For sometime now I have been looking at this painting thinking that it needed something. What I wasn't sure until today. What it needed was more depth. I achieved that by pushing back the background with a light blue glaze. Then I brought the foliage of the trees in the upper right corner more forward by making them darker.
"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; …