Sunday, January 28, 2007

I'm calling this piece the Crepe Maker. It is inspired by the Sonian Forest in Belgium, near Brussels. Many painters in the 1600's were attracted to the landscape. In particular the painter Lodewijk (or Lodewyk) de Vadder, who worked in the period. He was granted the privilege to make taperstry cartoons for the city of Brussels in 1644. He and others were influenced by Rubens' technique with oils. Also the contrast between the vast size of the forest vs. the small scale of humans is a common theme around that time.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Study after Lorrain. An imagined roman country side with figures. I'm interested in studying invented landscapes. For example many dutch artists traveled to Italy in the 1600's. They made sketches then came back to create finished paintings of the low lands with hills and Italian atmosphere.

Monday, January 01, 2007

An experienced seaman lost at sea as a theme. 1640's? off the coast of Spain - perhaps.

Recent sketches from life. I was using a bottle of sepia ink with watercolors and gouache. Unfortunatley I had a major spill, what a mess. A few minutes later though I saw a bobcat. Random events you can say.