Friday, December 5, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Don't miss the Vincent Van Gogh video with music--it is fantastic! This and some other Powerpoint shows (pps) are listed under "Of Continuing Interest..." (Note: I think most of the other Powerpoint shows are mediocre.)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Flowers have always been a popular art motif. An exhibition Flower Myth - van Gogh to Jeff Koons examined flowers in modern art. There are many paintings that one does not usually see.
It is not very obvious how to get from the description page to the paintings. The only link I could find on this page is "Temporary exhibitions (10)" so I drew an arrow to highlight the link. Once you get to a page of paintings there is more than one way to navigate the site, and most of the small images can be enlarged by clicking on them. You can also take a virtual tour of some of the art by clicking "Panoramic View" below the header image at the top of the page (both on the main page and the individual room pages). The "See the Tabloid" link is a convenient way of viewing a number of paintings on a page.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
First, watercolor paper was soaked in water and placed on a nonabsorbent board. Only three paint colors were used: ultramarine blue, bright red, and bright yellow. These three colors were mixed to obtain other colors. The various values were obtained by using more or less water with the paint. It was also possible to partially remove or "lift out" an area of color with a clean wet brush.
The procedure was to copy the composition, colors, and values which were displayed on the projection screen. As we worked the focus was increased, and the paper dried gradually. As you can see from the blurry images below, it was impossible to tell what we were painting until nearly the end. As the screen image changed, modifications were made in our paintings until finally a clear image was displayed.
The painting is Water Pitcher by Vermeer--I found a copy at the Web Museum that I am using here. The original painting and my watercolor "copy" are displayed at the bottom of this post.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Here is a watercolor painting website that looks very good for learning watercolor painting.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Earl showed some practice paintings of clouds and a book of clouds photos he is using for reference. He is planning to upload some pictures when he figures out how to do it. Kathy showed us the current status of her grandaughter painting and the book Drawing With Charcoal, Chalk, and Sanguine Crayon she is planning to use for her fall drawing class. Mike told us about his photo book The Quiet Hours published by the University of Minnesota Press. Lynne has been concentrating on digital photography this summer and has put some of her photos on Flickr under the name "cityclickernet."
CityPages has a nice review of Mike Melman's book and you can search inside the book at Amazon. I checked the book out of the Minneapolis Central Library. It is listed in the catalog at 12 Minneapolis libraries but not at the Anoka County libraries.
I also checked out another photography book Photographing Your Artwork: a Step-by-Step Guide to Taking High Quality Slides at an Affordable Price. That book tells the proper way to photograph artwork using a 35mm manual SLR camera, tripod, lights, an exposure meter, a gray card, exposure bracketing, and squaring up the artwork in the viewfinder (Amazon has an excerpt you can read online). I shot my picture with a handheld point-and-shoot digital camera using autofocus and autoexposure--definitely not the recommended method. I tried to square it up on my camera's LCD screen but wasn't very successful--I ended up skewing it in Photoshop to square it up and also adjusting the color a bit.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Color Mixing Guide has important color information and mixing exercises.
Clean Color Mixing compares inorganic and inorganic pigments and the effect of matting agents on color.
Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid describes many ways of using acrylic glazing liquid.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I really enjoyed Karen Cooper's acrylic paintings at the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts. She has a simple colorful style that I find more interesting than detailed realistically colored paintings. Karen Cooper has an excellent website, Karen Cooper Paintings. The portfolio section of the website is divided into still life and figurative paintings. Her recent paintings are mainly figurative, which she describes as "people in places you want to be." Her people are usually very simplified and are not meant to be portraits.
In addition to showing many paintings in her portfolio, there are two blogs. Cooper, about painting, blog is a journal blog. Cooper, daily work blog is a "project blog" where she writes about and shows various stages in a painting's progress.
Note for dedicated web surfers: I couldn't resist clicking on the link at the bottom for Artist websites by FineArtStudioOnline.com. There you can find many artist websites--go to the page that has a list of all the artists.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Since I am currently working on a landscape painting based on one of my photographs, I found this article very interesting and useful. I discovered a couple things in my painting that I should probably change. I recommend this article for anyone interested in painting a landscape. As the author states: "Rules are made to be broken, in which case you should at least know what rule you are breaking and why and not err due to insufficient knowledge."
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The classes are good for both beginning and experienced painters. Students may copy paintings of the "masters" or work on original concepts. Kathy supplies individual help when requested as well as demonstrating some basic painting techniques.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
For guidelines, I suggest maximum sizes of no larger than 50kb and no wider than 400px. If you have a picture you want to upload and do not know how to check the size or resize it, please ask me for help.
There is a lot of blogger help information available, but it can sometimes be frustrating trying to find the right topic. Here is a link to a topic I located that I think would be most useful for those trying to get started in posting: All about Blogger's post editor.
At the bottom of the posting window there is a box "Labels for this post." It is best to click the "Show all" link to see and choose from the labels already available. Although it is possible to type in a new label name, it is best not to have too many labels.
Using a label for a post places the post in a specific category and makes it easier for readers of the blog to find posts on a particular topic. If you forget to use a label when you are posting, you can go back in and add it by editing the post.
To edit a post, first choose "new post" then "edit posts."
To place a link, highlight the link text (usually the name of the site), click the link icon on the toolbar, and paste (pasting is more accurate than typing) the copied url in the popup window in the space that begins "http."
I will probaby be creating a few more label categories like suggestions and books. Feel free to suggest categories.
I found a site that apparently was created at the time of a 2003 National Gallery of Australia exhibition Pierre Bonnard Observing Nature. The text accompanying the paintings pointed out important features of composition and style, and was the reason I found this site so interesting.
Note: I couldn't access the main National Gallery of Australia website--it may be undergoing updating.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Another plein air painting event is planned for May 31 at Eloise Butler Wildlife Garden. Details can be found by going to www.utrechtart.com and clicking on the link for the Minneapolis store.
I thought it would be fun to also to have a group blog where members could post suggestions for meetings, painting tips, pictures of their work, website links, art book recommendations, etc.