Saturday, February 11, 2012

12 February 2012 - Who's made a mark this week?

This week has been a very Lucian Freud week with two tours of the new exhibition on Wednesday, a visit to Christies to see The Printer's Proof: Etchings by Lucian Freud from the Studio Prints archive  this afternoon (which is at auction on Wednesday) and tomorrow morning I'm off to see a PV of a comprehensive exhibition of his drawings

Lucian Freud
La Voisine (The Neighbour), 1947 
Crayon 41.3 x 34.3 cm (16.26 x 13.5 in)
Blain|Southern - Lucian Freud: Drawings
I've had other priorities in the last few weeks and the major (time-consuming) post which is "who's made a mark this week" has very much been squeezed.  Accordingly this post has rather more of my posts than usual - as I know people use this post to catch up on my blog.

Art Blogs

Botanical Art
  • Vicki Lee Johnston (Vicki Lee Johnston), in Perth Western Australia, is Getting started .... again for another year of the Society of Botanical Artists Diploma Course.  This post is very helpful in outlining how she works and tips she's got from other students
  • Janene Walky (Janene Walky), in Portland Oregon, finds it useful to have a road map when she starts a botanical study,  this is her blog post about it The Road Map and here is the end result Cornus capitata Fruit

Drawing and Sketching
  • Jana Bouc ( has been using Andrew Loomis's book and Learning to Draw Heads: Practice and Study with Skulls and Loomis Method.  I know loomis is a luminary of drawing and I was wondering whether anybody else has tried doing the same thing?
  • I've travelled to Cornwall and Venice with my sketchbook!  I've been indulging my favourite winter pursuit - sketching in galleries - this time at the Wallace Collection (and afternoon tea!)
Sketch of Venice: the Bacino di San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore by Canaletto
11" x 16", pen and ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook
The Chinese Pagoda and the new Island
165mm x 240mm, pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils on Mountboard
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Feline art
The Lennox Woods Project is a muti-year project of artist Deborah Paris to explore and record the pristine beauty and magnificence of the Lennox Woods Preserve in northeast Texas. Underwritten and sponsored by Galerie Kornye West of Ft. Worth, Texas, the project will encompass over fifty works of art- including paintings, drawings, etchings and drypoints-to be be exhibited in multiple venues during 2014 and beyond.
Art Books
Art Business & Marketing
Art Competitions
Art Societies

Call For Entries
Art Exhibitions

Exhibitions at major UK Galleries

This has been a bit of a Lucian Freud week for me.
I'm sure it was a privilege to be his friend, did it ever feel a burden?
Never a burden, but certainly a commitment. Even though Lucian said he was not a creature of habit, the one thing he did do every single day of his life was get into the studio every morning. In our 20 or so years he did not miss a day, literally. And I had to be there first thing every morning, seven days a week, to prepare it for him.
All art is attention-seeking, but few artists have ever taken their demands to be noticed to the extremes of Yayoi Kusama. Now 82, and resident by choice for the past 35 years in a psychiatric care home in her native Tokyo, Kusama is currently seeing all her wishes come true.
London and Regional UK galleries
The most deadpan man in art was nearly a cartoonist before seeing the light – or the darkness – and turning to the blackly comic works for which he is famous.
Exhibitions at Major Galleries in North America
Art Fairs
Art Education
  • There's been a lot of interest in What are the priorities for an aspiring artist?  Have you given your views yet - or read those of fellow readers?
  • Winsor & Newton have opened The Gallery, an exciting new space for graduates and established artists, at Winsor & Newton’s new head office, at the Studio Building, Evesham Street, London W11.  There's an Artists Studio and workshop space in the same location.
Tips and Techniques
Art Studio
Art Supplies
Opinion Poll
Internet - websites, webware and blogging
and finally......

I found 1 in 5 teenagers will experiment with art on Weknowmemes.  It seems to be rather popular!


David Teter said...

Katherine, as usual you give us all so much to read. Keep up the good work. I don't know how you manage multiple blogs.

I wish I could see one or all of these Freud expositions, I've always loved his work but never seen an original.

I like Deborah Paris' Lennox Woods Project and am glad you featured it at the beginning allowing us to follow along. I'm sure it will be a fascinating long study.
I very much like these kind of ambitious projects.

Having recently gotten an ipad (with the brushes app) I can very much relate to the video on the Hockney post... digital really is just another medium, as someone there said , paraphrasing here... "'s not cheating... you get out of it what you put into it."
So true. It is NOT automatic or easier. You still have to know and apply the same art knowledge and expertise.

To clarify on Pinterest, although I don't have a site (pinboard) there, a while back someone else pinned a couple of my paintings on theirs so I too was curious.
I found this under the sites Help section, 'Pinning and Repinning':

"... the source-link of an image is saved automatically, no matter how many times it's repinned"

So, the original source or site is permanently connected to the image right from the start, no matter how many times it gets moved around from one board to another.

And kudos to them for setting it up this way. The credit for the image, drawing, painting, photo etc. always stays with it.

And Alyson Stanfield's '15 Steps to Take After Completing Your Artwork' is very good.
It goes beyond just signing, dating and photographing art without being too daunting to read. There are a couple steps here I will be including in my own business upkeep.

Making A Mark said...

re Pinterest - the source link may stay with it - but the copyright notice does not. As I'm sure you're aware not everybody likes having their images shared around and some are very fussy about where their images appear.

I know that artists who have an "all rights reserved" copyright notice on their blogs are already having to chase after people with Pinterest accounts and serve them with "cease and desist" notices - which are successful.

The same happened for me with one aspect of the functionality of Flickr where I suddenly found a bunch of my images on somebody else' site accompanied by adverts. I took great exception to my images being used as source content for somebody else's money-making ambitions. The link to the original content may be there - but what does that matter if other people make money off your images?

Read this post by Mashable if you are in any doubt as to whether people are making money off pins - and it is Pinterest who is adding tracking code to people's pins.

The point for me is why should any of us have to chase around after the people who are doing this?

For the record the image at the top of my blog post today comes from the press pack of the gallery who is hosting the exhibition, I have permission to use it on my blog in connection with the exhibition and I have an all rights reserved notice on my blog. It is not available for general use. It should NOT be pinned to a Pinterest board.

Do I now need to chase round the Internet to look to see who has pinned it to their site?

David Teter said...

Thanks, I have read the Mashable post you referred to and I do agree that you should not have to chase around people if you do not want your images used that way.

This is one of those bigger topics I will have to further think about very carefully. I was unaware of the advert aspect of it.
My initial response was one of promotion, it steers people back to my site much like being featured in another's post or article, press. We need all the help we can get sometimes... word of mouth so to speak.

After reading the Mashable post I am a little uncomfortable with their lack of transparency in disclosure of money generating adverts.

I would be interested in the opinion from others whose work is all over the internet, in reviews or sites like this (Flickr, Pinterest, etc) without their permission.

There will always be those who don't follow the rules and ask for permission first, so what do we do?

Is it time for some kind of software that prevents (our) images from being 'pulled' without our permission in the first place?
Is that even possible?

Making A Mark said...

To my mind all those who create this software which enables people to pull images and publish them on other sites - in the company of god knows what - should also be required to also supply a piece of code which, if inserted into the original host site would reject all attempts to pin or pull an image to another site

I don't for one minute think that this is impossible or even difficult.

However the essential issue is the revenue stream generated for the those that create this software by turning a blind eye to copyright issues

David Teter said...

Hi Katherine,
I understand your last paragraph regarding copyright issues.
This kind of open conversation is what is good about the internet.
It is nearly impossible to learn of everything on our own since the web and technology change so rapidly.

I would not have a problem with my work on another's site as I said in previous comment (promotion) for instance, provided there is full disclosure of above issues and intentions. But that is me and it should be our choice.

I certainly can't imagine anyone having the time to constantly 'police' the web on their own to find violations.

The thing I'm still not sure of is exactly how revenue is generated on a site like Pinterest.

The LLSocial link in the Mashable post states, if I understand it correctly, revenue is generated if the user clicks through the picture (someone else's art for example) then, being redirected to an ecommerce site, makes a purchase then Pinterest gets paid.
That is not the same as someone making $ directly off my art.
I certainly would not approve someone taking an image of mine from the web, then making and selling prints for example.

The issue with some is their lack of disclosure by Pinterest and I've always supported full disclosure and transparency.

And if I understand your view correctly, you have issue with the software which allows it and those who created it and make $ from this software.

Despite my comments I am still trying to sort it all out. There are a lot of factors to consider.
I have not made my mind up firmly and have changed my mind before as I have been further educated on some issue.

Anyone else want to weigh in?

Making A Mark said...

If Pinterest didn't have content it couldn't make money from advertising

If it's my content that's on there then they're making money from me

Income from art or images doesn't have to be about selling them.

My personal policy early on with theft of content from this blog - before I moved it to a short feed which largely negated it - was to land like a ton of bricks on all the spam blogs which copied my feed and then proceeded to decorate it with Google ads. They got one take down notice - if there was an email to notify - and then I reported them to Google, their web host and their domain name registrar.

Take a look at Copyright - Resources for Artists

The best way of searching to see if images have been copied is to use a reverse image search engine
* see How to do a reverse image search
* see TinEye

David Teter said...

Understand your point of view on Pinterest and can't blame you. It should always be about choice.

I should note I am not defending Pinterest. This blind advert technology is new to me.

And thanks for your links.
I am familiar with reverse image searches from here on your blog as well as others.
I have done some of my own artwork.
It can be time consuming, one image at a time, so we are right back to choice and control (protection) of our own art.

Copyright I researched by going directly to the official copyright office website when I started my own blog so I am familiar (but not an expert) with it too.

I will have to read your post too, it always good to see more than one source.

Thanks for all your input.
it's now 3 AM, must go to bed, zzz

Janene said...

Katherine, The Chinese Pagoda drawing is just delightful! The colored pencil gives the ink drawing a pleasant softness and somehow adds sparkle, as one would expect on a sunny day in the garden after a rain.

Dr Tara Coles said...

Your blog has become my portal and education to the art world online. Thank you for guiding my way.
-Tara Coles

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