Sunday, March 09, 2008

9th March 2008: Who's made a mark this week?

Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) draws and paints animals and excels at pencil art. This week I'm featuring aspects of the three sides to Gayle Mason's art - dogs, cats and wildlife - and a field mouse called Harry.
  • Dogs: Gayle breeds and shows her family of prize-winning Rough Collies - hence the title of her blog "Fur in the Paint". She started her art career by drawing dogs and now displays a wide range of breeds on her website. I was supposed to be with her at Crufts yesterday (except I cried off) on the Working and Pastoral Group day. Instead she scampered round the ring while showing her youngest bitch Roxie in the Rough Collie class.
  • Cats: Gayle does simply wonderful cat drawings which are extremely popular and exhibits at the Society of Feline Artists (with me!). She's currently working on this year's submissions. However, last week she found time to create a wonderful new information site called How to draw and paint cats. I've added it into my Squidoo group Resources for Artists.
  • Wild Life: One of the little known facts about Gayle is that she has a zoology degree which helps her with her drawings of wildlife. Arising out of this week's debate about the rules for future UKCPS exhibitions (see and finally....or is it?), she's started a new series of posts on her blog designed to help all those artists who have to comply with new rules and/or tight constraints about allowable photographic references for wildlife art. Obtaining Wildlife Reference Photographs for Artists: Part 1 and Part 2. In the first post you can see some of the local wildlife in her garden - where Harry currently holds court.
  • All keen animals artists should be aware that Gayle is very generous in sharing techniques for how she approaches her work. She's also very keen on experimenting with new surfaces for her art. Two years ago, Gayle led the revival (in the UK and online) of the use of drafting film among coloured pencil artists. You can read about it here in
So what has everybody else been up to this week?

Please accept my apologies for not getting 'out' much this week to visit other blogs. I've been a little preoccupied this week plus I've had a horrendous head cold for most of the week which has had me groaning with the wearisome nature of the symptoms - something I've not done in years! I'm on the mend and in dire need of a chap stick!

Here's my pick of what I did see.

Art Business & marketing
“Your job is not to judge what you make. Your job is to make it, and get it out into the world. Others can judge it once it’s out there, but you can’t hold it back by judging it beforehand.”
Susan - quoted in Professional Jealousy part 2
I believe that in response to the expanding access that technology brings into our culture, there will be a response back toward small, community oriented, face-to-face human contact between the farmer and the cook, the artist and the home owner. Art will become personal again, a hands on, in the studio, smelling the wet oil paint while arguing with the artist kind of thing. It will be the total experience that people crave in response to the isolation of sitting for hours in front of computer screens. My job as the artist is to discover how best to facilitate this concept .
Sue Favinger Smith
“I don’t know if this is the beginning of something wonderful, or the end of something wonderful,” said Amy Cappellazzo, co-head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s. “But we’ve seen the use of JPEGs increase dramatically, exponentially, in the last few years. It’s all about the speed of the market. Without the use of digital images, this market would come to a grinding halt.”
New York Times JORI FINKEL
Published: February 4, 2007
Art Competitions and Exhibitions
  • CAUTION: I recommend that any US resident thinking of submitting an entry to Prismacolor's National Art Competition 'For Art's Sake' reads the official rules very carefully as they include a requirement (see below) which concerns me.
Entries become the property of Sanford, L.P. (“Sponsor”) and will not be acknowledged or returned...........By submitting an Entry into this Competition, entrant unconditionally assigns and transfers to Sponsor all rights, title, interest and claim to entrant’s Entry and Artwork, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights therein. Sponsor shall have the right to use, publish, alter, assign, edit, sell, license or dispose of such Entry and Artwork however it sees fit without approval of, or compensation to, entrants...............Entrants shall not receive any compensation or credit for Sponsor’s use of Entry or Artwork, other than as disclosed in these rules or as determined by Sponsor in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entries/Artwork may be featured on Sponsor’s website (, and may be used in packaging for sponsor’s product(s) with or without credit given to the entrant.
Prismacolor Official Rules
    • You can create an original piece of art using the materials identified in one of the following categories: Colored Pencil, Art Markers, Graphite/Charcoal, Pastels, Pen &, Ink or Mixed Media. Prizes of $5,000 are available and the deadline is 31st May
    • BUT make sure you read the official rules carefully before you submit any work. They are very detailed and VERY unusual. They state that if you enter you sign away all your intellectual property rights irrespective of whether or not you win a prize. This means if you submit you give them your artwork - and all uses they may find for it - completely for free with no 'comebacks'. Very odd - I've never ever seen rules like this before - I wonder if they are a mistake?
    • If you have any queries you need to direct them to Prismacolor - except I can't find a contact e-mail address for the competition but there is a form for comments and queries.
    • If you have a view please comment below. Many thanks to Judy (Kats in Klompen) for alerting me to this.
  • See the end of this post for a round-up of the comings and goings and bloggings in relation to the UKCPS exhibitions this week
Art Education - 'how to.....'
Art Materials and Supplies
Art Videos
Featured Artists
Websites and Blogging
and finally...... or is it?

Some of you will have been aware that the internet lines were humming this week in relation to the proposed new rules for exhibitions of coloured pencil art with the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society.

For those who missed it here are the bloggers' contributions to the debate PLUS links to the relevant posts but I'm starting with the pages which explain the outcome for exhibitions in 2008 and 2009 and concluding with a NEW blog post at the end which relates to CPSA.
I remember being really blown away by this drawing when I saw it at the Strathmore, but to be honest - I feel kinda cheated now......Sort of makes me wonder how many other drawings in that show were staggeringly well executed yet meaningless reproductions.
S G Chipman Deja Vu - read his post to find out why