July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment
After making hundreds of drawings on an iPhone (using the Brushes app) and sending by email to friends, David Hockney is now trying the iPad. One of the most influential British artists Hockney, who is 72, has explored the possibilities of art on faxes, polaroids and photocopies in the past. He now uses his fingers to draw straight on the monitor of his iPad. The possibility of replaying his final product and see himself drawing has fascinated him, as well as the bright colours of the lit screen.
“What makes the iPad better than the iPhone is its larger size. The iPhone was more about the relationship between the hand and the ear, whereas this is all about the hand and the eye and makes for far better co-ordination.
“What is also unique is that with the iPad you can actually watch a playback of your drawing. I have never watched myself actually drawing before.” said the artist to The Guardian.
The works are made mainly in the morning when he is still in bed and the subjects are sunrises and flower vases.
May 29, 2010 § 2 Comments
Edgar Degas, Standing Nude with Left Leg Raised,
Foot Resting on a Base, 1882-85
charcoal and pastel, squared, on blue vellum
The first drawing exhibition ever to travel from the Musée d’Orsay will bring works from the world’s finest collection of 19th-century French art to the Vancouver Art Gallery starting June 5. Presented are nearly 100 works by French artists such as Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Pissaro, Renoir, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat and others. That’s an unique opportunity to see this amazing collection of works without hoping on a plane.
“What came together when selecting these drawings with Isabelle Julia (curator of the show) was how intimately and vividly the artists captured the complexity of the Belle Époque and the women who inhabited it,” said Thomas Padon, one of the exhibition’s three commissioners.
The exhibition hits town in time for Drawn, Vancouver’s drawing festival that opens its vast schedule of events July 17.
Camille Pissarro – Group of Bathers at Water’s Edge, 1894-96
gouache and pencil on silk with paper backing
Georges Seurat, The Black Bow, ca 1882, Conté crayon on paper
Edouard Manet, Portrait of Nina Villard (Madame Callias), 1873-74
gouache heightened with leadpoint on wood
June 12, 2009 § Leave a comment
This post is a “re-tweet’ from one of my favourite blogs: bad banana blog by Tim Siedell, an interesting, funny and creative guy.
May 26, 2009 § 2 Comments
Image in Cedar Slash, 1947 Oil on wood board, 58.0 x 73.0 cm
Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) is one of Canada’s most important artists. He is known for his paintings and murals that draw from his personal experiences and from the social and political conflicts that have taken place in British Columbia’s and world history such as the struggles of the First Nations, the Second World War, and environmental movement. Jack Shadbolt: Underpinnings is a celebration of the artist’s centenary and includes over 150 drawings and sketches from the Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery [more]
Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery
May 1 – August 23, 2009