pioneering sculptors ofhis generation. He is famous for his monumental public sculptures and for hisenigmatic sculptural forms, which have been exhibited all over the world. He becamethe first living British artist to take over the Royal Academy in 2009. A Turner Prizewinner, he has twice won the Premio Duemilia at the Venice Biennale and has sincereceived many other international honours.
- Thomas Heatherwick CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) - Founder, Heatherwick Studio. For services to the Design Industry (This is the chap who designed the Olympic Cauldron)
- Grayson Perry CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) - Ceramic Artist. For services to Contemporary Art. I just wish he'd get his own website - I just know it would be strikingly different to anybody elses!
- Andrew Wyeth's top 20 American painters in watercolor. It's an interesting selection and I confess I haven't heard of one or two.
- I very much recommend this video documentary of Carl Randall. It shows him:
- collecting material for his portraits of people in contemporary contexts within Japan (see my post about his Travel Award exhibition)
- painting portraits from life in his studio in Tokyo
- painting elderly survivors of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima
- I'm going to highlight some of the websites of artists whose work made me stop and stare when I was finding their website links for the BP Post about selected artists
- Here's the first - a man with a wonderful name who will interest all those who like realism. Comhghall Casey is a Dublin based artist.
- Greg Kapka created one of those - "I need to look at this again" portraits with Heterochrome
- Agnes Toth's website is frustrating, fascinating and illuminating
- Calling all watercolour painters.... Are you a tubes or a pans person. Or both? Try my poll
Pastels and Pencils
- I've started experimenting with the new colours I bought in my haul of Luminance coloured pencils and Girtin in coloured pencils was the result
|After Girtin - The White House at Chelsea|
Caran d'Ache Luminance coloured pencils on Arches Hot Press
- Equine coloured pencil artist Carrie Lewis has written an instructional article about How to get the most out of every coloured pencil
Who painted this?
- First we had Who painted this? #32? Congratulations to Bernadette Madden in Dublin who was the first person to guess that this is a self-portrait by Artemesia Gentileschi. Speed of response seems to have been entirely dictated by whether or not people knew that she was playing a lute in the painting.
- then we had Who painted this? #33. I'm finding more and more I'm tempted to go with an image which echoes whatever it is I've been writing about. Which is how come this week I noticed how few painters put people in their urban landscapes!
Art Business & Marketing
Amazon Art Gallery
- Yes - you read that right! Amazon is planning to open a virtual art gallery to sell art online. The venture is targeted at the smaller galleries and apparently 109 have agreed to go online. Some dealers are indicating they may well operate under a pseudonym until the venture becomes successful. Amazon is not commenting as yet. However note that, unlike books and authors, there's no sense at present that individual artists could represent themselves online at Amazon.
- I've given my website 'How to Price Your Art - Resources for Artists' a major overhaul so it flows and reads better - and it has a brand new poll. What type of approach do you take to pricing your art?
- Why Done Is Better Than Perfect is a post on the Etsy blog
- The Art Newspaper reports on The great ‘whether to separate’ debate and how the impact of art fairs are being felt in the staffing of art galleries
Galleries are increasingly splitting their sales and curatorial teams. Some, however, are sceptical
- Photographer to appeal to Supreme Court in copyright case - The Richard Prince / Patrick Cariou copyright case goes on and on and on.......
- Gloria J Callahan (Gloria Callahan) - one of the artists whose work was selected for the CPSA Annual Exhibition this year - had a very educational experience as part of the selection process. She was asked to get agreement from Harley Davidson that it was OK for her drawing of their logo on a motorbike could be exhibited in the show. This blog post CPSA Acceptance for the third time = Signature Status and Trademark information sets out what happened - and then what happened next!
Marketing and Communication
- Nicole Caulfield (Nicole Caulfield) has been showing us how she's going to make people notice her coloured pencil artwork and prints when she starts to sell art in her new Saturday Market in Portland Oregon - see
- New Props & Getting Ready for the Saturday Market
- More Saturday Market Readiness
- plus she's highlighting items for art fairs and how to display things on her Art Fair Pinterest Board (best use I've seen for Pinterest yet!)
- How can you stand out from the herd asks Harriette Berman (Ask Harriete) - and uses as an example one related to an art magazine - "Purple Cow" Visibility . . . Yes, Yes, Yes,
Lots about portraiture this week
- BP Portrait Award 2013 - the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2013 generated a lot of posts
- A rather shocked Susanne de Toit wins £30,000 BP Portrait Award 2013
- This is the BP Portrait Award 2013 - Selected Artists and Statistics. Artists from 70 countries sent in nearly 2000 portraits for the BP Portrait Award 2013 - but only 55 portraits were selected to hang in the exhibition. So what makes these artists special? You can find out about the artists selected - and review portraits and links to their websites. Plus statistics on the number of entries and the % accepted and the % which came from international artists. (Please share with those interested in portraiture and this prize)
- BP Portrait Exhibition 2013 - Video & Review - I've got another video to process still!
- BP Travel Award
- the exhibition of the 2012 award winner was stunning - see Carl Randall's Japan - the best BP Travel Award Exhibition ever!
- and then my friend Sophie Ploeg wins BP Travel Award 2013. You can join in with her project as she's going to be blogging about it right the way through this year - see The Art-ventures of Sophie Ploeg. It's already evident that there was a lot more to portraiture in the 17th century than being able to paint a face!
- Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition 2013 - Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News) highlighted a portrait competition which is new to me. See Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition 2013
- I'm starting with a couple where announcements are a little lacking and I personally would want to know more before signing up and parting with cash
- ArtPlantaeToday announces a coloured pencil workshop with Ann Swan at the Los Angeles Arboretum at the end of September. Which is odd because it doesn't appear on either Ann's website or that that associated with the Arboretum. I suggest checking with Ann first before handing over any money!
- I've got a lot of time for Paul - but I think maybe his new Art Practice Community website called Creative Triggers will get a better response if he identifies himself better (ie surname!) and shows us his artwork. People need to trust you to complete a subscription form with their personal details and agree to pay a monthly subscription.
- Ester Roi provides us with a lesson - How to Mount Paper on Board
Major Art Galleries and Museums in London
- Tate Britain:
- Tate Britain has already sold more advance tickets for the Lowry exhibition than it's ever sold before for any other exhibition. Looks like a blockbuster to me! Here's my review of this new blockbuster exhibition which opened in London last week - Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life - a review
- Apparently, in the same lot next summer, The Art Newspaper has announced that the Tate will be hosting an exhibition about UK Folk Art (10 June-7 September 2014)
- My first visit to the BP Walk through British Art suggests that most visitors will now have a much more enjoyable visit when coming to Tate Britain
Other galleries in the UK
- 'Royal Paintbox: Royal Artists Past and Present' is on display at the Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle, 22 June 2013 – 26 January 2014. You can see a set of photos of the installation of "Royal Paintbox" on Flickr. The exhibition will feature works by King George III and his children, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HM The Queen. Plus a series of watercolours by HRH The Prince of Wales. You can see examples of the works on show on the website
- The Art Everywhere pictures have been posted and invitations to vote issued. Shame you have to be a member of Facebook AND have to turn on the apps functionality on your personal Facebook account to be able to vote. I will NOT do that - and consequently I can't vote! Click the link to find out what people who have Facebook accounts and who like interactive apps think is great art! Nobody else gets a say.......
Major art galleries and museums in the USA
- The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art is now open to the public 7 days a week for the first time in 42 years. Also, the opening time each morning has changed to 10:00 a.m. (from 9:30 a.m.). This new schedule is in effect at both the Museum's Main Building and at The Cloisters museum and gardens.
Art Equipment and Supplies
- Deborah Paris has been talking palettes - on her blog Deborah Paris - A Painting Life - see Palette Talk in which she shows us her my New Wave Expressionist palette!
- The end of Google Reader is today - or so we were led to understand - it's still working as I write. While it's still up and running you can export your subscriptions from Google Reader which dies tonight. You have to export via Google Takeout which gives you a zip file of your Reader subscriptions https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader
Life as an art-going dachshund can be a bit hectic and very tiring - see Too much art for little me on The Adventures of Miss Marple.