Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Plein-aire" or open markets are a tradition in France. They have a regular schedule, usually weekly, which is advertised in posted signs around town and on fliers and lists you can obtain at the Office de Tourisme in each town. Bring cash, most transactions are in cash only.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Oscar Wilde has said: "All art is perfectly useless." And so it is. Useless, just like a sunset, a field of flowers, a gentle breeze, the song of birds, the view of magnificent mountains....
Monday, February 20, 2012
"Encaustic" is from the Latin: "encausticus", which is from the Greek word: "burn in". Encaustic combines melted beeswax with pigments. It can be used as an adhesive and as paint. Paints are applied on a heated surface, and each layer is fused with a heat gun. Interesting, eh?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
This painting is in exhibition and for sale at "La Mano Masks", in La Jolla, California. "La Mano" is a Venetian masks store on Prospect St., the main business street in La Jolla, a beautiful area near San Diego. Today is the day of Carnevale, and people wearing costumes from "La Mano" have been walking in La Jolla, and in Little Italy, San Diego, where a Venetian style Carnival was organized on the streets, with music, vendors, people in authentic Venetian costumes....so much fun!!!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Have you ever seen Sister Wendy's "Story of Painting" videos? They are marvelous! I strongly recommend them. Not only she is extremely knowledgeable about art and art history, she's also down to earth and funny. She shows us each painting in the castle, dungeon or museum where it is located, with vivid accounts of the painting and the painter him/herself. Engaging videos!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
What's the importance of William Blake(1757-1827)? To most people he was a mad artist on the fringes of art and society. His motto was: "Imagination, the divine vision." He was a painter, a poet, a genius. He followed no school, he was independent. With him, the cult of the artist-genius begins.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The International Jewish Festival is taking place in San Diego, California, at this moment. Today I saw two excellent documentary movies: "The Kissinger Saga", director Evi Kurz, and "The Judge", director Ram Landes. I strongly recommend both films, beautifully done, where the humanity of the real life characters comes forth to the audience.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Quick sketch in front of a mirror, done at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2010. They had a table set up for children to play with crayons. I happened to find a green paper around, and decided to do this quick sketch of myself. I enjoy challenging myself to draw or paint with anything I find. I remember an anecdote I once read about Picasso, that he would move to a new house, then walk around the neighborhood, enter any store where he could buy materials to write, draw or paint with, go home and try his new materials. At the Picasso museum in Paris, I saw a painting he did on a kitchen towel!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The illegitimate son of a peasant girl from a little town in Italy: Leonardo da Vinci. He built up layers of lightly colored varnish to create the mysterious shadowy depth of the Mona Lisa's skin. Brilliant!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
My friend Lidia, an artist from Venice, told me today the story of Venice. It seems that the Romans were in danger of invasion, about 1800 years ago, so they decided to save the "best and brightest" among them, the artists! They sent the artists on a boat to a farther away island. Once the artists arrived, they disassembled the boats, and with that wood built cottages and houses, sticking the poles of this very hard wood deep in the water. The wood was so sturdy, that the buildings stood strong, some even to this day. Venice was founded by artists and artisans.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) painted his own suffering, reflected in the deformations of the human body, as mirror of his own pain. To each his/her own!