Review: Semi Finals of Landscape Artist of the Year 2024
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4d ago
This is a review of the Semi Finals of Landscape Artist of the Year 2024 which took place at the historic shipbuilding village and maritime museum of Buckler's Hard in Hampshire. Judging the seven paintings produced in the LAOTY semifinals Below you can read about: The Artists - but also see yesterday's post The Semi-Finalists in Landscape Artist of the Year 2024 The Wildcard Winner The Location and Weather  Themes, Learning Points and Tips Decision Time: The Finalists My take on the Semi Final Paintings - covering them in order of the Heats The Artists The Semi Final ..read more
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Review: Episode 6 of Landscape Artist of the Year Series 9 (2024) - Hever Castle
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1w ago
 ...and so we come to the last heat of Landscape Artist of the Year 2024.  ....and it's another big building. Although this time it's rather older than the ones in last week's heat - plus it comes with two moats - an outer one and an inner one!! Episode 6: Hever Castle This is my review of the sixth episode of the 9th series of Landscape Artist of the Year 2024.  As regular readers will know by now, it considers: the location and weather the artists' profiles themes arising during the episode judges decision-making who was shortlisted and who won. Location and We ..read more
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A short break (except for LAOTY)
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1w ago
I'm currently feeling absolutely inundated with a very long "to do" list of tasks which have been on the back burner for far too long So, consequently, I'm taking a short break from "Making A Mark" - EXCEPT for my weekly reviews of Landscape Artist of the Year which will still appear each week. You never know by the time I come back I may have sorted out the email subscription issue ..read more
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Review: Episode 5 of Landscape Artist of the Year Series 9 (2024) - Liverpool Three Graces
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2w ago
This is my penultimate Heat Review of Series 9 of Landscape Artist of the Year . One more to go and then it will be the semi-finals! This week's fifth heat came from Pier Head in Liverpool. On one side of the Pods were the Three Graces - very large and historic buildings associated with Liverpool's past.  On the other side was the River Mersey and the Mersey Ferries Terminal - which attracted a lot of the wildcard artists. Heat Paintings lined up in front of the former offices of the Port of Liverpool Building Episode 5: Liverpool - The Three Graces This is my review ..read more
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Review: The 6th John Ruskin Prize
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2w ago
Yesterday I went to the exhibition for The 6th John Ruskin Prize at Trinity Buoy Wharf - and I was VERY impressed! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND paying this a visit if you like artwork which has been made by thoughtful artists who make you think! Below you can find out about: what is the John Ruskin Prize why it's worth a visit  how to see it who won the prizes on offer names of artists shortlisted for the exhibition What is the John Ruskin Prize? (In a nutshell) Selected from over 4000 entries, the final shortlist of 78 pieces from 68 artists, makers and innovators have been given a pl ..read more
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RIP Robert Wade (1930 - 2024)
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3w ago
I've always really liked the Australian watercolour artist Robert Wade and I'm very sad to hear he has died.  My first acquaintance with him was via one of his art instruction books. I found his book "Painting More Than The Eye Can See" (North Light Books 1990) to be an absolute revelation when I first encountered it in an art shop and needless to say it came home with me and now sits on a bookshelf just to the right of where I'm sitting.  The books I used to find worked the best for me were written by people who were practising artists and teachers who emphasised the many different ..read more
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Review: Episode 4 of Landscape Artist of the Year Series 9 (2024) at Stonehaven Harbour
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3w ago
This is my review of the fourth episode of the 9th series of Landscape Artist of the Year 2024.  Regular readers will be interested to know that in this one I'm calling out the shorting listing decision and some other things that were said by the Judges. Maybe they were having an off day.... Heat 4 artists lined up with their paintings waiting for the shortlisting. Those familiar with these posts will know by now, this review considers: the location and weather the artists' profiles themes arising during the episode judges decision-making who was shortlisted and who won ..read more
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Email Subscription Service SUSPENDED until further notice
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3w ago
The end of the subscription service? This is a very sad day. I'm afraid I'm having to suspend the email subscription service - where you get an email every time I publish a new blog post. I've spent hours and hours on trying to find a way to address the issues thrown up by Google changing arrangements re sending large amounts emails from gmail addresses - and have not succeeded.  Mailerlite changing its systems in relation to this - and because they're updating their system The main issue arises because Making A Mark is not on a domain name I own but rather remains on the bl ..read more
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Review: The Pastel Society 125th Annual Exhibition (2024)
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1M ago
I'm very pleased to say that this year I'm very impressed with the 125th Annual Exhibition by The Pastel Society. I've also been hearing lots of very positive comments by those who have visited in recent days. The Pastel Society Exhibition on the afternoon of the Private View It's very obvious to me that a lot of well directed effort has gone into making this a much better exhibition to mark yet another benchmark in its history. This is after all the oldest pastel society in the world which held its first exhibition in 1899! It had 1300 entries - of which 366 were hung (28%) There w ..read more
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ALERT ALL SUBSCRIBERS: Blogging Service may be interrupted OR subscription mailing service changed
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1M ago
This is by way of an alert to all those used to receiving my latest blog post via Mailerlite I was supposed to have written a review of an exhibition by now - but having completed by tax return (have you remembered?), I'm currently tearing my hair out over another issue - and will soon be bald.  Right now I'm thinking of giving up blogging!! It's all because of new rules which come in on 1st February for bulk emails being sent to gmail. I'm caught in a really difficult situation with: Google and Yahoo have changed the rules on which emails it will accept for  newsletter emails (fo ..read more
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