Sunday, May 16, 2010

16th May 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

This week's post starts off with a theme of portraiture. I went to see the Annual Exhibition 2010 of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries on Friday - and I'll be posting my review tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going to post a couple of photos from the exhibition. The exhibition continues until Friday 21st May.

Views of some of the paintings hung in the Annual Exhibition 2010
of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
photos copyright Katherine Tyrrell and by permission of Mall Galleries

This week for the first time I did a shout out on facebook to see if there was anything people thought was worth highlighting in my post this week which I might have missed.

Many thanks to Tracy Wall who highlighted that Carol Nelson (Carol Nelson Fine Art) finished her '100 Portraits in 100 Days' project last Saturday.  I agree with Tracy - that's a monumental feat.  On Saturday, Carol highlighted The BEST of 100 Portraits : Ferd 89/100 after she had identified the 100 Portraits: the top ten

Art Blogs

Drawing and sketching

I can't quite believe I missed Andrea Joseph's post about how she creates her very fine drawings (but looking at the date I can see why - I was in the middle of "planning hiatus").  Read about it on her blog andrea joseph's sketchblog in the world is turning.  This is a post which subsequently featured on Moleskinierie - Andrea Joseph: from start to finish.

Yesterday was the 27th World Wide SketchCrawl.  In Europe it coincided with the Museums at night event. You can check out the results by clicking the link at the beginning of this section - or alternatively, here are some of the posts I've found so far:
 View of Ferry Building from Atop Hyatt Regency by Jana Bouc

Meanwhile, while everybody is sketching their local scene across the world, I came across an article in the Guardian this week which indicates the most appalling misuse of Metropolitan Police powers to "stop and search" photographers, artists & sketchers in London.  This is a link to the official Metropolitan Police advice re photography.  I think I'll be writing a longer blog post about this given that the tourist season is well and truly underway in London. (my bold in the quote below)
City of London security guards told to report 'suspicious' photographers - Police instruction to 5,000 guards helps explain recent cases of photographers stopped and searched under Terrorism Act........There has been concern over the misuse of section 44, which allows officers to stop and search anyone without need for suspicion in designated areas. It has been repeatedly used to question tourists, photographers and film-makers. Cases have also been documented where artists have been stopped from painting in the street.
Coloured Pencils and Pastels
Tell us in no more than 30 words why you'd like to receive - and then review - Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils
Digital art
  • Remember my 'and finally' from last week?  Well the Guardian caught up this week and published David Hockney turns the iPad into an art form.  Plus the Telegraph didn't want to be left out and published David Hockney 'paints' on iPad
  • I'm now waiting to hear from an art blogger who's done the same thing - do please shout in this direction if you come across somebody who has.  Meawhile the iPad is due to launch on Friday 28th May in the UK - which means queues over the bank holiday weekend in all the Apple Stores!
Illustration and Fantasy Art
  • Charley Parker wrote an appreciation of Frank Frazetta who died last week on May 10 2010 aged 82 years old. 
Frank Frazetta was one of the best and most renowned fantasy illustrators in the history of the genre.
Painters and Painting
  • Jane Freeman (Watercolor Mania) has had a painting accepted for publication in North Light Book's SPLASH 12
  • Art Colony is a blog which is a forum for professional artists to exchange thoughts, methods and ideas and hopefully to gain friendships as well.  Membership is juried.
The members of ArtColony are professional artists who have been showing their work for numerous decades and who compete on national and international levels. Many are workshop instructors and several are published authors.
  • I met Rizwan Pridhan at the RSPP exhibition on Friday evening.  It's always nice to get somebody else's perspective on an exhibition.

Art Business and Marketing

Art and the Economy / Art Collectors

Art Competitions and Art Societies

art/photo copyright David Poxon
  • I had a chat with David Poxon RI this week.  David was successful on 5th May 2010 in being elected at its AGM to membership of the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters.  Watch out for a post about his work on this blog very soon.
  • If you've been successful in being elected to a national art society (and/or otherwise achieved signature status) please let me know and I'll give this a mention on this blog.  Similarly if art societies would like to let me know who they have elected I'm happy to highlight the names of those who have achieved signature status.
  • This is the blog of the Women Painters of Washington which is a professional organisation for artists founded in 1930
  • Splash 12 - call for entries:  North Light Books characteries its Splash book series about watercolours as showcasing the finest watercolor paintings being created today.  I checked the call for entries for Splash 12 and it's on a page on the Wet Canvas website - which I found very odd.  Wet Canvas while big is hardly going to get maximum publicity for this sort of publication.  While WC does have professional artists are members, I'd guess there are many more who are not and never will be.  So, quite apart from the fact that the Splash series doesn't include many (if any) non-North American watercolourists I do wonder how the claim about the showcase nature of the book could be sustained.

Art Exhibitions and art fairs

National Art Galleries and Musems
Regional exhibitions (UK)
Regional exhibitions (USA)
The Fenimore Art Museum is proud to present the first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to portraits of women by American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
Art society exhibitions
  • I'll be posting my review of the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters tomorrow.

art blogger exhibitions
Galleries please note:  I am not a listings service so please do not send me PRs re your artists UNLESS they are art bloggers in which case I expect them to get in touch personally.

Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques 


  • Stapleton Kearnes who is a professional landscape painer has a post about Jay Hambidge 1867-1924, a Canadian born artist and mathematician who wrote Elements of Dynamic Symmetry.  It's about the theory and principles which underpin pleasing proportions.  For those of you are not fans of white text on a black background try reading this blog in Google Reader, it's a lot easier.
Tips and techniques
  • James Gurney (Gurney Journey) wrote about:
  • "Keep in mind that flesh tones are essentially quite neutral. If they are overstated, figures tend to look like painted dolls.  Avoid lavish use of highlights. Avoid heaviness. Try reducing chroma with complementary color. " Tom Lovell

Art Galleries and Museums

Art History

  • You have to watch this - its a very old film clip of Renoir and Monet at work - however you'll only be able to see it if you're a member of Facebook.  Does anybody know what's the original URL for this film clip?
After Constable's 'The Cornfield' (1826)
 9" x 6", pen and sepia ink in large Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
  • I spent the early part of Friday evening sketching John Constable's The Cornfield in pen and sepia ink.  After researching and reviewing details about its location in Sketching Constable's Cornfield, I think I'm going to take a trip out to East Bergholt to try and find the location of the painting and another closeby which is in the Tate. 
  • Charley Parker (Lines and Colors) wrote last week about the Metropolitan Museum of Art's  Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.  I'm a huge fan - I use it all the time - and I'd definitelt recommend it to all students of art history
  • Kate Taylor writes about how the Smithsonian Institution is leading a rescue effort to save thousands of works of art damaged in the quake in Haiti in Rescuing Art From the Rubble of the Quake
  • I'm not quite sure who's behind two new blogs which came to my attention last week - both from the same source
  • Art Inconnu is about art from the past which is less well known
  • Photographs of Painters is very interesting.  The link is to the archive.  See how many you know just by looking at the photograph and not the blog post!

Art Supplies

CPSA Lightfastness Test result Workbook - version 6

Book reviews

ArtPlantae is very excited to announce a special live online Q&A session with Sarah Simblet. On Thursday May 27, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. PST (Note:  This is NOT free)


Opinion Poll

  • The opinion poll about Have you bought a painting DVD? is in the side column.  Not a lot of answers but of those who have most have bought a DVD.
      If you haven't would you please answer the poll as well.

Websites, webware and blogging

blogging - techies
  • Barbara Benedetti Newton (Barbara Benedetti Newton Artist's Journal) has been having problems with the feed from her old blog so has started a new one which you can find here.  However I think it's entirely possible that Barbara has done what a lot of us do when changing templates - and wiped the feed code right out of her blog template!  I did something similar recently (having remembered to reinsert my Feedburner code into the new template for Making A Mark) and only realised when I looked at Google Analytics and realised I'd wiped the Analytics code out as well!
  • Google Profiles - and the Like Button: I know that a lot of people read blogs in readers.  Did you know that by clicking the the Like button underneath an item in Google Reader, that everyone who sees that item will see your name above the item listed along with everyone else who likes the item. Your name will be clickable and will lead to your Google Profile if you chose to share your items publicly.  Do you "like" blog posts?
social media/networking

and finally........

Fans of Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in Harry Potter) may be interested to know that his artwork has been put up for auction - see Harry Potter star's artwork to be auctioned.  Looks a bit like Thomas the Tank Engine to me!

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