Friday Favorite

The Spanish Dancer by John Singer Sargent

We’re doing gesture sketches this week and this painting came to mind because Sargent captures the pose and movement of the dancer so well. Though his palette is limited, the effect certainly isn’t. He creates a wonderful variety of textures and makes full use of his palette resulting in colors with a rich and earthy vibrancy.

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Friday Favorite

Two Crabs by Vincent Van Gogh

This is a fun piece by Van Gogh that I’ve had as my desktop background for awhile now. I love how he creates contrast with color compliments. Last semester we talked a little about how he paints subjects in pairs or opposites such as two cut sunflowers (another favorite) or these shoes.

How about you? Do you have a favorite Van Gogh you’d like to share?

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Friday Favorite posts are where I share paintings I like in an effort to identify what excites me and to establish a record of said excitement. To see more Friday Favorites, click here.

Friday Favorite

Midlife Crisis by Eileen Sorg

Last summer Jeff and I were wandering around downtown Poulsbo and we popped into an art gallery store on Front Street where I encountered Eileen Sorg’s prints and greeting cards. Immediately I was drawn to her whimsical style and sense of humor. I love the witty scenes she sets up with mischievous critters. According to her website she uses mostly color pencil along with “ink, pastel and watercolor applied for added depth.”

To see more of her work visit her website or check out her blog.

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Friday Favorite posts are where I share art (mostly paintings and drawings) that inspires me. To see more Friday Favorites, click here.

Friday Favorite

Bulb Bits by Carol Marine

Thank you everyone for stopping by and commenting on Friday Favorites. In last week’s post on Carol Marine’s Canyon Light, Paula mentioned Carol’s appreciation for light and reflection of light which is an aspect of her work that I too admire. Painting glass on a light surface is challenging and Carol does a masterful job. Using a more neutral color scheme allows those reflected lights to pop adding variety and richness to the whole piece.

In her FAQ on her blog, she mentions that it has taken her 20 years to get to the point where she can paint one small painting in 1 to 3 hours. That’s both comforting and daunting at the same time. For now, it’s motivating me to finish this post and get back to drawing.

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Friday Favorite posts are where I share art (mostly paintings and drawings) that inspires me. To see more Friday Favorites, click here.