Monday Muse - Cy Twombly

Another abstract artist that I love is Cy Twombly. His works have a frenetic energy about them that makes them so delightful to look at. Some of the paintings can be described as minimal. The color palette and strokes and marks are quite restrained in terms of variety. That doesn't mean to say his works are boring. Other paintings have a lot of variety and there is a strength to the painting as a whole, as well as lots of little interesting moments happening within the canvas. The canvas has so much movement and rhythm expressed on it. There is also a childlike quality to Twombly's art. It feels as though he approached the canvas and experimented with different colors and strokes and let the composition flow freely. My favorite paintings by him are ones that have a lot of little brushstrokes and colors that make your eyes dance across the canvas. I see a lot of elements that I would like to incorporate into my work in the future. 

I hope you enjoy these works by Cy Twombly!

The Sketchbook Project - April 2017

Over the last several months, I have been filling up a blank sketchbook to be included in The Sketchbook Project. The Sketchbook Project is a sketchbook library housed in the Brooklyn Art Library based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York that houses sketchbooks from thousands of artists and amateurs alike. You can search different topics that pique your interest and find artists who have tagged their book with that subject. Artists from all around the world submit their sketchbooks to the library. The Sketchbook Project also digitizes their sketchbooks, for a fee of $35, so that people can experience the sketchbook library on the web. 

My sketchbook, Indigo Visions, was submitted to the Sketchbook Project in April of 2017. I have digitized it here for you to see and experience. 

Art History - The Garden of Earthly Delights, Hieronymus Bosch

I want to start a new series incorporating some art education on my blog. I am studying to receive my BFA in Art Education, and I am making this space into a place for art history, art experience, and learning about art theory and art making. I want my curriculum to be heavily based in art history and observation. Each week, I will talk about a piece of art from prehistory to the modern era and talk about some elements that can influence your art process.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1503 and 1515. This painting can teach many things about the elements and principles of art as well as encouraging the focus on narrative. Here are my three takeaways from The Garden of Earthly Delights:

  1. Use of color - Bosch uses a complimentary analogous color scheme effectively in this piece which creates a sense of balance throughout. The background of the piece is predominantly blues and greens which contrast beautifully with the muted, warm tints of the human figures as well as the pops of red that give the piece of sense of rhythm, which helps to lead the viewers eye around the piece.
  2. Repetition and rhythm - The repetitive forms of the bodies gives the piece a rhythm that the eye can follow around the work. The use of implied line and perspective also helps guide the eye through the work. There is a lot to take in in this painting, but the use of repetition to create movement as well as resting places for the eye, helps the viewer to "read" the visual story.
  3. Narrative - Many art historians believe that the triptych of The Garden of Earthly Delights is meant to be read from left to right, telling the story of the creation of Eve, humanities' fall from grace, and their eventual punishment. Art historians have conflicting interpretations of the center panel, some feel it depicts a sinful explosion while others feel it is the representation of the innocence of humanity before the Fall. Either way, Bosch is giving his viewer a message and something to contemplate. The visual language is rich with storytelling vignettes that portray a message to the viewer. Each part of the triptych can be seen as its' own story, broken down into many smaller stories, or viewed as a whole.

What other elements do you see at work here? I would love to know what artistic takeaways or inspiration you glean from Bosch's Garden. I am excited to kick off this series with my favorite artist and painting and am looking forward to bringing you more.