A couple of more winter images

Posted in Reference photos with tags , , on January 5, 2008 by brian55peterson

Winter treesRed trees winter

Winter hike and some reference photos

Posted in Reference photos with tags , , , , on January 5, 2008 by brian55peterson

I love digital cameras and GIMP for art projects. I decided to get out and record some potential landscapes fpr pastel work, Some samples below. I highly recommend GIMP over Photoshop for a number of reason not the least that its free to use.

Orchard view

Nude drawing number 15

Posted in drawing with tags , , on January 5, 2008 by brian55peterson

This is the last life figure for a while due to winter holidays etc. Time to switch to winter landscapes and still lifes. I like nudes because I feel they are more challenging to draw and more interesting to the viewer. Anyway here it is. I’m finishing off one more before i start the new series. I’m trying to simplify.Nude

Rothko and the modern world

Posted in Artists I like on January 2, 2008 by brian55peterson

“The role of the artist, of course, has always been that of image-maker. Different times require different images. Today when our aspirations have been reduced to a desperate attempt to escape from evil, and times are out of joint, our obsessive, subterranean and pictographic images are the expression of the neurosis which is our reality. To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all. On the contrary, it is the realism of our time. “

 I think this is as true today as it was when he said it.  The relevance of his art to this world is best expressed by the recent price paid for one of his works and the fact that reprints or facsimiles of his work (in much reduced size) are available in generic home decor stores.

I’ve seen his works at the Art Institute of Chicago and was inspired by the complexity of the technique and the size of the canvas. They are huge!

White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) 1950

A quote from Robert Genn

Posted in drawing, Pastels with tags , , , , on January 1, 2008 by brian55peterson

Find a sanctuary where you can comfortably work.
Dedicate at least two hours a day to your art.
Have more than enough equipment and supplies.
Set short- and long-term goals and keep track of progress.
Think of your work as exercise, not championship play.
Explore series development and exhaust personal themes.
Work alone with the benefit of books and perhaps tapes.
Replace passive consumption with creative production.
Use your own intuition and master your technology.
Feel the joy of personal, self-generated sweat.
Fall in love with your own working processes.
Be forever on the lookout for the advent of style.
Try to be your own person and claim your rights.
Don’t bother setting yourself up for rejection.
Don’t swing too wildly and damage the well-being of others.
Don’t jump into the ring until you’re feeling fit.

You can see this and more at Painters Key, linked to the right.

Multiple versions

Posted in drawing with tags , , , , on January 1, 2008 by brian55peterson

I typically repeat the drawings any time, each one is different and it seems to revolve around my mood at the time. A lot of what I do is motivated by my subconscious, the weight of the strokes the hardness of edges. These 2 I did last week.
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Graphite vs Charcoal

Posted in drawing with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2008 by brian55peterson

I like the drama of tone in charcoals vs the subtlety of graphite. Here is a sketch from my notebook done in pencil

I do 2 or 3 a day. This is the model for the charcoal in the earlier post.

Nude sketch graphite 4 x 7 inches