Posts tagged ‘painter’
December 25, 2014
Is there a better way to learn about an artwork than to break it into pieces and discover it’s magic by yourself? I’m going to show you how I usually do that. This time, I chose a famous painting by Antonio Allegri, better known as Correggio. It’s called The Holy Night and you can comfortably admire it in high resolution at google cultural institute. But I of course strongly recommend seeing it in person. It’s hung at Zwinger in Dresden, Germany.
“The scene is lit by the dazzling light radiating from the manger as the happy mother gazes at her new born son. In the background we can see St Joseph tending to one of the animals and the foreground is dominated by the figure of a shepherd who has rushed to witness the miracle. Two servant girls appear in the mid ground, one is looking at the shepherd, and the other raises her arm dazzled by the light of the manger. The angels in the top of the picture ride on a cloud of expectation as they herald the birth of the infant Jesus.”
One quite important thing that Correggio did here was that he made the newborn baby the only light source. It became standard later in baroque but it was quite revolutionary at the time. It adds lot of mystery to the scene. But what are the inner mechanics of the painting? Bellow is simplified path our eye follows while observing the painting. The first thing we probably notice is Maria with newborn baby. From that point, our eyes are carried around the whole painting, creating something like number 8 while never being allowed to leave the canvas completely. Following are the major forces that pull our eyes. Interesting to note is that there is basically nothing which would push our sight out of the painting. Everything seems to be compressed on the left, resulting in strong sense of calmness, expectation and permanence. When we abstract the composition we can fully appreciate the beautifully designed dark negative shapes. If we take a closer look at the painting we can notice that these shapes are gently repeated thorough the whole picture. Other thing to note is that there are almost no sharp spiky points in the painting. Everything is slightly rounded. We can also clearly see that the bright areas form something like letter X. The ratio of light and shade is roughly 1/3. Here is my pencil study of the two servant girls. I really dig the difference in their expressions and their relation. I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me. This article is the first of hopefully long and fruitful series of master studies which I’m going to do.
May 5, 2014
Third round of doodles from Taiwan. This time including some more refined oil paintings too.
March 3, 2013
December 8, 2012
Czech painter and book illustrator whose work played a central role in the development of paleontological reconstructions during a remarkable career spanning five decades. Burian’s fame later spread to an international audience, and a number of artists later attempted to emulate his style. He is regarded by many as the most influential palaeo-artist of the modern era. (wikipedia)
September 29, 2012
August 16, 2012
I was lucky to spend beautiful eleven days on Karphatos, one of the Greek islands. Nice thing about this place was, apart from other islands, that it was relatively free of mass tourism.
One can make adventurous walks through the island, or visit ancient villages in mountains, where people still honor old traditions, while barely meeting other travelers.
It was pleasant to see places of unspoiled nature, to taste delicious local food and to swim in crystal clear water.
Feel free to check out some photos me and my friend Kate brought back!
And I also managed to paint several watercolors, not of high quality though.
June 26, 2012
I would say that ponds are very significant sign of my country. Wherever you go, you probably soon find one. And the best is that they are so paintable!
May 15, 2012
I begin to think that it’s impossible to find bit of unspoiled nature here in Prague. People like to throw their garbage wherever they go, forgetting that they make mess right under their own homes. But there are still places which remind that crystal clear feeling of pure nature, and those are the places which I like to paint.
April 5, 2012
This is a studio painting I did three weeks ago. I used a plein-air study as a starting point, but at some point, I took a new direction and let the painting evolve on it’s own. Do you like it?
February 23, 2012
I’ve just finished first bunch of new artworks. This time, I seriously took tempera paintings and tweaked them in photoshop while trying to maintain original idea. But what now? Print them on canvas and do oil overpaint on same areas? Or leave them as they are?
More stuff of this kind is coming anyway guys. I will be hoping in your comments.
January 9, 2012
How to capture fast changing sky? Take very small canvas, mix the right color and do few accurate brush strokes. Do it within ten minutes. I feel that when I paint longer, the sky changes too much.
These studies might be too small and rough to be art pieces themselfs. But they will be extremely helpful in future, because colors are there.
What do you guys think? More is coming soon.