Nothing stands still; everything changes. Some things never seem to change although we would like them to. We made a change and that leads to more changes and so on. I find myself motivated to make a big change in my artwork. I haven’t quite figured it all out yet but will once I start to get back into the process. Step 1 are the black and white sketches, playing with composition/design. Then a few color scheme ideas. The real grit comes at technique. Maybe a lean towards more simplification and abstraction. I do like the element of surprise as well. Lighting is always the main consideration, then mood follows. These are the ingredients for the emotional outcome. The refresh button for my brain will have to be push a few times until the artwork comes together, that goes without saying.
‘The Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’ James 1:17
"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; …
House of Parliament, Sunlight Effect
In March 1, 1900, Monet began a series of paintings at
sunset. He worked on the ‘House of Parliament Series’ over a month’s time. He
started with 44 canvases covered with paint working vigorously to capture the
mood. Doing so, he built up the number of canvases to 65 within 3 weeks. The
typical London fog atmosphere is what he was after. Many days proved to be a
disappointment when there was no fog, but changed with smog for a mist. Not
unlike Montana, the weather was constantly changing by the hour. Monet woke up
one morning to find roofs white with snow and quickly, a thick fog moved in.
The light was changing to a point where he was working on 15 new canvases,
putting one down, picking up the next in turn. Monet’s frustrations grew by the
hour as he painted. Some of his paintings he decided were too awful to continue
with. As with most artists, sometimes the next day looks brighter. At the end
of March, Monet left London o…