29 September, 2009

Historic Engravings

For some time I have followed Kintzertorium's photostream of historic prints. Coming Soon is a blog to go along with the Flickr stream at http://kintzertorium.blogspot.com.

Below are some example recent images. They are usually accompanied by plenty of good information and always make a learning experience.

28 September, 2009

Sanjeev Joshi - Watercolor

Painting above by Sanjeev Joshi

Painting above by Sanjeev Joshi

I found the two artists of this most recent set of posts from cruising Urban Sketchers. Sanjeev Joshi is a contributor on the Urban Sketchers Blog. The level of detail and suggestion is spot on what I am looking for as a goal with watercolor. I love what is painted as much as what is left out. Stunning!

Painting above by Sanjeev Joshi

"generally complete 8 to 10 sketches in about 3 hours of outdoor painting on sunday.Since i dont get much time from my busy schedule during the week,i try and draw as much as possible!! the necessity has become a habbit over the years and now it is called as style of my own by some of my friends!!..i take it with a pinch of salt!"
- Sanjeev Joshi

Painting above by Sanjeev Joshi

Milind Mulick - Watercolor

If you are into energetic watercolor check out Milind Mulick's website. Also, have a box of tissue beside the monitor and be prepared to be overwhelmed (to tears) by the color and energy.


Ok... dramatic, aren't we? Give it a look though:

Painting above by Milind Mulick

Milind also offers an E-mentor course. I think it might be worth a look too.

Painting above by Milind Mulick

I'm so happy today!

27 September, 2009

Favorite Russian Painters

Here are a couple of my favorite Russian painters. I love it when light is portrayed well and not just dramatically. The atmosphere is particularly interesting and surrealy idealized in this piece by Serebriakova.

Harvest by Zinaida Serebriakova

Less well known than Isaac Levitan was Ivan Shishkin. I appreciate his rendering of the variety of forest light and trees in all the seasons. His paintings remind me of the Pacific Northwest here in the US.

Coniferous Forest by Ivan Shishkin

Watercolor 101.3: Ninjitsu, Zen, Supernatural Skill?

This is a continuation from this previous post: Watercolor 101.2

John Sell Cotman

Is watercolor as difficult a medium that sometimes portrayed. Watercolor can be seen as an unforgiving medium. This is partly because of it's transparent quality and the inability to go lighter once the darks are placed. Does it deserve the reputation it has and what are ways to come to terms with it's difficulties?
Before Completion. Success.
But if the little fox, after nearly completing the crossing,
Gets his tail in the water,
There is nothing that would further.

The Down Pour: Bev Jozwiak

Some think that though commencing on a watercolor piece and things may be going well, there is always the risk of one false move ruining a piece and that it must be a cautious and deliberate affair painting on paper. This is the paradox that goes along with the sometimes clean lively and unfussy results of some artists. Mastery seems like a hidden art with success due to some sort of magic, or innate ability to strategize the game ahead a bit. It can seem more like a chess game than many other mediums. The more successfully the artist captures the "essence" of the subject and the more minimal the brushwork at the same time, the more it is imagined that such facility is due to some unnatural ability or mad dedication to the medium so as not to make mistakes.

John Singer Sargent: The Tramp

Are these ideas out of date with today's materials? Also, what level if mistake is inherent in any process? For one thing, we know from experience that 100% perfection in any thing is not generally achievable, and often 100% success has the consequence of sacrificing some aspect of the vibrancy of a thing because of it's protected nature?

Watercolor with a Safety Helmet?

I wonder what the experience of others is with the medium? What I have discovered is that failures should be accepted enthusiastically as a part of success and one of the few things that lends facility is brute-force dedication and repetition of practice. By this one can have successes more often and enjoy the greater distinction of their successes as a result. Being thinking people as we are however it is a good thing to understand the methods behind what is happening. As we improve we make sometimes subconscious decisions how to use our tools efficienty. Just like grammar or anything else, I would imagine there are some common rules to govern success, or at least act as guidelines in our effort. Besides, it makes us feel better to have a conscious grasp of the mechanics in addition to our intuition. What are some rules of success in watercolor?

Mary Ann Osko

25 September, 2009

Followup to Yesterday's Monochrome: A Color Sketch

The Red Jacket

I figured it would be good to do a color sketch based roughly on yesterday's drawing from Teya's meetup.

I wanted to put it in an environment and give it some story. Here is a variation I called "The Red Jacket" done on an iPod. It may be worth developing it up a bit more.

24 September, 2009

Yesterday's Drawing at Teya's

Last Night's session at Teya's (The STL Artist/Model/Photographer Co-Op) was so good. I got a couple of rough drawings off, but this one in particular, I feel like I need to do something else with more finished. I like the toned paper and mixed mediums. I started off with marker swashes, built up some pen and ink scribble and then came in with more marker. This morning, I spent some time working around with it with some charcoal pencil and white conté. Can't overdo it can I?

Model: Ashley

There were really a couple of angles (like the side) I would have liked to draw, but alas, so little time... not to mention the antics of Captain Marrrk who I failed to capture on paper. I am always positively impressed by his acting abilities.

Playing with the landscape and textures we know

Take a look at this post on UrbanSketchers. Beautiful, expressive lines and use of limited palette.

by lok2693 on Flickr

If you were going to interpret up the local landscape, how would you lend it the character of your brush or pen?

Local Saint Louis scenery:

Here is some local scenery from over on Steve Penberthy's blog.

Gonna have to run into Steve some time...
Seems he also likes drawing/painting phone poles and wires like I do.

Watercolor Painting :: The Pole

Niji Waterbrushes

Have you used the Niji Waterbrushes for painting on-the-go? They're pretty handy.

22 September, 2009

The Dreams of Jung Illuminated

"This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues [...]"
NY Times: The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

Click on over to the New Your Times to see the amazing illustrations in Jung's tome that has been locked away for so long.

New York Times

20 September, 2009

Artwork by Derek Jones

For some time I have followed the artwork of Derek Jones. When I began to watch his work, he was mostly doing watercolors, but now he does many different media including pastel. I have enjoyed his take on the figure, and his delicate handling of the watercolor media.

Watercolor and Pastel above by Derek Jones

Adebanji Alade: Watercolor of "Leftover Raiders"

"Most people cringe when artists paint from pictures and I used to, but that was a very very long time ago. I became more convinced that artists can paint from pictures, even more when Karin, who paints from pictures herself started this whole DSFDF thing. She has given us numerous tips from what to look out for, how to compose and even how to take pictures of our paintings/drawings [...]"

I also believe this and that it is a matter of how the pictures are used. Many people get caught up in good or evil view of photographs, but much good information can be gleaned from photographs as starting points.

See Adebanji Alade's Blog.

Also, see the post he refers to here on Karin Jurick's blog...

19 September, 2009

Saint Louis Art Fair 2009

Above: Michael Anderson gives a watercolor demonstration outside the Gateway Gallery. I was fortunate enough to get a moment to talk and get some great feedback and info from Michael. I would be happy to take one of his future workshops.

Watercolor above by Michael

It was a good year for art at the Saint Louis Art Fair. I didn't notice as many of the preformance/dancing acts as previous years, but the general turnout was high, and there was definitely much quality art and demonstrations to see.

More Sights:


Tweetart: New Abstracts

Visit Tweetart to see the new set of abstractions. Maria has set the tone for Autumn and Winter in her observations of the seasons.

She also participates in a blog about Small Format Art and ATC & ACEO Enthusiasts.

Onedrawingaday: Bubble Chasers

"One Drawing A Day is a joint Studio 1482 effort to put more drawings out in the world. Another way to break the ice, start a conversation, show some of our thinking and mostly just to have a place to post a few drawings. No seriously, we have a lot of drawings. We thought they should see the light of day more often."

Check out onedrawingaday.com

For those into daily art also see Daily Watercolors.

Don't forget to check out this weeks Gallery Openings

Gallery openings in St. Louis (The Blog)


Just discovered Dan Jaboor's ArtisticMission channel on YouTube:

Raw Earth @ SAM Tour of MO 2009

I recognize at least one of those guys from Fabulous Fridays over on Macpherson and Euclid.

And Dan himself:

Dan Jaboor - Video Blog #7

Dan is also over at the Soulard Art Market.

On facial expression and personality

Drawing above: from the blog of Louise Smythe

Check out the very expressive people drawings of Louise Smythe. I love the thin-lipped smile on the face at left. Good capture!

17 September, 2009

New Illustration Blogness

Give us a challenge to put words in picture. Sould be sci-fi, could be love story, could be mad space car chase.... whatev! It's just a chance to have some playful digital fun.



Gabi Campanario Sketchbook

Gabriel Campanario sketching in Jaca from Urban Sketchers on Vimeo.

Check out the post that goes along with this.

13 September, 2009

Child Watercolorist

Some may have already seen this elsewhere, but still it is worth sharing. This boy definitely paints with some skill and must have a certain maturity in his choices of emphasis and simplification. Pretty astounding really!

11 September, 2009

Plein Aire Inspiration

Not sure if it was this artist who Henryk was mentioning
the other night when I brought up Sergei Bongart...

info on Bill Perkins on http://www.linesandcolors.com

Anyway, excellent site over there.

Josephine Baker Night at Mojo Studio


Thanks to Judy for coordinating this one! We had a great night Drawing Models in a Josephine Baker Theme. The models were energetic and had very good costumes including the fuzzy banana skirt!

Mojo Studios holds a weekly figure drawing session and we are invited to participate.

This week's session honors the famous exotic dancer and St Louisian Josephine Baker (1906-1975), who rocketed to stardom in Europe in the 1920s and was celebrated throughout her life.

Our two models, Stephanie and Rayna, captivate your artist's eyes with their Baker-inspired costumes.

Stephanie Solo

Sept 9th - Tonight's model was the world famous Stephanie!
Come on over to eat, drink & draw.
We'd love to have you.
Please try to make it by 6:45
so we can promptly start at 7.