Sunday, November 08, 2009

8th November 2009: Who's made a mark this week?

Summerlight, Clapham Common
Winner of The Artist Magazine competition
24" x 18" Oil on Linen 2009
copyright Adebanji Alade

I've got very behind with seeing exhibitions so I'm offering a belated congratulations to Adebanji Alade (Adenaji Alade: My art, my passion for sketching) who won the Artist Magazine Prize at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries - see his post about how he found out Winning "The Artist Magazine/Royal Institute of Oil Painters Competition" 2009.

He followed up with a very insightful post about painters in the Young Artists part of the competition - see his post Some young painters I loved at the ROI Exhibition 2009

I'll be reviewing the exhibition myself tomorrow. Here's a detail (on the right) of Adebanji's fluid and effective style of painting.

Art blogs

art blogs - landscapes

I'm still working towards the landscape project I aimed to start earlier this year - before life hijacked me!
  • Reflections on a Pond now has it own website. It includes videos by Kevin McPherson and the paintings by season.
  • it's always a pleasure to look at Marc Hanson's landscapes on his blog
Lazy River
19" x 25" , Pastel
copyright Casey Klahn
  • take a look at Casey Klahn's River Series - I think it's the best thing I've seen Casey do - plus you can see it in an exhibiton - (details below) - use for images
  • Keiko Tanabe (Keiko Tanabe Fine Art) is new to me. She's an award-winning watercolour artist who was born in Japan but who now lives in San Diego and a relatively new member of the Daily Paintworks team.
  • Sarah Wimperis (The Red Shoes) how has a fan page on facebook - Sarah Wimperis Paintings
  • this is my sketch of Autumn at the Sackler Crossing, Kew Gardens which includes a link to a video of our walk on an Autumn afternoon at Kew Gardens - you can try and judge whether I caught the values and colours of the scene - as it changed colour! ;)
Autumn colour at the Sackler Crossing
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

art blogging from/about France
art business and marketing
art competitions
art economy and collectors
The autumn sales of Impressionist and modern art held in New York this week demonstrated that big money is still available on the right works of art but that the market will mercilessly reject the run-of-the-mill.
The Ebay experience is not unlike a flea market visit – wading through endless tat in search of a gem.
Art education and workshops

art school


  • How to make a lot of money as an artist? - become a famous painter and give 5 day workshops @ $2354 for instruction (excluding transportation, lodging or dinners). After gasping I stoppd and crunched the numbers - Kevin MacPherson will be earning $70,620 if he fills his two 5 day workshops next June (link not yet posted to his workshops page on his website). Do tell if you sign up whether you think it's worth it.
  • In the meantime, for those who would like to express their opinions on what makes a good art teacher, do please take part in the November Making a Mark poll - see MAM Poll (Nov. 2009): What makes a good art teacher? It's attracting a lot of very interesting comments and perspectives on just what sort of person and what sort of approach makes for a good art teacher.
Tips and Techniques
Art exhibitions, galleries and museums

Anita from Hungary - on the pavement in Trafalgar Square
outside the National Gallery in London yesterday

Art museums
This glorious group of 100 of the best works ranges from Renaissance Italy to 18th century France, from English watercolours to masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse, from German Expressionism to Canada's own Group of Seven and David Milne. It includes Guercino, Boucher, Gainsborough, Ingres, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Turner, Leger, De Kooning, and Canada's remarkable Emily Carr.
artist/blogger exhibitions

Artists and bloggers who are having exhibitions now or in the hear future include:
Blue & Gray River
10" x 14.5", Paste
Copyright Casey Klahnl

  • Jamie Williams Grossman is Celebrating the Hudson Valley with four other artists in a show which opens on Saturday, November 14, 4-8pm, Bannerman Island Gallery, 150 Main St, Beacon NY. You're all invited!
  • Klunk Garden by Gelitin, 2009.........but how do they breathe?

Google is trying to rewrite the copyright regime by monetising content - but what about if your copyrighted work is a painting rather than a Mr Bean video - and you can only sell it once?

Opinion Poll

I started a new MAM Poll (Nov. 2009): What makes a good art teacher? on Monday - and if you've not voted yet the poll is in the side column. There is one characteristic which is way out in front.

Websites, blogging and twittering

Making A Mark is now on Facebook - feel free to offer hints and tips!
In 2009, there's been a 68% increase in blogs with ad tags installed........54% of part-time bloggers make money from their blogging...........89% of part-timers and self employed insist that adevrts must align with the personal values of their blog
and finally................

A slightly unusual post - 255 artists to meet Pope to revive relations.

Making a Mark reviews...... Travels with a Sketchbook in.......


  1. Goodness. What a nice surprise to see my pastels, today. Thanks for the mentions, Katherine. The opening was fantastic, BTW.

    Plus, any time I can see Adenaji's works, I count myself happy.

  2. Hi Katherine,

    Another extremely interesting post today. I enjoyed strolling around Kew Gardens with you... Something of the atmosphere - despite the planes overhead - reminded of early British filmmaker William Friese Greene... do you know his work?

    All the best,


  3. Thanks ever so much for the feature on your "Who's made a mark this week?"-HIGHLY APPRECIATED!!!

  4. I should make clear to anybody who is wondering that I don't always ask artists beforehand IF I have featured them before and IF they have indicated they are happy to have images of their work appear on my blog.

    Hence the nice surprises for Adebanji and Casey

    However if you've never appeared before I always ask first! :)


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