Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elements of design and composition

I found this useful website in a search for something else on google.  It's about the principles of design and composition; some of these I've heard of before and some I haven't, but it's nicely written.  check it out.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Frank Bauer

From what I can gather, Frank Bauer is a german artist who paints most of his works from photographs in a very photo-realistic style.  If the photo is damaged or blurred, then that is incorporated into the painting as well, whether it be red-eye or backlighting.  According to his website, Bauer paints portraits, still lives, landscapes, and nightlife scenes.  I notice that his paintings of people, women especially, tend to be quite glamorously depicted...

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Lucien Freud was born in Germany in 1922. Interestingly, he is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Lucien's family moved to England in the 1930's and that is where he received his training in art. He went to Cedric Morris' East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, and later at Goldsmith's College in England. Early in his career his paintings were often associated with surrealism, as we can see with his painting, "The Painter's Room". A lot of Lucien's later works were comprised of nude. Lucien is still alive, and his most recent paintings' subject matter largely includes horses. Lucien has a peculiar technique as well, one in which he clean his brush after every stroke.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chris Ofili

Here is a video of Chris Ofili talking about one of his instillation pieces. Wiki says, "

A large walnut-panelled room designed by architect David Adjaye holds the paintings. The room is approached through a dimly-lit corrridor, which is designed to give a sense of anticipation. There are thirteen paintings altogether, six along each of two long facing walls, and a larger one at the shorter far end wall.

Each painting depicts a monkey based around a different colour theme (grey, red, white etc.). The twelve smaller paintings show a monkey from the side and they are based on a 1957 Andy Warhol drawing. The larger monkey is depicted from the front. Each painting is individually spotlit in the otherwise darkened room. The room is designed to create an impressive and contemplative atmosphere.

The paintings each rest on two round lumps of elephant dung, treated and coated in resin. There is also a lump of the dung on each painting. Strictly speaking, each work is mixed media, comprising paint, resin, glitter, mapping pins and elephant dung. The Upper Room as a whole is described by the Tate as an "installation".

The Upper Room is a reference to the Biblical Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples, hence the thirteen paintings. Ofili states the work is not intended to be offensive, but rather to contrast the harmonious life of the monkeys with the travails of the human race."

Ofili offers a wide range of art which I will post more about later. Enjoy.

Picture Album For Stretched Canvas Assignment

Inke Essenhigh

Inke Essenhigh is an American Painter who studied at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has exhibited her work all over the U.S., from New York to San Fransisco, and all over the world, from Sao Paolo, to Belgium, to London. With her unique "pop surrealism" style, she inspired movement of young painters in New York, some of which include Cecily Brown, Damien Loeb and Will Cotton. Her style is exemplified in the painting to the right, "Optimistic Horse and Rider." Her use of flat colors and cartoon-like painting style provide a great flow.

David Hockney

In the video I just posted, David Hockney, a prominent British artist, talks about his views on painting, which actually reflect some of the things we've been talking about. He talks about using the fewest strokes possible, simplifying the painting, deliberately choosing a big brush. He also made me think: What types of things are unphotographable? What can't be captured in a photograph but needs the freedom of paint and canvas to be expressed?

Also, Hackney has been painting since the 50s. Each decade has given rise to a very different look for his paintings. His work in the 80s reminded me of Picasso. Here is an example...

David Hockney

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jim Lambie

Jim Lambie is a Glagow, Scotland-based artist who applies colored and glossy vinyl tape in patterns on the floors of art galleries.

"Is the room expanding or contracting? … Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape.” --J.L.
This kind of art can drastically affect the experience of being in the space, especially a quiet one like an art gallery. The designs and patterns on the floor can heighten the emotional experience of the observer/participant walking through the gallery. I imagine the effect is often somewhat disorienting, perhaps distracting, as ones eyes want to follow the lines around the room. Also, I think this art is interesting in the way it cannot be replicated--it is completely dependent on existing within the space in which it is created.

Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli is known for highly detailed paintings done on wood panels on which he suspends myriad materials (not just paint) in epoxy resin so that his paintings are collages of both material and message. He draws from his disillusioning high school experience in Orange County, creating what some call "a contaminated image." He says about his art, "I want people to get lost in the work. I want to seduce people into it and I want people to escape inside the world of the work. In that way the work is pre-Modernist. I throw all of my obsessions and loves into the work, and I try not to be too embarrassed about any of it. I love nature, I love gardening, I love watching birds, and all of that gets into the work. I just try to be true to who I am and make the work I want to see. I don’t have a radical agenda."

Detail Image

Detail Image

Detail Image

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud was born in 1920 in Arizona. He did most of his paintings in the 1950's and 60's. The subject matter of his paintings is mostly baked goods such as pies and cakes. His work is a part of the Pop Art movement, but he painted during the very beginning of the movement. He typically uses brilliant colors and shadows in his paintings.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Laura Owens

Laura Owens likes big paintings. Pretty much all of her paintings are relatively large. Most of the ones I saw seem to contain animal and tree motifs. They also tend to be more lighthearted content wise. She is an American painter who lives in LA. Her style blends English embroidery, Chinese and Japanese landscape painting, European and American modernism, and photography.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler is considered an artist of abstract expressionism. As such an artist, she is concerned with forms and energies that are in nature. Her art is greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock and Arshile Gorky. Something that makes her work unique is her tendency to leave the canvas raw when she paints. This allows her to connect her image with the surface. Some critics say that this technique allows her to show "liquid-like atmospheric effects reminiscent of the watercolours of John Marin." She is considered a nonconformist in both her art and in her life.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Painting Roses

So, not the most exciting video in the world, but as a beginning painter learning how to paint a rose seems pretty cool. Roses are beautiful and they have a lot of very intricate colors and lines that kind of seem to be a daunting task to paint well. This video, though, makes painting a rose seem rather simple, and the rose still comes out to look pretty good and captures the lines in the petals and creates space pretty well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bette Davis

Hi Class!
I thought this was cool because I wouldn't ever have thought of mascara as paint or a mascara brush as a painting tool. Notice how the artist uses the brush to create a ton of different effects just by varying the application. Pretty interesting.


These paintings are so cool -- from the other side they look ridiculous but from the right angle they look completely three-dimensional. My question is: how can this be done on a canvas?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Art Talk

Thought this could help us to have a little more fun with painting. Bloch, I think we should adopt some of When's painting vocabulary into our class.

Paintings of Women's Faces Over Time

I thought this was great mainly because I am a big fan of history. The video isn't really about technique or even painting, it's about change over time. I like to think that we decide what comes next.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Robert Vickrey

Although I don't love all of these paintings, I like what Vickrey says in the middle of the video about always discovering new ways to paint and new ways to portray things.

Bruce Lee??

Bruce Lee Speed Painting - Watch more Funny Videos

I thought this was pretty impressive, especially when he uses his forehead to make a mark. The style he uses (karate chops) to apply the paint is almost cooler than the finished product. I wish he had used more colors though...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

painting the ocean

A pretty neat video. I liked the way he used the same brush for almost all the sky and water in the first part.

Monday, October 5, 2009

David Hockney's iPhone Passion

Cool NYTimes article about what DavidHockney has been up to recently...on his iphone.
Here are some accompanying pics.

Spray Paint

I like how the painting is created by layering the application of spray paint. It gives the painting a lot of depth, and the end result is very spacial. I also like how it doesn't look like it was created with spray paint.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

a different surface

I really like this video because it shows how just about everything can be painted on and look amazing -- makes me want to experiment more with different surfaces to the results. Also, these are amazing but impermanent paintings, making them all that much more unique

Oh, that Pablo!

This is a pretty sweet video of Pablo Picasso. He is painting on some sort of clear surface and so you can see him through the surface and se what he is painting at the same time. I think what is interesting, besides his brushstrokes is his facial expressions. He's a cute old man!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"How to Scrape Underpaint in Painting"

Hope you enjoy this technique of scraping (even if this guy is super cheesy)