Sunday, July 08, 2007

interesting blogs and work

I've taken a few days off painting to catch up on a million and one other tasks so I thought I'd share some of the artists who blog and that I read regularly. I'm mentioning them in alphabetical order as they come up on bloglines. There are others but I can't list them all! As it is you can see that I spend too much time on the computer! .... well it's better than Wimbledon, football, racing, you-name-it that himself is watching.

First off Anita http://am-art.blogspot.com/ who does the most beautiful work in pencil and pastel. I was first amazed by the cutlery she drew in pencil and her current series of pastels, used in rather un-traditional way have an incredible presence and mood to them.


Patrice http://aquamarelle.blogspot.com/ who not only handles watercolours brilliantly but catches the excitement and drama and movement of sailing equally brilliantly.

Derek http://derekjonesart.blogspot.com/ who paints the figure and also recently has done a beautiful series on Venice, a beautiful use of watercolours and an interesting work in progress on a recent post.

Casey http://thecolorist.blogspot.com/ - an interesting read and juicy colourful work in pastels and http://summerartfair.blogspot.com/ a fascinating and informative blog about art fairs packed with great advice

Bridgette http://bgmartjournal.blogspot.com/ who works in mixed media and encaustic - I've never used encaustic and would really like to at some point as some of the results are just beautiful.

http://emptyeasel.com/ - a really interesting and informed read about all sorts of art related topics

Maggie http://greywarenart.blogspot.com/ who does some lovely work, has a wonderful sense of humour - even if she does have a strange taste in artists to admire sometimes - sorry Maggie I don't really like Maxfield Parrish!

Idle thoughts of an idle woman http://idlethoughtsofanidlewoman.blogspot.com/ another funny and interesting blog

http://inviaggiocoltaccuino.blogspot.com/ - in Italian, which I have never studied, so I get maybe one word in 20 based on French/Latin! but the work speaks for itself

Valerie http://valeriebutters.blogspot.com/ who is deservedly doing really well with her glorious huge free flower paintings.
http://www.inspiremethursday.com/ for challenges and ideas

Diane http://theitinerantartist.blogspot.com/ painter and printmaker - lovely printmaking and an interesting read
Julie http://julieoakley.blogspot.com/ I followed her mile a day blog and now watch her family portraits and other sketches here.

http://laurelines.typepad.com/my_weblog/ interesting topics and great sketches

http://www.linesandcolors.com/ interesting articles on artists, a good read

Katherine (you all know this one! but I couldn't not mention it, always good, well thought out, informative and well written - and with interesting art work too :) ) http://makingamark.blogspot.com/ and http://travelsketch.blogspot.com/

Maya http://ujwala.wordpress.com/ a very talented young artist

http://muddyredshoes.blogspot.com/ good work, interesting writing and she lives in such a lovely place too.

Lindsay http://straightlinesout.blogspot.com/ who decided to do a project on her local waterways in response to mine - it's been an interesting transatlantic discussion Lindsay and your landscape/city so different :)

Ellen http://pressing-issues.blogspot.com/ a printmaker with a lovely fresh way of working and a delightful sense of humour

Tina http://tina-m.blogspot.com/ beautiful atmospheric seascapes and interesting writing


http://web.mac.com/suncage/iWeb/Site/Suncage.html this is a great site but has no 'feed' so it's sadly impossible to subscribe :(


so ..... if you are looking for a good read, great work, and haven't already discovered them, I can recommend them all :)

or you could look at my website and help to up it's profile :) http://www.vivienblackburn.com/

13 comments:

Lindsay said...

Vivien, thanks so much for your kind words! Your work inspires me and I appreciate your encouragment.Having good company for the journey is half the fun!

vivien said...

that's ok - actually you get a mention in the next post as well!

Casey Klahn said...

am-art and the Italian blog! So glad I found them through you! Thanks, Vivian.

vivien said...

:) great aren't they?

dinahmow said...

ooh! I am being mentioned in illustrious company! Thankyou.
I have also read your post about travelling around and recognised many of those places.
By the way, how is your cat-that-was-missing?

Katherine said...

Thanks for the link Vivienne - I shall tell "he who must not bored while I sketch" that I'm now known as "that one"! ;)

I've only just surfaced from two MEGA blog posts this week on my flowers in art project - and didn't realise until I sat down this morning that they are both scottish artists. Scotland produces such great artists - I think we ought to hunt a few art blogs down from 'up there'

In the meantime, thansk for all the great links - I know some but not all so I'll have some extra reading to do.

Now I'm heading back to the housework.......

vivien said...

Dinah Cat-who-went-missing is fine - a little more appreciative, certainly eating more! and back to bossing us about ;)


Katherine - or that one :D - yes, I like the work of a lot of Scottish artists - the influence of the Scottish Colourists is still incredibly strong in much of the work that is going on.

I'll have to do a post about those I admire - I don't know of any blogs.

Ujwala said...

thank you very much for adding me to this fantastic list of sites. i loved going through all of them even the ones i frequent.

vivien said...

you are welcome :)

Camplin said...

Thanks for all the links. It was fun visiting all your friends. I like the cup drawing. My earily work was using pastels and I always enjoyed making images of objects that had meaning to my friends and family.

vivien said...

thanks Todd, the way you use text in your work is interesting - I was at uni with someone who worked with text but in a slightly different way.

(the cup is actually done in coloured pencil)

Anita said...

WOW, Vivien - I just saw this! How incredibly kind of you to have me on this list! I'm blushing!

vivien said...

kind ???? not kind at all! your work is beautiful!