Sunday, September 23, 2007

23rd September : Who's made a mark this week?

"The Pescheria" and other fine art drawings
at 86th SGFA Annual Open Exhibition (2007)
at the Menier Gallery, London SE1
copyright all images - the artists

Society of Feline Artists - 11th annual open exhibition
two views of the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery

copyright all images - the artists

This is my first post since Tuesday in what has been a very odd week with all the trials, tribulations and repurcussions of Northern Rock .

I wasn't well earlier this month and missed the Private Views of both the annual open exhibitions in central London that I currently have work in - SOFA at Llewellyn Alexander and SGFA at the Menier Gallery so I'm going to start with these as they both closed yesterday. I visited them on Friday and Saturday and you can see a sample of photos from the exhibitions above and in this blog post.

I have to say after all the trauma recently, it was a really nice feeling to find I'd sold work in both exhibitions!

Art exhibitions
"Pause" (sold)
coloured pencil on black HP
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
  • The SOFA exhibition has been another big success for feline artists and both Gayle Mason and I sold work. Gayle sold "Out of Sight" twice - read her blog post to find out how! The one I sold was "Pause" which is a drawing of my abyssinian cat Polly enjoying the sunlight - with ear cocked for sounds behind her as I walked up and found her there.
  • The SOFA exhibition sees the full gamut of images of cats - from big cats to pedigrees to mogs and 'comic' illustrations of cats. One the whole it seems as though images of the domestic cat sell rather better than those of big cats which I would imagine do rather better in the large wildlife shows. You can see more images from the exhibition on the SOFA blog - here and here.
Dahlias #1 (sold)
pen and ink on HP
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

  • The 86th SGFA annual exhibition had about 200 fine art drawings on show on two floors of the Menier Gallery. It's a lovely exhibition space created out of what used to be an old chocolate factory. It's across the road from the ever-popular gourmet food stalls of the foodie paradise which is Borough Market and seems to have had a very respectable stream of traffic. I'll be having some sketches from visits on my sketchbook blog as soon as I can get them blog-ready.
  • On the other wide of the world - I was greatly intrigued by the exhibition of the 'arty' palettes produced by different artists in an exhibition seen on Treicia Gibney's blog A Reason to Paint. The exhibition at St Luke Artist Colourmen (Melbourne Australia) of The Exquisite Palette is absolutely fascinating!
Art Blogs

I find most of the new blogs I post here in people's blogrolls. If I see a blog with a name I'm not familiar with and an extensive history of regular posting then I will also post it. Occasionally I make an exception - such as for people who are no strangers to the printed work who deserve to have their new blogs highlighted............

Two art blogs this week with something of an educational slant, one from a very experienced blogger - Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) - and the other from an artist, tutor and author new to blogging - Richard McKinley who's a signature member of the
The Pastel Society of America. Group Art Blogs
  • Canvas by Canvas is a collaborative group of 11 Texas artists who share a love of painting and have a unique friendship. They have and an art blog.......
  • .......but also have so much fun eating and painting together they decided they also needed a blog about painting and food. They're looking for other artists to link with their sites, recipes and food paintings.
Art Forums
Art Supplies
  • Art Materials Live is advertised as "The UK's biggest and liveliest art materials show". It's at the National Exhibition Centre (Hall 10) just outside Birmingham from 8th - 11th November. Given that the annual art materials event at the Business Design Centre is Islington was cancelled this year, I think it might also just lay claim to being the ONLY art materials fair in the UK!
    • The show - which is sponsored by 'The Artist' and 'Leisire Painter' Magazines includes workshops sponsored by Derwent and Winsor and Newton.
    • I haven't made any firm plans as yet but was wondering whether it might be worth trying to meet up with UK readers of this blog?
Websites and blogging

Two sites which have been running series of blog posts which are well worth reviewing
.......and finally

Many, many thanks to all those people who offered good wishes during my recent traumatic experience with the first run on a British bank in about 150 years! Last weekend I could neither sleep properly nor eat a thing, but the situation now seems to be sorting itself out and it looks like there may even be a complete revamp of the system for protecting depositers' money. I do know I wouldn't like to go through another long weekend like the last one!



"JeanneG" said...

I missed you. So glad you are back. Congratulations on the sales.

Jana Bouc said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved sales. I love the painting of the cat. It conveys such warmth and serenity and glowing light and the dahlias are amazing. Your experience with the bank sounds really scary. I hope you were able get all your investments out safely. I enjoyed seeing the good use you made of your time in line -- the drawings are great.

Tina Mammoser said...

Glad you're in better health and that the banking fiasco is winding down! I also missed the SGFA show (train troubles) so thanks for the images and review. :)

Making A Mark said...

Thanks Jeanne and Jana

Hi Tina! Did Sue tell you she won a prize? Her work is really lovely - I liked it a lot.

A Reason to Paint said...

The Exquisite Palette exhibition was indeed fabulous; thank you for mentioning it Katherine. I recently attended an exhibition at our old treasury museum called "Melbourne Bohemia". It featured glorious photographs of artists studios from early Melbourne and I was thrilled to see a very old landscape painting on of all things, a palette!
The Melbourne Treasury Museum have some good links on their website for anyone who likes to read about the artist studios of days long past.

By the way, I love 'Pause', a beautifully captured pussycat pose.

mARTa said...

hello katherine, I come and lurk often and have learned many things from you! I will be in London in a couple of weeks and would love to peruse an art store. Any recomendations? I am so excited about spending time sketching also and know there won't be a lack of inspiration! Thanks again!

Making A Mark said...

Thanks Treicia - I took a look at the link you suggested and it was certainly interesting. Looking in an artist's studios - even if they are ages old - has got to rank second after looking in their sketchbooks!

Making A Mark said...


I guess if you'd like to try a proper 'traditional' sort of art store then I'd recommend either Cornelissen's in Bloomsbury or Green and Stone in Chelsea. I've visited the former a lot and they rarely disappoint and my friend Shirley from New York thinks Green & Stone are wonderful.

A lot of the other art shops have either moved out, are not in central London or have gravitated towards serving students and now tend to have the 'lowest common denominator' supplies.

This post Art Shops in London provides you with details about Cornelissens and also the link to Green & Stone.

Making A Mark said...

I forgot - Waterstones and Hatchards on Piccadilly both have great book sections on art. The shop at the Bankside Gallery (next door to Tate Modern)is also very good but much more oriented towards books than supplies.

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