Saturday, December 14, 2019

Grey wolf drawing by Jasmina Susak

Real time pencil drawing process of a grey wolf by Jasmina Susak (pencil artist, author, innovator and art instructor).

Thursday, December 12, 2019

When Dali met Gala

Gala's Foot (left panel), 1974

The artist's meeting with Gala was the most important event in the artist's life and decisive for his future career.

Gala was born as Elena Ivanovna Diakonova in Kazan Governorate, Russian Empire, to a family of intellectuals. Among her childhood friends was the poet Marina Tsvetaeva. She began working as a schoolteacher in 1915, at which time she was living in Moscow.
In 1912, she was sent to a sanatorium at Clavadel, near Davos in Switzerland for the treatment of tuberculosis. She met Paul Éluard while in Switzerland and fell in love with him. They were both seventeen. In 1916, during World War I, she traveled from Russia to Paris to reunite with him; they were married one year later. Their daughter, Cécile, was born in 1918. Gala detested motherhood, mistreating and ignoring her child.

When Salvador Dali meets Gala, she is a nine year-older woman than him, married to Paul Eluard and the mother of a little girl.
In April 1929, Dali went to Paris to present the film that he had created with Luis Buñuel, and it was there where Camille Goemans, a Belgian poet and gallery owner, introduced Dalí to Paul Eluard. Later Dali invited the couple to spend the summer in Cadaqués.
When Dalí met Gala it was love at first sight. Her appearance coincided with the image of an unknown Russian girl, whom Dali used to see in his dreams quite often. And additionally Salvador invented the ideal look of an elegant woman, which he was always looking for. So that all was in Gala, and he decided that Gala was totally his. Dali and Gala, having lived together since 1929, were married in 1934 in a civil ceremony. Later they remarried in a Catholic ceremony in 1958.

Gala served as Dali's muse through the most productive years of his artistic career. He often signed both his name and hers at the bottom of his paintings, reflecting the strength of their partnership. Gala was a frequent model for her husband, posing for sculptures and paintings including Portrait of Galerina (1945). The two sometimes participated in exhibitions together during the 1930s. Gala also managed the business side of Dali's artistic career, handling all of the financial transactions associated with the sale of his work.

Dalí has transforms Gala into a living icon - his agent and patron. Gala was worshipped and her likeness were recreated in art and sculpture. Dalí immortalised Gala in some of his most important works, her appearance was a revelation for him. He saw in her the imaginary female figure that he has been long waiting for.
But, according to most accounts, Gala had a strong libido and throughout her life had numerous extramarital affairs (among them with her former husband Paul Éluard).
In 1968, Dalí bought for Gala the Castle of Púbol, Girona, where she would spend time every summer from 1971 to 1980. He also agreed not to visit her there without getting advance permission from her in writing.

Gala is a frequent model in Dalí's work, often in religious roles such as the Blessed Virgin Mary in the 1949 painting The Madonna of Port Lligat. His paintings of her show his great love for her, and some are perhaps the most affectionate and sensual depictions of a middle-aged woman in Western art. Among the paintings she served as a model for are: Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman, Gala (1929); Memory of the Child-Woman (1932); The Angelus of Gala (1935); Gala and "The Angelus" of Millet before the Imminent Arrival of the Conical Anamorphoses (1933); William Tell and Gradiva (1931); The Old Age of William Tell (1931); The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus (1958-59); The Ecumenical Council (1960); Corpus Hypercubus (1954); Galatea of the Spheres (1952); and others.
In Portrait of Galarina, (1940–1945) Gala's face is shown severe and confrontational, her bared breast meant to depict bread, and the snake on the arm a gift of Dalí's sponsor Edward James.

Disclaimer: All resources are from the Internet.

My Wife, Nude, Contemplating Her Own Flesh Becoming Stairs,
Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture, 1945,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, US

Galarina, 1944-1945

Automatic Beginning of a Portrait of Gala
(unfinished), 1932

Geodesic Portrait of Gala, 1936,
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

Portrait of Gala, 1941, pencil on paper

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee 1944

Lada Atomica, 1947-1949

Dali's Hand Drawing Back the Golden Fleece in the
Form of a Cloud to Show Gala,Completely Nude,
the Dawn,Very,Very Far Away Behind the Sun, 1977

Friday, December 6, 2019

Migration, painting by Marcel Witte

Marcel started his career as a professional artist in 2003. However, as a child, he never thought of becoming an artist.
"I've drawn for as long as I can remember. I filled stack of sketchbooks with images of animals. You wouldn’t find any houses or figures or cars in my books. But even in nursery school, I knew one thing for sure. I wanted to become a forester.”
So Marcel went to the College of Forestry and after, he worked for a Dutch nature organization.

In 2003, Marcel Marcel came up with the idea of making paintings of animals. Not in their natural habitat -what he used to do-, but against a monochromatic background which seems to be swept. Than he decided to take this chance and quit his job at the nature organization.
The artist spends all his time making paintings, following his own logical process.
“I made a few paintings, put them on a Dutch website -selling contemporary art- and within a week I sold three of my paintings. Gallery owners started asking for exhibitions. It was amazing. I never thought of becoming an artist, but when this happened…"

Monday, December 2, 2019

Chidren and dogs from Manet's paintings

Edouard Manet - A boy with a dog, 1861

Edouard Manet - Little Girl in an Armchair (Lise Campineanu), 1878

Edouard Manet - Boy blowing bubbles, 1869

Edouard Manet - The Railway 

Edouard Manet - Boy with a sword, 1861

Edouard Manet - A king charles spanie

Edouard Manet - A boy  with a pitcher, 1862

Edouard Manet - Portrait of  Lisa Campineanu, 1878

Edouard Manet - Head of a dog , 1876

Edouard Manet - The boy with cherries, 1859

Edouard Manet - The artist portrait of
Gilbert Marcellin Desboutin, 1875

Edouard Manet - Tama, The Japanese dog

Edouard Manet - Portrait of Henry Bernstein as a child

Edouard Manet - The boy with a sword, 1862

Edouard Manet - Boy and dog

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Olympia by Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet - Olympia, 1863

"There' s no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other. There's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth."

Olympia's body as well as her gaze is unabashedly confrontational. She defiantly looks out as her servant offers flowers from one of her male suitors. Although her hand rests on her leg, hiding her pubic area, the reference to traditional female virtue is ironic; a notion of modesty is notoriously absent in this work. A contemporary critic denounced Olympia's "shamelessly flexed" left hand, which seemed to him a mockery of the relaxed, shielding hand of Titian's Venus. Likewise, the alert black cat at the foot of the bed strikes a sexually rebellious note in contrast to that of the sleeping dog in Titian's portrayal of the goddess in his Venus of Urbino.
Olympia was the subject of caricatures in the popular press, but was championed by the French avant-garde community, and the painting's significance was appreciated by artists such as Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, and later Paul Gauguin.
Edouard Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and an essential figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Hsin-Yao Tseng

Hsin-Yao Tseng was born in 1986, in Taipei, Taiwan. He was born to be an artist.
At the age of ten, he began painting in watercolors, as well as other mediums. He painted in a self-taught manner.
Hsin-Yao received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, in 2009 and his Master of Fine Art degree from the same university in 2012.
The subjects he chooses to explore include landscapes, evocations of San Francisco and other cities, expressive portraits and still-life, using bright color and brush-strokes.
An urban scene will be expressed in a more organic, edgey manner causing him to use his medium in a bit more aggressive and spontaneous fashion, while a still-life might require a more gentle and cautious hand.
His many awards include Exceptional Merit Award at the 2012 International Portrait competition at Portrait Society of America.

Out side of Studio / Oil on panel

Evening Market / Oil on panel

"Lantern Light" / Oil on panel

Morning Light / Oil on linen 

Into the Light / Oil on linen 

By the Door / Oil on linen

Everyday / Oil on canvas

Breeze and Mist / Oil on panel

Little red shed / Oil on linen

Mountain Village / Oil on panel

Friday, November 22, 2019

Marcello Barenghi

Marcello Barenghi  is an illustrator and graphic designer
who lives and creates in Milan (Italy). He has an amazing skill at taking ordinary objects and turning them into art works.
From a young age he impressed people with his works. At the age of 9 Marcello attempted to replicate Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.
Referring to his work, he says:  “I discovered the colored pencils, but I immediately felt the need to find out a different technique that would allow me to cover large areas, shading and avoid the grainy look of colored pencils.”

Grey wolf drawing by Jasmina Susak

Real time pencil drawing process of a grey wolf by Jasmina Susak (pencil artist, author, innovator and art instructor).