Sunday, April 22, 2012

22nd April 2012: Who's made a mark this week?

A Postcard from my Walk project
Postcards sent by Katherine Tyrrell
A Postcard From My Walk project has finished - with an amazing post in which Ronell van Wyk has put together composite images of all the postcards drawn or painted by each participating artist - see 196 Cards from A Postcard from my walk - a tribute to Earth Day.

You can see the image Ronell made of my postcards above.  It looks as if I like drawing trees next to water! Do click it to see a much larger image of all the postcards which are now in various countries around the world.

The problem for this post this week is I wasn't in London for half of it!

I got back from my short break in the middle of the week.  Then when I got back I was doing things - like seeing the annual exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists or attending a life drawing workshop linked to the Lucian Freud Portraits Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.  I'll be posting some of my drawings from the evening this next week.

Sue Tilley - who modelled for Benefits Supervisor Sleeping - which sold for $33m in 2008
was the model for the life drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery

Art Blogs - Plein Air Convention

So my references to artists blogs this week will focus on the recent Plein Air Convention which had a lot of bloggers attending.

Plein Air Convention

The 1st Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo was held over 4 days between April 12-15th, 2012 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa just outside Las Vegas in the picturesque Nevada desert.  I gather it was a big success.  My friend Louise went so I've already heard something about how it went.  It wasn't just painting and included Eric Rhoads' Marketing Boot Camp and a trade show for the art suppliers.  Here are comments by others who also attended what looks like the first of many.
This has been a great convention. Over the weekend, I ran into a lot of old friends and folks I've met over the years: Anne LaddonKim LordierMargi LucenaAnita Louise WestScott PriorBrad HoltEd TerpeningJeanne MackenziePaul KratterScott Gellatly...the list goes on, and I apologize if I've omitted anyone!

iPad sketching

Art Business & Marketing

Art Competitions

Art Education

Art Exhibitions

Major Museums

Regional UK

  • For those who enjoy watercolour, there's an exhibition of work by Albert Goodwin RWS (1845-1932) at the Young Gallery, Salisbury until 26 May 2012.  You can see an online exhibition of Albert Goodwin's work on the Chris Beetles website.  I know Chris is of the opinion that Albert Goodwin is one of the finest watercolour painters the UK has ever produced.  Goodwin trained with the pre-Raphaelites, was inspired by Turner and supported by Ruskin.

Art Societies UK

Part of the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists

Regional - Europe

Major Museums USA

  • There's a lot of interest in Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. Beijing, 1957) in Washington in 2012.  “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” will run from Oct. 7 to Feb. 24, 2013, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington.  This is a New York Times article about it.  It is preceded by 
    • Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” a monumental 12-part sculptural suite by Ai Weiwei which is installed around the perimeter of the fountain on the museum’s plaza. The work will be on view from April 19 until Feb. 24, 2013.
    • the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will present “Perspectives: Ai Weiwei” from May 12 to April 7, 2013 and 
    • the Corcoran Gallery of Art will exhibit “Untitled,” from September 22 to January 13, 2013.
  • The exhibition “Dürer and Beyond" covers Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700 (April 3–September 3, 2012).  This is the New York Times article about the exhbition - A Master Opens the Door to an Empire. This link takes you to images of some of the works in the show.  One might think this "Small Piece of Turf" possibly prompted the idea of Dürer's Great Piece of Turf but for the fact the latter was painted by Dürer some 80+ years earlier!
A Small Piece of Turf (1584)
Hans Hoffmann (German, Nuremberg ca. 1545/1550–1591/1592 Prague)
Brush with gouache and watercolor over traces of charcoal underdrawing
Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700

Art Galleries and Museums

Art Supplies

Publishing Art Books

  • Ever wondered why the price of ebooks is so high?  Those thinking about publishing art books might like to take a look at this post The Agency Model sucks on A Newbie's Guide to Publishing.  It discusses the relationship between the price of ebooks, Amazon and the big publishers

Internet, apps, webware and blogging

web browsers

iPad apps

and finally......

The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts created a Face Britain art project 
Face Britain is the UK’s largest ever mass collaborative art project, designed by The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, to celebrate the nation’s children and young people during the lead up to HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This last week, children's artwork generated by the project has been used to create huge images of the Queen projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace.  Thousands of children's self-portraits were covering Buckingham Palace every night until Saturday.  More than 200,000 self-portraits have been crested to provide imagery at every venue around the country.

This is an interesting article talking about how the project worked

The project has also organised the creation of portraits by celebrities and famous artists which are being auctioned to support work with disadvantaged children acrothe UK.  There are to be two auctions and you can see images from the two auctions here.

  1. eBay from 3-13 May, where we will auction self-portraits from celebrities including Cilla Black, Adele, Alan Rickman, Jamie Oliver and many more.
  2. Christies - 9 May: a very special auction to sell the artists’ self-portraits, including works by Tracey Emin and Maggi Hambling. 
The two auctions will raise vital funds for the charity’s future.


  1. Very kind of you to mention my residency project Katherine. Thanks very much.

  2. I like Chrome's speed, too.

    I may have to look into the PA convention in California.


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