30 November 2012

Winter sticks

Corey Parker (1976–2010) was an artist working in Cleveland, Ohio USA. He grew up in the rural farmlands of Michigan which has directly influenced his landscapes.

Studying painting under George Pratt, his landscapes depict a mood and emotion much like the old masters such as George Inness and James Abbott Whistler.

These particular works reflect a series of monotypes he created within a two month period, that are amazing.  These monotypes, for the most part, are his early experiments working with the press.

This series is entitled Sticks and Stones.

He quickly mastered the press using nuances of selected line, color and texture, making highly experienced works, as if he had been printmaking for decades.

His compositions are unexpected and well crafted, reminiscent of contemporary American painters such as Mark English and Thomas Sgourus.

He was always drawn to the classic landscape and, as you can see, it was his passion.

-- Thank you eye-likey for the words.

 Winter Tree Line pastel

 Morning Shadow #2 acrylic

 Blue Sky on Water acrylic

 Morning Shadow #1 acrylic

Landscaping is both science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction and blends them accordingly.

27 November 2012

Frederic Remington

Self-Portrait on a Horse (1890)

Born at Canton, New York USA, Frederic Remington (1861-1909) became the foremost turn-of -the-century illustrator, painter and sculptor of western action-packed subjects with cowboys, Indians, horses, soldiers and other frontier characters.

His style was realistic and much of his work was narrative with strong implication that the West belonged to the white man, but his Indians were portrayed with dignity and nobility.

In 1878 Frederic Remington entered the Yale School of Fine Arts for one year, excelling at football and art.

In the next years, he made many trips to the West and Plains States and worked as a cowboy, ranch hand, lumberjack and gold miner in Apache country in Arizona. He experienced frontier America from Canada to the Rio Grande; the horses he loved were key figures everywhere he went, depicted in every manner of action.

Frederic Remington painted and sculpted the animals often, frequently at full gallop, but always juxtaposed them with human figures, never drawing single horse portraits.

His early paintings of the West were much more literal depictions than his romanticized later ones of the disappearing West. In his later years, he preferred to paint nocturnes because it allowed him greater freedom and depth of perspective.

In December of 1909, he died the morning after Christmas when he was age 48. He created 22 bronzes and about 3000 paintings.

Frederic Remington had an unusual approach to color: he used it extremely successfully to set a mood, to strike an atmospheric note. He often chose a single dominant color, applying paint richly and roughly, around which the rest of the artwork was composed.

Text source: www ask art

For me, the artworks of Frederic Remington are among the most beautiful ever seen.

Whipping in a Straggler (1891)

 Fall of the Cowboy (1895)

 The Parley (1898)

 The Missing

 Pretty Mother of the Night (1900)

 The Cowboy (1902)

 Fight for the Water Hole (1903)

 His First Lesson (1903)

 An Argument with the Town Marshall (1904)

 Radisson and Groseilliers (1905)

 Indian Buffalo Hunter in Trouble

 Smoke Signal (1905)

The Scout -- Friends or Foes? (1902-1905)

Frederic Remington, Friends or Foes? (The Scout), 1902-5

24 November 2012

The same reverence

 flowers © Sydney Bella Sparrow

 flowers © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  flowers © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  flowers © Sydney Bella Sparrow

 flowers © Sydney Bella Sparrow

 Sydney Bella Sparrow is an American realist oil painter. Her precise compositions are the synthesis of harmonious balance and are marked by a warm, rich palette and masterful brush work.

Her paintings convey thoughtful meditation through studying the simple beauty of natural objects together with handmade and antiquarian items.

Sydney Bella Sparrow spends her time between painting, finding and growing the inspirations for her work.

Formerly of Chicago and New York, she moved to Maine in the late 1990s.

Text source: bowersockgallery

 bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

 bobbins © Sydney Bella Sparrow

It is there [Maine, USA] where Sydney Bella Sparrow has found an environment which has allowed her to blossom into one of New England's most respected painters.

Through her craftmanship, she expresses an intricate knowledge of her subject and the inherent beauty of the natural world.

She finds beauty in both the grand and the idle, but regardless of subject, Sydney Bella Sparrow handles each and every one with the same care and reverence.

Text source: contemporary-still-life

 fruits © Sydney Bella Sparrow

  fruits © Sydney Bella Sparrow

You can check out Sydney Bella Sparrow's new work, others paintings, drawings… if you click here (sydneybellasparrow).

flowers © Sydney Bella Sparrow


23 November 2012

Murano glass swans

Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano.

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Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, the city has been a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. Murano glass is a beautiful medium of art and comes with an ancient history of innovation. By the 10th century, the city had become well known for its glassmakers.

It is believed that this was done out of fear of the high temperature firing done by glassmakers, a danger in the largely wooden city of Venice.

The glassmaking community of Murano became highly important to Italian trade and prized for its beauty.

The process of making Murano glass is rather complex. Most Murano glass art is made using the lampworking technique. The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures.

As the glass passes from a liquid to a solid state, there is an interval wherein it is soft before it hardens completely, allowing the artisan to shape the material.

Sources for the information text: mostly Murano glass @ Wikipedia and also What is Murano glass @ Wise Geek dot com. Photos found on the web.

For your eyes, only glass swans.