Mar 23, 2011

Tim Burton

It's always so great to see the original sketches of the author!!

Peter Noonan

This is a screen capture of his work; please do not use for commercial use!

I love the presence I feel in this illustration...

Mar 18, 2011

Richard Diebenkorn

I heart the colors and level of abstraction of his work.

Otto Dix

Portrait of journalist Sylvia von Harden, 1926
Oil on wood, 121 x 89 cm

Pompidou Center, Paris

* This is just a small portion of the painting.

Mar 15, 2011

I tawt I taw a Putty-Tat ~

I can't believe I haven't posted this already!!!

Dear Tweetie Bird, You're just too cute for words...

Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis, Hold House Port Mear Square Island

I *just* discovered this guy last night and I'm thrilled! You can tell that this is a scene he felt and experienced - on a personal level. He is not painting to fit into an idealogy or a school of painting. And I think that is just so *precious* to behold and admired...

(from Wikipedia) ... His paintings are an excellent example of na├»ve artperspective is ignored and an object's scale is often based on its relative importance in the scene. This gives many of his paintings a map-like quality. Wallis painted his seascapes from memory, in large part because the world of sail he knew was being replaced by steamships. As he himself put it, his subjects were "what use To Bee out of my memery what we may never see again..."[2] Having little money, Wallis improvised with materials, mostly painting on cardboard ripped from packing boxes using a limited palette of paint brought from ships chandlers.

Henri Rousseau

* Rousseau is known for his jungle theme but I appreciate some of his lesser known works because it gives helpful clues to how he arrived at his own system of painting. I think this particular piece is very typical of his works - with their well arranged elements, attempting to flatten the space, with the more decorative parts such as the tree that are rendered with a little more brushwork, and the sky reminiscent of some Japanese print the way the colors blend so subtly in a gradual manner. 

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