About the Artist - Katherine Tyrrell

Katherine Tyrrell is a British contemporary artist who is also a writer and teacher.

Katherine Tyrrell - Contemporary Artist

The  foundations of how I make my art are threefold. 

  1. I'm committed to the value of drawing and sketching and working from life and 'en plein air' where possible
  2. the power, complexities and subtleties of colour and pattern fascinate me
  3. dry media, specifically soft pastels and coloured pencils, work best for me in terms of the type of mark-making using broken colour that I enjoy the most

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My practice
I draw using dry media and enjoy hatching, scumbling and erasure as techniques to develop areas of broken colour which mix optically to provide new colours.  Although much of my work in the past has been rooted in loose realism, I'm increasingly interested in abstracting the patterns and shapes I come across in the natural world at either end of the scale

My drawings and sketches have attracted much praise for my draftsmanship and use of colour. One example is Charley Parker's review on his blog Lines and Colors - see Katherine Tyrrell.  (For other reviews - see below)
NEWS!
My new book - publication date January 2015
see Facebook Page Katherine Tyrrell: 365 Tips for Drawing and Sketching for updates
Patterns in landscapes, light and colour

I like colours, patterns and puzzles.  Things which stimulate my eye include:

  • the way light changes both colour and form
  • patterns in shapes - both large and small
  • patterns in landscapes
  • scale - how the large can look small and the small can look large
  • places which make me happy - in the country, art galleries and restaurants

One word which ties a lot of my themes together is "landscapes" - these can be

Katherine Tyrrell in Greenwich Park. 
River Thames with the City of London and East London in background

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Working from Life
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.   All my drawings of people are from life and I very much enjoy observing and recording the way people relate with one another in different places.
Art Societies and Art Groups
Exhibitions
I have had work accepted into juried annual exhibitions of national art societies and group exhibitions in the UK, the USA and Canada.  I'm now limiting entries to exhibitions to the Society of Botanical Artists and Urban Sketchers London
Exhibition details

Sales  

My work is in private collections in the UK, Australia and the USA.   The following are also available for purchase by arrangement:

  • Original paintings and drawings
  • fine art prints
  • Images in transparency, printed or electronic form
  • Licensing rights for publication of either drawings or articles
Please contact Katherine for further information and a price list




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"Ashness Bridge" for Derwent PencilsCommissions  
Example: In 2007, the Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) commissioned Katherine to produce a drawing of Ashness Bridge - an image which has long associations with their Artist's Pencils.  This was featured in their 2008 catalogue and on their website.
I'm happy to discuss commissioned work.
Please contact Katherine for further information.  All initial discussions are via e-mail.



Katherine Tyrrell - Teacher
I'm a qualified teacher but I also continue to be a student who loves learning about art and sharing that learning
I'm a qualified teacher with a degree in education from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School.  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.

Learning:
My two degrees and two professional qualifications have nothing whatsoever to do with art.  However once I'd achieved them and got my career underway I worked hard in my spare time to fit in
Plus I use the Internet extensively to access art, learn about artists and different approaches to art - and share that learning

Sharing and Guiding:
I've extensive professional experience of leading workshops and guiding people through a learning process. 
  • Social Media: I've written magazine articles about and given talks on Social Media for Artists and how to get your art online for the Mall Galleries and Art Societies
  • Sketching: I've written articles about sketching, led an online class in sketching and supported groups of sketchers
  • A lot of guidance I now provide is through my publications (see below for my blogs, free guides and information sites).  

  Katherine Tyrrell - Writer

I very much enjoy writing about art and sharing information about art in a number of different ways.

BookI was commissioned to write a book about drawing and sketching which will be published in January 2015 in three different editions in different parts of the world. The titles and publishers of the books are:

                 

Book reviews:
Artistsnetwork: Drawing Basics: Do This To Advance Your Art By: Cherie Haas, Online Editor | November 18, 2014
Other Books and Magazines
  • Current project: I've been commissioned to write a book about drawing and sketching which will be published in the USA and UK at the end of 2014
  • My sketches appear in "Playing with Sketches" (December 2013) and "Sketch my World" (January 2014)
  • I've written articles for Discover Art (How social media can help the artist) and Love Pencils (10 reasons to Sketch with Coloured Pencils)
My books and magazine articles

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Making A Mark
(end 2013 -
2.3 visitors to date and nearly 5 million pageviews)My main art blog is frequently referenced by other art bloggers and leading galleries.  It focuses on information for artists and art lovers - including
    • reviews of art exhibitions and art competitions
    • art education - sharing knowledge and learning through art projects about art basics (eg Composition and Colour) and notable artists
    • interviews with contemporary artists;
    • tips about art business, art careers and blogging about art
    • how I create create drawings using pastels, pencils and/or pen and ink
The value of Making A Mark (see below) is externally validated. It ranks as  #3 art blog in UK since 2010  - see Making A Mark remains #3 in top 25 art blogs in UK. It's also in the top 15 of a list of the World's Top 75 Art Blogs by blog rank.
Making a Mark
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Travels with a sketchbook
(c.300,000+ unique visitors and 400,000 pageviews since July 2006) 
Featured in and recommended by The Times newspaper
My sketchbook blog showcases sketchbook work and explanations as to process. 
I'm also a correspondent for Urban Sketchers , Urban Sketchers London and a co-author of Four Go Painting in Provence
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Making A Mark Reviews 
(200+ subscribers - since April 2009)
a consumer's guide to quality and value in art books, art supplies and services to artists.
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The Art of the Landscape
(c.350+ subscribers - since January 2010)
Promotes learning about the development of landscape drawing and painting - by exploring, sharing and doing.  I'm also a correspondent for Watermarks - a small community of artists who make art from water.
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Making A Mark on Art
My suite of information sites - Resources for Artists - include sites relating to various art media, various art genre and subject matter, books for artists and the art business
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Making A Mark Publications
The Making A Mark Guides relate to various art activities - concerning both practice and business - and are being developed on a regular basis.
available via Making A Mark Publications
Other publications / Reviews - Media coverage has included
Mixed Parrot Tulips (coloured pencils)
Mixed Parrot Tulips
Coloured Pencil 11.5" x 15.75"