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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Van Gogh's Colors & Perspective in Painting



Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) painted 3 versions of Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. This painting is his first done in 1888. Van Gogh used brilliant colors. Linear perspective is skewed as the planes do not converge at a vanishing point.

Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about this painting and his color choice:

This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but colour must be abundant in this part, its simplification adding a rank of grandee to the style applied to the objects, getting to suggest a certain rest or dream. Well, I have thought that on watching the composition we stop thinking and imagining. I have painted the walls pale violet. The ground with checked material. The wooden bed and the chairs, yellow like fresh butter; the sheet and the pillows, lemon light green. The bedspread, scarlet coloured. The window, green. The washbasin, orangey; the tank, blue. The doors, lilac. And, that is all. There is not anything else in this room with closed shutters. The square pieces of furniture must express unswerving rest; also the portraits on the wall, the mirror, the bottle, and some costumes. The white colour has not been applied to the picture, so its frame will be white, aimed to get me even with the compulsory rest recommended for me. I have depicted no type of shade or shadow; I have only applied simple plain colours, like those in crêpes. [Emphasis added.]

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Color, Modeling, Cloth in My New Still Life Painting



I am currently working on the above painting. Most artists start a painting with a goal. My goal was to make the cloth under the apples as a thin material with passive, lying wrinkles. I used a muted green cloth to enhance the complementary red color of the apples. The light is from the right side. The viewpoint is overhead. I carefully modeled the apples to create space and third dimensional forms. I used color temperature and value (gray scale) to model the apples and cloth.

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Artist Monet, A New Art Movement, Impressionism



I wish everyone who celebrates Easter and Passover happy holidays.

The above painting, Impression: Sunrise (1872) was painted by French artist, Claude Monet (1840-1926). The painting’s title gave rise to a new movement in art, impressionism. Light and color were important elements to Monet. Expressive brushstrokes were used. In this painting, the sun’s color and reflections on the water are stressed. You can see the many brushstrokes that underscore color and light.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Artist Goya, His Use of Light, Color, Repetition in Painting



Spanish artist, Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) did the painting, The Third of May, 1808 in 1814. Goya painted with loose brushstrokes and excellent use of color and light. The Third of May, 1808 is about a revolt in Madrid against the French occupation. There are 2 main gatherings of people; the firing squad and the captives. Goya repeated the soldiers’ inflexible bearing and the row of rifles. The victims are in uneven positions. The lantern throws a strong light on the victims. The focus is on the male victim with his arms up. The colors of his clothing are repeated in the lantern. Goya used color to model the forms.

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Friday, 15 April 2011

Article on "7 Places Online to View Classic Art"

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

The Landscape Paintings of Artist Corot



This painting, Souvenir de Mortefontaine (1864) is by French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875). Corot was from the Barbizon school of painting; a movement of realist artists. His early paintings were realistic. His following works had more romantic elements. (The romantic artists painted with a dramatic and exotic style.) Later Corot’s art slanted toward impressionism. Corot was much admired by the impressionists. This painting’s landscape is painted with broad strokes of paint and Corot underscored light and luminosity. The light sifts through the trees. The scene is serene and the reflections on the water are soft and restrained.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Painting Movement, The Artist Marcel Duchamp



In prior posts I wrote about portraying movement in art. This painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) is by French artist, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). Duchamp was interested in illustrating movement. Duchamp suggests action by several overlapping images of a figure. The dark outlines of the figures also suggest action lines, a row of people. These lines emphasize the force of the moving figure. Duchamp’s art was influenced by the Cubists and Futurists. Futurists were interested in creating movement of figures and objects.

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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Elements and Principles of Art in My Still Life Painting



I wanted to again consider my unfinished painting, Still Life and Pear. The dominant color temperature is cool. The dominant value is mid tone (gray scale). There are 4 positive shapes. Objects or figures in a field are positive shapes; grapes, pear, tomato in my painting. The surrounding fields are negative shapes; negative shapes are in the background (and foreground). Good paintings require different size shapes. In my painting, the single grape is small. The tomato is small to mid size. The pear and cluster of grapes are large. Harmony is also a principle of art. Harmony occurs when elements are the same or similar. The hue (color) of the pear and foreground are similar and harmonious. The forms and shapes of my positive objects are harmonious (spheres and circles respectively). When I first painted the background, it was a cool blue. I found this color too cool and intense. I dulled the background with a layer of muted orange paint. I discussed texture in a prior post. The muted blue violet background has depicted texture.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Painting a Sculptural Image, My New Still Life



This is my current unfinished painting, Still Life and Pear. (I will be doing more work on the grapes.) I was interested in achieving a sculptural image. The artist Michelangelo was well known for painting figures that conveyed a sculptural image. To achieve this goal, I carefully modeled my forms with warm light and strong cool form shadows. I took into account the geometric forms identified by Cezanne; spheres and cone (top of pear). The size of the fruit is huge. The blue background provides depth.

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