Friday Favorite

Dance of Eternal Love by Toshi Yoshida

There are so many beautiful paintings and photographs of cranes, but I like this painting in particular because it captures the aptly named dance of eternal love so well.  It reminds me of Van Gogh who was influenced by Japanese art, even though it was painted in 1970, eight decades after Van Gogh’s passing.

Most people close to us know that Jeff and I have a soft spot for cranes, even after folding 1,000 origami ones for our wedding. As symbols of loyalty, honor and longevity we thought they would be the perfect symbol for our marriage and had a pair carved onto our rings. If you haven’t seen them dance it’s worth watching the video below. They actually bow to each other beforehand. Their dance is full of beauty, grace, and tension reminding me of a tango. Though cranes are an idealized symbol for our partnership, I think in reality we behave more like plump little lovebirds, pecking at each other as we bicker and then hugging as we makeup.

How about you? What creature or symbol represents your ideal(s)?

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Technically it’s Saturday here in Guangzhou, but it’s still Friday in America. We had people over I stayed up later than I expected playing board games (definitely worth it). Friday Favorite posts are where I share paintings and drawings I like. To see more Friday Favorites, click here.

Rainbow bunny with yellow cup

Rainbow bunny with yellow cup

I’m glad I decided to go for four a week instead of five. This gives me some breathing room since these take me awhile to do.

For some added inspiration here is Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest talk on TED. There are so many quotable quotes that I ended up printing the transcript and putting it up on my wall.

4 Vases

4 vases

It was a challenging semester and I was out of my comfort zone for most of it which is good (though it didn’t always feel that way) because I was pushed harder than I would have pushed myself and I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made and how much I’ve learned about portrait and figure drawing. I’ll be posting some of my work from the semester soon once I get organized and make some last minute adjustments.

Since I want to be a daily painter (realistically for me that means painting on weekdays about 4-5 small paintings a week), I’m going to use the break for practice and aim for about 3-4 small paintings of simple subjects/week. This should give me time to continue figure and portrait drawing practice and a chance to work on other projects.

Unfortunately I’m a little slow out the gate so this one took me a bit longer than a day to finish, but here’s the first one.

A wise old Greek philosopher once said, “We are what we repeatedly practice.” So with that in mind, it’s back to the easel with me.

Friday Favorite Temporary Hiatus

I’m taking a break from Friday Favorites for another week or so until the semester over. Posts will resume shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear which artists and paintings are among your favorites.

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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

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

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.

 

Friday Favorite

Canyon Light by Carol Marine

Last semester I heard about Carol Marine through a classmate and fell in love with her work immediately.

She has a keen eye for shifts in value and temperature. I love her thick and bold application of paint. Her work contains a beautiful balance between representation and abstraction.

Carol Marine is one among many “daily painters” and her work is featured on Daily Paintworks. The idea of starting and finishing a painting a day appeals to me and is the direction I want to go with my own work.

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Friday Favorite

Still Life Revolving by Remedios Varo

Remedios Varo was a Spanish-Mexican surrealist. I believe this is the last painting she completed before she passed away in 1963.

I like the contrast between the lines that divide the background space versus the circles and sphere shapes we see from the table, plates and fruit in the center. The space is both fragmented and whole. The fruit and plates revolve around the candle like planets orbiting the sun. Though this is not a realistic scene, it is presented in a realistic and convincing way which is something I’d like to see in my own work someday.

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