DRAWING VS Craft

I INTENT First, one needs to understand that drawing is more than a craft; it is an integral part of the plastic arts. They need to understand what constitutes art and what does not. They need a strong overview and a game plan in order at achieve Mastery. They need to understand the Five Levels […]

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PROPORTION, ORDER AND HARMONY

Proportion, Order, and Harmony are the core of the success and vitality of any art form. This is true of all the Fine Arts, i.e., painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry. All things out of proportion are devoid of harmony. Though the subject of proportion is often associated with the human form, it is much more than […]

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Gottfried Bammes: mentor extraordinaire

   Gottfried Bammes was born in 1920 in Freital, Germany. He would have suffered through WWII’s devastation, and it seems likely he would have served in the German Military. Regardless, he finished his education at the Dresden University of Technology (1957–1959), which would have been in his late 30s. Perhaps, he was in Russian prison […]

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inspirational Painters Series: Leon Bonnat

The inspirational painters series deals with painters who had a major influence on their students. These are painters and mentors who prized individual expression over technique. We judge these painters not so much on their output but on the mastery of their proteges. Leon Joseph Florentin Bonnat was one such Master Mentor. Leon Bonnat was born […]

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OBSERVATION VS. IMAGINATION

Magnolia, abstract painting in blues and pinks by Brian Rutenberg, header image

Drawing, like all things in life, is not a choice of absolutes; various factions within the art community would have one believe the exact opposite. Their entire premise is that for something to be right, its counterpart must be evil. This stilted fundamentalist philosophy is not only unuseful; it is detrimental to the creative process. […]

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Gestural Expression

GESTURE – Gestural drawing is the ability to consolidate the observed and imagined visual characteristics of the subject matter and convey the most inFORMation as graphically as possible. Capturing the Gesture or gestalt is about the melding of perception and conception. Gestural drawing is about merging what we know about our subject with our comprehension […]

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The Human Form As Art

The Crux III painting of a female figure with doves by Steven Kenny, 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 inches

Steven Kenny was born in Peekskill, New York in 1962. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984. His final year of art school was spent studying independently in Rome. … In 1997 Steven dropped illustration in order to devote his full attention to the fine arts.

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Paolo Roversi

Born in Ravenna in 1947, Paolo Roversi’s interest in photography was kindled as a teenager during a family vacation in Spain in 1964. Back home, he set up a darkroom in a convenient cellar with another keen amateur, the local postman Battista Minguzzi, and began developing and printing his own black & white work. The encounter […]

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Vania Zouravliov

Vania Zouravliov grew up in an artistic family. His mother was an art teacher and so he picked up painting from a very young age. His adolescent influences were both typical and unusual. The Bible, Dante’s Divine Comedy, early Disney animation, and North American Indians, included among them. Vania was soon labeled a prodigy. He […]

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The human form in the arts_Otto Greiner

Otto Was Born On 16Th December 1869 In Leipzig, Germany And Died On 24Th September 1916 In Munich. Greiner Was A Painter And Printmaker, He Started A Lithography Apprenticeship In Leipzig In 1884 And Also Took Drawing Lessons. Between 1888 And 1891 He Studied At The Akademie Der Bildenden Künste In Munich Under Sándor Liezen-Mayer. […]

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