Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (Spanish, 1887-1938)Poem of... [feedly]

Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (Spanish, 1887-1938)Poem of...
// The Curve in the Line

Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (Spanish, 1887-1938)

Poem of the Sea, circa 1913-1924

  • Night
  • Afternoon

  • Song

  • High Tide

  • Dawn


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Karla Ortiz [feedly]

Karla Ortiz
// lines and colors

Karla Ortiz
Karla Ortiz is a concept artist, illustrator and gallery artist who has worked with film and gaming companies Paragon Studios/NcSoft, Ubisoft, Kabam, Industrial Light & Magic and Marvel Film Studios, as well as publishers Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, Tor Books.

Her illustrations have a refined, classical approach, with much attention paid to to subtle changes in value.

In the "Fine Art' section of her website (accessed from a drop-down menu under "Art"), you'll find drawings and sketches that I think are exceptionally appealing.

There is a video here that shows a time lapse of Ortiz creating the graphite drawing "Omens" (images above, bottom).

Ortiz will be participating in the Concept Design Academy that begins on February 27, 2016.

Her work will be on display at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA as part of the Line Weight IV exhibition, also opening February 27, and running to March 13, 2016.

[Via Richard Solomon]



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William Holbrook Beard [feedly]

William Holbrook Beard

William Holbrook Beard - Power of Death, 1889-90Power of Death, 1889-90

William Holbrook Beard - The Discovery Of Adam, 1891The Discovery Of Adam, 1891

William Holbrook Beard - It Rains It Shines, The Devil Whipping His Wife, 19th CIt Rains It Shines, The Devil Whipping His Wife, 19th C

William Holbrook Beard - The Fox  Hunter's Dream, 1859The Fox Hunter's Dream, 1859

William Holbrook Beard -The Witche's Ride, 1870The Witche's Ride, 1870

William Holbrook Beard - School Rules, 1887School Rules, 1887

William Holbrook Beard - Bear Carousal, 1870Bear Carousal, 1870

William Holbrook Beard - Divorce, 19th CDivorce, 19th C

William Holbrook Beard - The Four Seasons, Winter, 19th CThe Four Seasons, Winter, 19th C

William Holbrook Beard - Minerva Reflecting, 1870Minerva Reflecting, 1870

"William Holbrook Beard (1824-1900), was born into a family of portrait, animal, landscape, and genre painters in the small town of Painesville, Ohio, near Cleveland. He is best known for his satiric genre scenes featuring animals as stand-ins for human beings behaving badly. He frequently used bears as protagonists. The present work is less anecdotal, and more hauntingly compelling than many of his satirical works. In the upper scene, an innocent child has happened upon a peculiar wooden grate on the ground in a clearing of a misty field. Noises from below the strange construction attracted the child's attention and led him to kneel down and listen. In the lower, underground scene, which is rendered in an entirely different palette of earth tones and fiery furnace reds, Beard has painted a scene of a devil flogging his wife. Reminiscent of the work of Salvator Rosa, the subject is doubtless related to a literary source, but has a painterly rather than illustrational quality.

Basically self-taught, the young artist began his career painting with his older brother James Henry Beard, and then worked for several years as an itinerant portraitist in his home state. He moved to New York City in 1845, but by 1850 left the larger metropolis for Buffalo. There he established a studio and became close to a group of successful artists including portraitist Thomas LeClear (whose daughter he married) and Swedish-born landscapist Lars Gustave Sellstedt, Buffalo's principal mid-century painter. Beard remained in Buffalo until 1856, the year he left for a two-year tour of Europe. He traveled extensively, and met and painted with many American artists including Emanuel Leutze, Sanford Gifford, Worthington Whittredge, and Albert Bierstadt. Upon his return to the United States, he spent two more years in Buffalo before settling into apartments in the Tenth Street Studio Building in New York, home to many of the nation's most celebrated painters. After his return from Europe, Beard concentrated upon satirical animal subjects. As William Gerdts has noted, "One of his most characteristic and controversial of such paintings was his March of Silenus (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York), a classical theme reinterpreted with a drunken bear attended by an entourage of goats, which led to the artist's election as National Academician in 1862."

In 1866, he traveled West by train to explore the landscape, and in Colorado his companion was Bayard Taylor, a writer and lecturer. During the trip, he wrote home to his wife that the landscape was monotonous, that he was disappointed in seeing so few buffalo, and the life out West was too hard. As a result of the trip, his wanderlust was sated, and he turned increasingly to his imagination as the source of inspiration for the habits and environments of his wildlife subjects. Many of his later paintings showed animals as physically realistic but atypical in terms of their behavior."
- quote source

Artworks found at Heritage Auctions and Sotheby's.

William Holbrook Beard was previously shared on Monster Brains in 2008. 


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Color Charts Through History [feedly]

Color Charts Through History
// Gurney Journey

For centuries artists have explored ways to map the universe of color. Each kind of chart reflects a different conception of color. Here are a few examples, from a selection by The Public Domain Review

"A chart from 1746 by Jacques-Fabien Gautier illustrating his theory that the primary colours
are black and white, with red, yellow, and blue being secondary. Colours were thought
to be drawn out of the shadows by the presence of light – Source."

"Philipp Otto Runge's Farbenkugel (1810). The top two images show the surface
of the sphere, while the bottom two show horizontal and vertical cross sections –Source." 
"Johann Heinrich Lambert's three-dimensional adaptation of
Tobias Mayer's triangle, featured in his Beschreibung einer mit
dem Calauschen Wachse ausgemalten Farbenpyramide
(1772) – Source."

"Page from Priced catalogue of artists' materials : supplies for
oil painting, water color painting, china painting … and
drawing materials for architects and engineers, manual
training schools and colleges (1914) – Source."
Captions quoted from: The Public Domain Review. See more at their post Color Wheel Charts and Tables Through History
More about color systems in my book: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter


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