Sunday, November 11, 2007

11th November 2007: Who's making a mark this week?

Lest we forget - Horseguards on Horseguards
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Lest we forget - it's not very often that the 11th day of the 11th month comes around on a Sunday. Today is both Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday in the Commonwealth.

Changing the Guard
Horseguards Parade, 10.11.07.
(with London Eye is background)

copyright Katherine Tyrrell

The start and end of the minute's silence are marked by the firing of a gun by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade.

This was the scene yesterday on Horseguards of the changing of the guard when I passed while walking from one exhibition at the Mall Galleries to another at the Horticultural Halls.

Art bequest
Art Blogs
Art Exhibitions
The exhibits showcase the work of over thirty artists whose common interest is in clarifying artistic discourse through their blogs. All of the exhibits will take place between November 3, 2007 and January 12, 2008. Free and open to the public.
Gayle Mason and feline friends demonstrating
at the UKCPS stand at Art Materials Live, NEC

copyright Katherine Tyrrell
  • Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) has posted on her blog about being a demonstrator for UKCPS at the Art Materials Live exhibition on Thursday and Friday last week. She's now written about it on her blog and I can certainly endorse what Gayle had to say about the amount of people talking to her about her work - her cats stopped people in their tracks! I'm sure there will be a lot of interest too in the workshops and DVDs which she is now thinking about as a result of the show.
  • Congrats to the UKCPS people who staffed the two stands - about CP and working with CP. They were extremely well organised with three demonstrators and other support for a lot of visitors asking about and trying out coloured pencils. The support through provision of art materials and discount vouchers from the various manufacturers was also very impressive.
  • I'll be blogging later in the week about two exhibitions I visited yesterday - the Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the exhibition of botanical art at the November London Flower Show by the Royal Horticultural Society. One of the posts will be about two of the gold medal winning artists - one from the UK and one from the USA.
Art videos

I haven't posted any videos for a bit. Here's a couple about:
  • the Guardian Online has a section on the Turner Prize 2007 including a video The Turner Prize. You can also read Wikipedia here for commentary about the history of The Turner Prize and visit the Official Tate Britain / Turner Prize website and the site devoted to this year's nominees. I saw the Mark Wallinger piece at Tate Britain earlier in the year - staged just outside the 'exclusion zone'. The winner will be announced in December.
  • a video about Maira Kalman who was mentioned in last week's 'Who's Made A Mark' - talking about her life and work and New Yorker covers. She's really very funny! You need to subscribe to Tedtalks to see it (right hand of screen)
Art supplies
Art workshops
The Big Drawing Book Review - Book reviews
  • I've been distracted by art materials pencil sharpeners this week bit will be returning to book reviewing this week. In the meantime Kirsty Hall has written a brilliant book review about The Drawing Book by Sarah Simblet.
Next Saturday, Gayle and I will be back at the NEC - this time for her stand displaying artwork at the Supreme Cat Show! We look forward to meeting with anybody who reads this blog and who is also going.

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