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.
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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!