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Christmas List, not really an advent calendar, and it does have chocolate.


This is an Advent Calendar with all the doors open…but no chocolate

What do you buy for the artist in your life?  Have a look through these ideas.  They mostly have links directly to suppliers.  Obviously courses with ARTDRAWPAINT will be at the top of all lists!!!

This is OBVIOUSLY too long a blog. Sorry about that.  Persevere – there are loads of good things in here.

Some suppliers have special Black Friday deals.


1st Day of Christmas


Sketchbooks are where it all starts. A5 fits into a large pocket, or handbag. Or simply stroke it, and sniff it.

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Sketchbook - A5 300gsm HPA smooth (Hot Pressed) medium weight paper (300gsm) in A5 size with 34 pages, bound with black boards and a green linen spine.

 

A5 x34pp  300gsm Smooth   £20.00

Quill – Cut & Hardened.

I’d love to try these.  quillQuill - Cut & Hardened

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These goose and peafowl feathers have been cooked in sand and hardened. They are ready for use as a traditional writing and drawing pen.

Various

 £7.00

 

2nd Day of Christmas


Dickies Decorators Bib And Brace Workwear

Premier Jeans Stitch Denim Bib Apron
Premier PR126 Aprons & Tabard Black Denim
 …they will embroider your logo on if you want, or “Happy Christmas”, or “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Picasso
Product Code: PR126

 


3rd Day of Christmas


Tickets to see Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy, London

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Klimt / Schiele

Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

4 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA. To ensure the best possible experience, Friends are required to book a free timed ticket for both themselves and their guest.

Book now

See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.

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Klimt Schiele Drawings From the Albertina Museum, Vienna

Marian Bisanz-Prakken (author), Elizabeth Clegg (author), Jane Kallir (author)

Hardback (24 Oct 2018) | English

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4th Day of Christmas


Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton

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Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton

A model of the human skeleton made entirely of foldable cardboard

From the medical student and biology enthusiast to the graphic designer and artist: this life-size model gives everyone access to an age-old classic of scientific illustration. Simply fold the precut pieces (no need for scissors or glue!) to build this human skeleton, complete with anatomical labels in English and Latin, bendable joints, accessories, and detailed step-by-step instructions.
Ready-cut cardboard kit, with instructions and accessories, 50.5 x 65 cm.
£30

5th Day of Christmas


https://www.jacksonsart.com/essdee-lino-cutting-printmaking-set-22-piece

Essdee : Lino Cutting Printmaking Set : 22 pieceI enjoy making prints with lino.  This seems like a good introductory se

 

I tend to use speedball rubber rather than lino….but they don’t have a photo of their sets on Jackson’s website.

If relief printing is something you enjoy then the best tools are these are to drool over. pfeil tools from Jacksons    These tools are a joy to use, balanced in the hand and last for ever.

This is a special promotion price.Palm carving tools set of 12

Grab some Graphite

Graphite is a fabulous drawing material. The Caran d’ache box is definately at the top end of the market. I use a number of Artgraf materials. These two suggestions may be more stocking sized…

 

Caran D'ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set

Caran D'ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set
This Caran D’ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set is a comprehensive collection of graphite products of many shades and grades including graphite cubes, double hole sharpener, eraser and blender , beautifully presented satin gift box.
Special Price £207.00  carat d’arche box
Price £18.30

The extra large handmade Viarco ArtGraf Watersoluble Graphite Stick is great for use with large scale artworks or projects. It is formulated to be water-soluble to create interesting washes and effects when drawing however it can also be used as dry as a regular graphite stick.

Each stick comes in its own material pouch with a cord fastening.

Weight: 250g

Width of graphite stick: 4.5cm

Length of graphite stick: 17cm

Depth of graphite stick: 2.5cm

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Watersoluble Blocks in Earth Tones

Inspired by traditional tailor’s chalk, ArtGraf Tailor Shape is a rich, water-soluble block of pigment. It is extremely soft and provides artists with a wide range of shades depending on the amount of water used, from light, transparent tones to deep, rich, opaque colours.

 


7th Day of Christmas

Noble Art Supplies in Salisbury are local stockists.  This is an excellent art shop with helpful owner. https://www.facebook.com/nobleartsupplies/


8th Day of Christmas


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Sketchbooks are great, portable, contained…all sorts of things, but I love a pile of cheap paper that I don’t get precious about.  I get big packs of A2 and A1 paper from Art Discount on a regular basis.  Anyone who has been to a class with me will have used their paper.  No photo….not really necessary.


9th Day of Christmas


I think this is totally brilliant.

I have one (obv) and use it all over the place.  You can go to many museums, galleries and places of interest with a discount on entry, or free. It comes with a useful map of all  places that accept the card.

If I didn’t already have this card I would want it.

National Art Pass

From Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace to the V&A and Tate Modern – the National Art Pass gives free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.


10th Day of Christmas


https://www.cassart.co.uk/brand/koh-i-noor/koh-i-noor_anilinky_brilliant_watercolours_set_of_12.htm

These are ALWAYS in every art list I make. The Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Watercolours Set of 12 is suitable for graphic techniques with it’s high colour density. Also very cheap.

Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Watercolours Set of 12

I use them with these Bic Plastidecor crayons for a wax resist effect.Bic crayons

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I find the cheaper the crayon the higher the wax content.  More expensive oil pastels are not better on this occasion.

 


11th Day of Christmas


The clutch pencil is a delight to use and practical.  A small box will hold a mix of charcoal, graphite and chalks, all to fit in these holders.  I have more than one. https://www.cassart.co.uk/brand/koh-i-noor/koh_i_noor_mechanical_clutch_leadholder.htm


12th Day of Christmas


http://www.carriart.co.uk/p_artcase.html

How do you  get your work home from a class? Do you get paint on your car/coat/best jumper/dog? Does your picture fall on the floor? Do your paint and brushes fall onto a wet picture as you take a corner … possibly, maybe, faster than you should?

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This case seems like a very clever idea.  It won’t be strong enough for an airplane but would make the journey home much less fraught.


13th Day of Christmas


How about a Drawing Week with art draw paint?

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14th Day of Christmas


Biscuits…obv. Coffee and biscuits are a vital part of any creative process.

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin500g

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin
all butter shortbread

15th Day of Christmas

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In October we had a painting week at Casa Rosa in Andalucia. On the Wednesday we had a guided tour around the Picasso Museum in Malaga.

The thing we didn’t have time to do was a really good mooch around the town.  There is clearly lots to see and do, AND it is only a brief flight from Southampton.

Or come to Casa Rosa in the Spring Spring in Spain


16th Day of Christmas


I am looking forward to a number of exhibitions next year…this is certainly one of the highlights.Another case of tickets and catalogue.

THE C C LAND EXHIBITION

PIERRE BONNARD THE COLOUR OF MEMORY

23 January – 6 May 2019

£18 / FREE for Members

Concession £17

Pierre Bonnard, ‘Nude in the Bath’ 1925

Rediscover this master of colour and composition at Tate Modern

This is the first major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard’s work in the UK since the much-loved show at Tate 20 years ago. It will allow new generations to discover Bonnard’s unconventional use of colour, while surprising those who think they already know him.

Born 1867, Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory, imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and innovative sense of composition.

The exhibition concentrates on Bonnard’s work from 1912, when colour became a dominant concern, until his death in 1947. It presents landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture moments in time – where someone has just left the room, a meal has just finished, a moment lost in the view from the window, or a stolen look at a partner.

Book tickets

Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and Kunstforum Wien.


17th Day of Christmas


Tombow : Mono Zero Eraser Pen : Round Tip : Black Barrel

 


18th Day of Christmas


I went to see this exhibition, loved it, but failed to buy the catalogue. What was I thinking of?

Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin: Arcadian Painters Hardcover – 15 Jun 2011

In 1624 and 1957 two artists, aged thirty, moved to Rome. Nicolas Poussin and Cy Twombly subsequently spent the majority of their lives in the Eternal City, and went on to become the preeminent painters of their day. This book looks at these two figures side by side for the first time, examining how the two painters, separated by three centuries, nonetheless engaged with shared interests and concerns.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cy-Twombly-Nicolas-Poussin-Arcadian/dp/1907372261


19th Day of Christmas


Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover

 20 May 2013

An up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary drawing featuring 115 artists from around the world, Vitamin D2 allows the reader to look at the medium in detail and study drawing’s unique properties in relation to itself, to contemporary art and to the world at large.

I have a copy of this (5 years old so up-to-the-minute-ish).  It is part of a series of  either drawing or painting books showcasing contemporary practise. Always interesting.

I haven’t got a supplier but they are around.


20th Day of Christmas


In preparation for the National Gallery’s exhibition – Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (18 March – 7 July 2019)

Sorolla the Masterworks

A new survey of the best works by the elusive and spectacular Spanish Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla. Often compared to his contemporary, the American artist John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla (1863 1923) was a master draftsman and painter of landscapes, formal portraits, and monumental, historically themed canvases.

Joaquin-Sorolla-spanish-impressionist-Strolling along the Seashore 1909Highly influenced by French Impressionism, the Valencian artist was a master plein-air painter known for his luminous seaside scenes of frolicking youths and for vivid depictions of Spanish rural life and its pleasures and customs. This beautifully designed and produced volume brings together one hundred of Sorolla s major paintings, selected by his great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the foremost authority on the artist. Benefiting from close proximity to the artist and his personal archives, she presents an in-depth essay that explores Sorolla s life, work, and remarkable international legacy. With virtually all of the artist s previous publications now out of print, this much-anticipated volume is an important addition to the literature on this great Spanish master.

Sorolla Masterworks


21st Day of Christmas


Surely it is impossible to have too many brushes?  No photo.  Just give me BIG hog hair brushes.

Price £12.90

Made of hog bristle, this brush is traditionally used in oil painting. The white Chinese bristle from Chungking is of the highest quality. Its natural hardness responds perfectly to more or less dense oil painting technique and acrylic.

Ferrule Diameter: 62.6mm Brush Head Length: 7.8mm

https://www.jacksonsart.com/escoda-clasico-hog-series-2360-long-flat-30


22nd Day of Christmas

I love to use Charcoal. It is quick, responsive, subtle, surprising.. If you are giving it as a present I would suggest the largest pieces you can find.  BBQ charcoal can be interesting (make sure it isnt impregnated with starter fluid). Compressed charcoal is dark and interesting, and charcoal pencils have their place.

I hope to be able to provide EXCELLENT charcoal before too long…still at the development stage at the moment.

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CHARCOAL

Charcoal is most often used for quickly sketching and is especially suitable for life drawing sessions. It is chosen by so many artists because of the immediate response to the artists hand where the marks can be very bold and heavy or can be blended into soft and subtle shading. Willow charcoal breaks easily, especially the thinner sizes. But that’s okay as you will usually want to break the sticks into smaller pieces when you start drawing, as they will be easier to use.

Charcoal Pencils

Charcoal pencils are the perfect tool for an artist who desires the traditional effect of a charcoal stick without the associated messy dust. Charcoal pencils are charcoal leads encased in a layer of wood which not only protects the charcoal from snapping, but also guards the fingers from charcoal marks.

And for something slightly different…   Artgraf do a variety of interesting drawing materials. Seek them out.

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Carbon

Price £4.90

 


23rd Day of Christmas


Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip Flexibound – 5 Oct 2018

£19.45
I haven’t seen this book yet, but I like the idea.  I may be found on Boxing Day, in a quiet corner, dreaming of holidays to come…

A global guide to the 500 works of permanently installed modern and contemporary art worth traveling to experience

Enjoy a world tour from the comfort of your reading chair or plan a detailed and engaging art itinerary for your next trip with Destination Art, the essential guide to 500 must-see examples of permanently installed art from the last 100 years. With the book’s geographical organization and logistical details – including GPS coordinates, addresses, websites, and symbols indicating the degree of possible access, travel planning is made easy.

Discover hidden gems in big cities, explore art in nature, and trek to remote locales for one-of-a-kind experiences of art in unique locations. The artists featured in this global selection are among the world’s best and most beloved from the past century, including Marina Abramović, Alexander Calder, Jenny Holzer, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Richard Serra, and many more.

Highlighting the best and most significant of public art in city centers, sculpture parks, site-specific installations in museums, memorials designed by contemporary artists, works of land art, and much more, Destination Art is an informative and enjoyable overview of the most significant and travel-worthy art around the globe.

From the publisher of Destination Architecture.


24th Day of Christmas


The Fortnum’s Christmas Box

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NEW
Catalogue code: 2201911
£75.00
This Fortnum’s Christmas Box encapsulates the spirit of a childhood Christmas. Amongst the array of sweet treats you’ll find magical biscuits and seriously delicious chocolate in all shapes and sizes. Open up this box of merry enjoyment!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

All I want for Christmas…Advent Calendar of Essentials (!)


Advent calendars covered with glitter, or rattling with chocolates, are almost the best bit of Christmas. The tantalising countdown to the day itself raises expectations to a ridiculous degree.

My calendar is a shortish list of all sorts of mostly arty things that would be very nice to have in a stocking, under a tree, wrapped with a bow, sealed with a kiss.

 


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ONE

I went to this wonderful exhibition a couple of weeks ago – well worth a visit. I normally buy a catalogue but I was a bit pushed for time…

Cézanne Portraits at National Portrait Gallery

This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. The exhibition  considers the extent to which particular sitters shaped the development of his practise.

Number one


TWO  Number Two

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These are a product I use all the time – I get through endless sets.  What I REALLY want for Christmas is for Koh I Noor to make these with big pans of colour so I can use a bigger brush.


THREE

Number Three

The Art Fund

As a child I thought book tokens were a bit of a cop out – a lazy present turning good money into less good money; membership to the Art Fund is the very opposite. This allows the member to have access free, or at reduced rates to galleries all over the country AND the Art fund supports artists and museums.

For over 110 years they have supported museums and galleries, and helped them to buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy.

The Art Fund helps museums and galleries in a number of ways:

  • Providing museums and curators with funding for: acquisitions; training and development; and the display of art through tours and exhibitions.
  • Running public appeals when a particular work of art is under threat; for example, in 2014 we ran a successful campaign to save one of the most important industrial archives in the world, the Wedgwood Collection, which documents the evolution of ceramics design over 250 years. Recently we also led a successful appeal with the National Portrait Gallery to save Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the nation. In recent years we have run several major appeals, raising £45m to save works of art or collections.
  • Promoting hundreds of UK museums and galleries through the National Art Pass, the Art Guide app and more.

FOUR

ERF5001940 encaustic

Number Four

I love to try new things – who doesn’t? I use wax crayons and wax resist techniques all the time so this encaustic beginners set seems to be the logical next step.

 

 

 


FIVE

p-jasshiro brushes

 

Number Five
Just can’t have too many…

 

 

 

 


SIX

Number Sixapron

A good apron is hard to find.  Some people turn up to classes in full body overalls – not a bad idea.  I rather like this, less drastic option.

 

 

 

 


SEVEN

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Number Seven

No list is complete without chocolate.

I don’t know anyone else who likes these so it looks like I get the whole box to myself.


EIGHT

Number Eight

This is TOTALLY ridiculous as half the pleasure of painting is choosing the materials…BUT… it is a very tasty set of delicious paints.

Old holland


NINE

Number Nine

These two Van Gogh paintings of blossom, together with Bonnard’s painting of an Almond Tree, make me yearn for a show of spring flowers.


TEN

Number Ten

Lino printing is occasionally forgotten…dismissed as a school pleasure and rather junior. Now is the time to revisit relief printing. Speedy Carve have a  rubbery material that is very easy to use. Lawrence Printmakers have everything you need for any sort of printing; their beginners kit will use high quality materials. Pfeil tools are the BEST.


I forgot to mention cashmere bed socks.  Get the best you can afford and have a warm and Happy Christmas.