'Clapping Leaves', 20" X 16", oil, progressive stages
With a wonderful fall I have been spending a lot of time outdoors sketching and painting. The weather has been perfect for it, not to mention the scenery. I am blessed with the scenes right on our small ranch. Here I tried to capture the steps in this painting. I worked over the whole painting bringing the foreground in focus as the center point towards the final stage. The painting background, middle ground and foreground are in simple shapes keeping the whole scene open.
'The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.' Psalm 18:30
"The noblest pleasure is the
joy of understanding." – Leonardo da Vinic Leonardo da Vinci
(April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was the archetype of the Renaissance Man.
His genius spans many interests employing methods unusual and pioneering during
his time. He was born out of wedlock to an Italian couple
in the region of Florence. His art education was under the Florentine painter,
Verrocchio. During his working life he spent years in Milan, Rome, Bologna and
Venice. The last years of his life were spent in France. Of course, there is much written about him and
his accomplishments that seem to go on and on. How can one not be inspired by his art.Below are a few samples
of his rich drawings.
The Society of Painters and Etchers was formed in 1880.
Their main agenda was to promote printmaking as an original art form.
Printmaking seems to becoming more popular, especially among painters these
days. While in England around 1880, Anders Zorn met up with a fellow Swede,
Axel Herman Haig. Haig was one of the founders of the Society. He taught Zorn
how to etch, as Haig was an excellent, self-taught, prolific etcher. Zorn was
casually interested at first and did not take it up seriously until he was established
in Paris, 1888. Below I have put etchings and paintings by Zorn side by side
for comparisons. One example is a sketch and etching.
Zorn superimposed his portrait on the dancer in ‘The Waltz’.
He wrote in his autobiography notes, “ I particularly recall my efforts with
that troublesome task: the waltz. I was fond of dancing and wanted to attempt a
study in movement using scenes from society balls I had attended in Paris. It
was always the same crowded mess in the ballroom; …
Looking out my window I was inspired by the Claude Monet series of painting images in my head. You must be familiar with them. With this first snow fall, I took this photo in morning sunrise light.
So, my project then, is to do a series throughout the seasons and various lighting conditions. What a challenge; must stick with it. The canvases will be smaller sizes, keeping it simple, but taking a couple of years.
Haystacks - Monet From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaMonet noticed this
subject on a casual walk. He requested that his stepdaughter Blanche Hoschedé
bring him two canvases. He believed that one canvas for overcast weather and
one for sunny weather would be sufficient.However, he realized he could not demonstrate
the several distinct impressions on one or two canvases. As a result, his
willing helper was quickly carting as many canvases as a wheelbarrow could hold.His
daily routine involved carting paints,
easels, and many
unfinished canvases and working on whichever ca…