|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.
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
It proved very popular when I posted it on Facebook so if you missed it there why not take a look?
- Following the RHS Botanical Art Show in the Lindley Hall, this my very popular annual post - Interviews with six RHS Botanical Art Gold Medal Winners (2014)
- I want to celebrate those who have overcome a lack of confidence enough to put their work forward for scrutiny and judgement. Particularly those who then get a distinction in their Diploma - but let Jarnie Godwin (Sketchbook Squirrel) tell you about 'Enjoy What you Do
- If you ever fancy a change, these are the workshops in botanical art at the New York Botanical Gardens.
- Anticipating that artists who have visited the Matisse exhibition will be stimulated to wield their scissors, tThe May Share Your Art project on The Guardian focuses on Collage Art. You can see the work being shared on A cut above: share your collages now - and I have to say they are absolutely fascinating. Check out An Election Entertainment after Hogarth by Emma Richardson
Drawing and sketching
- Shevaun Doherty (Botanical Sketches) wrote about sketching natural history subjects in Museums Sketching
- I once went to a lecture by Gerald Scarfe at the end of which he drew in pen and ink - it's quite scary! This week he gave an interview to The Guardian
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: http://www.geraldscarfe.com/originals/#sthash.0jA8VzIr.dpuf
- I recently came across the landscape paintings of Mary Bentz Gilkerson who is a Professor of Art at Columbia University. This is her website and this is her blog - and you can find her workshops here
- Wanderarti takes urban sketching to the next level - I think. It's a website which focuses on the art that people are making about places but has not limited it to just sketching. It includes an interview with Laura Frankstone. (Laurelines)
- 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!)
- A selfie state of mind: How the British perfected the art of the self-portrait - is an article in the Independent which traces the involvement of British artists in the development of the self-portrait. Linked of course to the publication of a book! (‘The Self-Portrait: a Cultural History’ by James Hall, is published by Thames & Hudson)
- Jonathan Jones got sniffy with Street Art and Banksy recently. New Banksy? Whatever. Graffiti is just a tame in-joke for Guardian readers
All good fun. Sadly it has nothing to do with art. Banksy is a cultural phenomenon but not an artistic one.