Showing posts with label who's made a mark this week?. Show all posts
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Sunday, May 04, 2014

4 May 2014 - Who's made a mark?

Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition Invitation
Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition Invitation

I'm back "on the book" this month - we're now at the editing / design / layout stage and refinement re images.  For those involved I may be getting back to you!

As before this post is a recap of:
  • recent posts on this blog
  • things I've seen and highlighted on my Facebook Page. Many thanks to all those who have 'liked' my Facebook Page in the last two weeks. It took me nearly 6 years to get to 2,000 likes and under two weeks to collect another 200! :)
  • other items I've seen and bookmarked to include in this post - and there's a heavy emphasis on art exhibitions this week.

Art blogs


Say 'Hello' to Andy Wood - the brand NEW President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. Andy was previously the Secretary of the RI. He's one of a very few painters in watercolour to have broken into and become acclaimed within the Chinese watercolour painting community.  Last year Andy was one of the judges of the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial in 2013 (Facebook Page)

For those wondering whether a change in President means any change to the scope and style of paintings favoured by the RI, my guess is Andy would say that's up to the selection panel.  However, below I've included my photo of some of his paintings - as exhibited in the recent annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.

Watercolour Paintings by Andy Wood PRI

Joanna Trollope, Author (left)
presenting Suzanne du Toit (right)
with the BP Portrait Prize 2013
Suzanne du Toit, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2013, has written an article for the BBC on her Top 10 tips for being an artist.

It proved very popular when I posted it on Facebook so if you missed it there why not take a look?

Botanical Art

Collage Art

Drawing and sketching 

In general, Gerald draws on thick cartridge paper which is approximately 83cm x 60cm (34 x 24 inches), although some drawings are smaller. He mainly works in pen and black ink, adding water colour later. - See more at:



  • Congratulations to David Lawton (Facebook) has been told he's qualified for membership of the Hilliard Society based on the quality of his work alone. David now needs to get himself a website (hint!)


Street Art 

All good fun. Sadly it has nothing to do with art. Banksy is a cultural phenomenon but not an artistic one.

Art Business & Marketing 

Monday, April 21, 2014

21st April 2014 - Who's made a mark?

This is the first of my "Who's made a mark" posts in a while.  It's a round-up of my posts on this blog and on Facebook PLUS it's interspersed with other news I've noticed as I get back to more normal life.

During my time writing the book I've had a couple of major milestones

The Making A Mark Facebook Page yesterday - with 2,001 likes
Many thanks to all those regular readers, visitors and followers of Making A Mark. 
I love hearing from you if the blog has made a difference to your lives......

After the hiatus I'll start by just briefly mentioning what's coming up on my blog in the next week:
  • a call for entries for an important new art competition
  • interviews with the six botanical artists who became RHS Gold Medallists last week
  • a return for "Who Painted This?"
  • and a big thank you to all the artists who contributed images to my new book
 PLUS a video of the biggest exhibition to open in London recently!

Art Genre

Botanical Art

  • We're into my favourite phase of the year with the RHS Botanical Art Show closely preceded or followed (as happens this year) by the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists. So far I've written three posts about the RHS Show:
  • Meanwhile Gaynor Dickeson wrote a fascinating account over several posts on her blog
    gaynorsflora about what it was like to prepare for the show and then be there. There are several posts starting on 6th April - as she gives an insiders' perspective on what's involved with exhibiting at this show. I recommend you start around about the beginning of April as she starts her count down to the exhibition and all the last minute things you need to think about and do. It's recommended reading for all those who aspire to do the same!

Drawing and Sketching


  • Simon Weston portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery - It was great meeting both Simon Weston and Nikki Pihiliips who painted his portrait at the NPG.  It was also a privilege to see somebody see their own portrait for the first time. His mum said "It's him to a t." His family are all very pleased with it. Simon was voted for by the British public as being the person they most wanted to see in the NPG.
The framer, Simon Weston, Nikki Phillips (the artist) and Fiona Bruce

Watercolour Painting

Art Books

  • One of the best people I know in terms of drawing and drawing books is Sarah Simblet. This is Sarah Simblet and The New Sylva - a video about a new book she's been working on - it includes 200 drawings of trees in the UK

Art Business and Marketing

Sunday, March 02, 2014

2nd March - Who's made a mark in 2014?

The book has taken over - and I'm not going to be doing a lot of blogging in March other than the odd review and some quickies.

Here then is a round up of the year so far on my blog and my Facebook Page (for those who don't subscribe) - and then I'm going to go very quiet........

Making A Mark - in January and February 2014

Plus Making A Mark (the blog) also earned itself a "Major Timesink Warning" from Charley Parker over at Lines and Colors.

Making A Mark on Facebook - in January and February 2014

These are all the posts on Facebook which were not highlighting my blog posts. I've ordered them according to type of topic

Art as therapy

An interesting Guardian article - Alain de Botton's guide to art as therapy Can visual art offer solace, hope and reassurance as music can? Alain de Botton chooses the works that make him feel less alone


World’s richest artist admits he uses his children’s ideas for his own art, saying young can produce “much better” work than adults due to lack of fear
We shouldn't tar Hockney with the brush of 'greatness'. His work is more clever and passionate than these deadening labels allow
  • This is a trailer video Oil Sketches DVD by Peter Brown by  of Pete "the street" Brown - whose work can be seen in rather a lot of the Annual Exhibitions of national art societies at the Mall Galleries in London. You can also read about him in the Feb.2014 edition ofArtists And Illustrators Magazine
  • I really rate the work of Liz Charsley-Jory. I highlighted her work twice in my reviews of the 2010 and the 2012 Annual Exhibitions by the Pastel Society. You can see more of her work on and at an exhibition in London - Wandering off the trail. The latter is an assembly of drawings done while she was the Canadian Artist in residence at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Art Books

  • Guess what's in my selection of the 20 top new books about drawing in 2013? The selection was revised as the year went on and you can see what made it in 20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2013
  • Thomas Thorspecken - author and illustrator of Analog Artist Digital World is also the author of a new book Urban Sketching - a complete guide - was published last month and a copy has been sent to me for review.  The focus of the book is one the nuts and bolts of drawing and sketching as applied to sketching urban scenes. It's an intensely colourful book which is chock-full of useful information. It also showcases sketches by a variety of international urban sketchers.  It's particularly fascinating for me given I'm writing a similar type of book but with a wider remit as to subject matter.   Once I've finished my book (by the end of this month) I'm going to review it back to back with James Hobbs' Sketch Your World as they are both books about the same topic although they look very different.

Art for Children

Art Business and Marketing 

Art Collectors and Art Economy

The international art market is having its time in the sun: auction records keep tumbling, living artists have become superstars, and their punchy paintings and shiny sculptures have become the billionaire’s playthings of choice.

Art Competitions

Art Exhibitions

  • "The Weather Series" of six lithographs by David Hockney - part of the Hockney, printmaker exhibition now on at Dulwich Picture Gallery until 11 May 2014. It's a wonderful exhibition which comes highly recommended by me — at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Art Galleries and Museums

Watercolour Hub on the V&A website
  • The Ruskin Collection - an e-museum, housed by the Museum of Sheffield, about John Ruskin’s many interests. Early renaissance art, gothic architecture, Albrecht Dürer and JMW Turner’s engravings, mosaic decoration, Japanese cloisonné enameling, illustrations of birds, flowers, insects and landscapes etc. 

Art History

Botanical Art

Drawing and Sketching

  • A new place to sketch at the RA on my travelsketchbook blog. The black sofas in the Friends Room at the Royal Academy are no more - however there is a new place to drink a cup of tea and sketch which doesn't involve the very hard seating in the room where the beloved black sofas used to be.

After Bellini (monotype)
© Ilaria Rosselli dely Turco


Women and Art

I have a feeling Jonathan Jones got a "Be more challenging and controversial" comment in his annual performance review.  Here's three recent articles on his Jonathan Jones On Art blog in the Guardian which I featured on Facebook.
  • I do like women artists who don't want to be the same as everybody else! That said Jonathan Jones does repeat some male-oriented perspectives in this piece The 10 most subversive women artists in history - which doesn't make them true! 
From the 17th-century painter who repeatedly depicted a woman beheading a man to the last great surrealist, Louise Bourgeois, here are 10 artists who took on the patriarchy and won
"The dust has settled on Young British Art. Some became rich. Some were forgotten. One or two proved to be real artists. And some became end-of-the-pier entertainers."

Jonathan Jones: Jenny Saville? A heroic mediocrity. Tracey Emin? Outshone by your average newspaper cartoonist. And art critics, like their literary counterparts, should be encouraged to say so

Art Materials and Resources for Artists

The third section of our four part series looks at what gives your paper its delightful colour, be that brilliant white or a slightly more muted shade.
  • Are you as fussy about fine art paper as I am? One of the things I enjoy about visiting independent art shops which specialise in fine art paper or travelling abroad is coming into contact with a lot of paper which isn't stocked by the larger suppliers. Enquire within....... Fine Art Paper & Vellum for Artists
Fine art paper and sketchbook resources for visual artists who draw, paint and/or print and calligraphers.

Techie Stuff

Google is rolling out changes to Gmail and Google+ that gives anyone using Gmail the ability to send you an email without knowing your email address. 

and finally....

I love this - and want to see more! Paintings of London by past Masters - including some of my favourite Canalettos - superimposed onto Google Street View

Famous 18th and 19th-century paintings of London are superimposed on to Google Street View screenshots for a fascinating collision

Monday, November 25, 2013

25th November 2013 - Who's made a mark this week?

Turner and the Sea is a major exhibition of marine paintings by Joseph William Mallord Turner which opened last week at the National Maritime Museum.  The exhibition continues until 21 April 2014.

I've not yet seen it as yet but have received a wonderful packet of images from the nice people at the Museum - and it looks stunning!  The one below I see on a regular basis in its normal home at the National Gallery - however it often succeeds in making me feel slightly sea-sick in empathy for those waiting on Calais Pier to get into the boats!

Calais Pier, with French Poissards Preparing for Sea: An English Packet arriving
by J.M.W. Turner, oil on canvas, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1803
© The National Gallery, London

Here are the reviews to date:

Artists and Art Blogs


The 'national treasure' label may suit our more cuddly public figures, but Perry is a powerful, discomfiting artist

Botanical Art

Drawing and sketching

Sunday, November 17, 2013

17th November 2013 - Who's made a mark this week?

Today I'm starting with a couple of artist who recently won prizes.

Angus McEwan has received the bronze award in the Shenzhen Watercolour Biennial 2013-2014. He is the only British finalist and prizewinner from an exhibition shortlist of 237 paintings and 2825 entries.  The Biennial has an international panel of jurors which included Andy Wood, the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and Thomas Plunkett, President of the Royal Watercolour Society.

Slipping into the Shadows by Angus McEwan.
Copyright: Angus McEwan

What I find interesting is that a number of UK watercolour painters have been beating a path to the art competitions in China for a while now. However I don't see other art societies for other types of media or subject matter doing this and wonder why this is.

Fraser Scarfe won the 2013 David Gluck Memorial Drawing Bursary - which is offered as a prize by the ING Discerning Eye Competition.  His winning entry was “Tree Study: Kensington Gardens”.

′Tree Study: Kensington Gardens′ (£1,495) by Fraser Scarfe
pen on paper - 18 sketchbook sheets 
This work and the drawings of the five other artists also short-listed for this year's bursary award - Richard Cross, Jill Evans, Tom Flint, Steven MacIver, Fraser Scarfe, and David Watkins are on display at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. You can also see them in the bursary section of the website.

Artists and Art Blogs


Drawing and sketching 

Pastels and pencils

Who painted this?

Art books

Art Business & Marketing

Sunday, November 03, 2013

3 November 2013 - Who's made a mark this week?

I've got a big announcement on my blog tomorrow - and then I'm not going to be blogging for at least a week - plus posting will be less frequent for the next few months.

Can you guess what the news might be? (Some of you already know what it's about but please don't spoil the surprise!) ;)

I was particularly impressed this week with the sculpture in the SWLA Exhibition - and hence this post features images which I haven't posted already.

East Ridge Ptarmigans by Oliver Meller
Portland Limestone

Botanical Art

Drawing and Sketching

"I visited and sketched in Paraty while touring Brazil and Peru last summer. It is all the proposal makes it out to be: drop dead gorgeous, a small time capsule of a city largely unchanged since the 1700s, with very good restaurants, sidewalk cafes, art galleries and a beautiful harbor that allows for boat excursions to nearby beaches and islands. I know artists who return there every few years to sketch and paint."
Octopus on stone block by Bill Prickett
Chestnut burr on limestone
(Apparently David Attenborough spent a long time studying this one)


    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    22nd October 2013 - Who's made a mark?

    October is exhibition overload month! I had three exhibitions last week plus a bug - and three more which opened last week and which I haven't visited yet ! So I gave myself permission to write about the Whistler this week and took it easy over the weekend!  The images in this post this week are mainly from the exhibitions I've viewed - as indicated - by way of even more of a taster for those who'd like to see more.

    Dr Patricia Montfort and Professor Margaret F McDonald
    Curators of An American in London: Whistler and the Thames at Dulwich Picture Gallery
    Standing in front of Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge
    Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Mall Galleries - West Gallery
    always a very popular exhibition - with good sales
    I'm thinking of moving this post to a regular slot on Mondays.  The reason being I keep getting the notion that the weekend ought to be more of a "me" time.  It's been sliding from Sundays to Monday for a while so we'll see how it goes.

    This one slid into Tuesday because all day yesterday I was following a major story about copyright infringement which I stumbled upon and which had gone viral - as in 245k shares of the original story on Facebook!  So it started as a couple of lines in this post and by the end of the day was a recommended read for all those who need to know about fair use and/or aren't confident about copyright matters.

    Art & Artists

    I kicked off last week with this post You are known by the company you keep. This was triggered by using this phrase when discussing some recent "goings on" with fellow artists.

    Drawing & Sketching

    • Some of my sketches of gardens and parks will be seen in a new book called Sketch Your World which will be published in January 2014.  I'll be writing more about this nearer the date of publication.  The author of the book is James Hobbs (James Hobbs) who is a former editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine, the current editor of Discover Art bookzine, a board member of Urban Sketchers and a founding member of the London Urban Sketchers.
    The different covers for Sketch Your World


    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    13th October 2013 - Who's made a mark this week?

    Back in August I wrote about The £5,000 Bristol Art Prize and how the Bath Art Prize had changed cities - and moved to Bristol - but stayed in the south west of England.

    We now have a winner.

    Beating heart of Bristol by Adrian Sykes
    acrylic painting, 120cm x 160cm
    copyright the artist
    This year the winner is Bristol-based painter Adrian Sykes for capturing ‘the spirit of Bristol in 2013’. His painting "Beating Heart of Bristol" was judged the best of over 200 works which were created in Bristol and entered in the competition during the summer.
    The painting takes in a panoramic view of the city stretching from the Victorian houses of Jamaica Street and Stokes Croft past the spire of St Pauls and city centre tower blocks to the hills in the South and South East. The style is fanciful yet it includes the people and the architectural detail that makes this part of the city come alive.
    As with the Bath Prize, artists who entered were each allocated one of 34 locations in the City and required to produce at least one work inspired by what they saw there. For additional entries they could choose any location in the City.

    More than half of the 114 painters contributing work to the show were based in the Bristol area with others attracted to Bristol from as far afield as Northumberland, Cornwall, London and County Clare.

    You can see the paintings produced on the competition website.  For the rest of this month you can also see The Bristol Art Prize Exhibition at The Guildhall Arts Centre, Small Street, Bristol BS1 1DW. Opening times : Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2pm to 5pm; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 5pm

    I think the prize is a great idea. It's a pity more cities don't do likewise.

    Artists and Art Blogs

    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    15th September - Who's made a mark this week?

    Virtual exhibition of "Still Alive - contemporary still life painting " - at the Mall Galleries all week.
    Crops of artwork by members of the Federation of British Artists

    I’m really looking forward to seeing three exhibitions tomorrow at the Mall Galleries. Two art competitions have their exhibitions on display there this week
    • the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (see more details below) 
    • the Derwent Art Prize
    Plus the “Still Alive - Contemporary Still Life Painting” by members of the national art societies which form the Federation of British Artists is also on.  You can see some of the artwork in the virtual exhibition on the Mall Galleries Shows website.

    So that’s three different exhibitions at the Mall Galleries for one week only!

    I shall be back there on Wednesday to find out the winner of the Derwent Art Prize.

    Before I go on - who knew I would go on for so long when I started?  I wrote my 2,500th blog post yesterday so I chose a subject which might be a bit geeky but is one I'm fascinated by.  Did you see it?  (It's listed below).  I reckon the 3,000th post might be around the end of next year.

    Artists and Art Blogs

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    August 2013 - Who's made a mark this summer?

    Summer is always a bit slow - so I awarded myself some time off for days out and weekends off! Plus I've started to start making "proper artwork" again with my pencils - although I've still got problems with respect to vision and have yet to work out the distances which work best.

    Syon Vista Summer - a study
    coloured pencils on Arches HP, 9" x 12" (23 x 31cm)
    copyright Katherine Tyrrell
    So here's a bumper version of "Who's made a mark......?"

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    15th July 2013 - Who's made a mark this week?

    I'm still trying to find a way of making this post regular and interesting and at the same time avoiding it wiping out me and my Sunday every single week.

    I think the model I'm now going to try is one which involves a greater integration with my public facing Making A Mark Facebook Page ( - for those on Facebook.

    Making A Mark - Official Facebook Page
    That way I have a tool to help me construct a post plus it allows me to see which type of posts interest the people who follow me - which is good feedback to have.  So:
    • I already list  every blog post on my Facebook Page - so it's a bit like having a feedreader(!) - and will continue to do this.  As with the feed for my blog to read the post you need to click the link.
    • I also frequently share posts by organisations or artists I follow on Facebook
    • Plus I also share links to things I've spotted which interest me
    By basing "who's made a mark this week" in part on the public Facebook posts it also enables me to give access to extra info to all those not on Facebook.

    Plus I'll carry on with posts which attract my attention from wherever!

    One more thing - as the good summer weather has arrived my man and I will be getting about and about more - which means lightweight posting so long as the good weather lasts. (I probably shouldn't have said that - there will be an inevitable crack of thunder any minute.....)

    Artists & Art Blogs

    Artists Psychology 

    Botanical Art and Artists

    Coloured Pencils and Pastels

    Drawing and Sketching

    This last week it's been the 4th International Urban Sketching Symposium in Barcelona.  Here's a sample of some of the blog posts and images it has created
    Plus the 1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers' Sketchcrawl - San Francisco Bay Area ran the weekend of July 12 - 14, in the San Francisco Bay Area for those unable to get to the Barcelona Symposium.  It has a blog (click above link) and its very own map of places to go to sketch

    Painting and Painters

    • Richard Schmid Artist and Author is the link to Richard Schmid's new Facebook Page published in advance of the new revised edition of ALLA PRIMA II--Everything I Know About Painting. It publishes in September 2013 and will be 100 pages longer than last time.  Hopefully this time somebody will suggest a good BIG print run!
    • Another Richard - Richard Salter, an army artist features in the current edition of Artists & Illustrators - see Richard Salter the army artist. Now which of you paint with an easel like this and a very big bit of kit hanging over your shoulder?  You can view his Kabul paintings at the Mall Galleries this week - see below
    • Haidee-Jo Summers (Haidee-Jo Summers artist - ma vie en couleurs ) has been painting non-stop while on a plein air trip to Cornwall - see her step by steps in
    Three days work by Haidee-Jo Summers - a mini exhibition in Mousehole
    Rick Delanty - Plein air kit: annotated drawing


    Who painted this? 

    Art Business & Marketing

    Art Galleries

    Art Fairs

    • Having moved from New Hampshire to Washington State, Nicole Caulfield (Nicole Caulfield Fine Art) is starting out again with weekend art fairs in Portland and trying new ways of displaying her art.  Worth following as Nicole always seems to me to be spotting new ways of doing things.  Here's her first Saturday market!
    • Do any of you do art fairs on a regular basis - and would you like to share your stand?  Let me know - leave a comment.


    • Photographer Mark Meyer has contributed an interesting blog post discussing transformative use within the context of the Richard Prince legal case and the fact that transformative use is actually specifically identified in law as a right retained by the copyright holder.  See Copyright: How did transformative use become fair use?


    Art Economy & Collectors

    Art Exhibitions

    Art Exhibitions in London

    • My visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery came in the middle of a rash of exhibition openings which my eyes were not ecstatic about. Hence the delayed review - Review: Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis of Brilliance. I think you'll get more out of this exhibition if you read the book first
    • This is my Review: Laura Knight Portraits, the NEW exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London - opens 11 July until 13 October 2013. I really enjoyed my visit to the new exhibition of portraits by Dame Laura Knight (1877 - 1970). She was the first woman artist to become a Dame and the first to be granted a retrospective exhibition by the RA. Well worth visiting if only for the extremely impressive room of portraits relating to the Second World War.  
    • Jonathan Jones 

    Art Society Exhibitions

    Art Exhibitions in the UK

    Between 1946 and 1955 the company commissioned three series of prints, some 40 in all, from most of the leading British artists of the day.
    • August 2013 marks the hundredth anniversary of Duchamp’s stay in Herne Bay. This website celebrates the centenary. It sounds so incongruous you have to take a look. 

    Art Exhibitions in the USA

    As I had hoped, I was able to get to the show in Brooklyn, and… wow. Just wow. I’ve insisted for years that Sargent should receive greater credit as a painter — credit he is finally receiving, along with increased recognition and popularity — but my already high assessment of his skills was raised even further by this show.

    Art Education

    Artists & Art Tutors

    Art Books

    • So depressing! I've just had a list of new titles for review from a major art publisher and 80% are about drawing manga and zentangle! Pish!! Whatever happened to Fine Art? If you like proper art books why not try my website Making A Mark Book Lists which provides one bookmark to recommended art books lists for both artists and art lovers. 
    • For all those thinking of writing a book and going down the Creative Commons route this is a very helpful "how to" - HOWTO Negotiate a Creative Commons License: Ten Steps

    Workshops and Events

    • There's lots of interesting talks, courses and workshops on the Royal Watercolour Society's Events Page - I'm just wondering what the Clore Room one involves which isn't available for free. The Royal Watercolour Society is based at Bankside Gallery (48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH), located on the south bank of the River Thames next to Tate Modern. 

    Art Videos

    Art History

    Art Materials & supplies

    Art Videos

    Opinion Poll


    • For all those who still haven't done anything about their Google Reader data
    All Google Reader subscription data (eg. lists of people that you follow, items you have starred, notes you have created, etc.) will be systematically deleted from Google servers. You can download a copy of your Google Reader data via Google Takeout until 12PM PST July 15, 2013.
    • Google has also terminated the RSS feed for Google Alerts - they now want everybody to subscribe through email.  As if no other feedreaders exist! 

    and finally......

    I'm becoming a huge fan of Grayson Perry - however even I was surprised by this article in The Guardian as he reveals yet another aspect to his artistic influence - see The great Grayson Perry frock competition
    (Note: For those not "in the know" Grayson Perry - or rather his alter ego, Claire - likes wearing frocks)

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