Here then is a round up of the year so far on my blog and my Facebook Page (for those who don't subscribe) - and then I'm going to go very quiet........
Making A Mark - in January and February 2014
- Making A Mark - in January and February 2014 - a listing of posts from the first 6 weeks of the year.
- I posted Art recording 'The Deluge of 1607' and 'Winter Storms of 2014 and then lo and behold days later the Bristol Channel experienced another earthquake!
- Ban kids from art museums vs. encourage learning opportunities The ongoing debate which started with the child who climbed on the very expensive sculpture at Tate Modern rumbles on. Such a pity more parents don't make the most of the learning opportunities for families and children offered by London's wonderful art galleries and museums! (Post contains a list and links)
- Packaging and posting artwork #2 I've revised and updated the front end of this 2008 post Packaging and posting artwork so mail and parcel links are now fresh (and Parcelforce will now get an email to this effect!) However it you review this VERY LONG post and find any of the packaging links are doolally could you let me know and I'll find the right one and update again.
- Tips for entering art competitions - a very popular post for those who have not read it before
- Tips for repelling plagiarist bloggers - an even more popular post for those who want to do something about those who steal images off blogs and websites
- Don't date your signature on your artwork! - check out the poll - and the comments as to what people do with their signature and date
- "The Great War in Portraits" - a review - the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Making A Mark on Facebook - in January and February 2014
These are all the posts on Facebook which were not highlighting my blog posts. I've ordered them according to type of topic
Art as therapy
An interesting Guardian article - Alain de Botton's guide to art as therapy Can visual art offer solace, hope and reassurance as music can? Alain de Botton chooses the works that make him feel less alone
- Damien Hirst: I copy my children's art was an article in the Telegraph in February. So that's how he does it....
World’s richest artist admits he uses his children’s ideas for his own art, saying young can produce “much better” work than adults due to lack of fear
- In Is David Hockney the greatest living British painter just by default? Johnathan Jones asks and answers in the Guardian
We shouldn't tar Hockney with the brush of 'greatness'. His work is more clever and passionate than these deadening labels allow
- This is a trailer video Oil Sketches DVD by Peter Brown by of Pete "the street" Brown - whose work can be seen in rather a lot of the Annual Exhibitions of national art societies at the Mall Galleries in London. You can also read about him in the Feb.2014 edition ofArtists And Illustrators Magazine.
- I really rate the work of Liz Charsley-Jory. I highlighted her work twice in my reviews of the 2010 and the 2012 Annual Exhibitions by the Pastel Society. You can see more of her work on http://www.lizcharsley-jory.com/ and at an exhibition in London - Wandering off the trail. The latter is an assembly of drawings done while she was the Canadian Artist in residence at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
- Guess what's in my selection of the 20 top new books about drawing in 2013? The selection was revised as the year went on and you can see what made it in 20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2013
- Thomas Thorspecken - author and illustrator of Analog Artist Digital World is also the author of a new book Urban Sketching - a complete guide - was published last month and a copy has been sent to me for review. The focus of the book is one the nuts and bolts of drawing and sketching as applied to sketching urban scenes. It's an intensely colourful book which is chock-full of useful information. It also showcases sketches by a variety of international urban sketchers. It's particularly fascinating for me given I'm writing a similar type of book but with a wider remit as to subject matter. Once I've finished my book (by the end of this month) I'm going to review it back to back with James Hobbs' Sketch Your World as they are both books about the same topic although they look very different.
Art for Children
- Some Elementary Art Lessons For those who teach art in elementary school - or parents - here's a very kind offer of lesson plans on the blog Nicole Caulfield Fine Art of my good friend Nicole Caulfield
- How to illustrate Children's Books is a new website created recently. The aim was to pull together information about illustrating children's books in one place. This is just the start - it's a site which needs development.
Art Business and Marketing
- The a-n bursary programme: giving artists what they ask for - News about art bursaries for artists
- Is your Open Studio on this website?http://www.openhouseart.co.uk/ You can find the Open Studio Art Trails herehttp://www.openhouseart.co.uk/art-trails
Art Collectors and Art Economy
- Is collecting art as profitable as it is painted? This is an interesting perspective on collecting art from the Financial Times
The international art market is having its time in the sun: auction records keep tumbling, living artists have become superstars, and their punchy paintings and shiny sculptures have become the billionaire’s playthings of choice.
- Have you entered The GreatArt Postcard Challenge 2014 ? Have you noticed who are the judges? Send your entry on any 10.5 x 14.8mm sized support to enter
- Note: The exhibition for the Lynn Painter Stainer competition is at the Mall Galleries between 17-22nd March (see £15,000 Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize 2014 - deadline approaches)
- "The Weather Series" of six lithographs by David Hockney - part of the Hockney, printmaker exhibition now on at Dulwich Picture Gallery until 11 May 2014. It's a wonderful exhibition which comes highly recommended by me — at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Art Galleries and Museums
- this is an invite to tour the collection of artwork by Claude Monet held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- I came across the the subject hub for Watercolours on the Victoria and Albert Museum website yesterday for the first time.
|Watercolour Hub on the V&A website|
- The Ruskin Collection - an e-museum, housed by the Museum of Sheffield, about John Ruskin’s many interests. Early renaissance art, gothic architecture, Albrecht Dürer and JMW Turner’s engravings, mosaic decoration, Japanese cloisonné enameling, illustrations of birds, flowers, insects and landscapes etc.
- There are some splendid pics in this album of Historical images (21 photos) on the Winsor & Newton page
- Botanical Artist Alert - Look what's coming to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens. Exhibition - Magnolias: Paintings by Barbara Oozeerally - This extraordinary series of Magnolia paintings by Barbara Oozeerally will be on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art from 15 January 2014. This is the Price List for the paintings on display - the larger ones are around £5,500.
- Jarnie Godwin (Sketchbook Squirrel) has been composing herself - A Sense of Proportion
Drawing and Sketching
- James Hobbs (blog)and Simone Rudyard (blog)who organise urban sketcher groups in London and Manchester talked about the pleasure and companionship of sketching in large groups on BBC Radio 4's "Saturday Live" plus James was also talking about his new book 'Sketch Your World - Essential Techniques for Drawing on Location' by James Hobbs (published by Apple)." As a result, I've got a sketch on a BBC website!
- But Who's in Sketch Your World? James provided a complete list of the 60 international artists in this blog post - plus links to their blogs and websites
- 28 Drawings Later - Entrances in London by Thomas Corrie is a great guest post on the Urban Sketchers London blog by Thomas Corrie - who despite tube strikes and lots of wind and rain - drew entrances in London, every day in February for "28 Days Later"
- A new place to sketch at the RA on my travelsketchbook blog. The black sofas in the Friends Room at the Royal Academy are no more - however there is a new place to drink a cup of tea and sketch which doesn't involve the very hard seating in the room where the beloved black sofas used to be.
|After Bellini (monotype)|
© Ilaria Rosselli dely Turco
- After Bellini, Monotype is a really lovely monotype by Ilaria Rosselli del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News). Ilaria has a store on her new website called Printed Once to denote the fact she produces monotypes.
Women and Art
I have a feeling Jonathan Jones got a "Be more challenging and controversial" comment in his annual performance review. Here's three recent articles on his Jonathan Jones On Art blog in the Guardian which I featured on Facebook.
- I do like women artists who don't want to be the same as everybody else! That said Jonathan Jones does repeat some male-oriented perspectives in this piece The 10 most subversive women artists in history - which doesn't make them true!
From the 17th-century painter who repeatedly depicted a woman beheading a man to the last great surrealist, Louise Bourgeois, here are 10 artists who took on the patriarchy and won
- Jonathan Jones isn't pulling any punches as he takes Tracy Emin apart in Tracey Emin: confessions of a conservative artist with nothing to say article in The Guardian. Ouch!
"The dust has settled on Young British Art. Some became rich. Some were forgotten. One or two proved to be real artists. And some became end-of-the-pier entertainers."
- However when he writes things like Art criticism has become too fawning – time for a best hatchet job award? I can't help feeling Jonathan's Editor keeps asking him to be less cosy and more controversial....... Or maybe he really doesn't like Tracy Emin?
Jonathan Jones: Jenny Saville? A heroic mediocrity. Tracey Emin? Outshone by your average newspaper cartoonist. And art critics, like their literary counterparts, should be encouraged to say so
Art Materials and Resources for Artists
- Arches Huile Oil Paper, Paper Rolls and Paper Pads - reviews and prices on Making a Mark Reviews is for those interested in trying Arches Oil/Huile Paper - as paper, paper pads or paper roll. Take a look at my summary of reviews and current prices offered by art supplies
- My paint tube wall unit is a brilliant bit of kit for ALL painters who use tube paints. Thanks to my friend Liz Steel and her Dad for the wonderfully simply and inspired design and the stories behind it.
- I've just given the pen suppliers section in Pen and Ink - Resources for Artistsa major update. Lots of recommendations re Uk suppliers - but I could do with a few more recommendations for ace suppliers in the USA. Any suggestions?
- How to choose art papers: part three – additives - an article on the Artists & Illustrators website - provides fascinating comments about the how you can contaminate the sizing in fine art papers and the differences between different types of brightening additives.
The third section of our four part series looks at what gives your paper its delightful colour, be that brilliant white or a slightly more muted shade.
- Are you as fussy about fine art paper as I am? One of the things I enjoy about visiting independent art shops which specialise in fine art paper or travelling abroad is coming into contact with a lot of paper which isn't stocked by the larger suppliers. Enquire within....... Fine Art Paper & Vellum for Artists
Fine art paper and sketchbook resources for visual artists who draw, paint and/or print and calligraphers.
- Underpaintings: Transferring Drawings is a very comprehensive post by Matthew D. Innis (Underpainting) on how to make transfer drawings
- Insurance for Art and Artists is for those wanting to find out more about the insurance of art and for artists
Do you need insurance for your art or artist's studio? Are you planning an art class and need insurance for public liability?
- How to Opt Out of Anyone on Google+ Landing in Your Gmail Inbox - Digits - WSJ The Wall Street Journal wants to share important information for people who don't want everyone knowing their gmail address
Google is rolling out changes to Gmail and Google+ that gives anyone using Gmail the ability to send you an email without knowing your email address.
- How Does Google Work? Learn How Google Works: Search Engine + AdWords - Learn how Google finds your blog - this infographic provides all the detail. It's the best I've ever seen.
and finally....I love this - and want to see more! Paintings of London by past Masters - including some of my favourite Canalettos - superimposed onto Google Street View
Famous 18th and 19th-century paintings of London are superimposed on to Google Street View screenshots for a fascinating collision