Must Read Blogs

Wow, Dan at Empty Easel has included this blog in his 8 Must-read Art Blogs for 2008.

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.

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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.

14 thoughts on “Must Read Blogs

  1. Mikie

    Hello and well done for being totally awesome enough to make it into someone's list of favourite things. You top my list of favourite blogs of 2008 and it's still only January!

    Now, why am I here?... Ah yes, thats it, I wanted to tell you about another list of favourite blogs (and, incidentally, how I came across your site) - Art News Blog is one of my regular reads, it's awesome. I don't know if you know about it? but if you do not, you should. Start here -> http://www.artnewsblog.com/2008/01/list-of-art-blogs.htm
    you're at the top of the list of blogs for 2008.

    peace
    Mikie.x.

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  2. Mikie

    Hello and well done for being totally awesome enough to make it into someone's list of favourite things. You top my list of favourite blogs of 2008 and it's still only January!

    Now, why am I here?... Ah yes, thats it, I wanted to tell you about another list of favourite blogs (and, incidentally, how I came across your site) - Art News Blog is one of my regular reads, it's awesome. I don't know if you know about it? but if you do not, you should. Start here -> http://www.artnewsblog.com/2008/01/list-of-art-blogs.htm
    you're at the top of the list of blogs for 2008.

    peace
    Mikie.x.

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  3. Aw, shucks!
    I'm chuffed to bits, seriously, I couldn't be more amazed and thrilled. Thank you for listing me, even when I'm a bad blogger.

    I'm not in the least bit surprised you're on a list, your blog rocks, but you know how I gush about it already.

    I have to apologise I went to read your email today (a day late) and appear to have deleted it, though an un-erase type thing may uncover it in the bowels of my disk. Having skim read I recall one part was re. the book collab. Looks like you'll be EXCITINGLY busy in March, and the run up to March, and given that I'm not doing great just now I'm happy to sort out something on your return, if that suits. I'm hoping some dry or mild weather will tempt me into my storage to hunt out suitable works for the project. Some may need a bit of tweaking, I bet I'll get all anal about it and try to make them 'better' thus ruining a good few before learning the lesson. Ha, I know myself well.

    I'm wildly envious of your trip to the wedding, how fantastic. I've wanted to for years (couldn't afford family reunion in the 90's when 250 of the highland/aussie emigrators from my mum's side of the family met up and had a whole heap of fun).

    My friend Nikki lives in Fitzroy, Melbourne. She's a photographer and comes from Wick (or Thurso? I forget) so I'll ask her for some art venue tips that might appeal if you make it that way. My best friend is also from Melbourne, but lives in Finland now. She used to tell great stories of how arty a place it was, great cafe's, galleries etc. I love the thought of you meeting with bloggers and maybe doing some art work there, that would be the best!

    Oops, this has got a bit long. 4am and I still can't sleep. Got a hideous shop sign painting favour to do for a friend who has given me the worst materials to work with but expects an instant and glorious sign returned in days. Hope she's not holding her breath.

    Anyway, well done and sorry not to have responded sooner to your mail, yesterday was my first day of walking out the house and I was a bit floored by it. Today was better, wetter, but better.

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  4. Aw, shucks!
    I'm chuffed to bits, seriously, I couldn't be more amazed and thrilled. Thank you for listing me, even when I'm a bad blogger.

    I'm not in the least bit surprised you're on a list, your blog rocks, but you know how I gush about it already.

    I have to apologise I went to read your email today (a day late) and appear to have deleted it, though an un-erase type thing may uncover it in the bowels of my disk. Having skim read I recall one part was re. the book collab. Looks like you'll be EXCITINGLY busy in March, and the run up to March, and given that I'm not doing great just now I'm happy to sort out something on your return, if that suits. I'm hoping some dry or mild weather will tempt me into my storage to hunt out suitable works for the project. Some may need a bit of tweaking, I bet I'll get all anal about it and try to make them 'better' thus ruining a good few before learning the lesson. Ha, I know myself well.

    I'm wildly envious of your trip to the wedding, how fantastic. I've wanted to for years (couldn't afford family reunion in the 90's when 250 of the highland/aussie emigrators from my mum's side of the family met up and had a whole heap of fun).

    My friend Nikki lives in Fitzroy, Melbourne. She's a photographer and comes from Wick (or Thurso? I forget) so I'll ask her for some art venue tips that might appeal if you make it that way. My best friend is also from Melbourne, but lives in Finland now. She used to tell great stories of how arty a place it was, great cafe's, galleries etc. I love the thought of you meeting with bloggers and maybe doing some art work there, that would be the best!

    Oops, this has got a bit long. 4am and I still can't sleep. Got a hideous shop sign painting favour to do for a friend who has given me the worst materials to work with but expects an instant and glorious sign returned in days. Hope she's not holding her breath.

    Anyway, well done and sorry not to have responded sooner to your mail, yesterday was my first day of walking out the house and I was a bit floored by it. Today was better, wetter, but better.

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  5. Thanks for the mention Kirsty!

    I would have been over sooner but the laptop died last Friday and it's taken 6 days to get back on-line.

    I've been to Australia and have a sister living out there - so I think I need to post my sketchbook of Australia into the Travelsketchbook blog - and then I can give you all my tips about things to do! I was thinking about starting to get my "backlog" posted and this is the most wonderful excuse.........

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  6. Thanks for the mention Kirsty!

    I would have been over sooner but the laptop died last Friday and it's taken 6 days to get back on-line.

    I've been to Australia and have a sister living out there - so I think I need to post my sketchbook of Australia into the Travelsketchbook blog - and then I can give you all my tips about things to do! I was thinking about starting to get my "backlog" posted and this is the most wonderful excuse.........

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  8. Spotted this post as a source on my blog stats, hadn't seen it before, how lovely of you. Much belated thanks. I'm trying to blog a bit more though it's mainly garden related since that's all I really do now. Still not blog reading or art making - but the plant growing and eating really does bring me pleasure even on the dark days. Will post this and have a peak at what you've been up to sinc emy Christmas/N.Year visit. Hope you've been having a good year.

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