Congratulations to Keiko Tanabe and the folks who are taking part in the Daily Paintworks Help Japan Challenge. Please, note that the Help Japan concern does not have a last end time. Follow the link above to see the paintings on offer. I had formed a good look trough the paintings on offer to find one to feature on the blog this week.

This one by S.P. Goodman (SP Goodman – Small Scale Paintings) although a painting of Vermont reminded me of the pictures of the great bare space in Japan which were periodically covered by snow. What must it end up like to lose your home, your job and the majority of your friends and family in the space of a few minutes? I’ve called Vermont home for nearly 40 years and feel a solid attachment to its mountains, valleys, rivers, and forests.

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All proceeds from this painting will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross. I like what Steven achieves with his palette knife and his regular habit of producing a little scale painting for sale via his blog about once weekly. He has a great set of paintings on his website as well – specially the landscapes. This week has seen a good old controversy about this issue of style, making a physical body of art, derivative art, duplicating, copyright infringements and ‘crossing the line’ in relation to original artwork and painting like other artists.

Make your own art! Plagiarism or ‘transferring off’ – it offers to stop that got a great deal of site visitors this week and an awful lot of comments. It offers explanations of both plagiarism and derivative art. The post has been revised since first published for the good reasons mentioned in the introduction to the revised post. It invites readers to have a discussion – with educational intent – about what is and it is not OK in relation to copying, plagiarism, imitation, and derivative art.

Viven Blackburn (paintings designs and stuff) also responded with a post about A ‘style’ of your? Meanwhile here’s two views on the recent court ruling that Richard Prince’s appropriated artwork is a copyright infringement. Jonathan Jones asks whether Richard Prince is betraying modern artwork? Does Richard Prince’s work reflects the creativeness or cynicism of modern artwork?

Edward Winkelman gives a gallery owner’s perspective on Appropriation Prohibition (or Why I BELIEVE Judge Batts Is Wrong). It’s about communication with the personal, not with others. I like looking at the blogs of collage artists – artists who delight the optical eye with their creativity. Pastel artist Astrid Volquardsen has changed her blog domain – and you may now find her new blog at Malerin des Lichts.

For English readers a lot has changed, because navigation and information about her work are now completely in English. I’ve been looking at a lot of painting blogs this week – some new and some I’ve not visited in a while. When writing my post about Make your own art! I began to shop around at daily painting blogs to see who was being unique, original, and not painting the ubiquitous fruits. One such blog is Stephen Magsig’s Postcards from Detroit.

As well as painting on a regular basis, Stephen is also doing something is culturally worthwhile – he’s documenting a city which is going through significant change. It provides value to his work. Stephen – the response to your question about the painting below is Yes! Lucian Freud and Cy Twombly are painting still but still do powerful work, in old age. Nor is the profession longevity (and physical longevity) of performers just a product of modern health care. In the 16th hundred years, both Michelangelo and Titian lived lengthy lives and both worked well brilliantly to their last years.

Arts Council informed to market off masterpieces in damning report by MPs – the report from the parliamentary go for the committee on culture criticizes the financing body for “spending far too much on itself”. Week arts organizations will be hearing how much money the are receiving from the Arts Council Next. The artists selected for the first Jerwood Makers Open have been announced.

A jeweler, ceramic artist, glassmaker, and an installation musician have were honored an equal share of £30,000 to produce new work, that may continue screen within the JVA program at Jerwood Space in July. James Gurney has highlighted Two Chinese Art Competitions and he’s judging one of them! Learn about the 1930s through eight exhibitions: The Depression, The New Deal, The national country, Industry, Labor, The City, Leisure, and American People.