Born in northern France, La Tour was apprenticed at age 15 to a local painter but moved to Paris at age nineteen. In his mid-20’s he was encouraged to take up pastels which is medium for which he is known and in 1737 he exhibited both a portrait of another artist’s wife and a portrait of himself entitled Self-Portrait, Laughing the the Salon in Paris. Continue reading Mini Biography: Maurice Quentin de La Tour
A few months ago I made the offhand comment that I use acrylic paint because I’m too impatient to wait for oil paints to dry. And while that is true, it is also true that I found the chemicals painters use to clean oil off their brushes so noxious that after receiving some oil paints, brushes, a canvas, and turpentine for Christmas as a young teenager I never thought much about painting again – well, not until my 20’s when I had my own place and was in charge of buying my own art supplies. Continue reading Ode to Acrylic Paint
Arbus, My Boy, Stay Alert! is a recent digital composition utilizing an old black and white photograph from Diane Arbus but I also used her last name for the composite’s haphazard protagonist as well. He just seemed like an Arby kind of kid. Continue reading Arbus, My Boy, Stay Alert!
Born in Suffolk Gainsborough left home at about 13 to study art in London and was taught by Hubert Gravelot before marrying at age 19 to the illegitimate daughter of a duke.
Continue reading Mini Biography: Thomas Gainsborough
The Golden Mean or the Golden Ratio is a concept that is found in several disciplines including Philosophy, Mathematics, and Art. Examples of the Golden Mean exist in nature, architecture, and web design. In addition, the Golden Mean has a set value (1.618) and a name (Phi) but doesn’t have any cool dessert connections like Pi. Continue reading Art by the Numbers
There is not a whole lot to say about Dummy and Ink because there is no political or social message is hidden among the elements. And as far as elements go it’s pretty simple. Two photographs, one of an artist’s mannequin and the other of ink bottles on a board and a background from my photography software and then some effects from the aforementioned software. … Continue reading Dummy and Ink
Agnolo Bronzino was born, trained, educated, lived, worked, and died in Florence, Italy. His actual name was Agnolo di Cosimo but he is often referred to as Agnolo Bronzino or sometimes just Bronzino – a nickname likely given to him because of his dark complexion. Continue reading Mini Biography: Agnolo di Cosimo/Agnolo Bronzino
I’ve discussed before what I feel is a persistent discord between how art and artists are perceived and subsequently treated and how songs and musicians are perceived and subsequently treated. Continue reading Master of (the/a/some) Medium
This digital composite was originally intended for the project Target Resistance: The First 100 Days and utilizes a retro “bad guy” target of a thick-set 1940’s or 1950’s criminal aiming a gun. Continue reading Hero or Villain
and you and anyone else who makes art or likes it. And it starts with speaking about art in real terms not jargon-laden terms or a meaningless configurations of obsolete words. Continue reading Art for the Masses Starts With Me
Some Prisons are Soft is a recent digital composite that touches on the idea that figurative prisons exist and are largely self-imposed. Continue reading Some Prisons are Soft
Born into a family who owned and operated a Brewery Leyster may have made painting a career at age 19 due to her father’s financial situation. She painted for a few years before becoming a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke. Continue reading Mini Biography: Judith Leyster