About Katherine Tyrrell

Katherine Tyrrell's main interests are:
  1. Drawing - fine art drawings and sketches
  2. Writing - four blogs and various articles and publications
  3. Sharing - advice and information for artists and art lovers
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The  foundations of my art are threefold. 

  1. a commitment to the value of drawing, sketching and working from life 'en plein air' where possible
  2. a fascination with the power, complexities and subtleties of colour
  3. a love of the mark-making scope offered by dry media, specifically soft pastels and coloured pencils.
Whether an internal or external landscape, whether it is about natural or  constructed forms, all of my work is stimulated by repetition and variation in shapes, patterns and motifs and by the impact of light on colour and form.  I frequently use hatching and scumbling to develop broken colour. 

I very much enjoy working from life and in public places - as you can see from my sketchbook pages
Much of my figurative work is either initially developed or completed in front of the subject.  
Drawing people are from life involves observing and recording the way people relate with one another in different places.

Collections: My artwork has generated much praise in relation to my drawing skills and use of colour and is in private collections in the UK, Australia and the USA.  It can also be seen on my portfolio website Pastels and Pencils

Exhibitions:  My work has been exhibited her work in the UK, the USA and Canada and in juried exhibitions of national art societies (see Exhibition details).
Art Societies: I write a lot about art societies and art competitions on my blog 'Making A Mark'!
Note: I exhibit on a regular basis with the Society of Botanical Artists. I achieved signature member status with the UK Coloured Pencil Society and am a past Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (a fine art drawing society) and the Society of Feline Artists. In 2006 I was elected as a member of the SGFA Council.  I was also the UKCPS blogmaster for a time. I don't belong to art societies any more and now prefer to support them by talking an independent perspective
I write about
  • Influences on developing both artwork and art careers
  • Information about resources for artists and art lovers  
  • Other artists - both historical and modern
  • My travels with a sketchbook
  • drawing and making marks with pastels, pencils and pen and ink
  • Creating new drawings and paintings.
  • reviews of art instructions books and other books for artists and art lovers
  • product reviews

My four blogs and portfolio website provide an insight into how I work from initial sketch to completed painting

Making A Mark - http://makingamark.blogspot.com
4,300+ subscribers and more than 2.5 million visitors to date and 5.6 million pageviews to date.  Rated #3 in Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs and #11 in the world

Travels with a sketchbook in......

(featured in The Times Newspaper)

I'm also a London correspondent for Urban Sketchers and a founder member of
Urban Sketchers London

Making A Mark Reviews......

The Art of the Landscape

I've also periodically contributed to group blogs - and was the blogmaster for an art society blog.
I've been commissioned to write a book about drawing and sketching.

This will be published in the UK and USA later in 2014.
See Making A Mark Publications for my FREE and priced guides available for download as pdf documents.  I'm also working (slowly) on two books.
See Making A Mark Publications
Learning: I love learning about art and sharing that learning.  I believe that all those with a talent and/or interest in art will benefit from some guidance - and although I don't have a degree in fine art I have studied widely and enjoy passing on what I've learned.

Alumni I'm an alumni of drawing classes at the Prince's Drawing School and the University of Arts, London (Central St Martins College of Art).  I've also taken workshops with a number of professional artists in the USA and UK.  

Teaching: I have a degree in Education and am a qualified teacher with a particular interest in sketching. I've lead workshops and written articles and guides about sketching. 
  • I regularly share information and write about sketching on my two popular art blogs and in publications on this website. see  How to Sketch and Making A Mark Publications
  • This website includes extensive information about the art materials I use (See Art materials and resources ) Plus I've created a set of information websites about art media, art subjects and the art business see: Making A Mark on Art
  • I'm also developing a number of websites about various artists and art movements in art history that I'm interested in.  (see About Artists)

Numbers for Artists:  For those wondering about my interest in matters financial and broader business management topics, I qualified as an accountant, have an MBA from the London Business School, worked as a consultant for some top consultancy firms and used to be a senior manager in very large organisations before I retired.  I now find it interesting to apply my expertise in financial and business management to a very different field of interest.
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Sales & Licencing

The following are available for purchase by arrangement:

  • Original paintings and drawings
  • Images in transparency, printed or electronic form
  • Licencing rights for publication of either drawings or articles or guides

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EXAMPLE:  In 2007, the Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) commissioned Katherine to produce a drawing of Ashness Bridge - a landmark image which has long associations with their Artist's Pencils.  This featured in their 2008 catalogue and on their website.Commissions
Occasional commissions are undertaken - contact Katherine for further details.
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