"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." ~ Aristotle
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." ~ Aristotle
Rembrandt van Rijn was a great 17th century Dutch artist. He was a child prodigy, begining his training at the age of 14. He became so skilled at his craft that at the age of 22 he started his own art school. Some of the students that he taught were already trained but sought to learn under Rembrant. It is said that if he liked a painting that a student made he signed his name on it.
Even though he was famous and successful, his personal life was marked with tragedy. His wife died after they were only married for 8 years and three of their four children died in a period of seven years.
The artist was famous for his realism, his pieces are quite remarkable in their intricate details. His art depicted: historic scenes, religious scenes (from the Bible) and mythological pieces. Probably the most famous recurring theme in his work were his self portraits. He is credited to having more than 90 pieces of art depicting himself. At first I thought this had to do with vanity but apparently at the time it was popular to collect artists' self portraits. Early on his paintings of himself show a robust and confident young man; his later portraits show a more introspective side of him.
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Newell Convers Wyeth was born in the turn of the last century. A painter and an illustrator he felt that the two were distinctly different kinds of art. His paintings of nature changed over time to be like artists that he admired. For me, his incredible illustrations for classic children's books which included Treasure Island, were his stand out pieces. Even early on when he was just 12 years old Newell's talents were apparent. He went to art school in Massachusetts Normal Art School (later to be named Massachusetts College of Art and Design) and studied under Howard Pyle. At one point Wyeth went out west to live the life of a cowboy, he did this to get authentic ideas of the western subjects that he painted. When his money was stolen, he worked as a letter carrier to earn enough money to get back home! Wyeth is credited for painting over 3000 paintings and illustrating 112 book. N. C. Wyeth had five children, most of who would contribute to the artistic world. Check out this site for a lot of beautiful pieces by this great American illustrator: www.pinterest.com/markusd/nc-wyeth-favorites
Jim Kunz is a talented artist from Oregon and friend of mine! He's primarily self taught with only a few classes in print making. Jim expresses himself through his art, employing the use of bold colors and design. The styles he uses range from stylized to impressionistic to architectural. He also uses a number of different media in his pieces. He likes making his pieces in such a way that the viewer can imagine their own stories about what the painting is about. His work is a visual treat! Check out his work at www.fallfestivalofthearts.com/jim-kunz1.html
Jon Deuschle is a young talented artists and musician, who was born and raised in Zimbabwe and currently makes his home in Florida. I like his art because it's a fresh perspective on an old subject, wild animals of Africa. In his own words he says he didn't plan on being an artist but kind of fell into it when he made a painting for a friend. He calls his style "An African Romance" and I think you'll see why when you view his pieces! www.jondeuschle.com
My love of art started at an early age. Hearing stories written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter is one of my fond memories from my childhood.
When I was little, Dad got my siblings and I little boxed sets of her stories at the gas station! These stories introduced me to watercolors and the imaginative things you could do with art. Helen Beatrix Potter was born in Kensington, England in the later half of the 19th century. She didn't go to school she was educated by her governesses. Beatrix and her brother Bertram were naturalist at heart who liked to explore their surroundings, collecting various things from the outdoors to draw and paint. They had several small pets to draw inspiration from as well, that included: Mice, hedgehog, bats and of course rabbits! Her early years inspired her stories that would ultimately make her famous. Aside from art she was also a conservationist and prize winning animal breeder. At the age of 47 she married William Heelis, they were happily married for 30 years 'till her death in 1943.
Most famous for his paintings and pastel drawings of ballet dancers (of which is numbered at about 1500 pieces) Edgar Degas' passion was showing modern living in unusual and interesting new ways. He liked to play with compositions, family portraits showed personality and emotion rather than static poses of the subjects sitting looking forward. Degas' paintings borrowed from Japanese prints cutting off (framing) his subjects in unusual ways, in doing this he worked at making the viewer feel like they were in the midst of the action. He was known to paint his friends in his pieces. In the painting called The Orchestra at the Opera, the main musician is a friend and really played the bassoon although a number of other friends are in the painting as well, depicted with instruments but they really didn't play! Degas wanted his paintings to look spontaneous and done quickly but actually he worked out his pieces with a lot of preliminary, detailed sketches and executed them in his studio. I learned these things from a book called "What Makes A Degas A Degas" written by Richard Muhlberger.
Claude Monet was a 19th century Impressionist and is most famous for paintings he did of his own lily ponds. He led the artistic movement of French Impressionism, his painting "Impression, Soleil Levant" (Impression Sunrise -painted in 1872) is where the term for these artists' style comes from. Monet painted with oils and did his paintings very quickly (he also worked with pastel). He always preferred to paint out of doors (plein air) regardless of the weather. Towards the end of his life he painted inside in a giant green house like addition to his house, thus giving the same effect of painting outside. Claude Monet's sight worsened later in life. He developed cataracts that affected his vision and the perceived color that he saw, this in turn caused the paintings he did at this time to have a red cast to them. After having two surgeries to remove his cataracts, he went back over those paintings to correct the color. Interestingly Monet also did multiple versions of his paintings, if one wasn't successful in being juried he would paint another version to submit in the future. I think he wanted to capture the intricate changes of light in his pieces. One of the scenes he did of poppies, he painted 3 canvases (that were set up side by side) consecutively to show the change of light on the same scene.
Bob Ross is a modern icon for oil painters. He specialized in scenic paintings; a lot of which was purely from his imagination. He was born and raised in Florida however after joining the US Air Force he lived in Alaska for several years. These years spent in the mountains greatly influenced his paintings. Bob Ross' artwork has inspired thousands if not millions of people. He certainly inspired me when I was growing up and watching his series on PBS called "The Joy of Painting". I have fond memories of my family watching his shows together, trying to copy his style with his "happy clouds" and "happy trees". Ross is remembered for his saying "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents." When talking about his career in art, he said, "I started painting when I was little. I didn't know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do." Some of the pieces I've painted I've done from my imagination as well, although I know I haven't done anywhere near as many as he estimated in his life, 30,000!
Since I was a child I've been inspired by Disney artists, in particular I've always enjoyed soaking in the details that Disney's animations are famous for. Movie masterpieces like Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, Bambi, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to name a few. These background paintings were done usually in watercolor. Later animation would change to other mediums . Interestingly, for the movie "Lilo & Stich", the artists involved had to relearn how to create backgrounds using watercolors (because no Disney animations since Dumbo had done so ). There's an interesting documentary about four Disney background artist called "4 Artists Paint 1 Tree" it's fascinating!
Norman Rockwell has always inspired me as I'm sure is has an continues to inspire a vast and diverse group of people. Aside from his amazing detail and interesting compositions, Rockwell also strove to show a story or a message in his work. Sometimes these stories were whimsical, depicting children at play, young sweethearts or nostalgic as the painting "Freedom from Want" was (that he painted in 1943). However a lot of his paintings had to do with civil issues, such as his famous painting
"The Problem We All Live With" depicting a real little girl name Ruby Bridges during desegregation in 1960 (painted in 1964). The previously mentioned Four Freedoms series painted in 1943, are probably Rockwell's most iconic pieces. These pieces were paintings he did using his own neighbors (in Vermont) as models.
Sarah Lowe is an avid art enthusiast. Besides creating art she loves to enjoy other artists' work. This blog is about articles, websites or other art related items she's come across and thinks that you might enjoy too!