Monday, September 27, 2010

26th September 2010 - Who's made a mark this week?

"The art which made a mark" 
The New York Times has a slideshow Op-Ed at 40: Four decades of illustration which highlights the stunning drawing, graphic illustration and creativity which drew on the 'lions' of social commentators from the past.  It's a ten minute film and I urge you to watch it - it's both fascinating and stimulating.

Art Blogs

The art blogs this week include those I spotted while finding the website links for the artists selected for the ING Discerning Eye competition

  • First, congratulations to Kellie Hill (One Painting a Day - small studies by Kellie Marian Hill) whose blog makes it to 1,000 posts on Monday - and we know that because she numbers them  all.  Make sure you visit and tell her well done!
#992 Halved Avocao III by Kellie Hill (9" x 12"
Drawing and sketching
Coloured Pencils and Pastels
  • Two coloured pencil posts about coloured pencils on Making A Mark Reviews this week
    • Your favourite coloured pencil - an update provides an insight into how people are voting this year for their favourite coloured pencils and provides a bit of a surprise for all Prismacolor fans.
    • In UPDATE: Coloured Pencils - Resources for Artists, I've summarised how the changes made to my resources website for coloured pencils has made information about coloured pencil art - and how to create it - more accessible.  PLUS it includes requests for links to information about any product reviews or tutorials you might have written which may be suitable for inclusion.

Painters, Painting and Plein Air

When you start off, you wish you were successful and well known. Then you get to the point where enough people have bought your art to realise that it's going to last longer than you do.
  • One of the artists selected for the ING creates wooden automata - which is something I haven't seen in a long time see Peters Wooden Automata

Art Business and Marketing

Art and the Economy / Art Collectors

The Environment Trust in Richmond upon Thames is having an art auction on 21st October.  It has some well known artists contributing work to benefit the many environmental projects being supported by the Environment Trust.

Art Competitions and Art Societies

Art Exhibitions and art fairs

  • I reckon the big blockbuster London Exhibition this Autumn is going to be the Gauguin: Maker of Myth exhibition at Tate Modern which opens on Thursday.  As always the broadsheets have had an early look see (I'm going on Tuesday!) and....
  • A New York Times article about two places where you can currently see Monet in Paris - In France, Monet Is Rediscovered.  I do wish reviews by newspapers - when read onscreen - would give you the hyperlinks to the exhibition (as this blog does) - but they very often don't.  Here are the links!:
    • Musée d'Orsay: Claude Monet (1840-1926) 22 Sept - 24 Jan 2011 a new exhibition has opened at the Grand Palais while the Musée d'Orsay undergoes works
    • Musee Marmatton - which hasn't given up its iconic piece 'Impression Sunrise' to the exhibition (it's a David and Goliath story!)  A Museum for Monet - an exhibition at the Marmottan Monet Museum exhibition opens 7 October 2010 to 20 February 2011.  I think a day trip to Paris might just be in order.........

Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques

Art instruction books
Color and Light Graphics from Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
Art Videos
"Camelhead Backlit" 9x12, oil
featured in
Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil
Art class and workshops
  • I came across the Norfolk Painting School this week and have been very impressed by its content - which relates to teaching people to paint in oils
  • Jeanette Jobson will be teaching a workshop in gyotaku in March 2011 in St. John's, NL. Registration details will be available starting November 2010 on my blog and in the November newsletter.
Tips and techniques

Art History

  • Both the BBC and Channel 4 are providing comprehensive series of programmes this autumn - these are my summaries of what's on offer
    • BBC:  New BBC Art Programmes this autumn has a number of series including one about the history of watercolour painting and travel, the art of Germany, the story of british sculpture and the fig leaf plus what happens when you look at renaissance art with the benefit of digital technology
    • Channel 4:  New Channel 4 art programmes this autumn provides an overview of five topic areas delivered by five different individuals - all of whom like art but none of whom have any formal involvement with the art world.
  • Do your television channels provide programmes which are accessible around the world?

Book reviews

A focus on Illustration this week - here are two posts from Escape from Illustration Island


    • If your business brain thinks it's worth adjusting your palette for what's fashionable in colour terms then you might want to check out the colours identified by fashion insiders as being what we will be seeing in Spring 2011 in the latest PANTONE Fashion Color Report

    Opinion Poll

    • Don't forget to vote on this month's Making A Mark Opinion Poll - Which numerical performance measure matters most to you as an artist? (see right hand column).  This closes just after midnight GMT on Thursday.  The results will be published later the same day
    • The Making A Mark opinion Poll for October will be published on the 1st October

    Websites, webware and blogging

    • James Gurney (Gurney Journey) was recently asked for his seven secrets of blogging - and you can find out what he had to say in How to Blog

    and finally........

    You couldn't make this up! Want to see a giant painted toads (some in pink and orange) selling for between £1,250 to £3,600 per toad?  The BBC has an article about painted toads which have been recently gracing the streets of Hull - see Hull's Larkin toads make £60,000 at charity auction

    PS Sorry this is a bit late this week.  If it's not done by 5pm on Sunday I have problems getting it finished on Sundays!

    1 comment:

    adebanji said...

    Thanks Katherine for highlighting my points of note, I am currently on my 3rd marathon, which ends tomorrow and I keep learning more and more things!

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