Tag Archives: North Devon


I hate art clubs – I’m anti-social

Creating artists networks can sometimes be a pointless exercise. In the social sciences a social group has been defined as two or more humans who interact with one another,  share similar characteristics and collectively have a sense of unity within their interests. Theorists are a wary of definitions which stress the importance of interdependence or objective similarity. Instead, for researchers in the social identity tradition “a group is defined in terms of those who identify themselves as members of the group”.  The idea of sharing experiences, gallery contacts and clients etc. sounds like a very good idea on the surface. The reality is actually rather disappointing.  Social groups come in a myriad of sizes and varieties. For example, a society can be viewed as a large social group. Artists are no different from any other group of people and have an underlying self serving agenda,   they are simply out there to make a fast profit and steal contacts and ideas – well at least the majority are…

Here is an article stolen from Sitemaps-xml.com: New Art Groups Fail – #marketing – promote your art

Often artists’ groups have a core of members who initiate activities and support the rest of the group. Not only is it important to support new groups, it is important for these founding members to fully understand the structures and reasons for creating new groups. They must be asked ‘Why are you doing this?’ and ‘Are there other groups around that already fulfill your needs and aims?’ Creating new artist groups/collectives could be counterproductive and create an even more fragmented environment. It is important that a robust armature is created for a network to succeed. If this is achieved then it would be a formidable and powerful organisation.

A mentoring scheme which enables artists and crafts people to get access to strategies and processes needed to create successful art and business practice would be highly beneficial to individuals and groups. North Devon Web can help you with setting up an artist website and help you to promote your art.

Our skills are at the ‘start up’ phase of businesses and organizations, where the creativity of the entrepreneur or group is at its most inventive and vulnerable. We find the energy that is created very infectious but we also know that this enthusiasm gradually dies and needs ‘mothering’ to take it to the next growth phase. To achieve sustainability is key, and we have wide and varied experience of achieving this both in a traditional business environment and in pioneering innovations.

North Devon Web belongs to a network of websites that host in a green way. North Devon Web is helping to prevent the release of 2,660 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year by hosting on ‘Green Servers’ – as a result, the network’s energy efficiency is equal to planting about 2,390 acres of trees, not driving 6.1 million miles, or removing 510 cars from the road. We are here to help you stay in business.

Contact them for a FREE quote

Wikio - Top Blogs - Online marketingBeing in the blog charts is a massive reward for everyone who has helped and contributed to this blog. We are still looking for writers to contribute to this growing blog. Contact us if you would like your work to be featured on sitemaps-xml.

Art for sale

Starving Artist – open to cut price offers

Cheap original Art

Original painting by Peter Bright . Media: Painting and Screen
Print on canvas, signed and dated. Size: 600mm x 500mm Includes original
1970s frame…
Contact here with your offer! Any offer will be considered.


Guy the Gorilla (May 30, 1946 – 1978) was a Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) which was London Zoo‘s famous resident, something of a celebrity in the 1960s–70s and was often profiled on kids TV shows and natural history productions. Guy the Gorilla was one of London Zoo’s best-loved animals.He arrived at the zoo on 5 November 1947,  Guy Fawkes Night, hence his name. He was a tiny baby, weighing just 23 lb (10 kg) and holding a small tin hot-water bottle.

Guy was the replacement for the zoo’s previous gorilla, Meng, who died in 1941. Guy was captured in the French Cameroons on behalf of Paris Zoo and was traded for a tiger from Calcutta Zoo. It was organized that London Zoo would have Guy. The Paris Zoo Director sent instructions to their game department in West Africa to find a suitable female to mate with him.London sent a request to a variety of animal dealers and zoos worldwide to find a mate, and in 1969 the zoo was offered Lomie, a five year old female who had been living in nearby Chessington Zoo. She lived in the old Monkey House in London Zoo for a year before being introduced to Guy.

Peter Bright (aka This Window)

Make an offer (any offer) on this painting and it is yours (you will have to pay postage or delivery costs)

Contact here with your offer!

Nasher Sculpture Garden – Venice – The Peggy Guggenheim Collection: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, in Venice. Peggy Guggenheim, a former wife of artist Max Ernst, purchased this building in 1949. Although sometimes mistaken for a modern designed building, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni … Continue reading ?

North Devon Web can install, manage and maintain your website or a shopping cart for you. They can also do the same for your blog using one of the best tools around –  WordPress. This free blogging tool is as an easy and extremely effective way of enhancing your web presence and business. To maintain a successful blog it is important to know your subject and to constantly expand your own personal knowledge. A blog is another marketing strategy used for increasing a site’s relevance, by second guessing what people search for when using a search engine.

Contact them for a FREE quote


‘Lake Zürich (Early Morning)’

A few weeks ago I woke up and looked through the train window and saw dawn break over Lake Zürich – This is the second time I’ve seen this incredible body of water in the early morning light, the last time I saw it was in 2007 (on the opposite bank).

Lake Zürich

The image above is of a painting I did entitled, ‘Lake Zürich (Early Morning)’. This photograph was taken by Sue Sunderland in West Buckland Church (North Devon) where it was part of the West Buckland Festival Exhibition in 2009.


Images of the Orient Express

Due to European regulations the Orient Express has to change engines in every country it enters, these regulations also prevent steam powered engines from being used … Continue reading

Road trips and long journeys hurtle undefined landscapes past your window. Star-shaped spears spin and pierce the night sky as they shoot from streetlights and mountains stand solid on the horizon as the trees in the foreground blur and streak across your eyes.

745444 bytes
2304 x 1728

807520 bytes
2304 x 1728

724632 bytes
2304 x 1728

721828 bytes
2304 x 1728



Venice gallery contains 6 photos.

Palazzo Vendramin is a 15th-century residence linked to the Hotel Cipriani through an ancient courtyard and a passageway lined with flowers. It houses 16 suites and rooms with sweeping vistas over the gardens and across to St Mark’s Square.

These views have been represented in paint and photographs a billion times – they are common to generations of travelers and the walls in galleries around the world groan from the weight of their presence.

Piazza San Marco (in English = St Mark’s Square) is the main public square of Venice, where it is locally simply known as “the Piazza” and is the key part of the social, religious and political center of Venice. Continue reading →


Is this lost #drawing worth $1000000 ?

Well to be honest this drawing is probably worth nothing but it was a pleasant supprise to rediscover it.

I did this drawing around 1981 – I’m not sure why I did it but I’m glad it wasn’t lost.

Drawing: Common tools for making marks include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, markers, styluses, and various metals (such as silverpoint). An artist who practices or works in drawing may be called a draughtsman or draftsman.

The most common support for drawing is paper, although other materials, such as cardboard, plastic, leather, canvas, and board, may be used. Temporary drawings may be made on a blackboard or whiteboard or indeed almost anything. The medium has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. The relatively easy availability of basic drawing instruments makes drawing more universal than most other media.

Drawing. (2012, March 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:55, March 13, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Drawing&oldid=481337651

It could be argued that photocopying machines and printers can create drawings.

Adobe Photoshop Allergy art art sale Beauty & The Beast Belgium Blog business Cassette Culture Creativity Devon Domestic rabbit exhibition finish the story Guy Fawkes Night Guy the Gorilla London London Zoo Mail mail art Mail Art and Artistamps Mick Mercer music Nancy Spungen Oil paint Paint painting paintings print printing printmaking punk Rabbit Screen Print Space Age store Technorati this window veronica henry video Visual Art Visual Arts west buckland Western Lowland Gorilla woodcut