Monday, May 24, 2010

24th May 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

This is the sketch which I did yesterday because I went out in the sunshine rather than write this post!

Yellow Irises at the Lily Pad Pond
11" x 16", coloured pencils in Large Molsekine Sketchbook

copyright Katherine Tyrrell

It was very 'Spring' green although maybe not quite as green as this sketch would suggest!

I've got to go and have another go at drawing that water. Every time I do I begin to understand why Monet painted 240 odd paintings of his waterlilies on the pond he built at Giverny! (see Gardens in Art: Monet and the water garden at Giverny)

This is going to be a briefer post than usual - the weather continues to be good and I've got an exhibition to go to.....

Art Blogs

Drawing and sketching
Coloured Pencils and Pastels
Landscape art

Art Competitions

Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques

art education
I read an interesting piece tonight about an artist, perhaps intermediate level, who was wondering if she should give lessons in oil painting to people who asked. Her dilemma wasn't whether she was experienced enough in technique and teaching to do, but that if she taught people, they would become her competition.
tips and techniques
Casey Klahn (Pastel) tells us all how to go about Reclaiming La Carte

Art Exhibitions and Open Studios

major museums

This display features prints by four of the 20th century's greatest artists: Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Over 50 works drawn from the V&A Museum's collections have been selected to illustrate these modern masters' engagement with the printed medium. Both celebrated and less familiar prints in a range of techniques are included, spanning a period of 75 years and representing one of the most creative and diverse artistic periods in the history of western art.

Regional venues

Art societies

This is my Review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2010
  • Felicity House has sent me an invite to come down to her Open Studio held during Dorset Art Weeks. It's an absolute model of what an invite to an Open Studios should be: good-looking art which is representative of the artist, dates and times and all the information I need to get there including a map! Plus she's got it on her website too!
  • Felicity is venue 302 in Dorset Art Weeks schedule of over 600 artists in its 10th biennial event. I'm afraid I'm not a fan of their website. Its map mode is not at all obvious. See if you can spot the link in the main menu! However, once you've found it, if you click on a pin it tells you what the studio is about. Dorset Art Weeks last from the 29th May to 13th June.

Art History

There's a lot of memorial events and items on the Internet at present commemorating 65 years since the end of the second world war in Europe
  • The Imperial War Museum will host a one day Conference on 9th June which confronts a difficult issue - the making, exploitation and re-appropriation of public memory surrounding memorials. The immediate context is the display at Tate Britain concerning Moore and Auschwitz. Henry Moore chaired the Jury of an international competition (1958-9) to design a public memorial to the ‘Victims of Fascism’ at Auschwitz-Birkenau, although a commission was never realised. The conference explores the dilemma that faced that jury - how to mark a political event with a public memorial.
  • the Imperial War Museum also has a pdf file about Despatches Winter 2008: Unspeakable: The Artist as Witness to the Holocaust
    Ulrike Smalley takes a closer look at art produced in response to the Holocaust.

Art Supplies

Three posts on Making A Mark Reviews for pencil artists


what happens when you suspect a Big Brand has actually ripped off your original designs? Is there anything you can do about it or is it unrealistic to expect a large corporation to take any notice whatsoever?

Opinion Poll

Last chance to vote on the Making A mark opinion Poll for May - Have you bought a painting DVD? (see right hand column if you've not yet voted)

Websites, webware and blogging

Facebook and Privacy - is getting way beyond a joke

Facebook continues to cause concern about security but its growth continues unabated as this post on the register bears witness. However......
High-profile users, including developers at Google, security experts and journalists, have quit Facebook and posted instructions on how others can do the same. Nascent privacy-conscious social network Diaspora has been earning slews of favourable ink.
  • Wall Street Journal identified this Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole - which gives rise to serious concerns about the assurances on privacy given by Facebook. The simple answer is to avoid sharing any personal data beyond what is essential on Facebook. The more rigorous answer is government regulation and big fines linked to a percentage of their total revenue stream for advertising for breaches of privacy standards. I guarantee they'll then address such issues.
Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
  • According to PC Magazine - Facebook Prepping Changes to Privacy Policy to make it more understandable.
  • Meanwhile, two Toronto-based Facebook users set up, urging other Facebook users to cancel their accounts on May 31 - Quit Facebook Day. Matthew Milan and Joseph Dee wrote on the site....

    For us it comes down to two things: fair choices and best intentions. In our view, Facebook doesn't do a good job in either department


and finally........

Apparently, according to the Art Newspaper, Posh and Becks are the new power couple in contemporary art. Personally I didn't think they had quite accumulated the billions required to be a high status collector these days. However it is interesting that they have invested in art and, it is said, patronised the White Cube to do so. The 'announcement' looked suspiciously like indirect White Cube advertising to - aimed at the WAGs of the upcoming World Cup. Does this mean art has been 'elevated' to the status of something for the 'fashionistas' to talk about while the boys are off running round a pitch kicking a ball?


Michelle said...

Love your sketch...the way the colors are so softly blended.

Laura Frankstone said...

Thank you very much for the kind mention, Katherine--and it is very timely because I'm in Rouen and thought of you and your trip and your sketches last fall. We walked by the cathedral last night en route to our restaurant--again, I saw your sketch as I walked. Well, I thought of Monet, too ;D.
Off to see gardens and sketch! PS Love your yellow/green sketch shown with this post--it's beautifully composed, among other things.

Robyn Sinclair said...

I came to see the results of your iris painting expedition and see that you have very kindly asked if anyone can solve my phantom disk problem. Many thanks Katherine.

The Iris drawing is great. The colours are beautifully vivid and I can see that you've probably had that composition brewing since your spotted the place to set up for your sketch last year. Very lovely. We only have yellow iris left now, sadly all the mauve have gone. For me the yellow would be jolly hard, so I may not have the courage to join in.

The Modern Masters series has been such a treat. I'm looking forward to exploring the website.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks for the post reference Katherine.

The sketch of irises is so bright and spring-like, it lifts spirits. Irises here are only just arising from the ground and won't seem bloom for awhile yet. The marshes around my house are littered with the wild blue flag irises that are a sea of blue when them bloom.

Art Trip said...

Great post. Lots of information!

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