Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Just Stop Oil is both destructive and IGNORANT!

For many years, I used to visit the BP Portrait Awards Night at the National Portrait Gallery to photograph the winning artists. In doing so, I used to have walk past the demonstrators against BP's sponsorship of this important portrait competition.  I said "Excuse me" and they kindly moved to let me pass. Respect on both sides.

I understood where they were coming from. It made sense - even if I disagreed with them - as explained in a series of posts about sponsorship of art (see end of this post)

However words very nearly fail me when it comes to some of the utter stupidities of the Just Stop Oil's initiatives in relation to art galleries and famous oil paintings - but not quite.  Hence this post!

The demonstrations

Graffiti sprayed onto walls of art galleries and glueing themselves to paintings
is standard practice for these demonstrators

To date there have been various demonstrations around the UK involving destruction of property and demonstrators gluing themselves to very old artwork and archival frames as follows

  • June 29th - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - 
  • July 1st - Manchester Art Gallery
  • July 4th - National Gallery
  • July 5th - Royal Academy

Not so one of my followers who very neatly summed it up when he pointed out 

It's the wrong sort of oil!

or another who commented

Ian Dugdale
Just think about all the petro-chemical solvent that will be needed to remove all the graffiti. Wouldn’t be needed without their actions.

So let's highlight 

  • it's the wrong sort of oil
  • the wrong places are being attacked for no good reason
The one on the left apparently enjoys foreign holidays involving lots of flights

The wrong sort of oil

Some of the protestors are art students.

You'd think they'd know that oil paint has nothing whatsoever to do with petroleum!

The oil used in oil paint is very often linseed oil.

Linseed oil is:

  • pressed from flax seeds - which have been grown for centuries if not millenium without adverse effects
  • biodegradeable
  • non toxic
Other oils used as a viscous medium for oil paint include walnut oil and poppy oil.

They all sound very green to me - and precisely the antithesis of what these very silly  infantile protestors are complaining about.

The wrong places i.e. no oil sponsorship


Indeed BP has very nearly stopped backing the arts per se.

On the page on its website dealing with sponsorship of the arts in the UK it highlights the following

In 2016, in support of our strategy, we announced a further five-year investment of £7.5 million from 2018 for a range of projects at the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House

So basically, not one of the art galleries targeted have been in receipt of oil money - and one of them is closed at the moment!

There are no grounds whatsoever for attacking these places.

On 14th June I walked home from an art exhibition along Horse Guards
- only to find that some very expensive machinery involved in 
cleaning red paint thrown on the Treasury Building by Just Stop Oil demonstrators

Indeed I also find the waste of public money involved in cleaning off the paint thrown at the Treasury to be abominable, given others (from Gandhi to Greenham Common to Dame Deborah James) have demonstrated extremely well how effective other forms of PEACEFUL campaigning can be. 

Destructive protests just serve to alienate very many people.

The rules of effective protests are

  1. First do no harm
  2. Get your facts right
  3. Don't annoy the wrong people 
So far as I'm concerned they're getting it very badly wrong on EVERY SINGLE LEVEL! 

While I support environmentalism, in no way do I support people who behave in such an ignorant and destructive way to no good end. 

Many think - and I agree - that they need to grow up and stop behaving like young people with a bad attack of the teenage tantrums.

REFERENCE: BP sponsorship

I've written about BP's sponsorship of the Arts and the various views taken about it on a number of occasions:
My view is clear - as stated back in 2015.
I'll state my case up front. I really am not in the least bit bothered by BP's sponsorship of art galleries and museums. I'm far more concerned about:
  • fossil fuel companies behaving in a social responsible manner
  • those trying to repair their reputation paying a fair price to society for the privilege of being associated with a prestigious art gallery or museum which only exists due to generous state support. 
Of course I'd rather that energy sources came from renewable sources. However until somebody makes energy consumption from non-fossil fuel a cost effective and efficient proposition for most of the companies and families in the UK (and elsewhere) I don't see much alternative to the continued use of fossil fuels.

That in turn means oil companies will be looking for ways of sanitising their image - and offers a wonderful opportunity for sponsorship - so long as this is at the right price.

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Peter Brown's Paintings of Glastonbury Festival

Peter Brown has a new Online Exhibition of his paintings of Glastonbury Festival between 2016 and 2022.

It was such a joy to be back painting at Glastonbury this year after two years of COVID cancellations. To celebrate, I’ve put together this online exhibition of my paintings of the festival that I’ve done over the years: 2016, 2017, 2019 and this year 2022.
Peter becomes the equivalent of an artist in residence for the duration of the Festival - as he has been in years past.

You can see the exhibition on his website at https://www.peterbrownneac.com/exhibition/glastonbury/

About Peter Brown

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Artists - Do you have a Profitable Side Hustle?

I know a number of artists whose taxable income comes from a portfolio of activities and income streams - and notably includes a side hustle.

I'm thinking about writing about the type of Artists' Side Hustles which have proved SUCCESSFUL in

  • diversifying the activities of a (would-be) professional artist (as in "I'm aiming to make all my income from art")
  • generating another income stream 
  • reducing the risk to your economic wellbeing when all art sales suddenly dry up.

Copyright Making A Mark Publications

What is a Side Hustle?

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Apologies: yet more copyright infringing sites found

My apologies for break in posts again - but yet again I've uncovered more copyright infringement. Yesterday and today has been taken up with finding and reporting all the posts scraped from my website and posted on the following SCRAPER sites

  • realpaperworks.com
  • marciassilverspoon.net
  • marthafied.com
  • megabronze.com
  • paradiselongbeach.net
  • richelleart.com

Sunday, June 26, 2022

UPDATE re. copyright infringement, exhibition reviews and 'who painted this'

This post is about
  • copyright infringement and what I'm doing about it
  • exhibition reviews
  • who painted this - and whether it can continue

Copyright infringement - and what I'm doing about it

I got very fed up this week with the extent of copyright infringement experienced by this blog in recent times. There has been wholesale scraping of content with virtually all the words and pics from some posts ending up on more than one other site.

It's enough to make me want to give up.

Instead of which I've started to hammer the scrapers via Google and, on the face if it, it looks like I'm making progress but need to do more as they scraped yesterday's post

This is what now happens if somebody puts the website description into Google. Note the narrative from Google at the bottom of the page.

Spot Google's Response within Google Search
to the scammer website https://richelleart.com

So I will have to spend more time next week chasing down this toerag - and OTHERS I've also spotted - which means less time for posting about art and exhibitions!

An alternative approach to exhibitions

I'm also finding that I need to break up long posts about exhibitions into parts - as I still get tired post surgery and need to find time for all the exercise I'm doing! 

However I can mix art and exercise! 
  • I managed to walk from Green Park tube to Embankment Tube via Colnaghi, Messums and the NEAC exhibition at the Mall Galleries (6,142 steps and 4.6km walked - which is way more than I could manage pre-surgery)
  • AND collecting an artwork I bought en route - although I had to ask TFL staff for help getting up and down steps at both ends of my tube journey home!

On my way home with my recent artwork purchase!

So I'm uploading my photos of the paintings in the NEAC 2022 Exhibition - as hung on the walls of the Mall Galleries - to my Facebook Page - with commentary.  This follows the practice I started to adopt pre-surgery for much the same reason. More time for exercise means less time for reviews.

Today I uploaded the East Gallery. Tomorrow I will upload the West Gallery and then on Tuesday the North Gallery.

I'm also going back next week to have another look at the exhibition as it's on for an extra week because of the train strikes and doesn't finish until 9th July.

Who painted this?

I'm trying to work out how to continue with Who Painted this? given that these posts were being targeted by the scammer.

I've had to switch off comments as they were just sucking in spam and that was becoming VERY time-consuming to get rid of.

I'm thinking along the lines of creating a special email address just for this art challenge which would then mean that 
  • all responses to the challenge would use the email address to send in their response.
  • every time a spammer uses it within my gmail account I can then report the abuse and spam email address to Google - see https://support.google.com/a/answer/178266
However all of this depends on my tolerance for the tedium of dealing with spammers and scammers.

I like getting results - so I'm not giving up yet.