Sunday, June 15, 2008

15th June 2008: Who's made a mark this week

It's good to see some artists who do daily paintings actually painting summer scenes and summer themes. I want to see blue skies on my monitor when the sky is blue outside and I want to see blue skies on my monitor when it's grey, cloudy and raining!

Seriously, I was surprised this week to see how few of the daily painters who paint landscapes were actually painting summer scenes. I find that right now I find myself automatically clicking on paintings which look summery.

Summer paintings with a theme are even better! The examples above were painted by members of the Daily Paintworks group - top left is a Summer Lane in Cornwall, top left, by Sarah Wimperis (The Red Shoes) while Justin Clayton (Daily Paintings) has been painting hay bales and blue skies.

Paintings are (from top left - clockwise)
  • Summer Lane by Sarah Wimperis (oil on canvas, 30cm x 30cm)
  • Hay Bales by Justin Clayton (oil on board, 6" x 6")
  • Hay bales #2 by Justin Clayton (oil on board, 5" x 7")
  • Blue Sky #6 by Justin Clayton (oil on board, 5" x 7") sold
Fellow members of Daily Paintworks, Karen Jurick (A Painting Today) and Carol Marine (Carol Marine's Painting A Day) have also been painting summer themes - swimmers, sunbathers, sunflowers and cherries!

Both have also developed pages about Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for their website. As popular daily painters they naturally get lots of e-mails and of course people want to ask the same questions again and again.
Last summer Justin also created a Beach Paintings Blog for his painting trip down the Californian coastline from Nothern California to San Diego. He was following the same route I'd taken in July 2006 in my trip to the south western states of the USA when I finished the trip with a drive from San Francisco to San Diego. He had 10 days rather than my 4 days and got rather more painting done!

If you're taking a trip this year and intending to paint why not create a blog for it?

On to the links to sites I came across this week - not all of which were posted in the last 7 days!
Art blog posts about Colour

My colour project is now well underway with three posts last weekOther people who have been blogging about colour include:
Do please let me know if you've posted about colour and I've inadvertently left you out.

Plus I've also come across these blog posts about colour - as I limber up for more perspectives on colour next week!
Art business and marketing
  • Paula Pertile (Drawing a Fine Line) has been blogging about art fairs - and her revised opinion of where they feature in her marketing plans in Art Fairs, cows, creepy music
  • Tina Mammoser (The Cycling Artist) has made some charts for pricing Flick o' paint: Pricing chart for makers
  • For those looking for a newsletter e-mail system suitable for a large mailing list that needs to be segmented from time to time you might want to try checking out Purpleseven's Patron mail. I've absolutely no idea how much it costs and it's mainly used by those whose mailing lists run into the thousands - but if that's you, you might be interested. I noticed it because it's what's used by the National Portrait Gallery!
art competitions
Art exhibitions and open studios
Art materials and supplies
websites and blogging
Blogged: Rated: 10 - Superb
Comment: The amount of well researched and explained information that Making a Mark provides us with is brilliant. One of the best most informative art blogs today!
Sheona H
and finally...........

For Apprentice fans everywhere - here's the complete 4th UK series on video......and in Lego for fans of The Apprehensive (also available - and very popular - on the BolegBros channel on YouTube)!


  1. Thanks for the link Katherine.
    I just added a little extra blurb to that post ~ a thought that occurred to me after the fact.

    As always, thanks for all your great research and links to EVERYTHING ON EARTH. :~)

  2. I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw the Apprentice at the very bottom of your links! You're obsessed!

  3. Hi Katherine,
    Thanks for linking to my blog in your post today. What a wonderful resource your blog is from every perspective; many of your posts are full of great suggestions and are highly informative. It's great to have all of this compiled in one place- I'm sure I'll be referencing many of your posts in the future.

    Clara Lieu

  4. Thankyou for the mention, Katherine! I'm late as ever but your posts are always so full of great stuff it takes me a while to get through it all. Prefer to plod rather than skim :)


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