Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

holy hands, detail






Egon Schiele is in my opinion one of the best draughtsmen in history. I've been thinking about how when he was active around the early 1900s, that drawing was still a widely marketable skill. Though photography was growing in importance, drawings and illustrations were still dominant in newspapers and magazines. It's amazing that they used to send artists to draw sketches for newspaper stories as we send photographers out today. Vogue magazine was still using illustrations for their covers and featured drawing for inside the magazine too. Erté had multiple contracts to illustrate covers for Harper's Bazaar and Charles Dana Gibson's drawings defined the standard of feminine beauty for which he was accorded celebrity status and pay.

Before the advent of television and before the rise of the motion picture, I'd imagine painting and drawings were kind of a big deal and had a larger cultural presence and importance than they do today. They were what television and movies are to us today in a way, the primary visual media.

With such high stakes, celebrity and reward, the competition must have been great. And because of that produced some amazing drawing talent. Talent that was unique to it's time in history because of economic and technological factors, that will perhaps never be matched again.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

style of mind


There's been some talk recently about style, for example the feature in artforum magazine. It's been used to talk about fashion, industrial design and art. Though, in general there is a narrow reading of the term "style" and confusion between "high style," "fashion," and painterly style. Style is a way of doing something, not necessarily the same as something being "stylish." Also, style doesn't only apply to the autographic gestures of painting and drawing, but can be applied to the way an artist thinks.

For example, artists who work conceptually try to say that they are above "style" since they work with ideas. However, there is a "style of mind" and a style of thinking. Certain motifs, objects, themes, materials will repeat in the work of a conceptual artist in much the same way a painter may use similar shapes and colors in their work.

Friday, September 10, 2010

speechless


I got to see Stina Persson's show last night at Gallery Hanahou. I also got to meet her too. Both left me speechless.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Green Stripe, detail


I find these details amazingly beautiful. Perhaps especially because of the grace and athleticism of moves that are largely not under my conscious control or awareness. It's a very pure physical expression.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day

Hope you're having a good one. I'm taking the day off from posting and will be back tomorrow. I've got something big planned for later in the month too, so stay tuned.

...from PBS: THE ORIGINS OF LABOR DAY
In 1898, Samuel Gompers, head of the American Federation of Labor, called it "the day for which the toilers in past centuries looked forward, when their rights and their wrongs would be discussed...that the workers of our day may not only lay down their tools of labor for a holiday, but upon which they may touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it."

"Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society." -Karl Marx

Sunday, September 5, 2010

magenta girl

From life. Colored ink on paper. 11''x17''. This is a sketch from a more recent adult figure drawing session. The model for this sketch was actually at the previous session too.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Red Girl warped pursed lips


I wanted to emphasize the warping of the paper with this scan. It goes really well with the face.
From life. Watercolor and beer on paper. 9'' x 12''

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010