I'm hugely and immensely flattered to have been selected, especially since I'm in such illustrious company (please do head over to the link and check out the other blogs mentioned, they're all worth a look).
Here's what Dan wrote about me:
"Up all Night Again - This elegantly designed blog is authored by Kirsty Hall, an artist and art curator from the UK. Not only will you find frequent updates about her life and art but also some excellent articles for artists just starting out online."
OK, I'm blushing now...
Of course, I am not responsible for the elegant design - the credit for that goes to my talented web designer, Steve Taylor. If you're in the market for an art website, he does fantastic work and is very easy to work with: I highly recommend him. In the interests of full disclosure, I should point out that Steve is a personal friend whom I've known for many years but he is also superb at what he does.
Dan also encourages us all to make our own lists of Must Read Art Blogs, so here are mine. Of course, there are loads of other wonderful art blogs that I read as well but these 8 very different blogs are the ones that I absolutely wouldn't be without. My criteria: blogs that are updated on a regular basis and inspire me either visually, intellectually or preferably both.
My 8 Must Read Art Blogs for 2008
Dear Ada is one of my daily reads, she always has links to great artists and she's genuinely enthusiastic and insightful about the art she promotes. Since we seem to have quite similar tastes, the artists I link to on this blog are often ones I've seen first on her blog (so thanks for that, Ada!).
Cally Creates - I know that Cally thinks she hasn't been a very good blogger recently because she's been so ill but she's still one of my absolute favourite art reads. I love her photos and the way she writes about her own and other people's art is always real, honest and engaging.
Suzi Blu - I just love her funny, quirky videos on life, art and journalling: I find her 'just do it' attitude very refreshing and inspirational.
Making A Mark - I'm with Dan on this one, Katherine Tyrrell is a definite must-read for the depth of her knowledge and her considered articles on the art world and her own and other artists' work. Sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit and enjoy her posts, which are often longer than the average blogger but well worth your time.
ArtBizBlog - Alyson Stanfield writes and podcasts about all aspects of the business side of art. I know many of us groan when we hear the words 'business' but Alyson consistently makes it seem both interesting and achievable.
Gaping Void is a consistently high quality blog from successful cartoonist, Hugh MacLeod. He's made a career out of drawing cartoons on the back of business cards but I like his writing too. His posts always makes me think and I like that he's coming at the world of art from such a different direction to me.
Ursula Vernon never fails to make me laugh. I've been following her blog on Livejournal for several years now and it's great to see her becoming more successful with every passing year. As talented a writer as she is in visual art, she makes very different art to me but I love her stuff because it's funny, well done and she's never embarrassed by the fact that her muse drives her to paint peculiar vegetables, cute but perplexed animals and wombats.
Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien - This is in French and sadly I don't speak more than a couple of words but it's never marred my enjoyment of this gloriously illustrated blog.
So that's my 8, anyone else fancy posting their lists? If you do, then Dan would like to hear from you.