Orkney Birds: Sedge Warbler, Black cap, icterine warbler and garden warbler
Copyright Tracy Hall / watercolour-artist.co.uk
Copyright Tracy Hall / watercolour-artist.co.uk
......all of you who got out of bed this morning and remembered you were going on a sketchcrawl today! Let us all know when you've posted your sketches....
The Big Drawing Book Review
Being away at the end of the month continued to disrupt my book reviews so I've decided to extend the Review through November - as I'm nowhere near the end! In fact, I even got as far as trying to work out how to group books! So if you still want to review a book you've still got time!
Dave's still doing stirling work....as is Rose
- Dave in Oxford/Mothsailor (Dave's Blog) - Beautiful Landscapes by Diane Wright
- Rose Welty (Rose's Art Lines) - Sketch book for the Artist (Sarah Simblet)
- Dee Farnsworth (Dee Farnsworth) is very keen on Maira Kalman's book The Principles of Uncertainty. My guess is that this book may not appear this side of the big pond - however I have found her 'blog' post which is the finale to her year long set of articles in the New York Times. Take a look at her drawings here. I've mentioned Maira before - and some of you may be familiar with her covers for the New Yorker.
- Thanks to Enrico Casarosa (Founder of the Worldwide Sketchcrawl) for alerting me to a blog which is completely new to me - the wonderful Book by its Cover. Lots and lots and lots of reviews of wonderful art books and sketchbooks. You can skip straight to the category which interests you most if you want. Click on the title to read the review and see more images. Don't start on this one until you have some time to spare - you have been warned!
- I found Paul /'Peacay's BibliOdyssey via Sid Leavitt's (Readers and Writers) review of Lines and Colors (nice to see some well deserved recognition for the quality of Charley Parker's writing). Anyway back to BiblioOdyssey - in basic terms it presents and explains various archival images. However to describe it as such is to miss the fact that it's loaded with good quality images of a very diverse range - and the narrative is rather interesting too. Not maybe everybody's 'cup of tea' but I like it!
- Laura Frankstone at Laurelines is ecstatic about her new Schminke 24 pan watercolour paints. Schminke Chronicles 3: Singing the Blues is the third post on the topic in which she provides a colour chart of the all the paints in the 24 pans.
- Karen Jurick (A Painting Today) posted her first imovie - about her palette yesterday. (I don't even know what an imovie is!) Unfortunately it's got one of those plug-ins which my laptop does not like so I need somebody to go look at it and then tell me what it's like! I'm sure it'll be fabulous and I am at this moment giving my laptop a good talking to!
- I love the style and content of Andrea Joseph's drawings of her Sketchblog. Her pinboard wizard drawing is astounding - click on the image to get the full effect - and you can read more about it here where you can read notes about all the objects in the drawing.
- Casey Klahn (Pastel) has got a great follow-up interview with Sheila Evans who has an interesting comment to make about the quality of camera needed for reference shots. I love Sheila's botanical pastel work of leaves in macro which recently featured on the front cover of the Pastel Journal. You can see more of her work in the galleries on her website.
Miniature Art works by Tracy Hall
copyright Tracy Hall
copyright Tracy Hall
- Tracy Hall (Watercolour Artist Diary) is a professional artist living in the Orkneys (islands off the north coast of Scotland) and has a deep interest in nature and animals. Three of her miniature works are featured above. Check the dimensions - each is around 2"x2"! You can see more of her work here. Tracy tells me that as a result of my recent blog post about the Royal Society of Miniature Painters,Sculpters and Gravers exhibition that she intends to submit work to various exhibitions next year. I also recommend you check out the wonderful work she has been doing for a new publication called the Orkney Book of Birds - you can see an example of her work for this in the image at the top of this post.
- Nicole Caulfield (Art Journal) has a wonderful photo on her blog of all her miniatures framed ready for sale. Grouped together like this really makes me understand why miniature art is so collectible.
- Thanks again to Enrico Casarosa for drawing my attention to the Exhibition of Drawings by Georges Seurat at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition website has an online version of the exhibition in which you can see the sketchbooks and also his unique way of drawing his subject matter. If you like drawing I highly recommend you find some time to sit down with a huge steaming hot drink and go very slowly through the online exhibition and really savour the quality of his work. I had an airline trying to sell me cheap seats on new direct flights from my local airport to New York this week - and I'm very tempted!
....his incomparable drawings are among his–and modernism’s–greatest achievements. Working primarily with conté crayon on paper, Seurat explored the Parisian metropolis and its environs, abstracted figures, spaces, and structures, and dramatized the relationship between light and shadow, creating a distinct body of work that is a touchstone for the art of the twentieth century and today.
MOMA: Georges Seurat - The Drawings
- The Columbus Museum of Art has joined up with the Musee Marmottan in Paris to develop an exhibition called In Monet's Garden: The Lure of Giverny. It's showing in Ohio until 20th January 2008 when it moves to Paris. You can see the images here.
- Master Pastellist Daniel Greene's recent exhibition has just finished at Gallery Henoch. However you can still catch him and his new work in the features in both International Artist (November edition) and American Artist (October/November edition). The latter includes a number of the images from the exhibition online - click to see larger images. The former also has an article by Linda Lucas Hardy about coloured pencils.
- The Royal Institute of Oil Painters's Annual Autumn Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London has opened. I shall be visiting the exhibition before it closes next Sunday (11 November).
- A free Art Materials Health and Safety Guide "The Top Questions on Health & Safety" has been made available as a pdf file for download by The Artist's Magazine Blog. This is reproduced from an article by David Pyle in its May edition.
The number in the Feedburner box at the top of the right hand column is an overview of all the people who have subscribed to this blog through whatever source - plus a few bots which crawl it on a regular basis.
I've now got one overview figure (I think) because Google took over both Blogger and Feedburner. I now have my Blogger Feed directed to Feedburner and somehow or other it can now aggregate everything. Today I woke up to find my Feedburner stats look funny
Anyway, there have been other fluctuations in feed statistics recently and people have been discussing these...........
- The Official Google Reader Blog summed up what's happening with subscriber statistics. Feedburner - which gets a mention in the post - elaborated here. Neither are posts to read first thing in the morning or without sustenance but I think what it means is......what they said - see below. The masses who have commented or have referenced are listed after the Google Reader blog post.
What this all means if you're a feed publisher is that if you're interested in getting the most comprehensive overview of your subscribers, you should be using a service like FeedBurner or Google Webmaster Tools.
Official Google Reader Blog
- For those of you who like to keep up to date with SEO, Steven Bradley (who focuses on supporting online businesses with Yellowhouse Hosting.com) commented on the stats in his regular round-up about SEO. Stacks of links which I've not been though in detail but I recognise some of the names and the links and they're good so if you are techie minded have a read and tell us all what you think. You can also read all Steven's 'This Week in SEO' round-ups here.
- I've only just noticed Google's campaign against paid links and the way these affect page rank. These don't bother me as I don't have any but if you do you might want to review this post by Steven 'Which is more evil - Google or paid links?' plus his follow-up collection of posts in his round-ups relating to paid links and in particular a couple by Search Engine Journal
- Google's Matt Cutts on appropriate use of 'no follow'
- Matt Cutts confirms Paid Links and Google Page Rank Update
- [Update: but let's leave the final word to Matt Cutts (Gadgets, Google and SEO) - with this very helpful post Tips on your Google Reader subscriber numbers]