Marcel Duchamp

I frequently read up about fine art to help recharge my creative batteries.  One particular fine artist I want to talk about today is Marcel Duchamp.

 

Thanks to Arwen987 of YouTube for putting together this video!

Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French artist (who later became a US citizen) who is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.  His works as well as his attitudes towards art and its creation would shape 20th century art greatly.

His better known works are his scandalous Cubist/Futurist painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, and his various sculptures involving “readymades” like  Fountain.

 

Linus’ Thanksgiving Prayer

Not really much of an artistic post here, but one for the holiday today.

This is the Thanksgiving prayer speech that Linus Van Pelt gave in the 1973 television special “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” –

In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: ‘We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.” 

 

Those of you who want to see the actual video clip…here you go!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blue Woman

Here’s another one of my summer paintings.  Yet again, I go towards abstraction…only this time with the figure!

Blue Woman

"Blue Woman", Gouache on 12 x16 in. paper

 

I originally titled this “Blue Nude” – but that name was used by Henri Matisse (1869-1954).  In fact, as you may recall, I did a post about him and people in my class were comparing me to him.

This painting definitely set me apart from everyone else.  People painted, or at least tried to, realistically.  However, I went towards abstraction.  That’s a hallmark of my work, not only comics, but my drawings and paintings.  I’ve emphasized expression over form.

Blue Vase

Here’s another of my gouache paintings.

 

Blue Vase

"Blue Vase", Gouache on 12x16 in. paper

 

It’s amazing that I could get a number of different shades of blue by diluting the paint with opaque white.  Personally, I find this gouache painting one of my better still life works.

Lemon and Prunes

I have another painting for this week’s post.  This is one of my better gouache paintings from my summer class.

Lemon and Prunes

"Lemon and Prunes", Gouache on 12x16 in. paper

This works well.  I use abstraction here to define the shapes and the complements of purple and yellow work well to give a very pleasing visual.

Pepper and Vase

Today, I thought I’d share with you one of my paintings.  To improve my knowledge of color, I took a summer class in painting.  Why this instead of a color theory class?  It was because I wanted a more practical application as opposed to “theory”.  But I digress.

Pepper and Vase

"Pepper and Vase", Gouache on Aquabord, 10x14 in.

The piece you see here was one of the still lifes I painted.  This was a gouache painting class and I really learned so much from it.

Whereas everyone went towards realism, I leaned more to abstraction.  This was painted on Aquabord, a neat type of board made for watercolors.