This year I got rather more anxious than usual when I didn't see a "must have" art calendar soon after they started to be published in the late summer.
So this year I actually sat down and created a website - just to make sure I knew what was on offer this year! Except when I got started I actually ended up with two (prompted by Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery - see my blog post on The Art of the Landscape)!
Click the links below to see the two websites I created.
Which artists do you like for your calendars?
I think you can tell a lot about the art you like by the calendars you choose. I have to confess I hoard my old calendars because of the quality of the reproductions. (Did I say I refuse point blank to have a calendar with poor quality reproductions?)
TWO QUESTIONS for you
- Who are your favourite artists for your art calendars?
- Which artist will be gracing your walls in 2012?
- 2011 - John Singer Sargent
- 2010 - Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh
- 2009 - Vilhelm Hammershoi
- 2008 - Monet Waterlilies and The New Yorker Cats
- 2007: Georgia O'Keeffe and Leonardo Drawings (I was a very happy bunny with these two!)
- 2006: Charles Rennie Mackintosh (my absolute favourite - watercolour landscapes and couple of flower studies from two exhibitions held by the National Galleries of Scotland - I've been trying to hunt down similar calendars ever since!)
|Klimt's Landscapes - 2012 Wall Calendar|
and the calendar for the kitchen is the National Trust's Railway Poster Art - which has the notes on the same page as the image - which is fine for one line prompts. It's good for reminders about trips out with "he who must not be bored while I sketch".
|Railway Poster Art Calendar 2012|
- available from the National Trust
Here are some tips for researching art calendars. These are based on experience and lots of research - I look at an awful lot of calendars before I buy!
- In general I find museum calendars to be pretty good quality - but this is not always the case.
- The publishers who almost invariably produce a good quality product - in terms of choice of image and quality of calendar - are Pomegranate Press, Taschen and Brown Trout . (Is there anybody else you'd like to recommend?)
- Anything which is produced for the European market and includes translations into German is invariably good - otherwise it wouldn't sell in Germany!
- ALWAYS check the size when ordering online - a decent wall calendar is invariably around about 12" square. Some which you think might be wall calendars are actually quite a bit smaller - but left out the important word "mini"!
- Those which have the notes on the same page as the image are 12 pages; those which have a separate page for the notes (ie two pages hang vertically) are referred to as being 24 pages. I always get the latter for my study.
- If ordering online check out the images on the reverse of the calendar to see whether it's a choice you're happy with.
- The final criteria is does the calendar have a nice image for my birthday month!
- Are any of you producing your own calendars this year?
- Do you have any tips to share with others who might be thinking about doing this in future?