Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries
20th March 2008 to 5th April 2008
Saturdays during the Exhibition are the days when it gets a lot of visits from art societies and watercolour societies from all over the country. If your Art Society isn't making it more feasible and economical for its members to attend art exhibitions around the country by organising trips, then why don't you ask them why not? ;)
In the UK, the clocks changed overnight so we're now back to normal again in relation to time differences with the USA and elsewhere. I can highly recommend atomic clocks which adjust themselves!
I'm the featured artist this week in Sue Smith's (Ancient Artist) Sunday Salon series of interviews with artists....or rather I will be when she's had a chance to process the stuff I sent her rather later than I'd intended - sorry Sue!
[Update - now posted Sunday Salon: Sitting Down with Katherine Tyrrell]
Art holidays and workshops - and nature journalling
More from the world of art holidays and workshops - if you're a regular reader/commenter do let me know if you've got a blog post about workshops delivered or attended.
This time the focus is on nature journaling in Central America and the Caribbean. Here's some references to various botanical blogs and sites I've looked at this week. these include:
- You can see images from Jocelyn Curry's nature journal from the Costa Rica workshop highlighted in Jocelyn's Journal from the Costa Rica Workshop in Irene Brady's Nature Drawing and Journalling Workshops Blog.
- Jocelyn is an artist (website) who normally specialises in illustration and calligraphy. However she's also teaching nature journalling on the Art Afield: Diablo Creative Arts Retreat workshop at the North Cascades Institute in the Pacific Northwest in June this year
- Cynthia Padilla (Art Instructor - workshops blog) has recently returned from delivering a workshop in Guatemala and has some wonderful photos of the country and the vegetation on Flickr.
- This is the Art Workshops in Guatemala website which is linked to Cynthia's workshop.
- I had a blog post about The art of writing a Press Release and put a copy of it as a pdf file on my website here. Thanks for the additional and helpful comments after the post was published.
- Sotheby's Institute of Art has summer study programmes in London and New York
- Princes Drawing School has also now published its summer programme in print - and hopefully it'll be appearing on this courses page of its website any time now.
- Meet Nicholas Penny, the new Director of the National Gallery in London, in a couple of interviews here and here.
- We went to the Alison Watt exhibition 'Phantom' at the National Gallery yesterday - both the film about her and her work is stunning! Well worth a visit if you're going to be in London before it finishes on 22 June.
- Today is the last day for having your say on the next work that should go on the fourth plinth (which now has its very own website!) in Trafalgar Square
- David Hockney has given his biggest work Bigger Trees near Warter to the Tate. I know this looks like a massively altruistic gesture, but even this Hockney fan can't help thinking that maybe its size also took up rather a lot of room at home?
The Hockney is over 12 metres long and 4.5 metres high, which probably makes it the biggest painting ever done in the open air. Painted in oils, it comprises 50 separate canvases, hung together. The view is of a copse outside Bridlington, in Yorkshire, which is now Hockney’s main home.
The Art Newspaper
- Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770–1900 is at the Brooklyn Museum, March 21–June 15, 2008, Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor. Check out the highlights from the exhibition - great prints - and a review here
The Utagawa School, founded by Utagawa Toyoharu, dominated the Japanese print market in the nineteenth century and is responsible for more than half of all surviving ukiyo-e prints, or “pictures of the floating world.Art History
- Art Magick is a virtual gallery which is ostensibly dedicated to obscure 19th century artists and long-forgotten paintings showing a "magic world of romance and pictured poetry" - which means mainly the Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist movements. You can see the pictures by art movements.
- However I discovered this week that under 'museums' it has a staggering set of links to all the major (and a lot of minor) art museums and galleries around the world!
- the UKCPS blog has a post So what is Art about? which summarises some of the debate had recently about what sort of artwork is eligible for exhibition with UKCPS.
- I also understand that CPSA are also planning to include something on a very similar topic in their next newsletter.
- I also highlighted an aspect which is not allowed in CPSA submissions (or UKCPS from 2009) in this post Drawing with mechanical and optical aids (which has also prompted some very interesting comments)
- Nicole Caulfield reviews Fisher 400 sanded pastel paper in Portrait on Fisher 400 Paper - she's using coloured pencils. Nicole is, of course, the person who turned us all on to using Art Spectrum Colourfix and then Ampersand Pastelbord - so it's well worth a read.
- Coloured pencil artists will all want to take a look at how Paula Pertile (of The Burrow fame) organises her coloured pencils. Now just be careful not to look at the rest of her blog (Drawing a Fine Line) otherwise or you might be tempted by her drawings of chocolates - even if they are the non-fattening two dimensional variety!
- Richard McKinly (The Pastel Pointers Blog) had an interesting blog post which color wheel to use which pointed up the difference between the colour wheels of different approaches to colour theory. This is the link to the new analogous colour wheel based on both triadic and Munsell colour theory.
- Tina Mammoser (The Cycling Artist) has a post Material matters about why the quality of your art materials matter in the here and now as well as the longer term. Award yourself an extra brownie point if you can spot Tina in the photo at the top of this post.
- 'American Artist' provides an expert answer to why your paper gets abraded when removing tape from a watercolour painting
- Casey Klahn (The Colorist and Pastel) has been posting about his pastels
- The Pastel Palette - a simple palette box system
- The Pastel Palette - Part II - organisation of studio trays
- Cigar Box - using a cigar box as a palette
- Pastels Go In which has Casey's suggestion for the minimum number of pastels needed for plein air pastelling
- I had a post In praise of my sketching chairs and many thanks to the people who took time out to comment and let us all know what they use as something to sit on when sketching.
Now you've read my post (ie there's a reason this come last! ;) ) and before you get on with the rest of your day maybe you'd better take a look at Maggie Stiefvater's posts about strategies for time management - addressing all those things you do rather than getting on with things!
- Maggie on Time Management Part I (her top 4 reasons for not managing her time well - excuses, funky priorities, aimlessness and self-doubt)
- Maggie on Time Management Part II (what Maggie does to tackle her timewasting habits as above plus lack of energy, distraction, procrastination and misdirected energy )
Besides producing her art, Maggie is now on her fourth novel - and her first one Lament - The Faurie Queen's Deception got its ISBN number and made its Amazon debut for pre-ordering this week while her agent accepted an offer from her publisher for the second one Ballad the previous week and she's about to start reading Maggie's third novel next week!
Maggie has a link near the top of the right hand column of her site where you can pre-order her new book and make happy all the young teens in your life who are looking for the next Harry Potter.............