Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sketches and Drawings of other Artists

Self Portrait by Kaethe Kollwitz

Since I love to sketch as often as I can, this blog post is about other artists' sketches or drawings. I picked just a few to start and will add more at a later date.

I love the dynmic quality of line creating values and form in Kollwitz's drawings. This self portrait is from The Diary and Letters of Kaethe Kollwitz, edited by Hans Kollwitz (1955).
For more images go to  Spaightwood Galleries.

Rodin's drawings (works of art alone) were sometimes inspiration for his sculptures. The gestural quality combined with his ability to create volume and movement with simple lines and values are elements I love. The drawing below came from  the book, The Drawings of Rodin by Albert Elsen and J.Kirk T. Varnedoe (1971).  Here is a link to some sculptures and drawing of Rodin's  Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

Centaur by Rodin 1880

Plowing by Seurat

Seurat is mostly widely known for his epic pointillist paintings such as Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte . But his drawings are beautiful in their subtlety of values, the contrasts of light and dark demonstrating his mastery.  This drawing is from Seurat's Drawings by Robert L. Herbert (1962). More drawings can be seen at Seurat's Drawings.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Portabella Mushroom Family

Oil on Pan
8"x 8"

I could not resist creating a still life oil painting of a beautiful organic portabella mushroom I bought last week from the Fiddleheads Foods Co-op in New London, CT.  This one had little mushrooms growing at its base; it made me think of a family or of a "hobbit home"of mushrooms.  The beautiful white stem provided me with an opportunity to depict for the reflected red and blue-green colors of the background.