I do like reading what the Turner Prize winning "Essex transvestite potter" has to say about art - he's both articulate, accessible and cuts through the proverbial! This is Grayson Perry on contemporary art - following the delivery of the first of his four Reith Lectures titled "Playing to the Gallery" at the Tate last week (I'd be booking a ticket right now but unfortunately they're fully booked)
Newspapers commented on the delivery of the first lecture as follows
- The Independent - Grayson Perry: 'Most modern art is rubbish'
- The Telegraph -
- Modern art is so mainstream it's even in the Archers, Grayson Perry says in first Reith Lecture and
- Has the 'squeezed middle’ found an unlikely champion in Grayson Perry?
- The Guardian - Grayson Perry shows us how the art world works – as a formidable cartel
|"The Vanity of Small Differences" - tapestries on display in the RA Summer Exhibition 2013|
by Grayson Perry RA
I can't think of anybody else who has attempted such a successful and
over-arching commentary on contemporary society in the UK today
which at the same time connects with iconic British art of the past
Top Ten most influential British artists (2011)
The Other Art Fair: 2011 poll of 1,000 British painters and sculptors
- David Hockney
- J.M.W. Turner
- Grayson Perry
- Francis Bacon
- Jack Vettriano
- Lucian Freud
- Thomas Gainsborough
- Sir Peter Blake
- Stanley Spencer
Watch out for other mentions of these artists in this blog post!
Artists and Art Blogs
Dry Media - Pastels and Pencils
- I've long been a fan of UK pastel artist Patrick Cullen and his use of colour and have featured his work a number of times on this blog (eg see this link and this link). He's now being featured by the Pastel Journal in their October edition - see Southern Europe Pastel Landscape Painting | Patrick Cullen
- Richard McKinley (Pastel Pointers) has a post about The Pastelist Grip | A Tactile Relationship. Now I reckon all pastel artists get a buzz from the very direct tactile relationship between hand and surface. Just how you get your buzz is reflected in how you use your pastel.
- Ester Roi (Ester Roi) is at it again - but even bigger - see Go big or go home on her blog. She's now working 24" x 48" in coloured pencils. Has she made a super big Icarus and not told us? ;) Note that Ester's large colourful artwork results in strong sales for Ester. What does that tell you?
- CPSA is introducing a new online competition called ArtSpectations - which is an online, viewable competition for CPSA members only. The show will have separate categories for signature and non-signature members. To enter, go to http://cpsa.fluidreview.com and check out the eligibility rules and how the entry system works
- See Art Competitions for my review of the Derwent Art Prize.
- October is Big Draw month and here's a selection of relevant links to
- The BIG Draw Blog
- London Drawing at the Goldsmith Centre - these are Monthly Drop In Life Classes in the heart of the City of London
- I came across this blog Analog artist digital world by accident and was impressed both by the drawing and the context of the narrative in the posts I real. Check it out and tell me what you think.
- The Women Painting Women blog have been amazingly successful since the blog was started by Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani and Diane Feissel in 2008. The Women Painting Women Facebook Page now has 7.5k likes.
- Having had exhibitions in 2010 and 2012, they are now staging their third exhibition and were overwhelmed with entries from all over the world - see the Art Exhibitions in the USA section. It's very sensibly timed so that everybody can also go see the Outwin Bouchever Portrait Competition Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington!
- In addition they are also having exhibitions in six other galleries in the USA and in Glasgow!
- Read Ilaria Rosselli del Turco for an account of the story so far in Sisters are doin' it for themselves
- Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) has also written about Women in the Act of Painting - covering the Women in the Act of Painting blog Philadelphia painterNancy Bea Miller. This blog has an ever-growing collection of fine art images that depict women in the act of making visual art: painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking etc. I like it.
- Alvaro Castagnet has topped 10,000 followers for his Alvaro Castagnet Facebook Page - I'm not surprised it looks fun. Would that more painters and tutors made their Facebook Pages a bit more fun and accessible!
- This is a Friends of the ROI Painting Day - go to the Workshop section of Art Education to find out about the next Masterclass run by the Royal Institure of Oil Painters.
Who painted this?
- Who Painted This? #45 - such a pity we don't see more paintings of carefully constructed scenes recording everyday life. Congratulations to Jane Gardiner (Glasgow Painter) who was the first person to get ALL the correct answers to Who painted this? #44
Art Business & Marketing
- Barney Davey (Art Print Issues) asks Art Trends Should You Care About Them? He makes very good points about the use of white space and unadorned typography.
There is no easy answer to whether a particular artist should pay attention and incorporate art trends into their work. Some artists will look down their nose at anyone who would consider art trends for aesthetic or business reasons. They embrace creativity as something sacred.
- Tips for Starting Your Art Career | Artist’s Network University by Beth Samek, Online Education Manager at Artist’s Network University
My advice for someone that wants to make art a full-time career is to ‘make art that matters every day’ and then make sure it gets seen. Meaning....
- Why You Might Need Additional Domain Names for Your Art is a post by Alyson Stanfield about the reasons why you might need more than domain name. I've been a convert to this notion for years - and extend it to emails as well - with email addresses dedicated to different purposes. It's easy if you use gmail.
- The National Gallery's Online Shop has been updated and shows you what organisations that have the funding to deliver websites which work with mobile devices can do - which primarily is "shopping on the move" which is the "big new thing".
- 50 Call-to-Action Templates to Help You Convert Leads in Style [Free Download] - I'm going to be investigating this - I've always wanted some little signs!
Marketing in a locality
- Thomas Thorspecken (Analog Artist Digital World) provides an account of The Artist's Survival Guide - which aims to provide artists and the artistically curious with the building blocks needed for professional creative careers in Central Florida. The intention is that it will culminate in a printed Artist’s Survival Guidebook after 12 months of programming. Why don't more localities do this?
- Jackie Simmonds (Jackie Simmonds Artyfacts) offers an OPEN STUDIO - and a few rebellious thoughts... about pricing for open studios compared to a gallery. The argument about the unfairness of galleries expecting a commission AND to take paintings as stock on a sale and return basis has some appeal. All other retailers have to buy in stock for sale at wholesale prices (i.e not retail prices) - and they can then set retail prices according to their own predetermined profit margin - and then write off the stock if it doesn't sell. I guess that's the other side of the coin - would one really want one's work in the "bargain bin"?
- On Monday I saw and then wrote about the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013 Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. My post focuses on what it takes to get a painting selected for this exhibition.
|Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013 - Day 1 of the Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries|
|Derwent Art Prize: Waiting to hear who won which prize |
at the Mall Galleries on Wednesday evening's Private View
(the exhibition in background of the Main Gallery is the Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition)
- Chrys Allen wins inaugural Derwent Art Prize for pencil art is my review of the exhibition for the Derwent Art Prize which also listes the prizewinners. Chrys Allen won the First Prize of £5,000 in the inaugural Derwent Art Prize competition for works created in pencil. It was an excellent exhibition, it was great to see an unconventional work of pencil art win first prize and it's just a pity that the exhibition was only on for a week.
- Cass Arts nabbed an interview with the winner of The Jerwood Prize - see Svetlana Fialove: Her collage used to build the store
Upcoming Exhibitions for Art Competitions in the UK
- The exhibition for the Threadneedle Prize opens on 25 September and runs until Saturday 12 October 2013 (10am to 5pm). I'm going to be at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday night with my Twitter account at the ready......
Art Competitions in the USA
- The Outwin Bouchever Portrait Competition 2013 exhibition has opened at the National Portrait Gallery. The competition is not international - however that said they had over 3k entries. Ilaria Rosselli del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News) has written a review - with images - of the exhibition in Americans do it better.
- Ilaria Rosselli del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News) writes about the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 held at the National Portrait Gallery in the USA - which is the major portraiture competition.
From more than 3,000 entries from every state, a jury of experts chose forty-eight works of art in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, textile, photography, video, and mixed media.
|This is the Press Scrum at the RA on Tuesday morning|
- just before the start of the tour of the Australia exhibition by the curators
This is an exhibition with some very BIG paintings
Art Museums and Galleries in the UK
- Australia opened to the public at the Royal Academy of Arts yesterday. It is the largest survey of Australian art which has ever been mounted outside Australia. I saw it earlier in the week and this is my review - 'Australia' Exhibition at the Royal Academy - review. It's a splendid exhibition - if you like landscape and paintings about the land.
Flyer for Ashmolean Exhibition
Francis Bacon Henry Moore
Flesh and Bone
some of them rarely seen in public – this show will present Bacon’s paintings alongside Moore’s sculptures and drawings to reveal surprising parallels in the work of these two great artists. Not least that they both made art about people.
- Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective opened yesterday at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow and continues until 23 February 2014. It includes over 100 paintings between 1992 and 2012 and is an opportunity to review the quality of his painting. The Scottish artist Jack Vettriano is self-taught and popular but not critically acclaimed . He's been accused of colouring in - which based on a recent programme about him I'd be inclined to agree. To my mind he's a graphic artist, in more ways than one, which explains why they reproduce and sell well in prints.
- Go to 2 hours 22 minutes 30 seconds to listen to his 5 minute interview on the BBC Today programme HERE
- Interestingly his art career was launched by an article by a journalist and he dedicates the exhibition to that man
- BBC Scotland takes a moral line - Jack Vettriano: 'Critics don't take sex seriously'
- This is Jonathan Jones of The Guardian on Jack Vettriano and the exhibition -
Jack Vettriano: just the Tom Jones of 21st-century art? That's really going to annoy the Tom Jones fans!
Vettriano is no modern Van Gogh. To me, he's more like the Welsh singer: bold, brassy and devoid of inner truth
- A very valid point is made in Art comment: For an eyeful of remarkable art, stick a pin in a map of Britain
- I missed this post in August - in connection with the very innovative Art Everywhere exhibition of art on posters around the UK. Your top ten British masterpieces reveals those artworks which got the most votes.
|Still Alive - in the Threadneedle Space, Mall Galleries|
Art Galleries and Museums in Europe
- Masculine / Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day is a new exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. I had to smile when I noted both Harley Davidson and Slendertone are supporting the exhibition.
Art Societies - UK - Annual and Other Exhibitions
- This is my review of a recent group exhibition by members of the Federation of British Artists Review: Still Alive - Contemporary Still Life Painting
- The next annual exhibitions of National Art Societies are:
- DRAW 13 - The Society of Graphic Fine Art's Annual Open Exhibition will take place from Monday 30th September to Saturday 12th October at the Menier Gallery in London. Music is the optional theme
- Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers Tue 15 - Sun 27 October 2013 (see my previous posts about past annual exhibitions)
- Royal Society of Marine Artists Wed 16 - Sun 27 October 2013 (see my previous posts about past annual exhibitions)
Art Societies and Groups - USA- Annual Exhibitions
- The Pastel Society of America's 41st Annual Exhibition "Enduring Brilliance!" continues until 28 September 2013 at The Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
- The Women Painting Women group is staging their 3rd exhibition WPW (R)evolution, at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. They received more than more than 500 entries from 26 states and countries such as Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada and the Philippines - and selected 36 portraits of women by women for the exhibition. It opened on 20 September and closes on 18th October 2013. Press coverage includes:
- Women Painting Women: Internationally noted exhibit coming to Chattanooga
- Mathew Innis provides a preview of some of the work on his blog Underpaintings - see Sneak Peek: Women Painting Women: (R)evolution
- You can buy the catalogue on MagCloud
- National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society (The NOAPS Blog). The selected art for the 23rd Best of America Exhibit 2013 is now on the NOAPS website. I note the blog isn't quite keeping up with the progress of events in relation to the exhibition - however their Facebook Page announces that you can now vote for your favourite paintings for the People's Choice Award - but doesn't explain how! I also found the exhibition page on the website to be very confusing. It looks like an ancient website to me without any slideshow capability. If I was a member of NOAP I would be wanting to know when they're going to update the website to create a virtual exhibition which gave my art the very best chance of selling.
- Call for Entries: Explore This! 10
Art Bloggers' Exhibitions
- Coloured pencil artist Tiffany Budd (Tiffany Budd at work) has an exhibition of her drawings 'To the Point' - Art of the Coloured Pencil Exhibition at The Atrium Gallery, Dittons Library, Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, KT7 0BS until 18th October 2013 (The link is to a Facebook album of photographs of the exhibition). Congrats to Tiffany who gave birth to a baby boy in June.
- Paintings by Laura Murphy Frankstone (Laurelines) and ceramics by Sasha Bakaric can be seen in an exhibition at Horace Hill House at Chapel Hill until 21st October. Laura has been a tad busy recently welcoming a new grandchild into the world so there's nothing on her blog about it - but see Facebook for more.
Do you produce tutorials - whatever the form of delivery?If you're an artist who is producing educational material - either in terms of blog posts or paid tutorials, workshops or DVDs, do make sure you let me know (see the side column for how to contact me). If you are a regular art blogger of quality who I have known for some time (like Gayle and Karen below) then I'll be happy to pass the information along. If you're new to me I may just watch a while first.
Art Tutorials - Drawing AnimalsHere's a round-up of some tutorials about drawing and painting animals.
- Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) has been preparing tutorials and helping people with their artwork for some time. However her role as a coloured pencil tutor has just taken a major step forward.
- She has an article in the October Issue of Leisure Painter which covers trouble-shooting for common problems when drawing animalsYou can read an extract Drawing Fur with Coloured Pencils on their website. This is the first in a series of articles by Gayle.
- She's also just accepted the role of tutor for the Pet Portrait Course held by the London Art College. Here's the page on her website where you can see her existing technique guides for drawing a tabby cat, cats eyes and a dog - in coloured pencils
- Karen Margulis PSA also has a Pastel Lesson Download…How to Paint Animals with Pastel
Drawing and Painting WorkshopsLet me know if you are doing a workshop.
- The date of a new Masterclass in 2014 has been announced by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters - the next one will be Sunday 14th September 2014.
- Deborah Paris (Deborah Paris - The Landscape atelier) has two online classes coming up. (see class descriptions) They are
- Drawing & Painting Trees October 11 - November 8, 2013 - one of her most popular classes
- Composing the Landscape November 8 - December 6, 2013 - a challenging and exciting approach to design.
- Sadie Valeri (one of the founders of Women painting Women) and her husband have finished her 3 hour Instructional Painting Video DVD +Blu Ray UPDATE about Indirect Oil Painting. You can watch a preview.
- Many of you know that I make a website about an artist as I start to learn more about them - so I can keep track of all the best links to galleries and information about them. Here's my latest - which I have wanted to do for some time as he always reminds me of one of my other favourite painters - John Singer Sargent. Except Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida this painter is Spanish!
Techies - websites, blogging and webware
- Alyson Stanfield (ArtBizBlog)has 9 Artist Resources for Better Performing Websites and Blogs
- Karen Margulis (Daily Pastel Paintings by Karen Margulis) has Two Options for Blogging on the Road - and reviews the apps she has used for blogging while travelling
- Reading blogs in feedreaders
- When Google Reader folded I transferred the file of my feeds to Newsblur - on the basis that I read on my iMac and I needed to know for sure I had a deskbound web version ready to go. I like NewsBlur - I like the fact you can train it, I like the presentation of the posts - I just wish I could do a search!
- Now that Feedly has got its act together for iMacs I've fired that up and am now very much liking the magazine format. also like the search facility
- Neither quite do what I want them to do - but hopefully they're getting there.
- I'm loving the new format for the gmail inbox - so much easier to keep track of traffic in different categories. It's going to make a big difference to the emails hurtling across my screen.
Everybody can now be Banksy. Tate Modern has a new digital drawing bar on Level 3 of the museum. Sponsored by Bloomberg, you can draw on a digital sketchpad and then see your drawing projected on the wall. (I am trying very hard not to imagine what the pubescent teenage boy will draw!)
In addition, they have installed new interactive touchscreens inviting visitors to join art-related conversations, and screens showcasing visitors’ ideas and drawings running down the spine of Tate Modern
They're called MAKE YOUR MARK. That should keep the 7.7 million annual visitors occupied!