Saturday, December 7, 2019

Leonard Squirrell's Scenes of East Anglia

Leonard Squirrell, watercolor over pencil
Leonard Russell Squirrell, R.W.S., R.I., R.E. (1893-1979) was a versatile British artist who captured compositions of the architecture that was disappearing in 20th century.

Leonard Squirrell, watercolor over pencil
According to a recent book on Squirrell, he was known as the 'Grand Old Man of East Anglian Painting', "beloved by many people well outside the boundaries of East Anglia and admired by many more as an outstanding topographical artist. Ranked by many collectors and connoisseurs with John Sell Cotman, Thomas Girtin, Philip Wilson Steer (who taught him) and other famous East Anglian artists." 

Leonard Squirrell, Etching
According to a book on sketching from the 1930s,  Squirrell's pastel work "comes to us as a revelation," because he would do careful lead pencil studies before attempting his pastel drawings on tone paper.
Leonard Squirrell, pastel
"For him these are more than mere sketches, embodying not only the conception but all the study necessary to the production of a completely worked out pastel."

Friday, December 6, 2019

Leonard Campbell Taylor's Compositions

In his painting Women Playing Cards, Leonard Campbell Taylor limits himself to a restricted gamut of, essentially, white, black, and red, with a little blue-green mixed in with the grays.
Women Playing Chess by Leonard Campbell Taylor (British 1874-1969)
Thanks to his skillful value organization, the composition holds together well. The dark tones of the man in the distance blends into the background tones and yet is still readable. The black dress of the woman on the far side of the table also links up with the dark tones around her.

The first picture must have been successful for Taylor, as he echoed the idea in later paintings, and he even quoted the first composition in a print on the wall behind the man.
Discover more works by LCT on the ArtUK website.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Allen Anderson's Pulp Covers

The art of Allen Anderson is featured in a new hardbound book from the Illustrated Press.

Anderson (1908-1995) created dynamic, action-packed covers for the pulp magazines.

He worked for the westerns, "spicy" pulps, comic covers, and science fiction stories.

The book reproduces original art, tearsheets, and reference photos.

The hardcover book is compiled by author David Saunders, an expert in the field, and the book is limited to just 900 copies.

The Art of Allen Anderson available on Amazon
or at the Illustrated Press website.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Artists in the Calais Jungle

What happens if you're a refugee but also a dreamer? This mini documentary takes us inside the life of stateless artists who make time for their calligraphy, painting, or filmmaking. (Link to YouTube)
Thanks, Dan

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Priest Before the Sermon

Here's a priest before the sermon, turned inward in contemplation. 

I used just four tools: black and red-brown water-soluble colored pencils, a water brush filled with black ink, and a water brush filled with clear water.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Krøyer's Studio

This photo of the studio of Peder Krøyer (Danish, 1851-1909) studio shows his famous painting Hip, Hip, Hurrah! Just below that is a parabolic reflecting lantern, and on the floor is his field box.

Wine Bar by Peder Severin Krøyer
Peder Krøyer on Wikipedia

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Morphing Stockholm

Refik Anadol has developed software that can melt one form into another in an ever-evolving flow of dreamlike images. Forms that we think of as stable—such as architecture—rise and fall away like the tides and the flowers.

(Link to YouTube) The system draws on a collection of over 300,000 photographic images. The process uses a generative adversarial network, where one computer network creates images and the other judges whether the result is plausible.
Latent History – a machine dream of a Stockholm that never was (Thanks, K-Blogg)