Sunday, March 14, 2010

14th March 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

Katherine Kean has a very unusual series of posts on her blog Katherine Kean Fine Art
It's absolutely fascinating and very persuasive. Below is the composite image she came up with in relation to her Weth post. Has anybody got any other suggestions?

Andrew Wyeth's influence on motion pictures in the USA
composite image by Katherine Kean

Art Blogs

Blogger published its new Blogger Designer Templates this week in Blogger in Draft and I've taken the opportunity to use them on two of my blogs. See A new look blog! and What's the colour code for a Moleskine sketchbook?

It's been interesting this week to see who has also made the jump!

Coloured Pencils and Pastels
You must compose your painting using the focus that will best express what you see. Too much detail in the distance and too little in the fore can result in a flat painting with little sense of depth. Select areas of emphasis to detail more highly and allow other areas of your composition to remain softer. Manage details to enhance the focal point and give the painting the needed sense of space.
Deborah Secor
Painters and Painting

Art Competitions and Art Societies

  • A reminder to all those want to wanting to enter the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition that the form needs to be in by 18th March - and that's next Thursday! (correction - 16th March) This is my post on How to enter the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2010. It's had rather a lot of visitors in recent weeks!
  • The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - The 2010 competition will be launched in the Sunday Times Culture Section on 28 March. I'll be doing a detailed post on this blog as always when it launches. Submission dates and venues will available throughout the UK in June with deadline for entries 8 July 2010 at the Mall Galleries in London. Entry Forms and labels will be available soon to download from The big news is that the Royal Watercolour Society is no longer the major sponsor and the competition is returning to its original home at the Mall Galleries after a brief stay at the Bankside Gallery. The new sponsor is Smith and Williamson
  • The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 will be launched shortly. For more information on how to apply visit Registration opens online from 1 April
  • The Sussex Coast College Art Prize, supported by the Jerwood Gallery, invites artists resident in Sussex to submit a proposal to exhibit new work in the Circle Gallery at Sussex Coast College in Hastings. The winning artist will be awarded £3,000 to fund a solo exhibition, including the production costs of work. For further information and entry online visit

Art Business and the Economy

Gayle Mason - prints on Etsy

Art Market / Art Fairs and Art Collectors

It's just that fairs are, on the whole, a deeply unpleasant way to see art. With rare, beacon-like exceptions, you get booth after booth of cluttered group shows where artists with nothing in common are pitched in with each other simply because they are represented by the same gallery

Wandering the fairs last week, there was a brief moment when I couldn’t remember where I was. Call it Art Fair Alzheimer’s. Was I in Miami? New York? Maybe Basel? It's not that I was like The Sleepwalker, left, but that the same galleries had brought many of the same artists they always bring. No wonder I didn't know where I was.

Art Galleries, Museums and Exhibitions

Winter Greens by Tessa Shedley-Jordan (sold)
The purpose of botanical illustrations was twofold. Firstly, they recorded the anatomy of plants and, secondly, they allowed a wide audience to see the beauty of flowers and plants from colonized countries at the time when gardening was evolving from a regal art to a pleasurable activity for ordinary people. The exhibition presents more than 100 works created between the 17th and 19th centuries that combine botanical accuracy with sumptuous bloom.

Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques

Art Education
Art Videos
  • I LOVED the videos about Rosie Sanders and large scale flower painting referenced by her Gallery in their announcement about her new exhibition. Great at introducing the artist, her work, and what inspires her - plus some very practical tips about how to paint large botanicals. These are definitely recommended viewing for all botanical art lovers
  • dad and Albert is a video by Gretchen Schmid of her father Richard Schmid and Albert Handell at Putney Painters in Vermont. Richard is doing a sort of advert for his new book about landscape painting (The Landscapes) and it ends with both painters 'kinda' doing a portrait demo. I love the fact it's NOT commercial (she's even forgotten to put in a link in the accompanying text to his website) nor is it sophisticated and was intrigued to hear about plans for reaching the European audience in the future through books on DVD.
  • I was intrigued to see if the Village Arts of Putney barn was on Streetview - and it is - so this brown barn just outside Putney is where the above video was filmed! It's also the barn which you can see in a number of the photos and paintings and DVDs!
Art instruction ebooks / DVDs
Art TipsWorkshopsArt SuppliesColour

James Gurney
(Gurney Journey) continues with his posts about colour. These are the latest ones
  • The Color Wheel, Part 7 concerns a digitally created colour wheel and the Yurmby wheel which is short for YRMBCG
  • Peak Saturation Value which is about the notion that a given colour reaches its greatest chroma at one particular value. It includes some excellent charts to illustrate this point


The Web: networking, blogging, webware and website


and finally........

Apparently the exhibition drawing the longest queues to enter in London this week involved 40 zebra finches playing 8 electric guitars.

I kid you not.

Read Art lovers flock to see Jimi Henchicks at the Barbican and view the video on YouTube. The finches appear to be having a great time. See French artist CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot's exhibition at The Curve, Barbican, London until 23 May 2010
By this weekend more than 640,000 people had viewed the video on YouTube. The way its popularity has grown is another illustration of the power of the internet to bring audiences to lesser-known artists.


Nancy Goldman said...

Thank you for posting so much helpful information. Compiling all of this info must take a lot of time. I really appreciate your effort.

Tina Mammoser said...

I hope New York enjoys the Gormley work - it was one of the coolest exhibitions I'd seen in a while. I love contextual sculptures that involve the viewer, and Event Horizon got you looking around the city and smiling when you spotted a Gormley!

Also, had to laugh at the comment on the NYT website saying "exhibitionist". The commenter may have slightly missed the point - it's art. All art is exhibitionist. It has to be shown. ;)

Olha Pryymak said...

Goodness, I don't need to visit any other blogs - you've got it all covered. Particularly interested to follow with you what Micah produces on his new blog.
All the best,

Katherine Kean said...


Thank you for mentioning my Art's Influence on Film series here and for providing such a comprehensive collection of links to visit.

I'm also admiring your blog's sleek new look - very nice!

Mona Diane Conner said...

Another wonderful info.-packed post Katherine. Thank you!

I have been enjoying Deborah Secour's blog, and noticed she does have commentary, but just does it as a lead comment in each post's comments column, which is an interesting way to handle it. I'm thinking about whether I might like to try it this way.

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