Monday, February 23, 2015

Themes: Interiors With Figure(s) & Still Life

A medley of paintings linked under the heading "Interior with Figure(s) and Still Life. The selection of work is meant to give artists/students ideas for composition, texture, scale, depth and other aspects of rendering or design. Above: Lucian Freud

Antonio Donghi (left) and Matisse (right)

More of the early work of Lucian Freud

Christian Shad (left) and Otto Dix (right)

Hope Gangloff (left) and Otto Dix (right)

Christian Shad (left) and Otto Dix (right)

Gregory Gillespie 

Gregory Gillespie (left) and Frida Kahlo (right)


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bored & Brilliant Project via New Tech City

Below are a couple of episodes from New Tech City regarding the issue of overuse of smartphones and the relationship between boredom and creativity.

"Here's the issue: It goes back to when Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007 — that's less than a decade ago. Fifty-eight percent of American adults have a smartphone today. The average mobile consumer checks their device 150 times a day, and 67 percent of the time, that's not because it rang or vibrated. Forty-four percent of Americans have slept with their phone next to their beds.

Statistics aside, all you really have to do is go outside and see how many people can't even walk without staring at a screen. We counted them!" (read full source)

Check out the full series here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pattern Master: Seydou Keïta

Seydou Keïta (born 1921 in Bamako, Mali — d. 21 November 2001 in Paris, France) was a self-taught portrait photographer from Bamako. He is mostly known for his portraits of people and families he took between 1940 and the early 1960s and that are widely acknowledged not only as a record of Malian society but also as pieces of art. (wikipedia)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Coexisting: Decorative and Naturalistic Spaces

Alice Neel

Alice Neel

Alice Neel 

Egon Schiele

Henri Matisse

Gustav Klimt 

David Hockney

David Hockney

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Visual Dominance & Goya

Which part of the composition do you look at first and why? Despite the sometimes shocking and graphic nature of the subject matter it is primarily a formal game of contrasting visual elements that allows Goya to achieve visual dominance in one region and not another. Wherever the greatest contrast exists (contrast of Scale, Shape, Placement, Orientation, Value, Edge, Pattern/Texture) the viewer's eye will look first. Most of us can agree on where we look first but we could also probably agree on where we look second and third (as contrast slowly diminishes). The artist can choose to reduce attention to a given area by reducing contrast and increase contrast elsewhere. More on Francisco Goya here.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Play The Grid: Albers, Knifer, Reith

Josef Albers / Provocative Percussion Album Covers

Julije Knifer

Louis Reith /