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Holy Week 2020: Remembering My Future For those of you less familiar with what I mean, I offer two examples, inviting you here to pause, click on and open these two hyperlinks, and read my fervent comments on a work from 2017, "After the Sermon," and another from 2013, "Drawn Clothes to Him," both pictured at the top of this post.

Jackson's Painting Prize 2020 Shortlist announced Jackson's Painting Prize 2020 shortlist has now been selected. From the longlist of 445 artworks, 42 exceptional entries have been chosen by our panel of expert judges. Thank you to everyone who made it through to the longlist and congratulations to the shortlisted artists whose entries are in the top 1% of all the submissions this year.

The Arts Society Connected About a new initiative by the Arts Society for those isolating at home.

The Street Art Inspired Big Garden Birdwatch Welcome to the Street Art version of the Big Garden Birdwatch. The woodpigeon has seen it's numbers rise dramatically since 1979. A massive 1035% in fact. Pigeons in general have seen quite a dramatic move from the countryside into towns and cities. The Woodpigeon is the largest and most common of these.

Chris Domenick's deceptively flat world Contributed by Tony Bluestone / "Flat Moon," Chris Domenick's show of large framed works at Kate Werble Gallery, was the last exhibition I was able to see in person before the Covid-19 pandemic made it necessary to close galleries to the general public.

How has painting during Lockdown been for you? Last week I asked 10 artists How has painting during lockdown been for you? Their responses show a mix of pragmatism, despair, resourcefulness, a feeling of responsibility, and hope.

Portrait Painting on Jackson's Aluminium Panels Artist Michael Sheldon reviews our aluminium panels, testing the rigidity and resilience for oil painting when compared with painting surfaces like canvas.

COVID-19 & ART #8: Video Binge - Raphael in Rome Two videos provide an online video insight into the major exhibition about Raphael in Rome - to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.

03-07-2020 and Color Choices. My love of Motorcycles might not look like it has anything to do with this painting. But you'd be misinformed. I've been mixing up different color combinations that don't resemble the natural colors and waiting for the right moment to use them. This was one of those moments.

Dorset Street the Worst Street in London made from Lego The Worst Street in London was once Dorset Street. Charles Booth's investigator described it like this in 1898. "The Worst Street I have seen so far" he said. His poverty map of London republished a year later listed streets by social class. They were colour coded and classified.

Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning about Portraiture Learning Resources related to Portraiture for teachers and parents - produced by the National Portrait Gallery.

124. Robin Greenwood writes on "Making Painting Abstract" Some time ago I was invited by Myles Corley, the gallery director of Linden Hall Studio in Deal, Kent, to curate an exhibition of new abstract painting, chosen from my own personal point of view.

Review: Semi-Final of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 Overview of the semi-finals of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 - artist profiles and key features.

Body II In 1993 it was bleak in NYC. I mean economically dark. Galleries were closing. Careers had dried up, artists, good ones, were leaving the city. And painting was the last thing that anyone wanted to look at - particularly abstract painting.

Flashe Paints: Intense, Flat, Opaque Colour It is made by the French company LeFranc and Bourgeoise who explain that it uses a vinyl emulsion binder that has a longer molecular structure than acrylic, so it is more supple and flexible. The finer, softer resin is a fatter emulsion that allows a perfectly flat and smooth surface with no brushmarks.

Steve Gibson Steve Gibson Vishnu Leaving Montana 2020 gouache and ink on paper 30"x 22" stevegibsonstudio.squarespace.com.

COVID-19 & Art #7: Selling art online The first case study of how art is being sold online - by the Mall Galleries - during the Coronavirus Crisis.

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours - 208th Annual Exhibition and Prizewinners About how the RI Annual Exhibition 2020 is carrying on online - including how to view the paintings and how to see the prizewinners.

Anywhere Out of the World: Chagall and me Contributed by Susan Bee / The early paintings of Marc Chagall are a recent inspiration. It's a strange turn. For years I thought I disliked his work, especially the late paintings: too saccharine and repetitious.

Body I Another artist that's been in my mind lately is Matthew Barney. When he came on the scene his work changed the game and expanded the conversation. Any thoughtful artist had to take this work as a real challenge. And this work was so strong that for a while it pushed painting off the walls.

Bus2move For Simeon Barclay's most recent iteration of his touring exhibition, Bus2move, The Turnpike has been ambitiously reconfigured to form a series of intersecting rooms. While the reconfiguration enables fluidity - the viewer moves almost seamlessly throughout the space - the accompanying lighting is deliberately disorientating.

Slowed, but not Silent Commentaries and critiques on the visual and performing arts in the greater Canton, Ohio area …So now you come with open hands, mirrors in your eyes, to lead him from this foreign land, so once again he tries. And each day's passing cuts another string, like snow atop the mountain, melting into Spring.

My Painting as a Museum's Art Lesson Philip Koch, Spring Frontyard, oil on canvas, 45 x 60 inches, is running a series of art lessons for children using images of works in the Museum's permanent collection. Kellie Mele, who directs the WCMFA's Education Dept.

Jacqueline Bright Reviews Jackson's Soft Pastels She wrote a review on jacksonsart.com explaining her search for a range of soft pastels which would best suit her style, and why Jackson's Soft Pastels are some of the best she has used. We asked her to expand on her review and share some further comments.

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