Monday, July 27, 2015

John Singer Sargent

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Week four is John Singer Seargant taught by .Kelly Berkey
John Singer Seargant was the premier portrait artist of his time. His talent was apparent early on.  His mother noticed he was not learning well in school and deduced he'd be better served homeschooled and traveling Europe. His mother gave him a sketchbook and encouraged him to draw their outings.  At 13, his parents noticed the detail and great care he put into correcting and perfecting his sketches that they decided to seek out proper art training for him.

What was most unique about John Singer Sargent is that he lived in the time when impressionism (M onet, Renior, Cezanne) and fauvism (Braque, Matisse,Picasso) was most popular. His classical style was vastly different yet he was still wildly popular.

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- stuck with a classical style
- was most known for his portraits
- mainly worked "Alla Prima" meaning all at once and with the layers of paint wet and wet.

What I learned
- Some people are born with an innate talent but that doesn't mean they don't have to work at it. Sargent was known for his critical eye and ability to correct his work.
- His classical style is very delicate and takes a lot of work.

I really liked Sargents work ethic and desire to practice and keep learning. As he said you can't do enough sketches. Sketching is the base of a good drawing painting, isnpired by him I chose to sketch in a loose gestural way as he often did of dancers.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Marie Laurencin

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Ivette Newport took the reigns week three and learned about Marie Laurencin.

Marie Laurencin was considered on avante garde French artist. When she was 18 she was sent away by her mother to study porcelain painting. A few years later she returned to Paris to attend Academie Humbert and focus on oil painting.

In Paris she became close friends with Picasso and was welcomed into his inner circle where she met Guillaume Appollinaire, who is credited for creating the cubism movement.     

Although she explored the cubist movement of her friends she was never fully followed that style. Her paintings were mostly stylized, feminine woman painted in pastel colors.

During the first world War, Marie Was exiled to Spain with bet the husband. She was unhappy there and her painting shows much sharper gloomier shapes. After a year they divorced and she returned to a Paris to where she made a living as an artist making custom portraits (including Coco Chanel) and illustrations for books and magazines.

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- her paintings were very feminine
  - simple faces- her focus is more on expression of mood.
- she used lots of soft, pastel colors
- her portraits had very large, dark eyes and almost doll like, whimsical faces
- she blocked in areas with flat color

What I learned
- like with Horace Pippin and Joan Miro, Marie was seen as primitive and

simple. Yet attempting to replicate her techniques are anything but simple

- it takes a lot of practice and knowledge to make something look easy.

- even when pushed by others she really stuck to the style that was in  herself.  

- She carried that style through every medium she used whether it be charcoal, watercolor, oils, and more.

Marie worked with many mediums and for inspired by Laurencin I decided to keep it simplified and stick with interpreting her line and ink drawings adding volume with 
cross hatching and various mark makings while added the big, dark eyes she is known for.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Joan Miro

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Week two we learned about Joan Miro from Jenny Doh.

Joan Miro is a Spanish artist known for creating a style  of drawing called automatic drawing. Automatic drawing is a style that instead of using rules and methods taught conventionally you drew lines intuitively.

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- developed automatic drawing 
- believed in drawing intuitively.

What I learned
- just like with Horace Pippin simple doesn't equal easy. Not having an idea of what I am making and allowing my hand to go wherever it wants, and then accept it, is a great challenge  in letting go.

- It can be fun to draw intuitively, see what's there, and then brainstorm what can be made out of 

I don't really get Joan Miro or his art but it's interesting to try something new and examine why he was interested in it.  I haven't been sure how to describe my inspired by Miro, I guess , it was intuitive and  what came out of my brushes is what came out.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Horace Pippin

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Studying Under The Masters 3 is here and we start with Jeanne Oliver learning about Horace Pippin.

Horrace Pippin is a self-taught artist who began creating after he won a newspaper contest prize of crayons and watercolor. He didn't have a lot but he made use of whatever he could get his hands on to create with.

In his late teens he joined the army and served in World War 1. During the war, he was injured and lost the use of his drawing arm. He returned home, married, and had a family but the desire to make art was always with him. He tried different ways of expressing himself but they never took off for him.

At the age of forty, a hot burning poker caught his eye and he wondered if this could enable him to express the pictures and feelings in his mind.  He began to draw images on wood panel by burning them with the hot poker.

After many wood burnt paintings, Pippin decided to try oils by using his good arm to lift and guide his injured drawing arm. It took him three years to finish his first oil painting.

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- Pippin was known as a folk artist because of his use of bright colors, flat shapes, and simple lines.

- He didn't use shading or perspective.

- His art was considering primitive.

What I learned: 
- Horrace Pippin didn't give up. Art was in him and he was always on the lookout of how to use it no matter his circumstances.

- Primitive doesn't mean easy or simple.  It's a lot easier, for me,to have lines sketched out first.

For my inspired by Pippin, I chose to keep it simple,  and use crayons like he began with,to do a portrait of a painter.

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