Thursday, May 24, 2012

Drawing and the master Degas

Is drawing a lost art? 
It's not that there aren't great artists out there working on drawing.  It's just that drawing seems not flashy enough for the current time.  What I see is less heart felt than methodical.
Searching because I'm trying again to get back into drawing, setting daily drawing goals for myself. 

Here's an internet snag of a fabulous pastel artist who also did incredible charcoal drawings.  Degas! 
If this doesn't make an artist draw, nothing will.  Unless...it makes us give up in frustration.

What I see when I do an image search online is artists with skill but no heart working out there in google land.  It's better to have skill than not have skill but without heart it ain't art.

And finally, Degas -on his deathbed...
Damn, and just when I was starting to get it!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jackson Pollock, Action Painting

Above: Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in their studio.  It shows Jackson in process of creating an Action Painting.  Supposedly, there is a science in his work, just how perfectly he threw the paint.  I have seen many "knock-offs" and most of them fall short.  Still, are the paintings worth hundreds of millions of dollars?  I guess that depends.  I like Pollock's work but not at that price.  So, I would say, "no".
There is a famous story about a woman truck driver who bought a painting at a thrift store in California for $5 that many people thought was a Pollock.  If true, then it's worth a fortune.  If not, it's worth $5. 
When this woman bought the painting she didn't know who Jackson Pollock was and at one point she was going to use the painting for target practice.  Since the painting was not signed it could not be proven to be a Pollock.   The story was made into a movie called "Who the *$&% is Jackson Pollock?".  The film advertises that it makes a joke out of Art Snobs.  To me, it makes a joke out of everyone in the movie. 
The woman bought the painting for $5 but turned down an offer of $9 million for it!   Last I heard she was holding out for $50 million.  
In my opinion, there's no justification for for that kind of stupidity.  She bought the painting for $5, was going to use it for target practice or give it away and now she won't sell it for $9 million because the "art snobs" have convinced her a Pollock is worth more than that?  Dumb and Dumber might be a better title for the film.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Van Gogh House

This is a drawing by Van Gogh which is called "Zandmennik's House".



Van Gogh painted a lot of houses and in my opinion, they are his most beautiful paintings. Many people like "Starry Night" and consider it his best but more intriguing yet, is "Yellow House" which has a starry sky and the lights of an half-empty cafe.
Many art teachers use "Starry Night" in lesson plans.  Students recreate the painting over and over and over again.  I don't argue with it as a learning tool but it's hard to look at all those "Starry Night" student attempts in school halls.  To me it destroys what is beautiful.  I would rather see a lesson plan that used the style and color but produced a different result.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Picasso's House

If you want to do an interesting search on google images, key in Picasso's house.  VEry InTeresTing images, indeed!
Thoughts come to mind...difficult relationships, ups and downs.  Wealthy Picasso.  Must have had a blessed life and yet, we know there were a few lean years.  Lucky Picasso!  Wildly in love.  Crazy and manic women.  Beautiful palace of living.  What essence, what joy, what depression drove this man.   

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Art News

Line drawing by Charlotte Rossmann

Picasso and the Titanic. 
There was a scene in the movie, "Titanic" with a famous Picasso painting, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.  The implication was that the painting was on the Titanic.  As a result a lawsuit was filed that has recently come into news again:  Artists Rights Society claims compensation from director James Cameron over use of Picasso painting “A settlement was reached to the satisfaction of both parties pretty quickly,” says Theodore Feder, the chief executive and founder of the society. However, the new 3D version of the film breaches that agreement, he says. “Artists’ rights have to be negotiated and cleared, and this is a new use of the work.” The Picasso estate did not give its permission to use the painting, which belongs to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Titanic-spat-over-Picasso-(now-in-3D)/26319
The part of the movie that bothered me was that the painting went down with the ship.  Um..no, it did not!  This is untrue and misleading.  The painting did not go down with the Titanic. 
It's been awhile since I saw the movie but I remembered other famous works that supposedly were on the ship Degas and Monet come to mind.  Not true! 

The Scream!
It took 12 nail-biting minutes and five eager bidders for Edvard Munch’s famed 1895 pastel of “The Scream” to sell for $119.9 million, becoming the world’s most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/arts/design/the-scream-sells-for-nearly-120-million-at-sothebys-auction.html