Peter Kuefeld RP, NEAC
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2009 (May 2009)
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Yesterday morning Harry Patch died. He was 109 years old and was our last living link with all those soldiers who fought in the trenches of the first world world war. Harry Patch was a Private who survived the Battle of Passchendaele. He never talked about the war until after his 100th birthday and when he did talk he was was passionate that no war was ever worth the killing of a single soldier - on either side.
More than any other battle, Passchendaele has come to symbolise the horrific nature of the great battles of the First World War. In terms of the dead, the Germans lost approximately 260,000 men, while the British Empire forces lost about 300,000, including approximately 36,500 Australians, 3,596 New Zealanders and some 16,000 Canadians from 1915 to 1917. 90,000 British and Dominion bodies were never identified, and 42,000 never recovered. Aerial photography showed 1,000,000 shell holes in 1 square mile (2.56 km2).This is the BBC's website record of the experiences of "The Last Tommy". This is the Guardian's obituary and this is Private Harry Patch in the Daily Telegraph.
In May I was fortunate to see his portrait, which had been painted by Peter Kuefeld RP NEAC, at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. It made me think then and it made me think again yesterday - and that's the power of portraiture.
As I said about his portrait in my Exhibition review: Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2009 (May 2009)
I really appreciate seeing portraits of ordinary people in amongst the ranks of the royals, politicians, academics, military and wealthy families who too often are the subjects of portraits in this exhibition. I'd really like to see a prize for the best portrait of somebody who's worthy of commoration but who is actually just an ordinary person.A Portrait of Henry Allingham the last survivor of the founding of the RAF and of the Battle of Jutland will be seen in a BBC documentary and then be exhibited in London in November before being auctioned in aid of St Dunstan's, the home for ex-servicemen where he lived. Allingham became the oldest man in the world before he died last month at the age of 113.
Allingham's portrait is by Dan Llywelyn Hall who also has a portrait of Harry Patch in this year's BP Portrait Award exhibition. This particular portrait was done from a single 3 hour sitting.
The SSA Artist of the Year
On a happier note I'm pleased to highlight the fact that Hashim Akib has been awarded Artist of the Year by the SAA. The website hasn't changed yet but when it does you should be able to see the works which won the various categories. At present you can see the work which has won in previous years.
In the meantime, can I suggest that all those who are trying to improve their drawing and painting of trees take a look at his gallery of trees. Similarly his urban figurative work is most impressive - and the winning painting is an excellent example of this
(Also Winner of the Best Townscape of Industrial Scene)
Acrylic on canvas
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- Ann Kullberg's 10th Annual FMP Member Show 2009 has been posted and Nicole Caulfield has won best in show!
- I'm a little late with Kendra Bidwell Ferreira's (kjfdesign) exhibition Providence Art Club opening
- while Barbara Benedetti Bewton (Barbara Benedetti Newton Artist's Journal) won best of show
- The CPSA Annual Convention starts on Tuesday in Atalanta Georgie with the awards relating to the Annual Exhibition being announced on Friday 31st.
- Good news New Gallery, Maybe and sad news Away We Go! from Tracy Hegelson (Works by Tracy Helgeson)
- Take a look at Sadie Valeri's fascinating series of posts on Sadie J Valeri - about sketches and plein air paintings executed during her Hudson River Fellowship, 4 weeks studying landscape painting with Jacob Collins!
- Marc Hanson (Painting My Way Through Life) has got a couple of posts about the Telluride Plein Air Festival - first what it's about and then the paintings he produced More Telluride Plein Air Fest Paintings
- Constable is Deborah Paris's big painting hero which she writes about in Skying. She's currently doing a series of paintings of skies on her blog Deborah Paris - and very nice they are too!
- Stacy Petersen (Blank Canvas) has an article about her paintings in Grand County Living Stacey Peterson Applies An Analytical Mind To An Artistic Pursuit
Art Business and Marketing
- Tony Moffitt ( write a good post on Friday about Scouting A Gallery; The 1st Date Guide
- He's also got a feedback post which poses questions about Feedback Forum: The Age Issue
- This week I started to try and find an alternative to Imagekine and explained why in Imagekind - why I'm looking for an alternative print on demand service
- Lisa Call wrote about Psychological Pricing - what is it & how might artists leverage it in her new blog makebigart
Art and the Economy / Art Collectors
- At the New Statesman - you can start reading a series of investigations into art and the financial crisis, Tim Adams traces the falling stock of the melodramatic poster-child of Britart The tent is empty by Tim Adams. He starts with Tracy Emin.
“The art market is on a knife-edge,”
- On Empty Easel Donovan Gauvreau is writing about Buying Art in a Recessed Economy - Wise Investment or Foolish Mistake?
Art Competitions and Art Societies
- I was ever so pleased this week to learn that "Meet the kittens" is on SOFA front cover - there's lots of coloured pencil art in the Society of Feline Artist's Annual Exhibition in September.
- James Gurney has posted about an interesting natural history art competition in Call for Entries: Focus on Nature XI, plus he's included a link to his blog report on the last exhibition.
The New York State Museum hosts a biennial exhibition of natural history artwork called Focus on Nature. Artists all around the world are eligible, and the show has grown to be one of the most prestigious in natural history art. The upcoming 11th edition will be held April 29- October 31, 2010. The deadline for entries is October 1.
- On Thursday I wrote about Society of All Artists - It's All About Art and yesterday I reviewed it having visited on Fruday afternoon in Review: SAA Art Event
- On Thursday I also wento to see From Corot to Monet at the National Gallery - which I will review on this blog next week. I learned quite a bit about the growth of plein air painting prior to the Impressionists.
- Joanne Mattera (Joanne Mattera Art Blog) reviews Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese in Boston
Art Education / workshops / Tips and techniques
- Jeanette Jobson (Illustrated Life) writes about Tutorials
- Sadie Valeri (Sadie J Valeri) has been teaching and has written up some of her lessons as follows
- James Gurney again - this on Cast Shadows, Part 2
- Nina Johansson (ninajohansson.se) has a very well illustrated blog post about how she creates her paintings this is The stable - step by step
- Review: "Desperate Romantics" is dire dramatic drivel - enough said. BBC traditional costime drama it isn't. Latter day substitute for Carry on Up the Canvas maybe..........
- James Gurney has a nice post about the difference between Plein Air and Poetry
- Jelane Faunce (Jelaine Faunce Studio) bottled on the "before" photos in her post about Studio Overhaul 2009 ('Before' pictures not included) but it's still great to see where she creates her paintings. The last photo made me giggle!
American Artist is participating in a comprehensive study to find out how you currently use artists' paints and surfaces and what products you might want to try or have changed to better suit your needs. What do you like best about acrylic paints? What would you change about oil colors? Do you use watercolors because they are portable or because they are water-soluble? Those are the types of easy questions you will be asked to respond to if you participate in the survey.
"American Artist" will bring together twelve aspiring artists to compete for a gallery show, a cash prize and a sponsored national tour. In each episode, contestants will create unique works of art highlighting art's role in everyday life, while they compete and create in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography and industrial design (to name a few). In working beyond their preferred mediums, artists will have to adapt quickly to changes in order to succeed. Completed works of art will be appraised by a panel of top art world figures including fellow artists, gallerists, collectors, curators and critics. The finalists' work will be showcased in a nation-wide museum tour.Read on:
- Art Info writes about the show in Taking a shot at reality and associated photo gallery/interviews interviews with 13 of the candidates in the queue
Saturday was the final casting call for the new art reality show tentatively called The Untitled Art Project, which is being produced for Bravo by Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker in collaboration with Magical Elves, the company responsible for the popular reality contest shows Top Chef and Project Runway, on which the new art show will be modeled.
- Ed Winkelman (edward_winkleman) has commented twice about this proposed new show - in Cash (or at least Fame) for Your Art and "It’s wrong to pooh-pooh it." Open Thread . What do you think?
- What's the colour of the sculptures on the Parthenon? New technique unveils ancient colour Egyptian Blue at the British Museum. It's a pigment with a very special property
- Ed Winkelman (edward_winkleman) has a typically thoughtful and persuasive post about the ongoing debate in Wikipedia vs. the National Portrait Gallery
Websites, webware and blogging
- Sadie Valeri on Web Design Tips for Artists
I look at a lot of artists web sites, and a lot of them are unnecessarily difficult to navigate. I thought I'd write up the common design problems I find, based on the opinions I developed as a web and interface designer for 11 years.
This week started on a serious note and is finishing on a very light fun one. Sarah Wimperis is hard at work on her Scilly Cow on her blog Hand and I. That's Scilly |Cow as in a cow painted to look like the Isles of Scilly.
Sarah has been asked to paint a cow for Truro's Herd of Cows this summer and she's taken delivery of one life size fiberglass cow ready for a bit of artistry at the hand of La Wimperis.
You can read about her progress in painting her cow in the following posts - which have lots of ace images of the step by step process! :) I'm just wondering how she's going to get the "independent streak" in! :)