Sunday, March 30, 2008

30th March 2008: Who's made a mark this week?

A view of the 196th Annual Exhibition of the
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries
20th March 2008 to 5th April 2008

Yesterday I visited the 196th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries with Vivien Blackburn, her friend Glenn and Tina Mammoser. I'll be writing more about this exhibition tomorrow.

Saturdays during the Exhibition are the days when it gets a lot of visits from art societies and watercolour societies from all over the country. If your Art Society isn't making it more feasible and economical for its members to attend art exhibitions around the country by organising trips, then why don't you ask them why not? ;)

In the UK, the clocks changed overnight so we're now back to normal again in relation to time differences with the USA and elsewhere. I can highly recommend atomic clocks which adjust themselves!

Featured artist

I'm the featured artist this week in Sue Smith's (Ancient Artist) Sunday Salon series of interviews with artists....or rather I will be when she's had a chance to process the stuff I sent her rather later than I'd intended - sorry Sue!

[Update - now posted Sunday Salon: Sitting Down with Katherine Tyrrell]

Art holidays and workshops - and nature journalling

More from the world of art holidays and workshops - if you're a regular reader/commenter do let me know if you've got a blog post about workshops delivered or attended.

This time the focus is on nature journaling in Central America and the Caribbean. Here's some references to various botanical blogs and sites I've looked at this week. these include:
Art Business and Marketing
Art Education - summer programmes
Art Galleries and Museums
  • Meet Nicholas Penny, the new Director of the National Gallery in London, in a couple of interviews here and here.
  • We went to the Alison Watt exhibition 'Phantom' at the National Gallery yesterday - both the film about her and her work is stunning! Well worth a visit if you're going to be in London before it finishes on 22 June.
  • Today is the last day for having your say on the next work that should go on the fourth plinth (which now has its very own website!) in Trafalgar Square
  • David Hockney has given his biggest work Bigger Trees near Warter to the Tate. I know this looks like a massively altruistic gesture, but even this Hockney fan can't help thinking that maybe its size also took up rather a lot of room at home?
The Hockney is over 12 metres long and 4.5 metres high, which probably makes it the biggest painting ever done in the open air. Painted in oils, it comprises 50 separate canvases, hung together. The view is of a copse outside Bridlington, in Yorkshire, which is now Hockney’s main home.
The Art Newspaper
The Utagawa School, founded by Utagawa Toyoharu, dominated the Japanese print market in the nineteenth century and is responsible for more than half of all surviving ukiyo-e prints, or “pictures of the floating world.
Art History
  • Art Magick is a virtual gallery which is ostensibly dedicated to obscure 19th century artists and long-forgotten paintings showing a "magic world of romance and pictured poetry" - which means mainly the Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist movements. You can see the pictures by art movements.
  • However I discovered this week that under 'museums' it has a staggering set of links to all the major (and a lot of minor) art museums and galleries around the world!
Art Societies
  • the UKCPS blog has a post So what is Art about? which summarises some of the debate had recently about what sort of artwork is eligible for exhibition with UKCPS.
  • I also understand that CPSA are also planning to include something on a very similar topic in their next newsletter.
  • I also highlighted an aspect which is not allowed in CPSA submissions (or UKCPS from 2009) in this post Drawing with mechanical and optical aids (which has also prompted some very interesting comments)
Art Supplies
and finally.......

Now you've read my post (ie there's a reason this come last! ;) ) and before you get on with the rest of your day maybe you'd better take a look at Maggie Stiefvater's posts about strategies for time management - addressing all those things you do rather than getting on with things!
Now, the reason why these are worth reading is because they're written by somebody who has proved that time management can really work and create the space for getting more things done - like writing that novel you always meant to write.

Besides producing her art, Maggie is now on her fourth novel - and her first one Lament - The Faurie Queen's Deception got its ISBN number and made its Amazon debut for pre-ordering this week while her agent accepted an offer from her publisher for the second one Ballad the previous week and she's about to start reading Maggie's third novel next week!

Maggie has a link near the top of the right hand column of her site where you can pre-order her new book and make happy all the young teens in your life who are looking for the next Harry Potter.............


  1. I love the links this week, Katherine -- and the Hockney bit was very amusing. I'm inclined to agree!

    Thanks for the wonderful mention!

  2. Thanks for the link Katherine. And I second your recommendation to see "Phantom" at the National Gallery - I actually went back and spent more time there yesterday.

    Funny thing about the Hockney painting, the article I read said it was in the RA Summer Exhibition but I can only remember an entirely different huge painting at the last show. Can anyone enlighten me? I say that because I distinctly didn't like the one I saw at the last RA summer show (which is unusual for me with a Hockney) but do like "Bigger Trees".

    Or maybe my memory is going? Uh oh.

  3. Hi Katherine! I really enjoy your "Who's made a mark" posts. Although, after reading Maggie's posts earlier this week on time management, I may have to be more selective about how many links I follow. ;)

    I recently attended a two-day workshop with artist James Toogood. I wrote two posts about my experience here and here. (Man, I hope those links work.) Just thought I'd pass them on since you asked. :)

  4. Always a happy pleasure to "Make a Mark". Can I get a brevet with that?

    Not serious - just wanted to use that antiquated word, "brevet".

    BTW, a wonderful interview of you at the link. Nicely done.


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