Something new! After a long time!
We did a 3-hour painting outside during my arts course this summer, and it made me want to give it another try. This is a work in progress, obviously, and not… quite outdoors since I’m painting through my bedroom window.
Still, I hope to finish it soon and upload that. I can’t paint today because it’s been raining all night and the lighting is that wonderful shade of post-rain grey. Hopefully tomorrow!
Are over! Design and Art fundamentals, done. I did pretty well (although I wanted to do better.) What a fun time, though. My next year of Uni is not art related, sadly. Aside from a few art history courses, it looks like it’ll be a while before I can keep grinding my way down that path.
Those were supposed to go on my other blog…
Sorry, I’ve never had two on the same account before.
I was also gonna wait on this, but to those of you who follow me: I felt bad about the huge months-long gaps between posting on this blog so I started a second one for reblogs and personal thoughts. If you’re interested there is a link in my header.
And even though those last three posts aren’t my art— they are neat, hey?
What have I been doing since my spring design coarse ended, you ask?
I finished Sputnik Sweetheart, which was my “waiting for the bus/LRT” book. It was really engrossing and well written. So much so that I gunned through the last third of it at home instead of on the bus.
I have never identified with a book so much, I think. The end of it was gutting. I was tempted to put it down without finishing it because it hurt so friggin’ much. A lot of nasty memories stirred up.
So of course I recommend it whole-heartedly.
I’m also halfway through Season 2 of Twin Peaks! I don’t know exactly where this season is going, but I think it’s going to end on a really, really happy note. Possibly with Coop holding a Bureau-approved picnic lunch for the townsfolk.
I only started watching it because of Two Best Friends Play Deadly Premonition and a Mindless Ones article ( http://mindlessones.com/2011/09/21/great-moments-in-bastardry-twin-peaks/ ) (so yes, I know how it ends already), and I’m really glad I did.
When I was a kid I watched most of All My Children with my mom, so I’m really keyed in to all the soap opera stylings. Kyle MacLachlan is really nailing how fun his character is.
Anyway, these were just some sketches. I’ve been trying to do some actual art to post here but there have been circumstances. But I didn’t like leaving it empty for so long at a stretch. So… more posts soon?
Manet and Titian together at last
It has finally happened. Two of the greatest paintings of reclining nudes are shown together for the first and possibly the last time (at least in our lifetime). Two gems shining brightly on the historical walls of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
Manet was greatly inspired by the Italian Masters in his early years and indeed throughout his life. This exhibition brings his passion for these artists alive with style and clarity.
His interpretations of these works are what mark him out as a Great Master. He studied them, drew them and interpreted them. Beautifully and in his own style.
What a treat for anyone visiting Venice.
My advice: Go see. Please… go see.
Manet, Olympia, D’Orsay / Titian, Venus of Urbino, Ufffizi
I don’t normally reblog things, but I love these paintings and it’s such as shame I don’t have the opportunity to see them like this.
Mind you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an original piece of anything of note anyway, but still.
So two huge movements defined our study of increasingly modern art. Impressionism began with one painting— or at the very least the name impressionism. Monet’s Impression: Sunrise defines a new technique in painting. En plein air, which had been used for ages in art, was now used so that one painted only the impression of light one saw. As light changed, so did the painting.
The female nude was the most interesting part of the course, I thought. Early on we were introduced to such as Titian’s Venus of Urbino. We went through the course, eventually zeroing in on the subject when that subject started to confront its old traditions. In Manet’s Olympia and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, the depiction of nude women is boldly challenged and subverted.