3 – thanks to all my old & new supporters! I’m very thankful to all readers and clients for assisting me achieve and maintain this position. Making A Mark has broken into the top 30 art weblogs worldwide also. THE VERY BEST 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs. Online now: the October edition of the Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs.

Guardian favourites and a slew of self-employed bloggers racing in the graphs – it’s all here. I bought an iPad on Wednesday (will this mean I now be eligible as a verified Apple lover?). On Friday I drew my initial ever digital sketch using the Brushes iPad application on Friday while sat in the Friends Room at the Royal Academy.

When I began this post there was just the tiny business of now needing to work out ways to get it off the iPad! I’d not yet got that far in The Missing Manual! However in attempting to post it to my sketchbook blog – see Wet night time at Burlington House- I worked out I could obtain it off by sending it to Flickr. I stepped down today (see A Birthday and a Goodbye) from 2 yrs to be the blogmaster for UKCPS News, your blog of the united kingdom Coloured Pencil Society.

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I’m currently nurturing a fresh and related development which I’m expecting to say more about soon. Drawing as an End, Not just a Means is approximately an exhibition by veteran abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski. It’s also about Drawing to Cool Down. However it’s interesting since it focuses on sketching as a means of resolving emotional entanglements with paintings – and pertains to drawing by the end rather than the starting. What’s especially interesting is that Nozkowski, having been trained by Abstract Expressionists, thinks in the principle of avoiding the preparatory sketch and any preconception of where to go with a painting and the work of painting as a ‘hot’ activity.

He has began to use sketching as a cool-down exercise rather than a warm-up. The show features 19 pairs of works, each one a painting and a smaller, matching focus on paper in printer ink, pencil and gouache. I guess this might perplex those who think anything finished with a brush is a painting rather than a drawing? Marion Boddy-Evans (Marion’s Painting Blog) asks Is a Single-Color Painting Art?

I’m liking Kelly Sanford’s blog Fresh off the Easel. Her rose paintings have a fresh observational approach. I’ve not spotted the Palette Knife Painters blog before – and it’s really a good idea. It’s been up and running since April and it is another community blog a little like Daily Painters. This is actually the website and blog of the Pre Raphaelite Society – a global society for the study of the lives and art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.