The green green grass grasshopper hair grip by Bizzie Birdsworth.
The trend for 2010 seems to be that more and more art bloggers are publishing books on a blog. Andrea Joseph is back online and updating hers - called Book on a Blog. I loved the grasshopper automaton hair grip
Drawing and sketching
- Enrique Flores' Algeria sketchbook on YouTube highlights anew completed Moleskine from Enrighe Flores
Sketch of John Singer Sargent's
'En Route pour la pêche (Setting Out to Fish)', 1878
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- A couple of sketches from me associated with my trip this week to the Royal Academy of Arts to preview the Sargent and the Sea exhibition :
- Sketching Sargent at the RA is about me taking time out of the preview to sketch "setting out to fish"
Lunch at the Academy Restaurant at the RA is about the rather splendid murals in the Restaurant
- Please note that Roz Stendahl is now operating from a different email address following website mishaps.
- Two videos of Peter Fiore painting. Check out his paintings on his blog Peter Fiore - Thoughts on Painting - not a frequent poster but the paintings are very good.
- Lisa Walsh's blog Paint Misbehavin' is described as the escapades of a self-teching artist in a mid-life crisis. I love the idea of the Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days.
Now floating in the abyss between menopause and senility, I decided I finally needed to completely awaken my Hibernating Artist Within.Portraiture
- The National Portrait Gallery has started an Appeal to purchase a Freed Slave Portrait.
- yesterday I reviewed the career and work of Leonard Rosoman OBE RA (b.1917)
Art Business and Marketing
- I tackled a sobering thought this week in Estate Planning for Artists. It covers the perspectives of artist, artists family and collector.
- BUSINESS: Approaching Galleries Printmaker Mandy Knapp talks to UK Handmade about how to get your work into Galleries.
Art and the Economy / Art CollectorsThe commentators in the 'quality' press didn't seem to agree whether ot not auctions were being starved of good works of art or that they were being used by the aristocracy as some sort of superior pawn shop.
- The New York Times contributed two items this week
Long before the economy almost collapsed a year ago, art-savvy people argued that works of art are the new equities: one can make more money in the art market than in the stock market.
- while the Guardian observed that UK's landed gentry put masterpieces on the market to cushion the crunch
- an article in today's Observer about one of the most influential UK Aert Dealers Victoria Miro, queen of arts
In her time, Miro has seen the London gallery scene change in two ways. Commercial galleries like her own, once the haunt of dealers and insiders, now attract visitors in much the same way as their bigger, state-funded galleries do. Post-Saatchi, too, the way galleries do business has not just become more global, but more competitive, more combative and more macho.
Art Competitions and Art SocietiesArt Competitions / Art Societies - call for entries
- On Friday I posted the ING Discerning Eye 2010 - Call for Entries
- The deadline for Miniature 2010 - the 77th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art of the The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS). The exhibiton is at The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD in November 2010.
- Winners announced: NAN bursaries June 2010
- Rhonda Carpenter (Watercolors and Words) hasa review of the AWS Travelling Show (see The AWS at MAC) PLUS an interesting comment on the show which poses questions about entering art competitions - read Getting your name Out There
- I'm wondering whether they've got any footie fans working at the Prado in Madrid because it doesn't seem to have gone to the same trouble as the Van Gogh Museum. Check out the photo posted by the Van Gogh Museum on Twitter and its website. I loved the next tweet
Due to the homecoming ceremony in honour of the Dutch football team, we will be closed on Tuesday 13 July. More info: http://bit.ly/coiOBn
Art ExhibitionsI had a lovely time at the Royal Academy of Arts on Tuesday. Sargent and the Beach is my review of the Sargent and the Sea exhibition which opened in the Sackler Galleries of the
Major Museums and Art Galleries
Other exhibitions I noted this week are:
- Lucian Freud - L'Atelier at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) ends July 19 2010
- Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings at the British Museum in London ends July 25
- Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) ends July 25
- Corcoran Gallery (Washington, USA) - Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration July 3, 2010 – September 12, 2010
- Exhibition - Changing Soil: Contemporary Landscape Painting (Za Fukei) at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Nagoya, Japan) ends September 12th. The link is to the Art of the Landscape blog which provides links to more information about the 31 exhibiting artists.
- John Cage - Every Day Is a Good Day at the Baltic, Gateshead Until 5 September. This is the Guardian article about the exhibition The visual art of John Cage. Cage Mix(29 May - 19 September 2010) is about Sculpture and Sound
Every Day is a Good Day is the first major exhibition and publication devoted to the entire range of American composer, writer and artist John Cage’s prints, watercolours and drawings. Cage was one of the leading avant-garde composers of the twentieth century, most famous perhaps for his silent work of 1952, 4'33".
- If you're in Spain, the Prado Museum has a new lecture series starting in the Autumn term about The Line of Parrhasius. Strategies in Drawing: experimentation, workshop practices and art history
- a very nice online demo by Barabara Benedetti Newton (Barbara Newton Art Journal) which shows you the process of developing a pastel painting but also the equipment she uses
- I've just updated Pastels - Resources for Artists to give it a new module about Air Filters, Purifiers and Dust Masks
- Jonathan Jones (the Guardian art blogger) talked about American Art this week in Why middlebrow Americana will always beat 'good' British art
- The New York Times has an Interactive Feature: A Look at 'Bathers by the River' which relates to the new exhibition if Matisse's work which opens at next week at the Museum of Modern Art
Until recently art historians had no clear idea of exactly how changes in a work were developed. Now those mysteries have been largely solved, thanks to an extraordinary array of technologies deployed in putting together “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917,” an exhibition that opens next week at the Museum of Modern Art
- This is a review of Winsor & Newton 90 lb. Watercolor Paper on Roz Wound Up by Roz Stendahl and Cathy Johnson
- Do also read Roz Stendahl's book review of Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, by Carla Sonheim which I recently identified as a new top-selling art book (see Makingamark's Top 10 Fine Art Books)
- Plus another review of the same book by Myrna Wackov Inspiration from new book!
CopyrightThe Digital Economy Act was rushed into legislation at the end of the last government. Subsequently it's turned out to attract the most support from proposals from the public for changes to legislation on the new government's new "your Freedom" website
- Lists of Britons who infringe copyright are to be drawn up by the UK's biggest ISPs under proposals from the regulator Ofcom - see Ofcom unveils anti-piracy policy and Ofcom draft code of practice and Consultation on draft code
- However this week it emerged that BT and TalkTalk will challenge Digital Economy Act
So far 100 of you have voted in the Making A Mark Opinion Poll for July Where would you prefer to have an art studio? Don't forget to leave comments on the post (see link) of the reasons for your choice.
and finally........For all my botanical artist friends.....today's the day!
"Lois" - the Corpse Flower at the The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is due to bloom on Sunday. She's one of the rarest plants in the world because the flowers will be about 5.5 feet tall with a diameter of 4.5 feet. She's only the 29th in the USA to ever bloom. You can:
- see videos and a complete set of photos of its amazing growth rate on Flickr in this set Amorphophallus titanum: The Corpse Flower (which does NOT come with smell-o-rama)
- read about Lois on the Houston 'Bare Bones' blog
- see it grow live on the webcam page see it grow live on our webcam page http://ow.ly/29sqO
- follow the progress on HMNS twitter site