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10-22-2006, 12:57 AM
Hi welcome to week 43!!!!!!of our classical art journey!

Bet you thought I'd got lost, but I'm here. :wave:
Sorry I'm late. :o

Please join us and show what classical, traditonal type art
you've been working on. A quick sketch, a wip, from-life,
any realistic style or impression is welcomed.
Want to talk about an artists, that's cool.

Any medium is welcome.
Hope you will join us.

This painting keeps showing up in my travels this past week.
What do you see? If you haven't read about this painting,
there is an interesting story here to explore.


Winslow Homer
[American, 1836-1910]

Right and Left
Oil on canvas
72 x 123 cm (28 x 48 inches)
National Gallery of Art, Washing D.C.

Now some links I hope you will enjoy.

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Basic painting and drawing principles and techniques
from the Renaissance to the present
by John Hagan

ArtLex, Art Dictionary,
Michael Delahunt, Author
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Hope you have a great week! Nickel

10-22-2006, 07:41 PM
This is one place I've seen today.

List of most expensive paintings


10-22-2006, 08:00 PM

Winslow Homer
An October Day
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
Williamstown, Massachusetts


Winslow Homer
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
Williamstown, Massachusetts


Winslow Homer
West Point, Prout's Neck
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
Williamstown, Massachusetts


Winslow Homer
Two Guides
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
Williamstown, Massachusetts


Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History

October 9, 2005 - January 16, 2006

Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History will showcase 10 oil paintings, 11 watercolors, 17 drawings and etchings, and one photograph, as well as approximately 120 rarely seen wood engravings. Comprising almost 250 works by Homer, dating from 1857 to 1904, the Clark's deep holdings provide a variety of distinctive perspectives on this important American artist.

10-24-2006, 12:15 PM
Hello All,
Here is a still life - graphite on paper.

Beautiful Paintings Nickel, Winslow Homer definitely has some skills.

Random Classical Poetry of the week:
Laus Veneris: author Asclepiades

Sweet is snow in summer for the thirsty to drink, and sweet for
sailors after winter to see the garland of spring; but most sweet when
one cloak shelters two lovers, and the tale of love is told by both.

10-24-2006, 12:41 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Oct-2006/65063-absinthe.jpg degas...absinthe...1875-1876...just time for a quick sketch this week...mech. pencil on smooth bristol...changed it to sepia in my computer to soften it...tyree

10-24-2006, 12:56 PM
hi guys!!!! doing alot of last minute things for the trip...so just time for a quick sketch....i voted early yesterday...got a sketchbook for my trip at michaels arts and crafts...today im going to get an adapter for my charger for my camera..as our electric is different then theirs:confused: i also bought a carcoat..they still call them that???:p its white...i love white...white doesnt love me:lol: oh well..its washable...got it at old navy and i bought a scarf too..cuz it looks cold over there..plus its snazzy...im sure going to miss you all..and hope to share my sketches when i get back...dont know if i will have time to do one for next week..so nervous i am:D but will try...nickel...another terrific start to our week..your such a great hostess!!!! :heart: :wink2: granby...first out of the box this week with a great sketch!!! tyree:wave: will write more later!!!!:wave: :wave:

10-24-2006, 01:41 PM
Beautiful sketch Tyree - I haven't been here long but it looks to me as though you are improving every week - I feel like I see a boldness and confidence starting to sneak in to your work. Thanks for your kind comments on my sketch - (plus all your other kind words) I'm usually not a still life person but a thrown out back left me with no other option that day.

I like that your work referenced the legendary drink Absinthe. Here is the link to the wikipedia article regarding this mythical drink: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe ; but I must warn you this article is far too wordy and unpoetic to do the legendary subject justice. (Giving this drink a try is on my to do list before I cross the styx - God willing :) )

10-24-2006, 11:08 PM
Nice work Granby and Tyree, I'm falling behind and will have to get busy. Nickel I loved your newsprint drawing last week.... Looks as good as some of the high priced modern art in galleries. I have always liked the use of text in work.

Granby is that underwear strawn all over the living room in your drawing?? really good work!!
TSK TSK... LOL.:cat:

Time just keeps slipping by for me.

10-24-2006, 11:14 PM
A computer illustration I did several months ago might keep me out of the doghouse and up to date but I will try to get asketch done this week.:)


10-24-2006, 11:26 PM
lol, I agree Barb, that looks like an exciting time around that chair Granby drew.......ooooo lala.....don't worry, I run behind most times. Talking about the text in art, the first time I saw newspaper art, it was in an antique market, framed and it was a clown. Fell in love with the idea & look, plus it is an inexpensive way to do art, and a way to recycle.

Granby one of the best so far!!!!!!!of your drawings.

Susan, we will miss you lots but so very happy for you.
I think you'll look smashing chic with a white carcoat and scraf:)
Waiting for you to come back and share everything...almost;)lol!

I like your drawing too. Very expressive and moody.

Those are good things. Even in a study to pull out the emotion
or the moral and try to re-express your visual ideal, that's good.

Hey Barb, nice vertical line here in this painting. You are safe from
the dog house, lol. I so can't do what you do with graphics.
Nice work!!

10-25-2006, 12:27 AM
nickel...whats the scoop on the ducks??? barb...lovely...like the colour..please explain how you do these computer illustrations..if you have some time????:wink2: granby...i love degas' absinthe..i wanted to see it in paris..but it was gone when i visited:crying: :( thanks for the info on it...i always thought it had opium in it..which made it so addictive..hmmm...i think it would be bitter..even with sugar....think ill stick to my bud lite..and harvey wallbangers:lol: !!!! tyree:wave:

10-25-2006, 01:44 PM

Right and Left is Winslow Homer's last great picture, painted the year before his death in 1910. That fact, I think, inevitably colors what we feel about it. He was in his seventies, and had already experienced a minor stroke. One can't help but think of this as some sort of premonition of his own mortality.
On its most basic level, of course, this is a sporting picture; and its first owner was interested in it as a piece of hunting art. Its title refers to a feat in hunting of shooting two ducks in rapid succession with a double-barreled shotgun--one with the right barrel, followed immediately by one with the left.
But its characteristic of Homer to disguise profound or personal meanings in ordinary subjects. What makes this work particularly powerful is its largeness of conception, its simplicity, and its sense of confrontation, right "in your face" as people say these days. The birds are pressed up against the surface of the picture, almost falling out into the viewer's space. We have this physical, immediate sense of their extinction, which gets more powerful the more you think about it. And when you register that tiny hunter in the boat, just beneath the bird at the left, and you see the scarlet flash of his gun, you realize that we are being shot at too. And it becomes even more disturbing.
Many people don't even notice the hunter at first. But Homer is a master of meaningful detail, always balanced perfectly within the total composition. I can feel his excitement, share the fun he had in figuring it all out.
There's that extraordinary sense that while the duck on the right is already falling, the other has just been hit, so we are witnessing two stages of action here--the very last moment of life, and the very first moment of death. Don't miss that one little feather floating off at the right. And what I think is the most wonderful detail of all--and the hardest to see: it's just below the upper wing of the bird who stares out at us--the thinnest sliver of orange-red, where the sun is just edging above the horizon adding to the sense of the momentary that permeates the picture
Finally, I hope you'll stand back and look at this painting from a distance. Then you'll see the sun and the hunter disappear completely, leaving us with a staggeringly beautiful and almost oriental arrangement of birds--just abstract shapes against bands of the subtlest cream and grey.

above text from
NGA Streaming Slideshow & Audio Text

Close ups of this painting are here at this link
From the Tour: Homer and Eakins: American Painters in the Late 1800s
Object 8 of 8

To really see this painting better, you should see it in person I'm sure,
next best thing is to look at the website above. Larger scan than here
so you can see detail of the gun blast. It's really hard to make out
unless the image is larger, and to see it as a graphic piece, stand back
from the computer..squeeze your eyes half shut. :) :wave: Nickel

10-25-2006, 07:42 PM
yikes nickel...i thought they were diving for food..:p tyree:wave:

10-26-2006, 12:47 AM
Barb, that is a very beautiful blue heron: great composition and everything. I'm amazed you can do that on a computer.

Tyree - Absinthe is an interesting story - its hard to catch the jist of it from the wikipedia article. People were clearly addicted to it. Based on descriptions of how it was made scientists can't figure out how on earth anyone could get addicted to it - so they assumed it must have been laced with opium (which was as available as aspirin at the time). However, anyone who ever wrote anything on the subject at the time (and many did): clearly described them as two completely seperate classes of drugs. Its a mystery.

Anyway, I'm sure that is more than you ever cared to know. I have learned at least two things about life. Any theory that assumes people in the past were idiots is wrong - also - don't learn history from historians (hint: read original sources).

I'll quit blathering..take care and God bless all. Have a great trip to Ireland - I am very jeaolous..

10-26-2006, 11:42 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2006/65063-sisters.jpg hi everyone...thought id share my picture my uncle drew back in the 1940's ...probably after WW2...of my mom (on the right) and her sister...he later had is own studio in san francisco...he painted oil on black velvet...it was stunning work...maybe nickel..will look up this old method...it was ruined by the elvis on velvet in the 60s thing...my mom had coal black hair and piercing black eyes..she could have been a movie star....talk to you soon...tyree:wave:

10-26-2006, 05:24 PM
Nickel, thanks for sharing this poignant odsevation of Homer's geese, how often our art reflects our view of ourselves and the world around us.
An old bohemian gypsy once told me " The soul of an artist is to be as a mirror, reflecting the good and the bad regardless but never changing because of this" it seemed to stick with me all these years.

Tyree thanks for sharing this wonderful drawing - very 40's.
Granby - enjoyed the history lesson - I learn so much from this little group:rolleyes:

:heart: u guys

Mony G
10-27-2006, 06:11 AM
hi everyone...thought id share my picture my uncle drew back in the 1940's ...probably after WW2...of my mom (on the right) and her sister...he later had is own studio in san francisco...he painted oil on black velvet...it was stunning work...maybe nickel..will look up this old method...it was ruined by the elvis on velvet in the 60s thing...my mom had coal black hair and piercing black eyes..she could have been a movie star....talk to you soon...tyree:wave:

What lovely ladies...they really looked like movie stars!
and your Degas study is really good, too... I'd dare say you are getting better and better every week!
We are really improving ourselves in this forum! :clap: :clap: :clap: ... all of us...!

Have a nice weekend... all of you !


10-27-2006, 06:03 PM
Hi Again,
I know that we are all getting better. The great thing about this weekly thread is it puts a little pressure on you to not throw in the towel. I also like the fact that we can use any media we want, and all the feedback is very encouraging. Anyway, Here's my proof about getting better - 6 weeks ago (week 37 I think) I posted a copy of 'a sifter'. Anyway, I gave that painting to a friend - every time I looked at the wall where she was hanging I missed her, so I spent a little time this week redoing her. (My wife is getting suspicously jeaolus of this unknown lady I keep painting - this will be my last rendition for my own safety). Thanks for all the help and encouragement everyone.

10-27-2006, 06:15 PM
Hehe, Susan, my mom had coal black hair too, see, strange!:)
It's a lovely drawing of your mom and aunt. lol, I bought one
velvet painting, Willie Nelson :D :D :D :D
I don't know if I really want to know how they made them, lol but
I did look a bit, think something called "theorems" a stencil layering
technique, but I saw no mention of exactly how it was done.
Hi Barb, nice little saying to remember. You seem to hit the nail on
the head with this one quote.
Hi Mony, hope your week has been a good one. You too have
a nice weekend!!!
Hi Granby, you are doing great. It's good to revisit a piece and
rework it. You are doing so good at your work!!!!
Susan we are going to miss you while your gone! Have a great

PS I learn so much from you all! Thanks bunches!!!


10-28-2006, 02:55 PM
A little playtime below after dark.


10-28-2006, 05:07 PM
granby...thats such a great work...i can see why your drawn to it...nickel...wow...red..very haunting...but it is halloweeny!!!:evil: tyree