Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Frida Kahlo

MAGIC REALISM!



Myths are most often presented with the use of symbolism, expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations, where as realism is representation without idealization. Frida's artwork relies heavily on the use of symbolism to reach another plane of reality. With magic realism, fantasy and reality are so intertwined that you do not know where one ends and the other begins, seamlessly real and unreal. This literary and artistic movement, originating in Latin America, could be described as a clearer form of surrealism about everyday experiences.



With mythology and symbolism as the connecting thread between Aztec culture and Frida Kahlo's painting style of magic realism, it is clear to see how Frida's narrative and often allegorical artwork uses symbolism to express her everyday experiences, condition and indigenous heritage, possessed as a result of her birthright.


Aurore de la Morinerie

WASHES!

The beauty of watercolors, ink, gouache... is the ability to apply your medium as transparent as a glass vase or as opaque as a leather swatch.

Dried records of how water moves and stains a surface are elegant details.

Alphonse Mucha



DRAWING vs. ILLUSTRATING!

In a fine arts course at MassArt, we were asked to draw and then later sculpt the model. Our instructor's objective was to introduce his pupils to traditional renaissance ideas, materials and techniques. During the drawing portion of each day, I was forced to "stop illustrating and start drawing!" You draw by rendering an observation, therefor recording information. You illustrate by making idealized, beautiful marks. Mucha's strong technical drawing background shows in his ideal and beautiful illustrations. My opinion is that some of the best illustrations are drawn!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Vincent Van Gogh




TEXTURE!

Looking at my own work, I can remember making each decision and executing each detail. Almost every mark Van Gogh made in his paintings ask you to stop and admire them individually. I could only imagine he also looked back on his work and felt a connection with each of those marks.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Emma Overman



























SETTING THE MOOD!

Emma Overman thoughtfully limits her color pallet and utilizes lights and shadows to evoke certain moods within her paintings. It's inspiring how these techniques make her figures and whole compositions both subtly emotional and full of character.