I’m not sure how ready I am for Christmas. Lights, baubles, trees are done but I’ve only just started on the cards…this lone reindeer is the image for 2018.
If you are still looking for the person in your life who wants to paint and draw, and you are aiming at ease of wrapping, how about a voucher for classes with Art Draw Paint? In 2019 there are numerous different drawing classes, or the entire 5 month course, and there is a beginners oil painting class.
Tickets to see Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy, London
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.
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.
Klimt Schiele Drawings From the Albertina Museum, Vienna
10+ copies available online – Usually dispatched within 24 hours
4th Day of Christmas
Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton
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.
I 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.
PFEIL : LINOLEUM AND BLOCK CUTTER SET OF 12 TOOLS
In Stock Online
6th Day of Christmas
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…
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.
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.
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
Old Holland Paints are my favourites. Some colours are particularly rare and expensive. I thought I would put those on my list of Christmas ‘must haves’…but how can you choose? Any Old Holland paints would make me happy. All good on line suppliers will have them.
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.
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?
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?
14th Day of Christmas
Biscuits…obv. Coffee and biscuits are a vital part of any creative process.
Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin500g
all butter shortbread
15th Day of Christmas
A weekend in Malaga
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.
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
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.
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 PaintersHardcover– 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.
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.
Highly 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.
Surely it is impossible to have too many brushes? No photo. Just give me BIG hog hair brushes.
ESCODA : CLASICO : HOG : SERIES 2360 : LONG FLAT : # 30
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.
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.
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 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.
Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the TripFlexibound– 5 Oct 2018
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Bits and bobs for artists (or even major purchases) are easy – there are so many useful, fun, interesting, innovative things that could slip into a stocking, or hide under the Christmas tree. This list could be endless. You might find you rather fancy taking up painting too. Below are a few ideas, with links to make it easy.
If you want to touch and feel the goodies you are buying and are in Stockbridge have a look at ELEF, the new art supplies shop, opposite the Greyhound. They stock top of the range supplies in all media.
There are lots of sets available for beginners/returners. They all look so inviting – like sweeties in a shop window.
Oil painting involves paints, brushes, palettes, paper, blah blah blah. For a cheap and cheerful set with all you would need to get started have a look at Daler Rowney Starter bundle. There seems to be a bit of a gap with linseed oil and thinners and palettes but enough to get started, or to take to classes.https://www.jacksonsart.com/daler-rowney-georgian-oil-paint-starter-bundle
For the artist who seems to have quite a lot of stuff already…
There are three options in this category: something they use regularly, something unusual they might not know about, and something you can’t have enough of…
Something they use regularly is a tricky one. My husband is a keen fisherman and it seems to me that trawling through the kit is one of the pleasures of fishing. Likewise with painting. I use Old Holland paints and love them. It is delightful that anyone should have noticed and thought they could buy me a few, but actually I want to choose my own. You are a brave person to think you know what to buy in this category. I’d leave it.
Things you can’t have enough of… The two things I would put in this category are brushes and books. Buy the best brushes you can afford to give, and have a look in every Oxfam, Scope, Hospice shop for art books – second hand they are not too expensive.