Saturday, May 31, 2008
Shown here are 2 pages from Stephan Schreiber's practice sketchbook book for illuminated manuscripts (West Germany). See more of this amazing sketchbook full of ideas and miniature designs from the year 1494 (!) on BibliOdyssey. Lovely to see the process.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Check out this gold cup that a guy had hidden away under his bed- a gift from his grandpa. It's ancient and it's worth a million dollars. He abused it as a child, thinking it was only a nice old cup from grandpa. Also, this Freemason padlock sold on ebay for a nice chunk of change. I love the designs on both of these objects. Reminds me, I have started to sell some things on ebay from under my own bed. It's better than a yard sale and, lord knows, my house full of junk...er, I mean treasures.
"Creation" painting copyright Amy Crehore
I just discovered this Magritte painting on the Femme blog. I have a couple of books on him, but I don't recall ever seeing it before. It's not in my books. I like it! It sort of reminds me of an early "Little Pierrot" that I painted (2004) called "Creation".
(Thanks to Femme for the Magritte image)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here is a detail of a sketch for one of my new paintings. I don't want to show the whole thing yet, it would give away my "punch line". I am happily finishing up 3 new works on linen canvas this week. Everything takes longer than I think it will, but in the end it's worth it. I'm using lots of layers of oil paint and striving for some seamless designs. As I work, I am transported back in time to early primitive Italian art, Bosch, Remedios Varo and growing up in N.J.-- all at once! I need to start blogging more about my own art now. Things are happening this summer: a New York show and a show in Las Vegas. More about all that later.