Monday, July 16, 2012

15th July 2012: Who's made a mark this week?

I've been reading about and viewing the photos which have been emerging from San Domingo where the Urban Sketchers Symposium was held last week.  Plus Saturday was the worldwide sketchcrawl #36 and many of those who were out sketching also posted their work to the Urban Sketchers blog - this was a very impressive effort 

These are the posts to the urban sketchers blog by Lapin (Lapin - the blog)who was the official reporter for the symposium

You might also want to keep an eye on the blogs of some of the instructors at the symposium namely: Frank Ching Seeing.Thinking.Drawing - this is his post USK Santo Domingo with pictures of the people who attended workshops he ran with Liz Steel (Liz and Borromini) plus the "end of term" photo!  Liz has also posted a huge number of photos on her Flickr account and this is her July archive on Liz and Borromini to date which is packed with posts about the trip - including the two days she was there before the rest of the sketchers started to arrive.

The day before sketches by Liz Steel
Artists and Art Blogs

Drawing and Sketching
Coloured Pencils
  • Susan Abbott (A Painter's Year) is currently painting in Provence - lots of lovely colourful watercolour paintings to look at - which I'm enjoying as I know quite a few of the places she is painting.
  • Rebecca Latham (Latham Studios) has written a very useful post which explains What is Miniature Painting?
Art Business and Marketing

The Arts Council
  • The Arts Council (England) last week launched its £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in partnership with Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
  • You can follow the Arts Council England on Twitter -  I find the twitterstream rather biased towards music and dance.
  • The South East England part of the Arts Council (On Twitter as ACE South East ‏@ace_southeast) is looking for bloggers who may like to contribute regional content: To find out more contact
Own Art Scheme
  • If you've ever wondered about the Own Art Scheme and the wisdom of being with a gallery which operates it, view these videos by people who have used the scheme giving testimonials
Art Economy and Art Collectors
  • A painting by John Constable of The Lock sold at auction for a record-breaking some of £35.2 million - here's a BBC report and video which reveals an interesting back story re the owner/collector
  • Edward Winkelman has a fascinating post Eyes vs Ears about buyers who pay very large sums of money for art.
if the only reason you're considering buying a work of art is that someone talked you into it, you're probably making a mistake you'll regret.
Art Debates
Art Exhibitions and Art Fairs

Major Museums UK
"a place where you can see the great classic works of the last 40 years"
Art Societies

Artists and Art Bloggers

I've been a bit preoccupied this week with getting ready for the very first Exhibition by Urban Sketchers London.  I'm not quite sure how we managed it but the same month as we set up we got  the nod to an exhibition in Foyles at the same time as they promoted the book.  Of course we then had to wait weeks and weeks for the book to be reprinted for the third time so they could actually get their hands on some copies!

Anyway here's a couple of posts
On to other artists
Art Fairs
  • In a normal year 25,000 people turn up to see c. 400 demonstrators at Art In Action is at Waterperry House, Waterperry, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ between 19 July 2012 - 22 July 2012.  These are the demonstrating artists. I say in a normal year because we've had such unprecedented rain of late (record months for rainfall in April and June - and July is bidding to do the same!) that major outdoor events are being cancelled all over the country!  I'm not at all surprised to see their website with the njunction to "Bring Your Wellies"!
Art Education 

Tips and techniques
  • James Gurney (Gurney Journey) shares his Top Ten Color Tips in the upcoming issue of International Artist (August/September #86).  This complete his series of ten posts about Atmospheric Effects - and in the next issue he'll be starting a new series of articles on another topic!
  • Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns) has some painting tricks
    • tubing paint again is about how he gets a shipment of paint into tubes.  He gets about 6 or 7 big tubes out of a quart of paint.
    • Another little trick I know 2 for cutting a roll of linen.
  • Marion Boddy Evans provides the answer to How Long Does Acrylic Last in a Tube? 
Art Materials and Supplies
Art Television

  • How many of you are a teeny weeny bit lazy when it comes to passwords for your computer and internet sites?  Here's Facecrooks's Top ten commandments of password protection.
  • You can get a technical preview of the new Office 365 - the online version of the latest Microsoft Office product .  It's available to download and test at  It's only available for Windows 7 and 8. 
and finally....

Many thanks to James Hobbs for coming up with the sign-off for this week.  

For those of us who know and love the mellifluous tones of the Evening Standard's world famous art critic - here is A Brian Sewell Sampler

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