Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Eileen Goodman [feedly]

Eileen Goodman
// lines and colors

Eileen Goodman, watercolors
Eileen Goodman is painter well known over her long career here in Philadelphia for her naturalistic watercolors of fruit, flowers and gardens.

Whet's not obvious in images of her work is that she often works at a somewhat larger scale than is usually associated with watercolors, sometimes 4×3 ft (122x92cm) or larger.

Goodman explores the subtle cast of light on her subjects, often keeping her colors subdued in favor of studying delicate value changes.

I can't find a dedicated website for her work, but she is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery.

There is a nicely done short video by John Thornton about Godman's work and inspiration, with close-ups of her paintings, on YouTube.

Eileen Goodman's watercolors are currently on display in a show at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill: "The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman", that runs until March 14, 2016.



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Bright fluoros and brilliantly executed line work in Berlin-based Nadine Kolodziey's work [feedly]

Bright fluoros and brilliantly executed line work in Berlin-based Nadine Kolodziey's work
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With clashing fluoro colours and bold line work, Nadine Kolodziey's images are a beguiling blend of in-yer-face hues and nuanced mastery of her media. Nadine is based in Berlin and Offenbach, and has produced a glorious portfolio of graphic design and illustration in her burgeoning career. The project we're focussing on today though is Salto magazine, now in its second issue. According to Nadine, the mag sees "fragments of daily life and stories layered in a colourful mix of shapes." It looks superb – if only daily life were really so bold and cheerful.

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Artists Illustrating Artists [feedly]

Artists Illustrating Artists
// Muddy Colors

-By Donato

Queen of Demons   Book cover    1997     Guest appearances by Dorian Vallejo, Steve Ellis, Steve Youll and myself.
I find that other visual artists make for some of the best figurative models as they are consciously aware of the shapes their bodies make.  They also have an idea what another artist may be seeking in their posing and take directions extremely well:

Tilt your head a little to the left,
Bend your right elbow and keep the hand at the same level,
Show me more of your back, break your wrist,  etc....

The paintings below offer a broad sampling of artists and friends I have used over the course of my career as models for commercial commissions.  These are not portraits of my friends but rather their likenesses are used in the service of my narrative work. Considering no one has 'seen' these characters before, models used to interpret characters within these narratives are all strangers to my audience. Therefore I find it fun and a challenge to capture the likeness of each of my friends as a tribute to their help in advancing the quality of my work.

As I know I am not alone in this venture, do you have any like images of artists to share??

Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1993
Michael Mrak model (and roommate at the time) and now Design Director at Scientific American

Psychohistorical Crisis,  book cover,  artist Dan Dos Santos (posing twice) and Carey Johnson (my wife) as models, 1999

Saint Crispin's Day - Right panel for the Battle of Agincourt triptych   2007

Red Sonya - Lover's Quarrel    artist Kelley Hensing model   2011

The Night's Watch , artist Tony DiTerlizzi, writer George R.R. Martin and a host of others as players in a Game of Thrones , 2014

Fortune and Fate , book cover,   artist  Kristina Carroll model ,   2007

Alien Crimes, book cover, artists Owen Weber, Rebecca Solow and Scott Murphy models,   2007

Reader and Raelynx,  book cover,  artist Scott Murphy model,   2007

Cartographer from Magic: The Gathering    artist Claudia Rodriguez model    1999

Joan of Arc - On the Field    art director  Irene Gallo model    2010


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Eye Candy for Today: Alma-Tadema’s Vintage Festival [feedly]

Eye Candy for Today: Alma-Tadema's Vintage Festival
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The Vintage Festival, Lawrence Alma-Tadema
The Vintage Festival, Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria.

This is another of Alma-Tadema's stunning evocations of life in classical Italy, in this case, a festival in Pompeii prior to the eruption of Vesuvius. The enlarged versions show Alma-Tadema's technique, more textural and painterly than one might assume.

ALma-Tadema painted two versions of the painting at the same time, a larger one, now in the Kunsthalle Hamburg (image on Wikimedia Commons) was placed on display; and this one was used by engraver Auguste-Thomas-Marie Blanchard to create a popular engraving.



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