Thursday, February 13, 2020
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
... an original acrylic/oil on paper, after (obviously) a motif of da Vinci.
I've always liked to paint portrait-style "people" and groups "ourselves"; these are not by commission (with only one exception, and I decided no more...).
Vermeer (see below, right) and a few other Dutch painters began to popularize the idea of paintings "ordinary people" as art works themselves, instead of commissioned portraits for wealthy nobility, merchants, and so forth. This idea was strongly taken up later by the impressionists and post-impressionists.
La Gioconto - " The sitter, Lisa del Giocondo was a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany, and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. The painting is thought to have been commissioned for their new home, and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea..."; "The ambiguity of the subject's expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic..."
The last quoted comment is widely repeated. I myself, having painted a fair number of portraits, don 't find anything "enigmatic" at all, she's simply in a self-contained mood, feeling right about maybe herself, her life, and being painted.
This is an original digital print, a portrait of a young woman, Gulf Coast Florida
Girl with a Pearl Earring - "considered a Vermeer masterpiece"
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Twentieth Century American Traditional-Modern Art
|I've always liked early 20th century American art, before our art world got taken over by abstraction and similarly somewhat inane art movements. |
"George Bellows was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He was an only child, born four years after his parents married, at the ages of fifty and forty respectively. His mother, Anna Wilhelmina Smith, was the daughter of a whaling captain.
... an original a
"Bellows attended Ohio State University from 1901 until 1904. There he played for the baseball and basketball teams, and provided illustrations for the Makio, the school's student yearbook. He was encouraged to become a professional baseball player, and he worked as a commercial illustrator while a student and continued to accept magazine assignments throughout his life. Despite these opportunities in athletics and commercial art, Bellows desired success as a painter. He left Ohio State in 1904 just before he was to graduate and moved to New York City to study art."
Saturday, August 31, 2013
My own art has always been influenced by the idea of "motif" and "real life". Much of abstract, post-abstract, and "contemporary" art lacks these directions, ending up "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing", or worse, nothing but trivial decoration.
|Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists used "Real Life" motifs (i.e., "what the painting is about"), sharply in contrast to the idealized "not real" subject matter of established academicism, to see more, go here - "Impressionist - Post Impressionist Motifs" |
... my current web sites:
Fine Arts Paintings and Digital Art
Online Fine Art
Traditional-Modern Fine Art
Original Fine Art Nude Paintings and Digital Art
Fine Art Nudes - Original Custom Digital Prints on Sale...
fine arts paintings
fine art nude
fine art painters
I like to think of my artwork motifs quite specifically. That is, the works here are not "portrait of a woman"; they are Eva and Shannon.