Sunday, February 7, 2016

Painting: Bruegel Up Close

Some super detail shots of Bruegel The Elder in action. The idea of showing these is to show what a fully zoomed out reproduction can never show - the individual brushstrokes of the artist. The details give us a new way to enter the work through the process by which they were made. I couldn't find many of these details online so I went to the library and found some books with them, scanned them and now (hopefully) others who are interested in such details can make use of them.

Dutch Proverbs / Full painting (right) with detail (left)

Triumph of Death / Full painting (right) with detail (left)

Full painting (right) with detail (left)

The Blind Leading The Blind

The Blind Leading The Blind (details)

Process: Learning From Unfinished Artworks

How might studying the underdrawings and underpaintings of master artists help us understand their process (material and otherwise). Why is it that, despite these artists living in very different times and making work in very different cultures, the rule of "loose before tight" or "basic before detailed" seems to be so pervasive? What can that teach us as artists or as people in general about the way the human mind tends to master a problem? 

Alice Neel (see video below)

Albrecht Durer

Adolph Menzel

Leonardo da Vinci


Perino del Vaga (left) / Rembrandt (right)

Bruegel The Elder

Lucian Freud

Check out "Unfinished" opening this spring (March 18 - Sept. 4) at The MET in NYC

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Painting: Still Life Inspiration

Richard Diebenkorn

Juan Sanchez

Edouard Manet


Francisco de Zurbaran

Mernet Larson: Reverse Perspective

Amazing reverse perspective, planar structure paintings by Mernet Larson (who started making these at age 75). Thanks to Shannon Ryan at UArts for the heads up on this artist.

Gallery Openings In Philly This Week

1216 Arch St. 5A, Philadelphia
Reception: Friday, February 5th, 2016 / 6-8PM

University of the Arts / Gallery 817
320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 2016 / 5-7PM