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February 18th: AGM at The Blue Boar, 7.00pm

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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Spotlight - Muddy Colors: Composition Basics: Sketching Thumbnails

This month, Spotlight is looking at the foundation of creating compositions - the thumbnail sketch. Going back to the Muddy Colors blog, this is illustrator Dan Dos Santos' method for finding a strong and clear thumbnail. It's his approach to sketching for a client, but it's a great way to establish a strong beginning for any piece. It's also worth looking at his post on Value Structure, linked to in the article below, but I'll also provide a link here.

Here's the link: http://muddycolors.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/composition-basics-sketching-thumbnails.html
Value Structure link: http://muddycolors.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/composition-basics-value-structure.html

If you know any great art websites or articles, why not share them here? Send your suggestions to samsketches@yahoo.co.uk - please note that this isn't for self-promotion! 

Monday, 28 January 2013

Upcoming - Bobby Britnell talk

We start the year's programme on 7th February, when we have guest speaker Bobby Britnell giving us a talk entitled "Working with passion: textile and mixed media". As usual, we meet in the Studio of the Assembly Rooms at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, it goes on until 9.30pm, and it's £2 for Members and £3 for non-Members.

Bobby has kindly sent along some samples of her artwork (click to enlarge):



You can find more of her work on her website: http://www.bobbybritnell.co.uk

Changes to Committee

Ahead of our AGM in March, the LAS Committee has shifted slightly. Richard Bell is now in charge of the exhibitions, and we welcome Val Alexander, who has agreed to be in charge of publicity. These changes will be officially put forward at the AGM.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Drawing and Painting Course at Ludlow College

There is an art class beginning on 6th February at Ludlow College!

It's a 10-week course, 2 hours each lesson, from 7pm until 9pm, and the cost for the whole lot is £100.

The medium is of your choice: oils, watercolours, gouache, acrylics, charcoal or pencil.

If you are interested contact the College on  01584 871 050 /  01584 872 846 and ask for Painting and Drawing.

However, this class is dependent on interest!

Further details can be found on the College's website. Here's a link to the full details, the course is covered on the first page: http://www.ludlow-college.ac.uk/files/Spring%20Term%202013%20Resume%20of%20course%20details.pdf

Thanks to Elizabeth Owen for mentioning this!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Spotlight : "Who made this? Who Owns that?"

This Decade’s first Spotlight shines on movement. Art makes the world go round. Art can depict movement, and cause movement.
Here are some artworks.  See if you can guess what they are called, and who painted or made them.


Here is the list of the artists and the titles of those 11 artworks.  Can you match the images to the artists?  Play it with friends if you like....
   Jean-Pierre Roy, “Nachlass”
   Ed Ruscha, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls”
   Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”
   Edgar Degas, “Petite Danceuse de quatorze ans”
   Carel Fabritius, “Hagar and the Angel”
   Glenn Ligon, “Black Like Me No. 2”
   KAWS, “Colossus”
   Fernand Léger’s “Les Deux Bicyclettes”
   Tracey Emin, “For You”
   Bedda, “It does not matter where we are”
   Thomas Hart Benton, “Back From the Fields”


To see the answers of which artwork is which, go here...

After we have done that, we will look at who owned or bought the artworks.  To see the list of the owners, with photographs of them, go here... 
https://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.com/2013/01/spotlight-who-part-3-owners-who-made.html
No peeking!


After that will be the full answers matching up the artworks are, the artists, and the owners.

Happy New Year

Spotlight "Who" part 2, artworks identified : "Who made this? Who Owns that?", January 2020. Which artwork is which

This is part of the January 2020 Spotlight, "Who made this? Who Owns that?"
This part is the list of which artwork is which.

The artists and titles are:
  Jean-Pierre Roy, “Nachlass” 
  Ed Ruscha, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” 
  Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” 
  Edgar Degas, “Petite Danceuse de quatorze ans” 
  Carel Fabritius, “Hagar and the Angel” 
  Glenn Ligon, “Black Like Me No. 2” 
  KAWS, “Colossus” 
  Fernand Léger’s “Les Deux Bicyclettes” 
  Tracey Emin, “For You” 
  Bedda, “It does not matter where we are” 
  Thomas Hart Benton, “Back From the Fields”


Here are the artworks with their title and the name of the artist who made them...

Fernand Léger’s “Les Deux Bicyclettes” 



“Back From the Fields” by Thomas Hart Benton 



KAWS, “Colossus” 



Edgar Degas, “Petite Danceuse de quatorze ans” 




Jean-Pierre Roy, “Nachlass”



“For You”, by Tracey Emin 



Ed Ruscha, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” 



Bedda, “It does not matter where we are” 


Glenn Ligon, “Black Like Me No. 2”



Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” 



Carel Fabritius, “Hagar and the Angel”




The owners of these 11 artworks are, in no particular order….
  Barack and Michelle Obama
  Victoria Beckham (fashion designer, car designer, erstwhile “Posh Spice” musical artist and partner of footballer David Beckham)
  Leonardo DiCaprio
  Sofia Coppola (Film Director, daughter of Francis Ford …errr, Coppola)
  Paul Mellon, founder of The Mellon Foundation
  Roman Abramovich
  Madonna
  MCLN street artist
  Oprah Winfrey
  John Madejski, owner of AutoTrader magazine and trading platform
  Swizz Beats (real name Dean, musician, partner with musician Alicia Keys)
  Leonid Blavatnik (Russian oligarch and occasional philanthropist)
  Thomas S. Kaplan, billionaire minerals magnate (USA)
There are 13 owners listed here, for 11 artworks.  So some of the artworks have more than one owner.


To see the list of owners with photographs of them, go here...https://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.com/2013/01/spotlight-who-part-3-owners-who-made.html

To see the full answers of works, artists and owners together....

Happy New Year

Spotlight "Who" part 3, owners.: "Who made this? Who Owns that?", January 2020. The list of owners of the artworks

This is part 3 of the January 2020 Spotlight, "Who made this? Who Owns that?"
This part is the list of the owners of the artworks.
(In case you joined the game late, here is the link to the original Spotlight blog of January 2020 which outlines what this game is about, and sets out the questions.... https://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.com/2020/01/spotlight-who-made-this-who-owns-that.html)


The owners are, in no particular order….
Barack and Michelle Obama

  Victoria Beckham (fashion designer, car designer, erstwhile “Posh Spice” musical artist and partner of footballer David Beckham)

  Leonardo DiCaprio

  Sofia Coppola (Film Director, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola)

  Paul Mellon, founder of The Mellon Foundation

  Roman Abramovich

  Madonna

  MCLN, anonymous street artist

  Oprah Winfrey

  John Madejski, owner of AutoTrader magazine and trading platform

  Swizz Beats (real name Dean, musician, and partner with musician Alicia Keys)

  Leonid Blavatnik (Russian oligarch and occasional philanthropist)

  Thomas S. Kaplan, billionaire minerals magnate (USA)

There are 13 owners listed here, for 11 artworks.  So some of the artworks have more than one owner.  Who do you think bought which painting or sculpture?


To see the full answers of works, artists and the owners together....



(And here again is the link to the original Spotlight blog of January 2020 which outlines what this game is about, and sets out the questions.... 
https://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.com/2020/01/spotlight-who-made-this-who-owns-that.html)

Spotlight "Who" part 4 the answers: "Who made this? Who Owns that?", January 2020. The full answers

This is part 4, the final part of the January 2020 Spotlight, "Who made this? Who Owns that?"
How well did you do at guessing the titles and artists?
Are you now ready to check your guesses to who bought what?  (Or would you like to go back to the list of owners at https://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.com/2013/01/spotlight-who-part-3-owners-who-made.html?)

This is the concluding part: the full list of artworks, with names of the artists and the owners of the works.

(In case you would like a refresher, here is the link to the original Spotlight blog of January 2020 which outlines what this game is about, and sets out the questions.... 
https://ludlowartsociety.blogspot.com/2020/01/spotlight-who-made-this-who-owns-that.html)

Are you ready for the answers?
How well did you all do so far?







  Madonna
owns

Fernand Léger’s “Les Deux Bicyclettes”





Oprah Winfrey
owns

“Back From the Fields” by Thomas Hart Benton





  Swizz Beats
owns

KAWS, “Colossus”

Swizz and Alicia keep "Colossus" in their hallway.




This next grand artwork has multiple owners.  Several versions were cast of this sculpture.  3 of the known owners are...
  John Madejski, owner of AutoTrader magazine and trading platform
and
  Paul Mellon, founder of The Mellon Foundation
and
  Leonid Blavatnik, or his wife, or both
all own

Edgar Degas, “Petite Danceuse de quatorze ans”

John bought one at an auction by accident.  

Leonid Blavatnik bought one as a birthday gift for his wife.  They kept it in the entrance hall of their central London home.  Strictly speaking his wife owns it, probably.  Leonid chose and bought it.  Ownership is not always the same as buying it.





  Leonardo DiCaprio
owns

Jean-Pierre Roy, “Nachlass” 






  Victoria Beckham 
owns


“For You”, by Tracey Emin 

Victoria and David Beckham collect works on one sole criterion: the works must be about love.  

Victoria bought this piece as a gift for David Beckham, so perhaps David Beckham owns it.  Or they both do.  Who knows?  Love.




  Sofia Coppola
owns


Ed Ruscha, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” 






MCLN
owns


Bedda, “It does not matter where we are” 






Barack and Michelle Obama
chose
Glenn Ligon, “Black Like Me No. 2”
The Obamas selected this artwork, and some others, when Barack became President and resident of the Whitehouse, as the art decor for their new home, and for the benefit of visitors and the identity of the USA.  
The USA government now owns this work and the others the Obamas chose, as part of the governmental collection of artworks.  Again we see that ownership, purchase and choice are not always the same.
For more information see a previous Spotlight about the Obamas' art choices: 




Roman Abramovich
owns

Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” 
Roman's purchase occurred in November 2013, for US$142.4 million, which at the time was the highest price attained at auction for a work of art when not factoring in inflation.




  Thomas S. Kaplan, billionaire minerals magnate (USA)
owns

Carel Fabritius, “Hagar and the Angel”

Carel Fabritius was a pupil of Rembrandt.  He died young when a gunpowder magazine exploded near his studio.  Only 12 of his works survive.  Among some collectors and curators, Fabritius is considered more expressive, accomplished and desirable than Rembrandt.



So there we have who made them, and who owns them - or who bought or chose them.
If you found this enlightening or enjoyable, please leave a comment about your experience in the LAS blog.
Are there any artworks that you would like to buy, for your own pleasure, or as a gift?
  Thank you.
  and a Happy New decade.


So why write a piece about art and ownership, money and movement?  Is it a game?
Art can inspire and activate our thoughts and confidence, in travel, relationships, environmental causes, technology’s progress, political involvement, and anything we wish to shake it at. 
Art also moves things simply by its existence as physical objects that can be held as well as beheld. Paint on canvas, clay on wire…. anything etched or sketched with hand and brush, whether in a frame or out of one, can cause movement. Art’s power goes beyond its subject matter. It has value.

People buy art. But when someone buys a work of art, what moves? We may think of a painting going into someone’s car, or being shipped to an overseas collection, but In many cases the painting does not move at all. It can stay in the same gallery, on the same wall. Sometimes, when someone somewhere makes a phone call into an auction house, several millions of dollars then move between bank accounts – yet in the gallery all that happens is that the grand master painting gets a quick flick with a feather duster.
Art makes things move elsewhere.

When the money moved, suddenly someone bought a new Ferrari maybe, and some clothes, and the people who work in those luxury shops moved around and went out dancing, because, as they say, money makes the world go round.
Transactions make people feel that they can do something new. So they do. 

This game was made up to celebrate how art makes movement, in both thoughts and action.
Art makes the world go round.




Footnote...
Another game....
An interesting thing about art is that you can’t play this game with much else. 
This game, of guessing creators and owners, does not work for much else.  It does not work for pets, for example.  It does not work well with houses or yachts – very few people know who designed them, and they are not household images.  Also a part of their design plan is to look like what other people have, only more lavish (which is a one-upmanship marketing idea that art followed somewhat in the 60s and the 90s, and maybe the 1890s, but doesn’t do very often).
So the final game is a thing to consider.  Apart from art, is there anything else where such a game of identity and guessing at these kinds of movements might be possible?

Art makes the world go round.



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