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MAMA #2: All about Vincent Van Gogh on his birthday Archive of Making A Mark blog posts about Van Gogh and his artwork - including exhibitions, techniques, and videos.

Stumbling through uncertain times by maintaining a creative practice Since that time, I have lived through the decline and death of a beloved parent, but I have also rebounded in the studio with renewed vitality. A more vibrant palette has emerged in my paintings, and my drawings have moved past stillness and control and entered a space filled with spontaneity.

MAMA #1: Charles Sovek's comprehensive website of resources for artists The start of a new series of blog posts highlighting some of the best past blog posts in the Making A Mark Archive.

Shuttered: Short Reflections on Closed Exhibitions Bill Brandt / Henry Moore. The Hepworth. Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield. Our Bill Brandt / Henry Moore exhibition had to close having only being open for one month. It's a huge disappointment for all involved, but the unprecedented magnitude of the threat we collectively face is critical to address.

Creating Together: Recommended Online Art Classes and Activities A round-up of recommended online art classes and activities for practising artists during the Coronavirus pandemic, wherever you are in the world.

Make It Rain "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like… tears in rain. Time to die.". "Weighing economic costs against human lives will inevitably seem crass.

Kae Sasaki: Paintings with Layered Meanings In this interview the Canada-based, Japanese artist explains the thought processes behind her awe-inspiring body of work and explains why she treats her bamboo-pincher for gold leaf like her first-born! Lisa: Tell us a little bit about your artistic background / education.

COVID-19 and Art #6: Financial support for self-employed artists and freelancers Details of the package of support for the self-employed including those artists whose income is predominantly from self-employment.

Curator's statement: Abstract Art Does Not Stop an Hour Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / The works in "Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age" are, for whatever their reliance on what we call "technology," first and foremost abstract art.

Chris Alton: Throughout the Fragment of Infinity That We Have Come to Know Lesley Guy visited the NewBridge Project in Gateshead to talk to artist Chris Alton about his exhibition of new works, Throughout the Fragment of Infinity That We Have Come to Know.

Lisa Pressman Art Blog Navigation 10 x 8 encaustic available I can't believe I am here again. The first time I focused on the blog was right after I q…

Stripper Cash My favorite works of the moment are Walter Robinson's pulp fiction book cover style paintings…. They seem to hit the right note about this wrong economic time - superficial, desperate-for-cash, hanging on to the golden years at any price…. 500 Billion!!!

Bringing Creativity Home: Setting up an Art Studio during Coronavirus Lockdown Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.

A List of UK based Online Art Suppliers List of online art suppliers in the UK of fine art materials for artists.

The Simplicity of Self Publishing by Peony Gent I want to start this article by making it clear there is no 'right way' to self-publish. Whether you're uploading images to a website for free or selling 400 copies of a screen printed hand-bound graphic novel, as long as the outcome is reflective of your intention and that outcome is reaching your intended audience, that's a success.

A Guide to Manual and Electric Pencil Sharpeners Leaving aside for the moment sandpaper, sharpening blocks and knives, which are used to sharpen charcoals, graphite sticks and the like, there are two main types of pencil sharpener: Blade Sharpeners and Helical Sharpeners. Blade sharpeners are the more familiar of the two.

Review: Episode 8 of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 About the final heat of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 - which included artists working in diverse ways.

Revisiting SUPPLICATION - Prayers for ALL OF YOU Commentaries and critiques on the visual and performing arts in the greater Canton, Ohio area supplicate \ ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt - to make a humble entreaty, to pray to God I made this work, Supplication, in 2016. Some of you have seen it in a few past local juried exhibits.

Artist Support Pledge Supports Artists through Tough Times The Artist Support Pledge is about creating sales in tough economic times. When sales reach £1000 the artist pledges to buy someone elses work for £200.

Carolyn Case: Build battle sink Contributed by Andrew Woolbright / Carolyn Case has mounted a colorful swarm of pastels and paintings in her third solo show with Asya Geisberg Gallery, "Before It Sinks In." The title is a wry double entendre on the word "sink," as Case uses the concept of a kitchen sink to develop an abstract language.

Jude Tallichet's sense of the ineffable Contributed by Adam Simon / Jude Tallichet's Fire Escape, one of several sculptures in her exhibition "Heat Map" at Smack Mellon in Dumbo, doesn't look like something that would help if your building were burning down. It hangs there in all its ineffectuality, abject yet amiable, enormous and out of place.

Mall Galleries to close until further notice Announcement that the Mall Galleries will close the buildings to the public and staff - but services are still available online.

Coronavirus #5: Culture in Quarantine - what the BBC did next! What "culture in quarantine" is and how the BBC intends to deliver it during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bottoms Up "Friday is shaping up as potentially one of the most volatile trading days in years, as scheduled changes in futures, options and other derivatives markets threaten to add to a frenzied trading month that has already had some of the biggest daily stock-index swings ever.

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