19 November 2014
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1965, the sculptor Tim Cherry grew up in Nelson, a town located among the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia.
This is where he developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors. Escaping into the wilds was then (and still is) a spiritual experience.
Eight Tim Cherry's expressive agile animal bronze sculptures. Go here for a lot more.
Tim Cherry states, “My sculptural approach involves the use of simplified shapes and lines to produce curvilinear forms. I enjoy orchestrating these elements into sculpture that is rhythmical, flowing and inviting to the touch. Capturing the grace and elegance of my subjects is a primary goal.”
08 November 2014
"I'm motivated by the beauty surrounding us in simple, everyday objects and scenes. I paint exclusively in oils and enjoy the challenge of working alla prima, both in the studio and outdoors, usually finishing a piece in a single session."
– Michael Chamberlain
– Michael Chamberlain
Alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt) or wet-on-wet is a painting technique used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint.
Cafe at Dusk
Enjoy the selection I've made among the huge production of the generously prolific Mr. Chamberlain: 30 beautiful San Francisco square cityscape paintings.
Cafe on Polk
Harrison at Embarcadero
Hyde and Lombard
Jones at Glover
Larkin and Broadway
Last Light, Side Street
Looking North on Polk
Narrow Street, Telegraph Hill
Red Truck Turning Left
Sunset Power Lines
Tall Buildings on Leavenworth
Tree Lined Street
View from an Alley
View of Alcatraz from Hyde
Washington and Mason
West on Broadway
06 November 2014
A wonderful (and unexpected – of course) surprise yesterday afternoon: the bird painter Rex Brasher.
Known as "Connecticut's 20th-century Audubon", Rex Brasher (1869-1960) was born in Brooklyn, USA. As a youngster he became fascinated with birds. In 1878, at the age of 8, Brasher determined to paint all the birds of North America from life–and better [ahem] than John James Audubon (1785-1851).
Rex Brasher started painting birds seriously around age 16 and produced 875 watercolors depicting 1,200 species and sub-species of North American birds.
He strove for perfection, attempting to make his paintings as lifelike as possible by portraying birds in their natural habitats, illustrating gender differences and recording their everyday activities.
Visiting every state, Rex Brasher captured birds that are now extinct, including the Heath hen, Passenger pigeon and Eskimo curlew.
Eagle and ducks
He often financed these trips by working at odd jobs, including stints on fishing boats (this allowed him to work while also studying seabirds). He also funded his work through more unusual means, such as betting on the horses.
Great blue heron
Often unsatisfied with his results, he twice destroyed all his paintings, an estimated 700 canvases.
In 1911, after having received a $700 commission for illustrating a book, Rex Brasher purchased a farm in Connecticut, calling it Chickadee Valley.
By 1924 he had completed his series of paintings and attempted to have his work published. But the cost of printing all the plates in color was prohibitive.
Rex Brasher came up with a less costly solution: he hired a gravure company to produce black-and-white reproductions. And then he hand-colored the prints himself, using an airbrush and stencil technique that he’d developed.
This labor intensive process took four years to complete. The final book, Birds & Trees of North America, was produced in a limited edition of 100 sets of 12 volumes and included almost 90,000 hand-colored reproductions.
I had a hard time finding large images without watermarks…