This is the art of oil painting and all of its accoutrements.
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It is always nice to know what is coming, like the snow storm last night, this time the weatherman got it right. We anticipate an outcome, conjuring up a picture in our mind. Then, as it happens, it is not what we expected. I will take different approaches to a painting. To workout a composition I will do a very abstract under painting. From this, the painting’s shapes and images slowing emerge. A colleague of mine suggested I work that in the reverse. Going from a realistic approach into abstraction. The approach was a bit more difficult than I expected. The really nice benefit of this brain explosion was that it empowered the bolder side of me. I went back to look at a few paintings that have been bothering me. Each of these paintings needed something. A good example is this blue heron wading in the water painting was crying for help. I courageously made the stroke of orange. Can say for certainty that it was unexpected.
"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…