I was recently visiting Anglesey Abbey, which has a wonderful collection of art. The featured image was nestled among them, and that made me think about the points made in “Ways of Seeing” about nudes in general and nudes in european oil paints in particular. The painting is by William Etty, and there is some additional information about it here. Continue reading “Nude Reflections”
This particular journey started whilst touring Pinterest. It is something I have come to realise that I need to do previously, but in a fairly abstract way rather than considering a research-based approach. This is a theme that keep recurring, as in “Newman made Pagan Void two years before he discovered his artistic direction. Like many of his peers, he was interested in Native American art and Surrealism, influences visible in the biomorphic shapes in this abstraction.” (From
https://www.coursera.org/learn/painting/supplement/KojL2/2-1-introduction-to-barnett-newman, part of the “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting!” course about Barnett Newman. You may have to sign up to view the material, URL Viewed 05 April 2017) This sort of reference occurs many times, and I have observed it in a number of artists. The concept seems to be that an artist tries lots of different approaches and techniques until the find something that they focus on and really get involved with. Continue reading “Developing Artistic Style”
One of the (many) areas I feel I need to develop is an appreciation and understanding of Art History. I’ve picked up some big and heavy books, but needed a summary as a start point. This is where the OTIS Art History has been interesting. I originally found them on iTunesU, but the same material (along with quite a lot of other stuff) is available via their YouTube playlists. The Art History Time Line is interesting because it is in lots of 5 minute chunks, so not too must to digest at a time.
So what is this one all about? Clearly the first, and most important, point is to demonstrate drawing in perspective for a complex scene. This means creating a “believable sense of structure and form” (from the brief) using perspective as the tool. Continue reading “Project 3.1: Brief and Research”
This was being exhibited at a local Gallery, so I decided to go along to have a look. The work has been fairly extensively documented, and so I won’t attempt to describe it in detail here. Suffice it to say that there are 6 tapestries and wealth of background information to view and consider. Continue reading “Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences”
I found the following critique of contemporary painting from an Art History book [Honour, 2009], interesting: Continue reading “Painting critique”