Monday, November 19, 2012

18th November 2012 - Who's made a mark this week?

Last summer I spent nearly three weeks sketching the scenery - and the meals - in Provence (see Four Go Painting In Provence and my sketch below)

Four days ago, Julian Merrow Smith (Postcard from Provence) announced to his mailing list that next summer there are going to be Postcard from Provence Painting Holidays.  They're not cheap but dates for the two courses already announced are already fully subscribed and consideration is now being given to adding more dates.  So if you want to be painting the Vaucluse on a postcard next summer you need to be on the mailing list if you're not already!

The view from Crillon Le Brave
pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook, 11" x 16"
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
I've had a really dreadful head cold all week so have not been reading as much as usual.  Mercifully the cold is finally coming to an end which is good as I'm totally lemsipped out!

Artists and Art Blogs

At the Cafe (1887-1889) - Childe Hassam
38.1 cm (15 in.), Width: 45.72 cm (18 in.) pastel on paper
Pastels and Coloured Pencils
  • Childe Hassam used pastels (see Who Painted This? #3 and above) but he also used coloured pencils for sketching! See yesterday's post.  Suddenly all becomes clear as to why I like this man!
  • Vivien Blackburn's artwork is behind the flyer for the new Derwent Art Prize and last week she was demonstrating at the Art Materials fare.  Demonstrating for Derwent at the NEC. Vivien is coming back to us after some very necessary time out related to the illness and then passing of her husband last month. 
  • Click the link if you've not come across the CPSA Facebook Page before.
Who Painted This?
  • The winner of Who Painted This #3 was Sue Smith (Sue's Sketch Blog). She did it the correct (and hard) way and says she learned a lot about American Impressionists en route to the right answer.
  • Who painted this #4 was posted on Friday afternoon and I'm now holding a number of comments which correctly identify the artist.  I won't be publishing them until Friday so you still have time to see if you can guess it.  I'm loving the explanations I'm getting for why people got it!  For those who haven't got it yet, it's worth noting that it was painted plein air without an easel!
Art Books
  • I've created a new website 2013: NEW Books About Drawing to track new books about drawing due to be published in 2013. I've also highlighted some of these in a post on Making A Mark Reviews - NEW Drawing Books in 2013
  • Those buying art books via Amazon in the UK might want to make a note of an article in this week's The Bookseller which summed up the recent House of Commons Review of the way global companies avoid paying corporation tax in the UK - see Amazon’s corporation tax slammed by HOC committee.  If all the countries and states which want to make Amazon pay tax all got together - would there be anywhere left for Amazon to go?
Art Business and Marketing
  • Robert Genn wrote a thoughtful approach about the different approaches to art of Two artists 
Art Collectors and Art Economy
Art Competition
  • Watch out for an announcement of a major new art competition on my blog on Thursday!
Art Exhibitions
Art Education

Tips and Techniques
Art Galleries and Museums
The lawsuit cites a survey of 360 visitors to the Met, in which 85 percent didn't know museum admission was free.
Art Materials and Supplies
Art Studios
  • Architectural Digest repeated a photospread they did of Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio at Abiquiu AD Revisits: Georgia O'Keeffe . It's a masterpiece of shape and form and line and colour!
and finally......

The Royal College of Art celebrated its 175th birthday last week. Here's a Guardian slideshow which displays work by some of its more famous ex-students and a few insights into what it was like in the past - such as Slide 21 which is a photograph of "A women's life modelling class in 1905" - all long smocks and naked male torsos!

It's also hosting an exhibition The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art (16 November – 3 January 2013).  You can see more of what they're getting up to on their Facebook Page

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