Sunday, May 09, 2010

9th May 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

This week got slightly derailed for me by the General Election in the UK coupled with the Local Elections and Referendum as to whether or not we have a Mayor where I live.  Somehow or other they managed to spend all night verifying the ballot papers and the count didn't even start until 8am(!) - long after most elections elsewhere in the country were done and dusted. 

We're now in the Hung Parliament - what happens next? phase or as Jo Brand quipped in Have I got Election News for you on Friday night - we're now the envy of countries the world over because we don't have a government! 

Yesterday was the 65th anniversary of VE day - the end of the second world war in Europe.  It delivered a dream opportunity for the news photographers as all three leaders of the political parties lined up next to one another at the Cenotaph whilst in the midst of discussions as to who should get pally with who and govern the country.

Clearly some of the photographers recognised the opportunity to get into the history books and realised that the very best photograph was going to need to be incredibly well composed - and that the faces and the posture needed to tell the story. After looking at quite a few of them I felt that this one by Luke MacGregor best captured the story of the day.  I'd certainly give it an award!

Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Gordon Brown attend a VE day ceremony at the Cenotaph in London
Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters - published in The Guardian Election Live Blog and front page

Luke MacGregor is a professional photographer based in south-east England and has worked in the industry since 1998. He now predominantly photographs for the global news and picture agency Reuters in the UK.

You'll find odd references to the election in blog posts today - starting with How many people agree with Nick?

Art Blogs

Drawing and Sketching
Coloured Pencils and Pastels

Pastel Painting by Loriann Signori 
Graphic Art
Landscape art
Nothing distracts more than a weak, disruptive composition that allows the eye to meander, fixing on nothing and going nowhere. Instead, a strong foreground will lead clearly and succinctly to the focus of the painting, with enough detail to enhance that subject.
Plein Air
  • See Richard McKinely's tips for plain air painting in the tips and etchniques section below.
  • I love watching out for when Ed Terpening (Life Plein Air) is painting at Point Lobos (just south of Monterey) - because I've been there and would love to go back! 
  • Ontario Plein Air Society - OPAS in 2010! Where We Go From Here - an interesting survey conducted by a plein air society with the results posted on their blog.  
  • How many of you who are in plein air groups which have a blog?  If you are please leave a comment and a link at the end of this post.
Street Art

Art Business and Marketing

I have found that intelligently commenting on articles at Guardian Culture or The Huffington Post also brings curious visitors back to my portfolio site.

Art and the Economy / Art Collectors

Top hedge fund managers -- who played no small role in the sustained art market boom that ended precipitously with the 2008 financial crisis -- recorded their best year ever in 2009. The annual ranking by AR: Absolute Return + Alpha showed the top 25 managers earned more than $25 billion.

"Our collectors are really rich again," said one auction house official.

Art Competitions

the real low-point for me is the final artist here, Dexter Dalwood, whose work might make him a candidate for the world's first talent transplant.
  • another Guardian articles however suggests that Sound artist Susan Philipsz's inclusion on the Turner prize shortlist should make Britain sit up and listen and that Sound art is here to stay
  • The finalists for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's "Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010" exhibition have been announced.
  • I've had an annihilating analysis of a local art competition sent to me.  I've just got to work out how to avoid legal repercussions and then I'll be posting it on the blog.  All those running local art shows will find it a useful read.

Art Exhibitions 

This is my post about Art Exhibitions in London - Summer 2010.  The highlights for me are the Wyeths at Dulwich and Singer Sargent at the RA

Major Museums and Art Galleries
unlike many artists, Xie preserved numerous copies and sketches he made throughout his career, not only building a unique record of his creative process but also revealing how a seemingly spontaneous composition could be preceded by one or more sketches and drafts 
      Art Society Exhibitions
      • Robin-Lee Hall won the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture (for the most distinguished portrait) at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  The painting is of Joy and is 28" x 24" in egg tempera.  I need to get to see this exhibition next week - which means a blog post about it later this week - and will probably go on Tuesday or Thursday to link in with one of the events listed below.  The exhibition closes on 21st May.
        • Annual Exhibition Artist’s Tour is on Tuesday 11 May (from 1pm).  Opinionated reflection on the exhibition from exhibitor and RP Member Andrew James
        • The Changing Faces Debate will take place on Thursday 13th May from 7pm at the Mall Galleries
      Art blogger exhibitions 

      Art Education / workshops / Tips and technique

      Tips and Techniques
      • Richard McKinley (Pastel Pointers) has three posts with tips about plein air painting
      • Sadie Valeri previously wrote a post about making her own gesso. This new post shares her notes based on the most recent batchprepping over 30 very small panels for students Home-Cooked Gesso Part II
      • Many artists have asked Ester Roi how she frames her artwork without glass. For more information please check this post on her blog.

      Art History

      Book and Magazine Reviews

      • I've finally finished my review of Ann Swan's new book for coloured pencil artists wanting to do botanical art and botanical artists wanting to try coloured pencils.  You can read it here Book review: Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils.   Members of UKCPS should watch out for a post on the UKCPS News blog tomorrow related to this book - which we expect will generate much interest!
      • My post on Wednesday Art magazines in the UK and USA - can you help? triggered a huge number of comments  
      • I've not come across fReado before but Julian Merrow Smith (Postcard from Provence) is using it to help promote his book - see Postcard From Provence, Paintings By Julian Merrow-Smith in the Arts, Photography and Design section of fReado.  It gives you a readout for full screen views and widget views which I've not seen before - so helps you tell whether or not your marketing activities are working!  It also provides scope for social media marketing via sharing the link with all the usual suspects - Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Diggs this and Add This plus a lot more.  Worth taking a look at it if you have a book you want to promote via an e-digital short version 


      • Continuing with James Gurney's blog posts about Colour, we have Color Bleeding
      Color bleeding is a term used in the computer graphics industry to describe the way the color of an illuminated surface influences the surfaces around it.


      • Eileen Postlethwaite (Drawings from Nature) highlights what can happen to images on your blog in Beware, this can happen.   It's happened before to artists and it will happen again.
      • However I'd caution against indicating that copyright resides with a 'brand' term without any further information such as the legal entity asserting the copyright and how to contact that legal entity.

      Opinion Poll

      • The Making A Mark Opinion Poll for May is going well - 57 response so far to the Poll which asks Have you bought a painting DVD?  You can find the poll in the right hand column.  Comments on the post are highlighting DVDs which people have liked.

      Websites, webware and blogging

      • I am still totally unable to understand bloggers who write about their work and post images on their blogs - and then provide absolutely no indication of who they are or how to contact them!  One blogger is not in this post this week because of this as I won't post anonymous posts.  Have you checked recently to see how you announce yourself on your own blog?
      • Nithya Swaminathan (A splash of color) has written a blog post which provides a step by step guideline to add the facebook like button to a blogger blog - Adding the Facebook “like” button to a Blogger blog
      Social Networks
      Social Marketing

      and finally........

      I've been waiting for this - David Hockney is now sketching using an iPad and loves it!  I knew he wouldn't be able to resist it!  My only surprise is that he wasn't part of the media hype at the launch.

      Bloomberg says that David Hockney’s IPad Doodles Resemble High-Tech Stained Glass.
      One of the tricky aspects of this new Apple Inc. device -- intermediate between a cell phone and a laptop in size -- is the difficulty of carrying it about. Hockney, though, has always had his suits made with a large internal jacket pocket for carrying sketch books.
      I now want large internal jacket pockets!


      Julie Dunion said...

      Love the links relating to pastel art you have posted this week, needless to say I've added a few new subscriptions to my google reader.

      Tina Mammoser said...

      I'll be really interested to hear Susan Philipsz's work! I still think one of the most interested Turbine Hall exhibitions was Viola's sound installation. Might actually go see (& hear) the Turner Prize for the first time in probably a decade!

      loriann signori said...

      Thanks for the mention about my blog and show! Always love your blog, Loriann

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