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Good gracious, these were from five years ago at least!


I haven't seen a mantis in a long while! Maybe one of this one's children will be waiting to say hello when I go back to visit family next week...




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Another darkroom class photo.
I don't know why, but things look fine whenever I use the computer that's hooked up to the scanner, but the moment I look at them again on my home computer they always look really faded and gray. It's kind of infuriating.



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Gameplan

Jun. 8th, 2010 02:39 pm
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Things I had:
1) Access to a darkroom
2) Photographic paper
3) Gears
4) A Sharpie

Things I didn't have:
1) Film

I had fun with it anyway.









 



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This was part of the first set I ever processed in the darkroom, which is how that splotch came to be. I think it was kind of a happy accident- it seems to fit with the general feeling. Weird how a splotch can serve as a souvenir.

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Intaglio

Jun. 6th, 2010 05:54 pm
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Final assignment. I did another illustration just to see if I could do it better, and really do quite like this one. Erdrich chapel scene. This is the aquatint newsprint proof.






Another late night, complete with some caffeine induced decisions that turned out better than I'd thought they would! This is definitely an AP and a bit smudgy, but it did turn out better than most of the final prints. Probably I should be kinder to it than scotch taping it to my wall.




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Intaglio

Jun. 6th, 2010 04:43 pm
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First print!
Our assignment was to just draw anything, really, just to get the hang of etching on our zinc plates. I'm pretty enamored with Angela Carter's short stories and thought I'd do a take on The Bloody Chamber. My professor pretty much thought it was flat-out castle fairytale ridiculous, and my attempts to save my first day of class reputation by pointing out that the hands were supposed to represent dead wives were... not really helpful.






Of course the next instruction was to scrape off two thirds of the surface we'd just etched and revise it... The waves were nearly impossible to scrape. The waves at the bottom were preposterous! It's so much easier to remove straight, parallel lines because the tool doesn't catch as much in the process. This is just a newsprint process scan for the heck of it.






And then it was midnight and I was too exhausted from all of the scraping to come up with any revelations about the plate's true direction, so I just added more hands.





That last one is the print I consider the closest to "final" for this set. Later on I was learning how to aquatint and needed a plate to experiment on so that if I messed things up I'd not have to worry about scraping yet another plate and starting over before my next deadline, so I tried things out on my older plate. This is just the newsprint, but I thought I'd archive for comparison's sake it just in case someday I got access to a studio and took it in an entirely different direction. You never know.





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My two-plate experiment, complete with an oxidizing ink that changed and faded as I went over the plate with the tarlatan. After many botched attempts this one actually turned out kind of ghostly and neat.

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I really need to do more investigating of Alphonse Maria Mucha. He painted amazing art nouveau works that knock my socks off.

Such as this one:
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/image.asp?id=11515

or this one:
http://enews.heywoodenamels.com/common/Alphonse_Mucha_4_master.jpg

Goodness gracious.
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Pommes et Oranges: 1889
Bend in Road : 1900-06
Boat and the Bathers, The
Chateau Noir : 1902-05
Chocquet Seated : 1877
Gardanne : 1885 - 86


http://www.expo-cezanne.com/1_2.cfm?StartRow=31&Title=&Theme=*&Year=*&Technic=*&keyword=
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Aix Ambassedeurs (1875 - 77)
At the Café Châteaudun (Two old guys talking about something interesting...)
Ballet at the Paris Opéra
Ballet Class 1881 (The teacher doesn't seem to be paying much attention!)
Before the Mirror 1885 - 86
Carlos Pellegrini 1876
Dance Class (1874- one of them, at least. There's a short man with a walking stick/cane standing in the middle of the picture. I absolutely love his stance. The 1876 Dancing Examination version is cool, but not as cool.)
Dance Class (1871: Kind of a yellow background. The atmosphere reminds me of Fencing, except that it looks NOTHING like the club. That's the sort of warm, cozily athletic feeling there, though!)
Dancer Fixing Her Shoe 1886
Dancers (Blue tutus, awesome poses, enough said.)
Dancers in Pink 1880-85
Dancers, Pink and Green 1890
Degas and Evariste de Valernes, Painter and a Friend of the 1865
Four Dancers 1899
Green Singer, The (I like her costume.) 1884
Halévy and Cavé Backstage at the Opera 1879
Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study 1886
Horses in a Meadow 1871
Jeantaud, Linet and Laine 1871
Mary Cassatt at the Louvre (petticoat)




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In response to
http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/29/nude.art.ap/index.html

... which contains a link to an article about a museum in Vienna that has opened its doors (for the summer) to scantily clad and nude visitors wanting to see their (air conditioned) exibition of "The Naked Truth," early 1900s erotic art. (Here.) )

I looked up some of the artists mentioned, because I like pervy scandals and am also learning figure drawing in art class...
Paintings/sketches I like or want to copy into my sketchbook to show my art teacher:

Gustav Klimt:
The Kiss 1907 - 08 (Of course.)
Stoclet Frieze : Expectation (I liked her posture, the way the shapes in her dress affect the overall visual effect, and I loved the background.)
Schlob Kammer on the Attersee IV (Lovely house with a nice feeling to it.
After the Rain
Apple Tree I
Beethoven Frieze :'Freude schöner Götterfunken' (detail) The
Chruch in Cassone (I have a blue fetish.)
Chruch in Unterach on the Attersee
Emilie Flöge at the age of seventeen
Farmergarden with Sunflower (This style vaguely reminds me of the way one of my friends used to draw.)
Garden Path with Chicken (Because the chicken looks self-righteous, and that makes me grin.)
Goldfish
Houses in Unterach on the Attersee
Lady with Cape (It has feeling to it.)
Lady with Fan
Malcesine on Lake Garda (!!!)
Music I
Poppy Field
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I ('nother nifty-shapes-dress.)
Portrait of Baroness Elisabeth Bacchofen-Ech (I like her dress, too.)
Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein
Portrait of Serena Lederer (Really sort of translucent and ghostly...)
Portrait of the pianist and piano teacher Joseph Pembauer
Schlob Kammer on the Attersee II, Schlob Kammer on the Attersee IV
Seated Nude Woman, Study (I like the way her hair wraps around her shoulders, and her shy little feet.)
Stoclet Frieze : Fullfilment (Reminiscent of The Kiss.)
Stocletfrieze : Life Tree
Study for "Lewdness" from the Beethoven Frieze (What a sly expression! Hooray for handsome androgeny!)
Water Serpents I (A little Very scary, but it the same time very cool. Posture reminds me of The Three Ages of Women.)

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ART: John William Waterhouse (Lady of Shalott etc.)
I love this type of art. Rock on, Mr. Waterhouse.
(I've had a lot of caffeine, and am not entirlely coherent. Here are some of my favorites:)

The Lady of Shalott (1888)
The Lady of Shalott (study) 1894
Boreas (1902)
Thisbe (1909)
Hylas and the Nymphs (study)1896
Psyche Entering Cupid's Garden (1904)- the hand on the door is very well done.
Study of Miss Murial Foster
The Missal (1902)
Psyche Opening the Golden Box (1903)
Isabella and the Pot of Basil (1907)
Grecian Flower Market (1880)
The Rose Bower (1910)
Juliet (!) (1898) ... actually looks her age.
St. Cecelia (1895)- violin-playing angels!
At Capri (1890) woman and little girl brushing hair.
Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (1909)
The Anunciation (1914) Mary looks wonderfully terrified. I like her.
Tristram and Isolde (1916)
Gathering Almond Blossoms (!) (1916)
The Enchanted Garden (1916)
Tale from the Decameron (!) (1916)
The Flower Picker (!)
Fair Rosamund (1917)
The Crystal Ball (1902)
Lady Clare (1900) -With faun!
The Orange Gatherers (1890)
Narcissus (1912)
Penelope and the Suitors (1912)
A Song of Springtime (1913) (because of the little boy at the lower right corner.)
The Sorceress (1913)
Ophelia/The Blue Dress (1910)
The Charmer (1911)
Destiny (1900)
Echo and Narcissus (1903) Narcissus is very humorous.
Hylas and the Nymphs study (1896)
Hylas and the Nymphs (1896)
I am half sick of shadows said the lady of Shalott (1916)
In the Peristyle (1874)
Household Gods (1880)
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The proper school to learn art is not life but art
- Oscar Wilde,

Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail.
--Julia Cameron

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
--Margot Fonteyn (1919-____) English dancer

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.
--Katherine Anne Porter (1894-1980) US novelist, short-story writer

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within.
--Louise Nevelson US sculptor, painter

John Lithgow in Third Rock From the Sun: Quotes: Art
Out of suffering comes creativity. You cannot spell painting without pain.

Pablo Picasso: Quotes: Art
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso: Quotes: Art
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
--Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, director

The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates.
--T. S. Eliot

More! )
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I LOVE QUOTES.
And I LOVE "The Remarkable Rocket." Yay!

So, in honor of Oscar Wilde:

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
The Picture of Dorian Gray.

He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
The Picture of Dorian Gray.

As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
The Critic as Artist.

It is through Art and through Art only that we can realize our perfection; through Art and Art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.
Art.

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