Monday, October 31, 2011

Falling In Love With Art: Part 5, Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, dear friends.   
In the spirit of this Halloween day, here are some fun pictures for you to enjoy.
Edvard Munch

Arthur Rackham


Hayao Miyazaki

Joseph Mugnaini

Matthew Kirscht

Norman Rockwell

Rado Javor

Will Moses

Tim Burton

My kids, pumpkin carving artists.

"The wind came by. It rocked all the dark smoking pumpkins on the vast and beautiful Halloween Tree.
The wind seized a thousand dark leaves and blew them away up over the sky and down over the earth toward the sun that must surely rise.
Like the town, the Tree turned off its embered smiles and slept.
At two in the morning, the wind came back for more leaves."
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Happy Haunting! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Things and The Sketchbook Project 2012.

I've been drawing a lot recently.  Some doodling, some actual drawings and painting or playing with inks.  Here a few things I've been working on or playing with.  In the spirit of the season.  
Playing with illustrator inks. 

Not quite finished with this one.

A random doodle, not sure where this came from.

A painting I'm working on, not quite finished yet.  This is actually inspired by a poem,
which I will share once I complete the painting.

A picture I did the other day, I like this one. 

Also, I joined a cool project called The Sketchbook Project.  I think it will be fun to do and if you're interested in joining, the deadline I believe is October 31, although they may have moved it to November 2nd.  Either way, it's pretty cool and if you'd like to do something fun and get your art work out into the world, then this would be a great way to do it.  I apologize for getting this info. out so late.  

Cheers!!  Have a bloody fantastic weekend, my friends!  :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Falling In Love With Art: Part 4

A Gorey Dali...
This week I was busy and out of town, so I'm not as organized as I'd hoped to be.
With Halloween coming up next week, I thought I'd highlight two artists that have a bit more macabre style.  Both of these artists have inspired me over the years, with their very interesting perspectives.  

Edward Gorey was an illustrator, writer, an amazing artist.  His style and sense of humor was a bit twisted, which is what I love about him.  I first fell in love with his art when I would watch the PBS Mystery Theatre.

He wrote and illustrated over 100 books.  He was brilliant and very talented.

“Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring. ”
― Edward Gorey

Salvador Dali:  Was multi-talented in painting,drawing, photography, sculpture, writing and film.  His art work was interesting, surreal, bizarre, beautiful...I could go on, but instead I will just show you.

I have always loved this picture, as I'm sure many others do too.  Melting clocks, very cool.

A sample of his brilliance.

He was also great with optical illusions.  
I happened upon his art when I was about 15 years old and fell in love with his bizarre style.  It was very inspiring to see someone who could truly think outside the box.  
Thank you for popping by.  Have a happy week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Silent Sundays: What I've Been Working On

Since I've been doing this Falling In Love With Art series, I haven't really posted much of my own art projects.  So, today I thought I'd share a few items that I've been working on.  I'd hoped to scan them in, but I was out of town, so I had to just take a picture of them, sorry for the poor quality.
I've also been working on a painting, (which I really need to finish) and I've started a mural, which will probably take me a bit of time, but I'm pretty excited about it. I will get pictures of my progress on it.
Anyway, here's a few drawings I've been working on.
Hope you have a wonderful day.

She didn't start out as an elf, but just became one as I went along.

Fall is all around.

This is one of my little bunny pictures.  I have a few more that I've done over the past year.

Again, I am sorry for the poor quality, I need to get these scanned.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Falling In Love With Art: Part 3

Dear Friends, 
This week I am excited to once again share with you the beautiful art of another fellow blog artist.  Her name is Marjorie and her lovely blog is My Cozy Little Whimsy Nook.  Her art is inspired by her love of nature, animals, folk art, 18th & 19th century fashion and art, novels, poetry and old children's book illustrations, as well as her love of music.  In her art she tries to capture a sense of awkward beauty, stillness, solitude and whimsy.  I think she captures all of that, very well.  She grew up always loving to draw and paint, indoors and out, setting up her easel & watercolours, pretending to be an artist.  I don't think she needs to pretend, she is a wonderful artist.  Enjoy her lovely paintings and if you're interested in owning one of these lovelies or looking at many others, she has an Etsy.

To compliment Marjorie's very gorgeous art and love of nature, this week, I will also be highlighting one of my long time favorite artists,  Beatrix Potter.  
She lived in the 1800's, adored nature and became a very wonderful farm woman, as well as, buying properties so that she could later preserve them.  She had many children's books, that she wrote and illustrated and was fairly successful.  Her art and her stories are touching and whimsical and full of life and beauty.  
In addition to loving her art and life, there is a wonderful series of books I've read called Cottage Tales by Susan Wittig Albert.  They're about Beatrix Potter, but are fictional and quite lovely.  Enjoy the pictures.  

"A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires."
Hedy Lamarr