Sunday, July 17, 2011

17th July 2011 - Who's made a mark recently?

Winsor & Newton Choice Award
at the Society of Women Artists 150th Exhibition
Yellow Scarf by Sophie Ploeg
oil on linen, 40x50cm

A slight change in the post title to reflect that this is the first "Who's made a mark?" since 29th May!  It's been a long time.  I've had a splendid holiday but also needed a bit of a rest from the journey back.  Now I'm on catch-up.  I've been lobbing items into this post over the past few weeks so some are a little old.

In the near future, I'm also going to playing catch-up with exhibitions in London - notably the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the BP Portrait Prize. 

Congratulations to Sophie Ploeg (Sophie Ploeg) whose painting Yellow Scarf features at the top of this post and won the Winsor and Newton Choice award at the Society of Women Artists 150th Exhibition.  It forms part of a series of paintings about fabrics which you can see on her website.

Art Blogs

Drawing and Sketching
  • I've been doing a lot of sketching on my travels while holidaying in France - in Provence and the drive to and from the Vaucluse.  I've posted some of Four Go Painting in Provence but due to the loss of the internet due to a lightning strike, I'm going to be updating my sketchbook blog now I'm back with all the sketches and some of the photos I took while travelling with my sketchbook
  • Once I got home I had to go and collect the cats from their hols in Cheshire - which meant another armchair sketch of my mother's garden - which is rampant in July - see A Cheshire Garden in July
A Cheshire Garden in July (2011)
10" x 14", pen and inck and coloured pencil in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
House in the Lavender Fields
I used a micheal harding bright pink lake (which is a mixture) with ultramarine blue, permanent alizaron and some burnt sienna and possibly a little ochre with titanium white. The Lavender can be very gray or very pink purple depending on where you are positioned in relationship to the sun.
Art Business and Marketing
Art Collectors and Art Crime

Art Crime

What is it with art crime - it seems to be everywhere!
Art Collecting
For more information see Art and the Economy - Resources for Artists
Art Competitions

Lots to catch up on here!
  • the BP Portrait Prize - I missed going to the PV for the announcement of the BP Portrait Prize while I was on holiday but will be doing a proper catch-up about the BP Portrait Prize shortly - once I've had an opportunity to see it.   In the meantime here's some posts about Wim Heldens win and the impact on those rejected for the exhibition.
  • the Jolomo Scottish Landscape Painting Prize - see my post over on The Art of the Landscape -Scottish Landscape Painting and a £25,000 prize.  I hadn't come across this before - but that first prize is hefty!!
  • the Northern Art Prize 2011 has announced the artists shortlisted for the £16,500 First Prize.  The winner will be announced in January 2012.  You can also see the artists longlisted on the website - and who they were norminated by.
  • the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - Artists selected were announced last week.  Some artists who entered the art competition for the Sunday Times watercolour exhibition have been less than impressed by the Panel's decision to choose a third fewer paintings than the number advertised in the prospectus.  At least one is asking for her money back and there's a prospect that it have implications for next year's entry.  
  • In London, the antitthesis of the art competition - the CGP London Open Exhibition, a leader in the field of the uncurated "hang the lot" art exhibition since 1984, will be holding its annual exhibition at the Cafe Gallery shortly.
  • Meanwhile in the Guardian, Jonathan Jones wrote an article titled Rise of the prize: are juries taking over the arts?  which asked whether arts prizes and their judges should be allowed to shape our cultural landscape?
For more information about major art competitions in the UK see Art Competitions in the UK - Resources for Artists

Art Exhibitions

Major Museums
Vorticism was a radical art movement that shone briefly but brightly in the years before and during World War I...The Vorticists forged a distinctive style combining machine-age forms and energetic imagery, embracing modernity and blasting away the staid legacy of the Edwardian past
Sad to report that yesterday at 5pm, a Poussin in the National Gallery has been sprayed with red paint obliterating the central section of the painting.  Poussin painted "The Adoration of the Golden Calf", in 1634

For more information about top museums see Top 10 Art Galleries and Museums

Regional Museums
  • One for the calendar - I missed highlighting a major new open exhibition for fine art printmakers - whose receiving days were this week.  BITE is to be a new contemporary printmaking show in London, showcasing the most exciting prints by artists working in a range of different printmaking methods.  The exhibition will open at the Mall Galleries on Wednesday 24 August and closes Saturday 3 September.
Art Societies
  • I had to miss going to the private view of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition due to holiday preparation priorities.  It opened on 7th June and will close on 15th August.  I won't be taking "he must not be bored while I sketch" - as he's found it very boring in the past!  
  • The Guild of Aviation Artists: ‘Aviation Paintings of the Year’ Annual Summer Exhibition opens at the Mall Galleries on 19th July and runs until 24th July.
For more information see Art Society Exhibitions (UK) - Resources for Artists

Art Societies
  • Two Opinion Polls about Art Societies:
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters has a brand new website - see  As with all new designs there are a few tweaks required.  I'm looking forward to doing a review of it and highlighting the lessons which can be shared with other art societies in the near future.  For example it includes several new features which are very customer-oriented in relation to sponsorship and those wanting to commission portraits.  It's also nice to see a society boasting about its visitor numbers too - which is so very helpful to artists trying to decide whether they should enter open exhibitions.  
For more information see Art Societies in the UK

Art History / Art Television

Two posts this week about the current surfeit of programmes about art on the BBC.  Could it be that "the silly season" now needs to be rechristened "the art history season"
  • The latest Art on the BBC - about three programmes concerning British masters of the twentieth century; fake paintings and forgeries, art deco icons and another chance to see the programme about the story of British landscape painting.
  • The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution - Gang of Four about two more programmes- a major new series about the Impressionists and another chance to see the programme about Van Gogh with Benedict Cumberbach playing Van Gogh
Watch out for a major post new week about another new development next week.

Art Museums
Public Art

Art Education

Art classes and workshops
Art Materials

Art Equipment
Websites and Blogging

and finally......

I vividly remember walking through Tate Britain once and coming across Mark Wallinger's reconstruction of the Brian Haw protest about the Iraq War in Parliament Square - which included the line on the floor to represent the one kilometre from Parliament inside no demonstrations were permitted.  The line bisected the "protest" exhibition.  Was this Wallinger, Haw and the Tate thumbing their respective noses at Parliament?  (Do Museums have noses?!)  Was this installation art which finally had some real meaning?

Brian spent 10 years living in Parliament Square - bang opposite the entrance to Parliament - protesting about the Iraq war.  In my view, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, got it about right
"Brian Haw, the father of seven, anti-war loony who used to bellow at me on my bicycle . . . I thought his posters and general gubbins were a disgrace and spoiled the look of the place; and yet he . . . represented something dementedly British . . . Across the world, Britain still stands for a certain idea of liberty, a particular concept of the relationship between the citizen and the state."
Brian died recently and Mark Wallinger wrote about him in the Guardian and how they reconstructed his protest inside the Tate - Mark Wallinger recalls Brian Haw


Anonymous said...

Hi Katherine,

How about that? A nice mention of my 100 Washes Challenge blog on your ‘making a mark’ this week. How uncanny that you posted a mention on the very day I decided to retire my own personal blog (lol). Thanks for taking the time to look at the Washes blog. All good wishes for your new adventure into oils.

Sophie said...

Thanks a lot Kath, really appreciated.

adebanji said...

Brilliant!!! Missed this for ages! Thanks for all the updates and info!

Making A Mark said...

Hi Maggie - Well at least I got to read your blog before you retired it!

Sophie and Adebanji - my pleasure.

Theresa Evans said...

A marathon update Katherine; welcome home! As usual very useful and interesting read, thankyou. Thanks too for mentioning my blog and our 100 Watercolour Washes blog :)

Vandy said...

Thank you so much for the mention, Katherine. What a fantastic list of exciting art resources. I'm going to be busy for days discovering some new and wonderful artist's blogs and sites.


some wonderful sketches from your recent trip in provence katherine esp like the one of sarah painting ..thankyou so much for mentioning 100 washes blog and all the members.

Olha Pryymak said...

So glad to have you back on the blog! A lot to catch up with. Sorry I will be missing the Lisbon meeting too.

Post a Comment

COMMENTS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AGAIN due to very silly ignorant people who leave spam comments without realising they have no benefit for them.

Please feel free to comment on my Facebook Page as my blog posts are always posted there (but please note anonymous comments are not published and I block and report spammers to Google and on Facebook)

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.