My favorite artist is Irishman Harry Clarke. Illustrator and stained glass artist extraordinaire. Died young in the early 20th century- probably from heath complications from decades of using acid to etch glass. He had a creepy streak as well and was famous for illustrating for Edgar Allen Poe.
This first one is not a painting... it is made by layering acid-etched glass...
I'm actually with you Tiki on the Escher. Definitely ranks up in my top tier as well. I've always admired his ability to temper his technical and mathematics skills with true visionary artistic concepts. Pretty hard to wrap your mind around how his mind worked.
I've always wanted to take Escher's piece "Three Worlds" and execute it in stained glass a'la Harry Clarke using 3 layers of etched and sandblasted and painted glass stacked on top of each other. It's been on my back burner for years. Maybe I'll dig it out again.
Ed Mell is a fairly well-known painter/sculptor from the US Southwest
Remedios Varo was born in Spain, spent her young adult years in France (in the company of the usual surrealist suspects), and eventually move to Mexico, where she did most of her work. She died there in 1963 (at the far-too-young age of 53). Here's just one sample of her painting
I'm going to post some images of my nephew's works. His name is Adrian Anthony and he is an unknown. If there happens to be anyone with connections who thinks the kid has talent.... he could use all the help he can get. Not only is he pretty talented(imo), with no art school training, he is a single dad.
Yes, tiki, I've always loved Maynard Dixon's landscapes.
Reminded me a bit of an amazing landscape painter who pushed into abstraction, name of Douglas Snow, from Utah. Some of his canvases are massive and so immersive.
I forgot the woodblock prints of Tom Killion.
Our resident Nater-D turned me on to his work about four years ago.
I like the woodblock stuff from Escher so it just stands to reason I'd like his stuff too. Both artist touch on the 'oriental'.
Happy, that sheet looks awesome, he has an eye for color and detail. A good way to get his name out there, if you don't have connections, is by showing his work at a gallery. Get a portfolio of ten to fifteen pieces on a disc and target galleries that are likely to show his work. Thanks for images, those are drawings or paintings?
this just in -- I think he uses mixed media but not really sure, as I have to admit I never asked, and haven't seen his work in person(these are posted on his FB). I was at my sisters house over T/G and some oil paintings he had done were on the living room wall, but those were not the same style.
I think he is probably drawing with ink/markers and also paints, but then using scanning pieces and digital manipulation to produce the finished piece.
Amazingly diverse interests represented in this group. I love Maynard Dixon and Ed Mell. My friends gallery is now representing Ed in Palm Desert. Of course, who could argue with Gauguin. I hope to have a speck of that notoriety some day.
Here is a re-post of "Free" and another recent work from my studio, "Crow and Bear Discuss Abstraction" and "Cranes" Enjoy, Jude
"Free" Oil on Canvas 48"x60"
"Cranes" Oil on Canvas 48"x48"
"Crow and Bear Discuss Abstraction" Oil on Canvas 48"x48"
Nate I dropped out of grad school a few years back and haven't done much art since. I'd rather go climbing. I only paint when injured or when it rains for days on end. So recently I started a piece but not much to show. I'll dig up some older work and post it later.
Mental, nice work, looks the same. Master copies are fun to figure out how they did it.
Jeff m. I was about to post Magritte. By far the smoothest painter I've seen in person. The MOMA in SF has some of his work in their permanent collection. You can't find any brush strokes standing a foot from his paintings and his colors are spot on. Going to check the other artist you named.
Did you check out that video link?
Those dudes were doing hand held video INSIDE the wave while getting tubed.
Outside the box thinking my friends, that is cutting edge stuff... a liquid medium, but still art.
Hey thanks Jude. But I forgot to mention that too was a reproduction.
The client had a calender of Angels and I used that as referance.
But I kinda painted her to have my wife's features.
The name of the artist evades me presently........off on a info quest!!
Seeing original art of high quality is one of the advantages of living near a major city. For a fairly small amount of $, you can be a member of your local museum, and look at art over time. There are pieces at SFMOMA and the deYoung that I've sat in front of for hours now. Diebenkorn, Thiebaud, Rothko, on and on. The Oakland Museum has a great collection of the Bay Area artists, Bischoff, Oliveira, etc.
My vacations are 99% one of two things: climbing trips or looking at art trips. Last April, we spent two weeks in Rome, looking at amazing art every day. There are so many great art cities, London, Paris, NYC, DC.
Looking at art in person, standing in front of a painting, walking around a sculpture, is a magical experience. I cannot put it into words. Emotion, beauty, transendence...
I'm actually just about to leave to go up to SFMOMA for an hour...
This just in,
The day I went up I looked again at "the Anniversary show" which highlights the historical progression of aquisitions of the collection. We arrived just before the start of a docent tour. I usually don't do docent tours - they often do not stay long enough at any particular piece for my taste - but this one was good because of the historical tidbits about the art donors to the museum.
We also went to the exhibit on wine and art, which was quite clever and fun.
Nate, I agree with you, the Olufar Eliasson exhibit was FANTASTIC. I was mesmerized by some of his stuff and he was a new artist for me.
It would be fun to do a "supertopo goes to the museum" event! Maybe I'll try to organize one the next time there's a good new exhibit opening at one of Bay Area museums.
Justin.....yeah slab can give ya grey hair.
Good lead btw. Got to remember to stretch my calves tho.
From a game we as game developers were trying to market.
Early 90's. Ya know for every game on the store shelves, there are hundreds that never make it due to various reasons.
I have some climber sprites(character animation) that I'll have to post sometime as an aminated .gif
Jerry that game looks badass any Xbox 360 copies? I ran into Kenny Rose yesterday, and he said him and Mac did Falling Star on Fri. So up top we were following their chalk, what a small world, huh? I'm going to Oakland this weekend but maybe next weekend we can get back on it.
Naw that game never made it :(
I think it was on the original Sega platform.
But the industry progressed in leaps and bounds.
8 bit graphics, then 16 bit, then 32......and so on.
Our programmers could not keep up and the Boss was a punk.
Gerry with a G. Huh. Congratulations on your gallery space, look forward to checking it out. Looking @ that slideshow reminded me of my house painting days, which I don't miss at all. Them fumes is no good makes me think dizzzzzzy. Nice though, did you laquer and finish the cabinets? Even black glaze in the detail, now that's where you make money. I'm starting to feel dizzy.
Yes, TJI, he was. I would call it passion, but there is rumor of obsession. It is said that the chip on the right shin of Moses is a result of Michelangelo throwing his chisel at Moses in frustration that he appeared so lifelike that he wasn't indeed real.
I found that today on a totally unrelated search. My guess is this is a Russian/Ukrainian woman based on the background in the image and her look/style of dress. A search online for typewriter art turns up a few practitioners.
Randisi - Nice of you to take the time to put up a few more views of The Bernini sculpture.
I haven’t posted any photos to this thread for two reasons. Firstly, because I feel overwhelmed at the thought of picking just a few favorites, and secondly I feel a bit guilty taking up CMac’s server space for non-climbing related photos. Is that silly of me?
Here's a Photo of (someones?)work of art. This painting is on the ceiling of a concrete bunker above Tennessee Beach near Sausalito, CA. I wish I could do that! I love the other etchings and cracks visible in the field.
Bluering......I like your kids work. I have wine boxes full of that early years work. I have to save it......just cant help it......love it!
Yes, the dog paintings are really nice. Love how the eye(s) are so photorealistic but the rest is so painterly.
And Phylp, thanks for sharing Robert's work and your own. Post up more!
Your piece also seems to have a conceptual influence, no? For some reason John Baldessari comes to mind, though I know stylistically that's not quite right.
Here are two pieces from an exhibition currently at the SF Legion of Honor, called "Pulp Fashion, the art of Isabelle de Borchgrave", which Daphne and I went to this past weekend. The artist is inspired by fashion (mostly women's dresses) from recent times, or from paintings and recreates them COMPLETELY out of handmade paper, which she paints, punches etc.
The dresses and other objects are all full size. Even the mannequins are made of paper!
The Legion of Honor and the de Young have been criticized for presenting too much of the "decorative arts" rather than "fine art". I'm not interested in the whole "but is it art" debate. I do enjoy seeing these exhibits, as do many others - they are very popular with the public. When we were there it was packed with people walking around with their mouths dropped open in amazement at the perfection of the craft. Everybody was commenting how much they wanted to touch them.
Upthread FortMental said "Dali comes to mind. His paintings are all disappointingly small, many no bigger that an 8 X 10 sheet of paper"
Odd sentiment. I've seen lots of Dali works (the Dali museum in St. Pete, FL is fantastic) and some of them are absolutely huge, one of them posted in that post is IRL about 6' x 4'. The Hallucinogenic Toreador is enormous, as is the Columbus landing one (can't recall the actual title). I wouldn't think of his stuff as being typically small at all, although one of the most impressive pieces to me was fairly small, about 20x30ish and not the surrealist stuff people think of, it was a still life of a bread loaf in a basket done to essentially prove to his mentors/teachers that he'd mastered the "normal" painting techniques/style.
TJI- Thanks for the kind words. I emulated painters like Moran and Bierstadt in the 60's and 70's.
Your stark images are reminiscent of surrealists like de Chirico. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Cezanne is considered a post-impressionist and the "father of modern art", while Picasso, though inspired by Cezanne, is thought of as the first Analytical Cubist (although some believe that honor should really go to Braque-especially Synthetic Cubism).
There are usually 3-4 artists who work on the large backdrops. That one took us about a week. Check out this set for Wagner's "Ring" Opera: sculpted foam over steel and ply, then polyshielded and painted. We spent 2 years making sets for one Opera!
Mental-Nice drawing of Pigeon Spire. Your style reminds me of Gunnar Widforss' large watercolors hanging in the Ahwahnee Hotel. You must have had training? Fun thread!
It's always a treat to see this thread come back and to see the new additions from the many talented climber-artists among us, as well as to see what people are viewing at museums and exhibits.
If you are in the SF Bay area, the "Steins" exhibit at SFMOMA is well worth seeing. Besides the wonderful art (many excellent Picasso and Matisse), the curation is excellent! One of the most interesting features are the large scale (whole wall size) reproductions of photos of rooms in the different Stein's apartments and houses - which shows how they lived with several dozen paintings hung on the walls of one room - 3 or 4 high, arranged from floor to ceiling.
Next week, we have tickets for the Picasso show at the de Young. I'll report back about it!
Yeah for Tiki! Man I wish I could be there. Best to ya, pal!
Cool work, Keith. Thanks for sharing. Do any of the sets you've worked on travel and get used at other Opera houses? I've seen quite a few nifty sets and drops in recent years backstage at the San Francisco's War Memorial Opera house. Fun stuff.
The TACO HAS TALENT!!! I am so impressed by the creative drive, the ability to be on the edge and channel the muse. The aliveness displayed in the posted art has me very curious.
What is it about this clan, who scale walls and as Eckart Tolle says, climb to find that moment when it is just you and the rock. The noise stops and you find God. This ability to find this place and channel the inspiration into art. But not just art, magnificent manifestations.
Yesterday I went to SFMOMA and saw the Richard Serra "works on Paper" exhibit. It was fabulous! Totally not what I thought it might be. I guess I was expecting a series of line drawings as studies for his steel works. But, no! This huge show (17 rooms total) features a lot of wall sized paint pieces, many of them "solid" black. It's the texture, scale and interaction of the pieces in the room that makes these so wonderful.
Today we went to see the exhibit
"The Cult of Beauty", about the aesthetic movement, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
It's a well done exhibit of painting, furniture, other objects of utility like fireplace screens, clothing and tea pots, etc. While the style is not something I personally want in my minimalist modern space, they are quite beautiful.
In particular, I admired the James Whistler paintings. When I look at his work in person it seems to me that he was ahead of his time, and setting the stage for the greater freedom in brushwork, mood etc that followed him. Maybe someone who knows more about art history than I can comment.
Stahlbro, the mosaics are beautifu,l but the market has got to be limited to wealthy people with big houses who love to surf! Can there possibly be enough of that category for the artist to make a living off them? Phyl
She does all kinds of really interesting glass work besides the surfboards. This is kind of an experiment because she enjoyed the concept. She has a show going on in Carlsbad right now. My girlfriend helped her set up and open the show.
It will be interesting see how it is recieved. Debbie and I are headed down next week to see how it is going. I agree it is probably a small target list, by they are really well done and a surfer looking for an art piece for the house might get stoked ;-)
Nate, I have been feeling better as of late and have done a little climbing. Not as much as I'd like but I'll take what I can get. Hopefully you aren't to busy with work and have done some climbing too. Let's see them doodles.
You know that feeling you get when you go to an area that has climbing near by but for whatever reason you can't get on the rock? I, and I'm sure a lot of you, get that same feeling when I'm travelling and can't get to a local art museum. I've been here in the DC area for four days and haven't had time for any art. My nieces just have no interest. And the time with them is too precious to do both.
Good luck Phylp. If you can sneak away to the Smithsonian art museum it's a good one. The Korean war memorial is some of the coolest sculptures I've ever seen. Have fun and hopefully we get to see some pictures of art that you got to see. Laters.
I've been working on very large projects for many years (a few years ago I completed a 4,000 sq ft ceiling mural of clouds for the Jones Museum of Archaeology in Moundville, AL). So these small plein-air quick oil sketches are an enjoyable departure.Here's my friend Jon (Anthropologist, musician, artist etc...) painting at one of my favorite bouldering areas in So Cal.
Have you tried Japan drier with the oils? Small amounts are recommended, but I use it liberally, so paintings dry in a few hours. Acrylics are my usual medium too, especially for murals, used with an extender.
Keith, I've often wondered which of the "well known" artists of times past might have painted with acrylics if they had been available.
I've always thought Van Gogh. I've heard him described as a colorist but I've never agreed with that description.. Though I love his work, it's not for his use of color. Much of it gets muddy and I'm not sure that was his intent. Given the way he worked, I wonder if it's just the result of painting too fast with the oils of his time.
I would agree that color wasn't Van Gogh's specialty. His brush marks and the texture and movement that resulted from it is what made him special. One thing about his color was it wasn't realistic, it was stylized and in this way maybe he can be seen as a colorist.
I do think Van Gogh would have loved acrylics, because his paintings were heavily layered and you could tell he worked fast.
It would be cool, but it would probably have to be a virtual event, wouln't it? We're spread out all over the place.
I paint as a "hobby" although I hate that word for it. Haven't painted in a long time due to time contraints but have strongly felt the need to paint the past month. I've started on a landscape, here is a segment of the work in progress:
The frustration is seeing that it's mediocre, but knowing I just have to work through a half dozen mediocre pieces until I get some semblance of skill back, after such a long time away. Additional frustration of thinking I probably don't have the time to work consistently.
Regardless of the product, it's so mesmerizing to be painting again. There's no feeling like it. It's almost as good as being in the zone on a route.
The great debate of what is real art:-) Many believe landscape paintings aren't art, that they are decorations with no artistic merit, because they lack meaning. I disagree with this thought and with Tiki's too. Photography is art, photomanipulation is art, at least in my view, but some people disagree. Art is the expression of one's self (or thoughts) through their meduim of choice.
Tiki, Tollhouse isn't in season, how about some Shuteye?
TJI.....turning a photo RED is considered ART?
Cosmic's photomanipulation is art and that kind has a long standing tradition here on the Stand.
So Mouse....should I piss up your Goldline or mine?
I was being facetious BTW....lighten up!
Yeah tiki some may consider it art. Definitely not a strong piece in my mind, extreme minimalist:-) But I do consider photograpy art and it is a photo. Lucky I am no art critic though, because then I'd love paintings of Campbell soup cans and Marilyn Monroe painted over and over in different colors.
Oh. I'm very sorry about that, if it's the case. I have only gotten to the point in my computer edumacation that I just didn't think of it as "old hat, done that."
I have thought this over enough to say what I think. It is tough to be original in anything. Time, effort, cost of materials all go into art. Some art is less exhausting in these respects than others. There is a Cain and Abel effect among art guys who work, work, work, and art guys who simply need to go click, click, click, apparently.
Take that away and discuss it. I'd just like to see more art, by whatever definition.
"Pulchritude wins out every time over landscapes."--Peter Paul Reubens
Guido is THE MAN!
"Insane." Snowhazed, the whiskers are so cool! Nice 'un.
Here's Merced's downtown theater complex, the Mainplace, and they built the murals on one corner of the building at 18th and K. One side of the cr. is metallic mural, the other is painted tiles with Yosemite and the San Jaoquin as the subjects. I'm crediting Dakota, the artist, a weird guy, to be sure.
The El Cap mural features a Yosemite Indian facing the viewer and trying to get though the "pane" between them. Even the "rotten log" features in the work.
Thanks Survival, but this thread is good because all the added work from everyone, one of my favorites as well. Love that work you added.
Snow- that is perfect. A funny story, when I was in nude drawing classes we would have thirty minutes to draw a realistic representation of the model. Now it takes me about a hour to get semi-realistic representation, while the student next to me was always done in five minutes and his work was always perfect. Some people just have the natural gift of being able to produce exactly what they see, with little to no effort. The best part was all he wanted to be was a comic book artist and could care less about fine art. Our professor would get irritated when she saw him reading a comic book when he was supposed to be drawing. At first she would walk over to him ready to lay into him, but what could she do when she saw his work was always spot on?
wow, really neat find, there....
thanks for sharing... sometimes old books, DO have the best old finds!
(well, don't know if your book was an old version, etc)
but wow, the things we can find,as to art...
thanks for all the shares...
loved to see all the murials...
could not post a lot last night, etc... was up too late...
say, my aunt that died from falling through the ice at her pond:
she did a vast majority of the art, exhibits, etc, and not sure what else? in the cleveland museum of natural history.... :)
I didn't see it in a book; but read about in the book The Final Leap by John Bateson. The description and the Greek mythology behind it inspired me to find it. Icarus's feet are flailing about in the right end corner, most people never see them (and that is the fact that made me look at it).
BTY, I like the fellow in the top hat.
hey there say, found TWO pics, about 8? years ago... prints ... very nice... they were by robert wood.. FINALLY since i am doing art, now, after 20 years or so--i looked THIS GUY up, as well as a few other folks, with names on certain prints, that i liked...
not the usually folks we see now...
well, this guy:
After emigrating from England in 1910, he began his American career and for more than sixty years he criss-crossed the American Continent, from Maine to California in search of landscape subjects.
and, this guy was:
active in the art colonies of San Antonio, Texas in the 1930s, Monterey, California in the 1940s and Laguna Beach in the 1950s.[
He was a popular exhibitor at the Laguna Art Festival and a Life Member of the Laguna Art Association. Wood was represented by galleries in Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Cleveland.
so perhaps some of you folks in calif area, may have at one time heard of him... or seen his work...
Wood's work was widely published by a number of publishers. The most prolific publisher of Wood's work was Donald Bonnist's Donald Art Company which distributed more than one-million copies of "October Morn," Wood's most popular print in less than two years. Wood was at the peak of his fame in the 1950s through 1970s when his scenes of the Catskill Mountains in New York, the California coast, the Grand Tetons, the Rocky Mountains, the Texas Hill Country and the Cascades were most popular. His popularity made him a household name in America. Millions of his reproductions were printed in large editions by a number of publishers and titles like "Autumn Bronze," "Early Spring." "Pine & Birch," "Texas Spring," and "The Old Mill" are found in homes across North America.
 Studio Locations
i will put a link to yahoo images... very many nice paintings there...
sad thing is when you see them as prints, the painting affect fades
from the minds of folks, as the prints fade--but the art qualilty, you can tell was very heart-felt, as to the GREAT OUT DOORS...
HIS wife and him, had a place in bishop, twice, even...
Wood died in Bishop at the age of eighty-nine, just a month before a large retrospective exhibition was mounted at the Morseburg Galleries in Los Angeles, by Howard Morseburg and the Newport Beach gallery owner Raymond Hagen
Wood was an extremely facile painter and his artistic production was substantial, certainly in excess of 5,000 completed works. Wood's work is sold at galleries specializing in historic American Art and is sold frequently at auction, with his auction record in excess of $40,000
you know, i never would have known that, about these two simple, but very nice painting-prints... :)
Through the turbulent 1960's, Wood's fame grew and his paintings brought higher prices, some selling in excess of five thousand dollars. At the age of eighty, the American Express Company commissioned him to paint a series of six works to be reproduced as limited edition serigraphs for their Cardholders. Each print depicted one of the National Parks, subjects that were well known to Robert Wood.
check it out... very nice...
biograph is very interesting too, as to ALL his travels...
kind of like the ol' dirtbag climbers, at times, when he was not married, for a spell...
(did not share about the trial in england where he was aquitted--i think this was the same robert wood, artist)
Lately I've spent some time with Raphael's Madonna and Child with Book. The computer won't do justice to it, of course. Especially with the color. It is amazingly beautiful. Anybody in the Pasadena area should stop into the Norton Simon.
The Norton Simon is one of my favorite museums. I like the scale and the aura of it. My husband and I are planning an art and wine trip down So Cal way in December - we'll surely stop in there again. Thanks for posting the photo.
The Norton Simon is one of my favorite museums. I like the scale and the aura of it. My husband and I are planning an art and wine trip down So Cal way in December - we'll surely stop in there again. Thanks for posting the photo.
phylp, Dec. 7 they will be exhibiting a Van Gogh self-portrait on loan from the national gallery.
When we're in town, it's our Friday date night, going on the spotlight tours.
Art hit of the day:
The hubby and I made a quick trip down to Santa Cruz today to see the "preview" show for the Santa Cruz Open Studios at the Santa Cruz Art League building. As is the case with most regional or city Art Leagues, there was a big range in the quality of work. Our very own Paul Roehl had one of his small landscapes hung, and his stuff is at the top of the quality scale. I was happy for him to see the red dot on the tag.
It was a drizzly dreary day down there today, but we made time to stop before art for some yummy Thai food and after art at Mission Creamery for a delicioso ice cream cone...
hey there say, phylp... thanks for the santa cruz share!
and--the weather report, :)
sure do miss it, there...
not sure if i shared this one yet, (i may have in 'work in progress' type way, but i FINally got to share it on the
facebook--it was a gift for my buddies, so did not want them to see it, 'til they got it in the mail... took a long time to get it to them, as
it is about nine months later, :))
the horse died on new years eve/day, :(
say, is it okay to share to art images of famous art
that we find on the image searches...
i have seen some nice stuff to share, but am not sure
it seems like it is okay--SINCE they are on a:
collection of imagaes link????
or do we just share a link to them... ?
usually i just share a link, then, you go through them all...
and see what you like, :)
really quick though, before 'art type art'... i will share this
mirrow thing... mirrors made for nice art-shares, too,
though this is a photo... (got a few more, but just need one
to get the idea across)...
and then, taking cloud patterns and turning them into a face-on picture
makes neat art too, :))
i just remembered, too, i have finally finished ONE of the blue herons... not sure if i can post it now... (time issue) (these two pics here, were
already uploaded here at taco)...
You hit one of my favorites, Randisi. The deYoung usually has 1 or 2 of his works hanging and I always visit them when I'm up there. And of course the Oakland Museum has some wonderful examples of his work too.
i love what he does with white, sunlight and all that...
(said he did not like doing portraits as much, as it limited his
creativity in this 'sunlight' realm)...
right now, i am working on honing portraits etc, and doing things to
say 'thanks' to folks, in special ways...
here is a link, more of--who he was...
also, TWO of his painting, DOWN as to other light, became very
world-famous, in a whole new way...
(in the article, one as to a scientist with bunson-burner, and the other,
concerning children of valencia and the polio epidemic there)
but i like doing landscapes, trees, birds, and a few other outdoors with shadows, or night... i WANT to try the light, and the whiteness, i really
love that, just never got a chance to...
i have many picture that i too with CAMERA of what i love to see and do, so somedayyyyyyyyyyyyy,...
but--well, this guy has given me a few lessons, just by observation...
*will try to upload a painting example of his, soon...
there, say, it took twice, but i got it here, :))
check out the links that show the images...
really nice portrait of an older man... ?fisherman? not sure...
here is my mom's birthday gift...
egg-tempera homemade, on clip-board, for want of
better board to put it on ...
this 'brand of wood' is supposed to be good for it, and
it sure did take well to it, with homemade
glue and babypowder gesso...
(will last long enough for my mom--still needs
about 6 months to 'cure' so they say...
usually i add oil paint after, on the few that i did,
but this looked nice without it, though not so detailed...
need to find a way to get the clipboard metal off, :))
and here is a bird for her, meadow lark, on picture frame board,
need to get the frame back on it...
egg-tempera too, didn't add oil paint this time, either, though
i DID to the other bird paintings that i did of the robin, and the
Don't remove the metal clip, it's very cool and novel as is, IMO.
You should do a companion piece to the bound foot art above, with a modern climber and bouldering slippers. JK ;-)
Have you done any other pieces on gold leaf? Seems fun.
What are the sizes of your paintings? Love the road in thin yellow line. Looks dimensional in your photo. I did a painting in college, or maybe high school, I forget, with a hard edged graphic road arced right over a painterly mountain I hiked many times in my youth. It was Mt. Olympus, which looms above Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Front. It's one of those interesting rugged peaks that is so close to suburbia that you can be sitting on top, in a designated wilderness area, and yet hear people mowing their lawns way down below.
This appeared in a long-ago issue of Climbing magazine.
Nabokov cover art.
This is one of those early trade paperbacks from the late fifties and the sixties that came with really stiff covers. This cover has lasted and not faded.
BillO, I'm going to guess a watercolor on very heavy weight watercolor paper? I'm guessing the photo doesn't do justice to the dark area in the lower quarter. I'm seeing hints of what's really there on my screen, but I'm sure not all of it.
this just in and phylp. The moon was added to this in photoshop and then I applied the oil painting filter. The dark area in the front is hwy 101. I tweaked the brightness a little bit but for the most part it is pretty close to the original shot. Glad you like I had fun creating it.
This is strange. The above link is not welcome. It's not very helpful. It sucks, in fact. But it's a great collection. Google "Gallery of Albert Bierstadt paintings Xmission" and have fun.
One wall of A.B. is worth thousands and thousands of words. His "artistic fictions" are as imaginative as any other artist's tender renderings. I like his taking liberty. My cap's off to the old gumball.
I wouldn't follow one of his topos, though, no Fn Way!
I just saw two Bierstadt prints, framed, 24 X 36, at a local antique shop for a low $60 each--frames are a little worn. Sentinel Rock and Yosemite Falls. Ka-ching! At last I can own a Bierstadt. Maybe two.
I just paid for this book and it was in great shape. Only twenty bucks. My Christmas present to myself.
The book covers writers whose birth years fall between 1749 for Goethe and 1964 for Jonathan Lethem. But the table of contents lists them alphabetically.
Ralph Hodgson/How the Waters Came Down at Lodore.Ralph Hodgson/Self-portrait, man with a pipe.
Jack Kerouac/Slouch Hat.
Somebody give me a writer's name, please, and let's see who did what.
Mouse: Sorry, sir. Right out of Walt Whitman, sir.
tiki-jer: (deliberately) Have you in fact got any cheese here at all?
Mouse: Not a scrap, sir. I was deliberately trying to provoke YOU, in fact.
We have this, but WW isn't after TH White nor before Richard Wilbur. I will recommend the White with no hesitation. EVE. oil on canvas/36 x 24
"It's not Eve. It's no White, I'm sure of it."--Maplethorpe
i JUST got this neat pic for 4 bucks at the thrift store...
it WAS the kind of art i loved to do... WELL when i am not doing
these portraits etc...
i will get back to it, sometime... i NEED to do my
other blue heron, :))
well, i had a hard time reading this guys NAME.. after respelling it
a few times in search on the neat, i got a PROPER guess:
albert bierstadt... ohhh, i love these paintings...
they are large too... i have not done a large, but one day will..
i rekckon it will FEEL like i am GROWING a tree, instead of just reaching over to draw/paint one! :O
*mouse, NEAT book FIND...
also, neat quilt shots...
and--oops, took so long to post, i forgot who else...
just a sec or so:
will edit to add the rest :))
OKAY, GOT IT:
i've had fun seeing how my grandkids and critter photos come out,
as drawings like that... really neat...
i MADE some of them into a color book type thing...
got to get it printed for them, soon, :))
have NOT seen all the new art added on yet... so please, am sorry can't
yet share on what you posted... not being rude... :)
oh--just re-read the notes on him--this was interesting:
Because of Bierstadt's interest in mountain landscapes, Mount Bierstadt and Bierstadt Lake in Colorado are named in his honor. Bierstadt was probably the first European to visit the summit of Mount Evans in 1863, 1.5 miles from Mount Bierstadt. Bierstadt named it Mount Rosa, a reference to both Monte Rosa above Zermatt and, Rosalie Ludlow, his future wife, but the name was changed from Rosalie to Evans in 1895 in honor of Colorado governor John Evans.
And those are impressive quilts posted up thread, mouse. I know a talented local quilt artist who teaches workshops and lectures on the art nationally. I'll have to post some of his work when I get a second.
hey there say, nita!! wow, thanks for the share--if i ever get there again, i will have to go a'looking, :)
say, well, it is not an original, as i can see the odd board swirls that it is printed on...
it is a good print, the colors seem deep enough...
just sadly noticed that someone HAD it too near a dark board, :(
it has a few tiny holes i had need seen before, though i DID
see a scrap on it...
it is sooooooooooooo neat, i LOVE the tree... i love to do trees that way, so i can really identify with the feel... my mom lovessssssss trees, too...
she'd really love this...
i am so glad i discovered this at the thrift store...
i always go there to find cheap half-off framed stuff to take apart
and USE for framed protection to mail my gift-paintings to:
only cost about 12-14 bucks to mail them then, and the oil does NOT
touche the mailing cardboard...
and THIS picture, i nearly pushed aside, as it was too large for me to use, but:
i PEEKED AT IT, instead, as the tad of tree that saw, CALLED out to me, :))
there see, ol' albert would be happy and blessed to know that i
WAS the fortunate one to FIND his treasure!
you know--there may be a world full of prints, out there, from these old
time artists, but:
EACH first-off-the-easle WAS THERE BABY! :)
thanks again, nita!
so much!!!!! made a lot of fun here! for me tonight!
will tell my mom, later when i call her...
at least now i know that there is another, etc, around, so it MUST have a
title... somewhere in yosemite, i know, but the view with the tree, up close, as i said, throws me off from the 'usual postcard' views, :))
though he is not as special as the GREATOUTDOORS painters,
who do by far, touch my heart, :)
THEN, a neat one by someone named thompson??: the SEAFARERS...
neat ocean and menfolks pushing out a canoe..
(but not the style that i really like--but it looks neat for the bathroom, like at the beach)
this is fun--for the FIRST TIME, since i learned of these ARTISTS,
I feel LIKE i have stuff from the HEART OF MEN:
and not just a cold machine piece...
love this art thread twice as much now!...
we all KNOW that when we see FRESH now-a-days art, that it is from the art, as well: we can SEE it fresh and live!
so learning more of this old history as to what we find and like, or
even purchase from galleries SURE does make
out 'finds' alive!!!
hey there say, nita!! thanks ...i was very certain it was sentinal rock , at FIRST... but then, SEEEEEEEEEEEE, i got my 'bearing off', :))
but still--i love the 'scenic artistic licence' :)
i saw ONLINE, a neat one that he did of the matterhorn... if i can find it again, i will post it...
had those same trees that me and my mom love...
i WONDERRRRRRRRRR if that area that he painted it from really HAD any such trees there, :))
but you know--it does not matter, as, i am not studying 'mapping' by him--just the loveliness, :)
will go look for it, :)
will LOVE to see her painting...
if i am not online, later, i will see it tomorrow... i got
lots of chores, still, tonight, :)
i sure HOPE someone can find out WHO did that stagecoach...
i love it sooooooo much...
just found antoher neat AND coastal art-type painter guy:
alfed thompson bricher--ohhhh, such neat trees and all the dark
stuff around them...
very neat ocean, too... DIFFERENT... lots of dark landscape with it,
but his lighter ones and sunlit ones are very nice too...
There is a nice Thomas Hill hanging in the Yosemite Museum. I forgot the subject. He's a little more realistic than the fantastic which Albert Biers-etc. paints. Yes, I speak in present tense. They died and have been Jack Frost apprenticed ever since in the Valley. They get three months to work and go to Mexico the rest of the year. They miss out on the Dio del Muerto, but WTF. http://www.allposters.com/-st/Thomas-Hill-Posters_c25201_.htm?aid=85097
I thought you might notice the secondary image. It's where art historians could go crazy though, because it's not me, it's my friend George from upstairs who knows how to use the new camera and is coaching me. He's not very good at teaching, but WTF, it's the short course, just like when I began to climb. This is far safer, though. He's using the camera overnight, since he's a good kid and I trust him with it. He's 25, he's not a kid.
Here's what's going on in Merced. Tomorrow is an ART BENEFIT for the merced Multi-Cultural Art Center, which has lost any funding it had. It is about ten years old, on West Main St. right next to the Cinema Cafe.
The benefit features this fellow RC, a former neighbor of mine, and part-owner of the Partisan Bar. RC's new art/music gig is called Ahwahnichi. He is a blooded member of the band related to Julia Parker.
I was walking along the street the other day, he was talking to friends, and I came up and said hi and mentioned the gig I had seen on a poster. He said yep, he was a blood and that he had just gotten the idea for Ahwahnichi, so it's all a work in progress. We shall see tomorrow night.
It is RC's Incredibly Egotistical Birthday Party and End-of-the-World Celebration.
If anyone in the area's around, please come support the Arts Council tomorrow, N and West Main St., Merced. 9;00 pm.
here is the secret santa that was just opened and shared, so i can share it...
(i had two others, but they are more on a personal note for someone, so won't share them, unless they do, someday)...
here is the this one, from strangedays photo that he shared a ways back...
it is acrylic, this time:
here's a surprise gift for my stamp-fairy to give to her nephew's wife...
(the man recently died, but he got to hold his grandbabe, first)...
it was my way to thank her for all her stamp support for christmas
cards, over the last few years:
and here is lynne's, which she has now, and won't mind if i share:
got some more, in the works...
will take a bit though... after the holiday season...
I agree.. great shares everyone. It's nice this thread has some wings. Keep 'em comin'
@Just In: My prices are all over the board depending on the size and complexity. I don't do full-sized pieces or commission any longer. These days I work small-scale or in miniature and only do shows seasonally. Most run in the $70 - $500 range.
The fairy girl sold for around $1500.00 if I recall. It was unfortunately condemned to a poorly-lit light box - never to see the light of day again... much to my chagrin. It was a battle to get permission to de-install it temporarily to photograph it for my book.
Today we went to the Legion of Honor to see the exhibit "Treasures of the Louvre". Most of the items exhibited were crafted during the reigns of Louis XIV to XVI. The items are indeed treasures, at the intersection of art and craft. The workmanship was the best, as you would expect for items that were all made for the royals of the time.
Snuff boxes were big back then, or maybe they were easy to hide so didn't get confiscated and melted down in the Revolution. Gold ecrusted with diamonds and other precious stones, many with impeccable enameling.
I liked this piece quite a bit. It's walnut with a marble top, and all of the inset panel of the birds and flowers are made from inset stone.
Description reads: low cabinet from a pair with Florentine pietre-dure panels, circa 1765-1170
Made for duc d'Aumont
Joseph Baumhauer (German, active France; died 1772), cabinetmaker
Pietre dure (hardstones, ebony, tortoiseshell, brass, pewter, marble, and gilt-bronze mounts
40 3/16 x 30 5/16 x 19 5/16 inches
Musee du Louvre, Paris
I've been a pretty serious collector of art and antiques for over 30 years:
I've got a house full--mostly 17th-18th century, but I have owned some nice 19th-20th century pieces. I'm particularly fond of Thomas Hill, since he is known for Yosemite images.
I sold my last piece by him 15 years ago- wish I hadn't. Anyway, here are 2 modern pieces--the only two I have by living artist:
If those are the sketches to which you refer, Paul, bravo!
Have you seen any of FREDERIC EDWIN CHURCH's sketches? They blow me away, and I like them more than his finished paintings.
Love your exhibition reports, Phylp. I was reminded today for some reason of seeing the Gee's Bend Quilts when they came to the De Young, and I honestly don't think I've ever been more moved by art in a museum. I never would have imagined that specific medium would grab me like it did. Those quilts just seemed so natural and effortless, and yet so stunningly beautiful.
wow, i really like that middle one!...
thanks for sharing..
paul, very nice falls!!
and as to steve A and that last share,
i find that really enjoy seeing and reflecting on those
artist that use a lot of DARK in their landscapes...
thats so much for sharing... i kind of gravitate to them a tad more
than the others--those still love the balanced light, one, and
certain speical affects, as well... and even enjoy the even lit,
house, home, portraits, too... :)
so much to see out there and so much for tugging
at the ol' spirit in so many ways...
say, they all make me dearly want to paint landscapes again, :)
but i have found this wonderful portrait painting adventure to
be a very dear trail, all its own, and will keep the other fun
stuff on the side... and the bird, i love to paint the birds with
the egg tempura, :))
also, I LOVE seeing vern's stuff!!! very refreshing and
deep-heart-felt 'living photos'...
There's a family, here local, who have a very good product to sell, fine olive oils in a variety of "blends" if you will, all with distinctive taste properties, peppery, spicy, etc. 'they market a small bottle for ten bucks. The label is a work of art, turned into what might be termed "artwork" as it sold the bottle this morning at the farmers' market.
Of course, the fact that I was talking with Anastasia the other night aobut her mother's name being Athena, had much to do with it, but the label on the bottle's so well-made and makes it all so appealing, it pretty much sealed the deal. Art for art's sake or art to make a buck. It's a question we've asked for centuries and will keep asking.
Cool stuff everyone. SteveA, nice collection. My Dad is a big traveler and I always have him pick me up some art of whatever country he is in. Tomorrow I'm going to post some of those and the other art on my walls. Till then here's a couple ink drawings I've done.
Very nice collection, Justin! I do like your own work. It seems to me that many, if not most, people love being surrounded by beauty. They build their houses with views of the landscape, they create gardens, they decorate their houses and their bodies - all in an expression of whatever they find beautiful. It really lifts the spirit.
Today Michael and I went to SFMOMA to see two exhibitions that will be closing in a couple of weeks, Jasper Johns and a Jay deFeo retrospective. It was too much to see in one day. I couldn't make it through the whole deFeo exhibit.
A few words about the Jasper Johns exhibit:
No photography was allowed and I didn't really like any of the postcards they had for sale so I don't have any photos to share.
The exhibit was well curated and I learned quite a bit about Johns' ideas about art, and about how he makes his art. There was a nice chronology as you moved from room to room and got to see themes developed and new ideas emerge. The commentary gave me a new appreciation of his older classic works such as "lands End":
which I found out was inspired by the poetry of Hart Crane and by his death by suicide (he jumped off a cruise ship) at age 32.
I have to admit I was a little disappointed not to see any of the big encaustic flags, as those are among my favorites of his. I tend to love anything with encaustic - the textural qualities of it and that soft sheen of. There were a lot of works on paper made using all different kinds of processes.
I really enjoyed some of his fairly recent work, an example of which can be seen here:
That Jasper! Kinda makes me feel short-changed having to look at words describing colors, which in turn can't be photographed because they fade--the purples will bruise, the yellows will run, and the reds will bleed, and the blues blur.
Red + yellow + blue - weird kandy korn =
Thanks for the graciously-worded report and appraisal/appreciation, Phylyp.
I gotta say. paul roehl, I love your art. I'm a big fan of plein air and your paintings are beautiful and impressive. I wish I could paint like that and, in fact, am thinking about taking a class. Thanks for the inspiration.
Here are some of the xmas presents I made for my family. (i'm cheap)
Jefe - I've loved the time I've spent in art classes. I'd take them all the time if I didn't travel so much.
For me it's not as much what I learn (though I always learn things) but being forced into the discipline of painting more, meeting other artists and seeing their work, and getting good critical feedback from the teacher.
Still working on this painting 40"x72"...
Am now convinced it's just too big... oh well. It's a struggle to make the big ones work, like painting a house... whole lot of space to cover and much more opportunity to mess it up!!
i love those from arizona highways? i used to try to draw that way, when i was a kids, 'cause i loved those sooo much... used it for cards, when i was a kid... some of it carried over, to adult, for my designs, but then i got worried it was 'copying' ... course, that is how kids learn to draw, in the first place, :O
learning from what you LIKE and trying it, yourself... :O
say, jefe... i really like that purple one! such neat clever gifts...
paul--keep up the great work, on that large one... i want to some day
do a large one... right now, i have more gifts and my two landscapes to
someday get back to, :))
Paul, hi and I like that landscape. Is that, could it be, the dome everyone thinks they see everywhere else? It looks inspired by the Mercedes rear wheel housing, oddly.
Friend of mine, Bang Mingo, aka Ben Harris, did these, each @ 6 X 6.
California X 4.
(My own titles for these so far untitled works).
There's a story about the first. Last Sat. I was in the Coffee Bandits, where these are hung currently.
I mentioned to a fellow next to me, a photographer, that one "California"
was enough, why did the artist need 4 of them in the painting? They were
redundant, somehow. But what do I know? I'm only a schmo.
And then Ben walks in thru the arch into the room and says "What do you
think of my stuff?" and points to the Waterfall person, which I had not
noticed earlier when I sat down--hadn't had my coffee yet--and
California X 4.
Ben is a "serious" artist, but hasn't produced much lately, due to his
growing business. Which is growing, which is what Bang Mingo is about.
But Ben even has a gallery space rented downtown. We were in it about
three weeks ago. Back alley stuff. I can't even recall distinctly
where it is located, though it's near the Tioga.
I need pictures and you will see.
In the Tioga itself, there is a street-level shop-front just rented out
called Pablo Studio, fronting on Main St. His front window and the view
within. Bears further investigating.
This is a duplicate post from another thread, but I'd like to add it to the art thread.
Giving a nod to Grandma (RIP) since she was an early influence on my young muppet brain. She sort of came from the
Bob Ross school of painting, but these are my two favorites she did. Her best and her funniest
This floral won a competition to be on a greeting card:
And her funniest is what I call "Boudoir Victorian Barbie on a Chamberpot". When I was a kid I could never figure out
why that girl was sitting on giant eggs. LOL.
Justthemaid, it's so nice that you have that memory from your Grandmother.
I recently got back from a winter road trip to SoCal. Here is part I - a visit to LACMA, the LA county museum.
LACMA has a diverse collection spread out over 8 buildings, but we spent our time mostly with the European and American collections.
There were two special exhibits going on, both fabulous.
The first was Caravaggio and other artists who were influenced by his style. It was fascinating to see 4-5 painting by different artists of the same biblical story scene, e.g. Judith and Holofernes, placed side by side. One of our favorites was Caravaggio’s “The Denial of St. Peter”.
The other exhibit was a Stanley Kubrick retrospective with space devoted to each of his many films. It was a multimedia presentation with movie clips playing on screens, stills for the movies and production, annotated scripts, and original props. It was a very large exhibit, quite comprehensive and a lot of fun to walk through.
The funniest art piece to us was this one:
It's called "Levitated Mass" and is a just a big boulder set over a sunken walkway. I wonder if any LA locals have done a clandestine bouldering session on it yet?
An unconventional double-portrait of Renoir's wife's cousin Gabrielle Renard, who helped with the family housework and often served as the artist's model, and Claude, called Coco, Renoir, the youngest boy of the artist, in the miniature. there is an implied third image in the mirror being viewed only by Gabrielle. Is this an accident or a visual pun?
Here is part II from my winter road trip - we went to the Petersen Auto Museum. I'm in the camp that thinks gorgeous design in any media is art, and these cars embody the combination of beautiful design and impeccable craftmanship.
Pretty insane, huh Mouse? I cannot even imagine wanting to spend $1.3 million dollars on a car. If I had that much spare money it would be so wonderful to give it away to people who needed it.
Supertopo artist friends: I spent some time painting today, re-working a recent painting I wasn't happy with. When I stopped I was just filled with this sense that I wanted to spend every day painting. But I can't quite allow myself to do it because I feel I'm not inherently talented enough to justify the "waste" of time. One of my early art teachers said to me "The world doesn't need another painting". She wasn't being cynical; she was a great teacher. What she was saying was that you have to paint for yourself. So I do paint for myself, but it seems like such an indulgence, since I paint as a passion not a way to physically survive (earn a living). I have to get rid of this small amount of residual Catholic guilt thing. Painting, like climbing, is one of the places where I am completely present. If I let myself think of it as meditation time, I'd do more of it. LOL! What a good idea!
Maybe when I am really and truly retired...all I will ever do is climb and paint.
With a bit of trepidation, I submit this piece of 13 years ago... It's a compilation of places in my mind. 28x38 Acrylic.They include: Ganglia twitches from Utah canyons, a month and a half climbing in Alaska and a fair bit of time I got to spend in Antarctica. So, not from any one place... As I am right handed, I wanted to paint my right hand ungloved as a challenge to myself...
Phylp, great introspective. I agree it's an outlet to loose yourself in time and void of the everyday thoughts, much like climbing. For me the hardest part is also finding the time and more so just getting started. I paint obsessive for a week and then don't for a month. Good things happen to those who wait right? Another way I always thought of it being similar to climbing is you start with a blank canvas, each step brings you closer to the end and soon enough(maybe long for my process) you are done. When you are at a climb you sometimes get overwhelmed with the whole climb. Focussing on each move and your next step has always helped me fight this overwhelming feeling and I think the same can be said with producing art.
Bivouac! Why the tredpidation? It's a great contribution to the thread - and it's ON TOPIC! Bonus points. I especially like the "feel" of it and the composition. My only complaint is that the belayer should have a glove on that poor cold hand! I'm projecting my own cold aversion here!
Did you model it from one of your climbing photos?
On Tuesday we went up to see the special double exhibits at the de Young, "Rembrandt's Century" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
The former is a huge exhibit taken mostly from the de Young's own collection. The works were almost all 17th century works on paper, mostly engravings and etchings. Personally, I found the exhibit so massive as to be overwhelming - I wish they had edited a bit the volume of what they showed. It's almost like somebody said "This is a rare opportunity to hand all this stuff - we might as well do it all".
Here was one of my favorites, Rembrandt's The Landscape with Three Trees:
If you look closely, there are a bunch of people and a lot of activity in this piece, but it's the overall composition and light/dark that's so appealing to me.
The other exhibit is "Girl with a Pearl Earring, Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis" Only 35 paintings but all very high quality, on special loan while the Mauritshuis is undergoing a significant expansion of its space.
Of course the Vermeer was breathtaking - the image is so well known I'm not bothering to post it. This is one of the other paintings that we were all especially taken with:
So gorgeous! A timeless image that could have been painted yesterday.
What would an exhibition like this be without some floral still lifes? I thought this one was especially lovely:
Looking at the tag, I was surprised to see that the artist was a woman. It was very unusual in that time for women to be professional artists. We were pleased to learn that her work was quite a commercial success in her lifetime.
My last "favorite" in this show was a Rembrandt portrait of an old man, painted just 2 years before his death. This was hung close to to other portraits by him, one a self portrait painted early on in his career, and it was wonderful to see how is style became looser and more expressive as he aged. I wondered if this could be because his eyesight was deteriorating but the info sign said that it's considered to be deliberate.
Faux flowers. Hand-stitch by Liz B. 4.5 X 7 cm.
I was given this by my sister, who inherited it from my Mom, who got it from my late wife Liz, who made only this one, framed it, and then went on to some other craft, I guess.
This painting has been known to be controversal because of the content. I really like how he painted the light and the way it plays with the blinds. Also like how he implied meanings and his questionable content, which many of his paintings have.
Nice contributions all.
Tiki - I gotta see a detail of Hadji.
Phylp - nice report. That goldfinch is a beauty.
K2 - Your post reminded me of a silkscreen poster done by one of my design professors back in college, McRae Magleby, inspired by Hokusai's famous wave. It won tons of design awards, and reproductions still probably bring in royalties to McRae.
My colleague, Sean is standing on a table in front of a mural that he and I and a few others painted for a Seattle arts fundraiser in 1993. The painting on muslin was mostly 19' tall and about 650' long (about 1/8 of a mile). It featured large copies of old masters and included the drapery and frieze and wainscoting, paneling.
The mural wound around the Grand Ballroom and in-out of several other spaces in the Sheraton Hotel. I painted the Lautrec copy on the left which was about 10'x 14'. The project took us about 4 months, was installed for the big event, and discarded a few days later. I contacted every college, high school and theater I could, trying to find a home for the thing, cut out and saved-donated a few of the large copies.
Here's my 12' x 9' copy of a familiar Renoir "le Loge" which took about a day and 1/2. We painted the frames too.