For one evaluates pictures differently from tapestries. The latter are purchased by measure, while the former are valued according to their excellence, their subject, and number of figures. —Letter of June 1, 1618, to Sir Dudley Carleton.
I teach a 100 level on-site Art History class for The American University of Rome called Art of Rome.¹ I began teaching it in the Spring of 2007 and, as of this writing, have taught it every semester since. It is, in essence, a hybrid of historical fact—names, dates, places and vocabulary—combined with a methodology designed(…)
Some time back in 2012 I read Virgil Elliot’s Traditional Oil Painting. He refers to Burnt Umber as a Problematic Pigment: The author [Virgil Elliott] has all but dropped burnt umber from his palette, owing to its high degree of absorbency when dry, which causes varnish to sink in, leaving chalky-appearing “dry spots.” It can(…)
Decades ago this would often come up in discussion with Maestro: what is the difference between “Illustration” and “Painting”? Here’s a thought I had tonight on the way home from Tuesday’s figure drawing lesson: Illustration is execution; Painting is performance. Illustration is the end of the journey; Painting is the means of the journey. Your(…)
When Craft and Quality are smothered by Dogma: Kate Middleton’s Portrait.
While speaking with the Maestro earlier tonight on Skype we spent some of the time discussing some of the finer points I made during the presentation I gave of Netherland from a few weeks back, and it occurred to me that I had failed to write any of it down. It now occurs to me that(…)
Notes on the notes: this post is long overdue! My glorious trip to the National Gallery occurred almost one year ago and the following notes I took on my iPad before, during and after my time in the National Gallery. I had put off publication mainly because I was going to accompany these notes with(…)
Fascinating insights into “human visual recognition systems” passed on to me by a friend about a month ago: http://cvcl.mit.edu/Aude.htm http://cvcl.mit.edu/hybridimage.htm http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/magazine/17-05/st_alphageek Many thanks, Sean!
Annotation Summary for: Practice of Oil painting by Solomon J. Solomon Page 11: Title Page 13: Preface Page 15: TOC Page 41: “spaces left” = negative space Page 41: The trickyness of foreshortening. Page 42: Drawing a means ro a definite end… Painting! Knowledge and accuracy! Page 45: Study the skull. Skin is of of(…)
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