Friday, October 20, 2017

I Draw Naked People

I started art college classes when I was in my teenage years.  One of my classes was called Figure Drawing.  I had no idea what that was.  I assumed it was drawing numbers (figures).  Although, that didn't make any sense.
My first class in figure drawing was a warm, fall day.  I went to class early. There weren't many students in the room yet but I saw an older man sitting on a stool with a robe on.  As the class filled up with students and instructor, the man took his robe off.  That was my introduction to Figure Drawing. 
I had no idea at that time how much apart of my life figure drawing would be.  Most of the paintings I've I've exhibited and sold are landscapes but back in my mind, figure drawing has always been my first love. 
The big problem with drawing and painting naked people has always been models.  It's hard to get people to pose.  Over the years, I've sporadically joined groups to do life drawings and classes to have access to models.
In the past 2 years I've been doing drawing from YouTube videos.  Finally, art has come to the internet.  It's not perfect but it's better than nothing.  Because of the videos, I've gotten back into it and am once again working on Naked People.







 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Love Paintings

Marc Chagall and his wife Bella had what seems to be rare, a true love connection.  They met in 1909 and fell in love at first sight. 


Chagall was of a Lithuanian Jewish family, born in Russia but the Russian revolution created financial problems for the artist. In 1922 the Chagall family move to Pairs.

After moving to Paris, during the1920's and 1930's he achieved fame.  However, this brought attention to the fact that he was Jewish.  As the Nazis gained power in Europe, there was danger for the Chagall family.  His work, particularly, was mocked by the Nazis.
By the time that Chagall realized how close the Nazis were, it was too late.  The only country he safely go to was the US but he didn't have the money to post the bond required for immigration.
Fortunately, Chagall's daughter convinced Alfred Barr of the New York Museum of Modern Art to save her father. Together with Varian Fry, an American journalist, and Hiram Bingham IV, the American Vice-Consul in Marseilles, artists and intellectuals were smuggled out of Europe to the US with forged visas. Chagall was one of over 2,000 who were rescued.
The Chagall family arrived in New York in 1941 but sadly, his wife passed away in 1944. In 1948 he moved back to Côte d'Azur and lived there until his death in 1985. 
After Bella's death, Chagall was heartbroken.  His daughter set him up with a young woman. Virginia, and he quickly went into a love affair with her.  Unfortunately, she was already married. Virginia had a son, David, in 1946 who was Chagall's but did not carry his name.  Finally, she divorced her husband in 1951 but ran off with a totally different man.      
 Again, Chagall was heartbroken and again, his daughter set him up with another good looking young woman!  Very quickly they were married and stayed together until his death in 1985. 

Marc Chagall called Love the primary color of his paintings. He said that the central source of love in his paintings was his wife Bella.   

“I had only to open my window, and blue air, love and flowers entered with her. She seemed to float over my canvases, guiding my art.” — Marc Chagall


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Studio time

It's been hard for me to do much artwork in the past two years but I'm back to painting.  This is the painting I was working on when my time got sucked away.  Maybe it's finished. 


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Art Institute of Chicago

"A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" 1884 by George Seurat 
"Nightlife: by Archibald John Motley Jr. 1943
"Excavation" 1950 by Willem deKooning


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Denver Art Museum


Juan Gris, Nature morte à la bouteille de Bordeaux (Still life with a bottle of Bordeaux), 1919. Oil paint on canvas. Denver Art Museum
Bruce Nauman, Double Poke in the Eye II 1985 Neon mounted on aluminum

John DeAndrea, Linda 1983

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Abstract Drawing

Expressive line and patterns
Using watercolor wash

Abstract line, color from light watercolor (wash)
Line drawing with a splash of color

Sunday, February 7, 2016

St. Louis Art Museum

I spent many years in St. Louis and the art museum was my frequent haunt.  Here are a few of my favorites:
They have redesigned the entry in recent years. There used to be at least one fountain in this area because I remember meeting people at the fountain.

One of favorite rooms with Rodin's sculpture and Chagall on the facing wall

Ernie Trova. One of his "Falling Man" sculptures. Trova used to live in St. Louis and one enterprising art student went through his trash and brought  us an original Trova door which we used as our entry at FPCC years ago.

Amedo Modiligini, the great Italian lover. I believe this is his young mistress.

David Smith
Frank Stella

Alberto Giacometti, the sculptor.  For whatever reason I like his paintings better than his sculptures.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Watercolor Nudes

Spending time these days working in watercolor and drawing from online artist's models.
Some recent examples:





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art Expression and George Bellows

Some of the best quotes I've found about art are that an artist's work is a reflection of the artist's personality.

each of us has a unique perspective


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Art is a way to express our passions.
George Bellows was an artist in the early part of the 20th century.  He painted many things and boxing matches were one of his in depth subjects. The first of his paintings that I saw was expressionistic, not completely realistic.  It was one of his early boxing paintings.  Bellows must have loved the subject.  He expresses passion and excitement in his work.  Later by the 1920's his work was more realistic.
I like his 1909 painting of the boxing match.  It is so powerful and raw that I feel like the sweat of the boxers might land on me. It was painted in a loose, expressionistic style with strokes of paint that suggest the figures in long lines of thick paint. Bellows gives us abstraction to show power and action.  Unlike the tight, realistic versions that came later, the early painting shows the strength and desperation that the boxer puts into the punch.  He has to win!