Four days ago, Julian Merrow Smith (Postcard from Provence) announced to his mailing list that next summer there are going to be Postcard from Provence Painting Holidays. They're not cheap but dates for the two courses already announced are already fully subscribed and consideration is now being given to adding more dates. So if you want to be painting the Vaucluse on a postcard next summer you need to be on the mailing list if you're not already!
|The view from Crillon Le Brave|
pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook, 11" x 16"
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Artists and Art Blogs
- This week I found out about the project 10 x 10 Drawing the West End of London. It's so interesting to see the drawings and urban sketches of much more famous names!
- Urban Sketchers London - Sketchcrawl 3 has been announced on the Urban Sketchers London blog - and we're going to the Museums in South Kensington on Saturday December 1st. The Natural History Museum Skating Rink will also be up and running if you want to sketch skaters - as per my sketch the last time I visited it
- I forgot to make a note of where I came across this recommended interview with Daniel Sprick - Liminal Spaces: A Conversation with Daniel Sprick (on Painting Perceptions) - but it's a good read and there's lots of good painting to look at too.
- Last week there were various celebrations for Georgia O'Keeffe - 125th Birthday
- I created a website About Childe Hassam - which I've been meaning to do for ages. However this was also because he was the artist responsible for Who Painted This? #3
|At the Cafe (1887-1889) - Childe Hassam|
38.1 cm (15 in.), Width: 45.72 cm (18 in.) pastel on paper
- Childe Hassam used pastels (see Who Painted This? #3 and above) but he also used coloured pencils for sketching! See yesterday's post. Suddenly all becomes clear as to why I like this man!
- Vivien Blackburn's artwork is behind the flyer for the new Derwent Art Prize and last week she was demonstrating at the Art Materials fare. Demonstrating for Derwent at the NEC. Vivien is coming back to us after some very necessary time out related to the illness and then passing of her husband last month.
- Click the link if you've not come across the CPSA Facebook Page before.
- The winner of Who Painted This #3 was Sue Smith (Sue's Sketch Blog). She did it the correct (and hard) way and says she learned a lot about American Impressionists en route to the right answer.
- Who painted this #4 was posted on Friday afternoon and I'm now holding a number of comments which correctly identify the artist. I won't be publishing them until Friday so you still have time to see if you can guess it. I'm loving the explanations I'm getting for why people got it! For those who haven't got it yet, it's worth noting that it was painted plein air without an easel!
- I've created a new website 2013: NEW Books About Drawing to track new books about drawing due to be published in 2013. I've also highlighted some of these in a post on Making A Mark Reviews - NEW Drawing Books in 2013
- Those buying art books via Amazon in the UK might want to make a note of an article in this week's The Bookseller which summed up the recent House of Commons Review of the way global companies avoid paying corporation tax in the UK - see Amazon’s corporation tax slammed by HOC committee. If all the countries and states which want to make Amazon pay tax all got together - would there be anywhere left for Amazon to go?
- Robert Genn wrote a thoughtful approach about the different approaches to art of Two artists
Art Collectors and Art Economy
- The Art Newspaper had a couple of articles about "market corrections
- Brand names slip as market starts to correct After the party, the hangover: art stars Koons, Hirst and Murakami lose their shine
- The London gallery shuffle On the great art Monopoly board, Americans are moving in, Cork Street is in crisis and Victoria is on the up
- While ArtInfo comments on:
- some crazy auction sale prices in "This Is Nuts": Christie's $412-Million Postwar and Contemporary Auction Stuns
- following on from Sotheby's Scores Its Biggest Night Ever With a Smashing $375-Million Auction
- Plus The Art Market Without Tears? A Company Will Guarantee You Can't Lose, For a Fee
- at the same time others have been commenting on how much art was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy - here's Tyler Green Destroy this memory; archive the art digitally
- The Public Catalogue Foundation is coming to the end of documenting the nation's oil paintings and now has a Plan to catalogue UK’s (indoor) public sculpture. However it would appear that a higher priority is the outdoor public sculpture.
- Artist Bob and Roberta Smith made the Tate Debate address the question of whether Tower Hamlets Council should be able to sell a public artwork by Henry Moore which was given to the LCC by Moore at cost price so it could be enjoyed by the public? You can join in on the Tate blog here Tate Debate: Should Tower Hamlets Council be able to sell a public artwork? - the existing comments are very interesting
- Watch out for an announcement of a major new art competition on my blog on Thursday!
- A Bigger Splash opened at Tate Modern this week. I was there for the preview on Tuesday - and didn't really like plus came away with a head cold - so haven't been rushing to write up a review! Here's Adrian Searle's review of the exhibition A Bigger Splash: did performance art change painting? My review will follow.
- In Hull holds exhibition of rare Da Vinci drawings the BBC highlighted last week that the The Ferens Art Gallery in Hull is hosting an exhibition of 10 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Queen's Royal Collection - all of which have been well looked after for the last 500 years and are in excellent condition. Ten Drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci From the Royal Collection, A Diamond Jubilee Celebration 10 November 2012 – 20 January 2013 There are a number of talks and workshops associated with the exhibition
- A new exhibition - Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change - at Tate Liverpool (16 November 2012 – 20 January 2013) examines Drawing’s role as a catalyst for change in modern and contemporary art.
- The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester (which I used to pass each day on my way to and from school) has an exhibition called Hockney to Hogarth - A Rake's Progress until 3 February 2013. The Gallery has been presented with David Hockney’s entire print series A Rake’s Progress (1961-1963) by the Contemporary Art Society. This joins William Hogarth’s eighteenth-century series of the same title, which has been in the Whitworth’s collection since 1926. Hockney's work is about his experience of gay America at the start of the 1960s.
- SJ Peploe (until 23 June 2013) is an extensive retrospective and the second in a series of exhibitions celebrating the Scottish Colourists at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh EH4,
Tips and Techniques
- I recommended a BBC programme, via iPlayer, about Inside the National Galleries of Scotland - with the BBC
- The London gallery shuffle is an article in The Art Newspaper which identifies and comments on what's happening to commercial art galleries in London
- ArtInfo suggests that the Metropolitan Museum Sued for Consumer Fraud Over "Suggested" Entry Fee
The lawsuit cites a survey of 360 visitors to the Met, in which 85 percent didn't know museum admission was free.
Art Materials and Supplies
- Don't forget to vote in this month's resurrected Making A Mark Poll - Which are the best artist quality watercolour paints? See the right hand column for the poll and this post for what it's about (see POLL: Which are the best artist-quality watercolour paints?)
- Art Supplies by Katherine Tyrrell - this is my Facebook listing of Facebook Pages / Accounts relating to Art Materials and is a public list (if you're logged into Facebook)
- Tim Fisher's Fisher 400 art paper - developed specifically for painting with pastels, but also used by coloured pencil artists - is now available in the USA via ProartPanels
- Cass Art in London has a whizzy new website
- Architectural Digest repeated a photospread they did of Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio at Abiquiu AD Revisits: Georgia O'Keeffe . It's a masterpiece of shape and form and line and colour!
- I've been noticing some very odd things happening with posts to Facebook. This Inside Facebook article maybe explains what's going on and why our posts are getting seen by fewer people - News Feed, EdgeRank and page posts: what’s really going on with Facebook?
- I've finally worked out how to create lists on Facebook and made several last week - and this week will be posting about how to do this and tweak them so they do what you want to do.
The Royal College of Art celebrated its 175th birthday last week. Here's a Guardian slideshow which displays work by some of its more famous ex-students and a few insights into what it was like in the past - such as Slide 21 which is a photograph of "A women's life modelling class in 1905" - all long smocks and naked male torsos!
It's also hosting an exhibition The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art (16 November – 3 January 2013). You can see more of what they're getting up to on their Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/RCA.London