By Donald Kolberg, Art Bookmarks Editor
Monthly link highlights to online resources and websites that seem informative and inspiring for artists or art enthusiasts. Most are free. Suggestions are welcomed.
Maybe you find yourself painting with focal points moved to unusual places or cropping your compositions in new ways. Or suddenly you find that the brown you are looking for is actually red, yellow, and blue visibly mixed on the canvas. Or maybe you find yourself painting outside, taking for granted the convenience of tube paints. And now you are able to see the light on your landscape in real time. If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to revisit Impressionism. Our friends at Craftsy have put together a delightful article showing four techniques of Impressionism that you can try.
Mary Bentz Gilkerson: Information About Color
There are so many blogs out there that sometimes sorting through them can seem as confusing as trying to control the colors of your palette—a perfect segue way to this particular bookmark: Mary Bentz Gilkerson’s blog covers color in a number of ways, such as the double primary palette, which includes a great video. I think that you will find this rather enjoyable.
Calder: An Article and a Catalogue
Many of my readers know that I hold sculpture close to my heart. That, along with my ADD desire for philosophical information, came together for me in a recent Art News article. In 1947 the then-new French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote about the innovative artist Alexander Calder. With the Whitney Museum in New York opening a Calder exhibition, they saw fit to reprint the article. I see fit to bookmark it here for your enjoyment.
I thought I would continue with the Alexander Calder theme by providing a retrospective catalogue showing a bunch of his circus pieces as well as other sculpture. This is from my online catalog collection.
This is a catalog of the November 6, 1964–January 31, 1965 exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; also shown at Musee national d’art moderne, Paris; Milwaukee Art Center; and the Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis.
Two Coats of Paint
If you are interested in art criticism or just are trying to get a handle on the newest waves of creativity, you might want to add Two Coats of Paint to your reading list. Launched in 2007 and nationally read, Two Coats of Paint publishes original content with an emphasis on contemporary painting and related issues. Two Coats of Paint is an NYC-based art project that includes an award-winning art blogazine, artist’s residency, and other special initiatives.
Andrew Wyeth’s melancholic paintings of rural American life are now available as postage stamps, released in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of his birth on July 12, 1917. The haunting realism of Wyeth’s work, while sometimes sentimental, always evokes the painter’s emotions. Last month the Brandywine River Museum of Art opened a major retrospective showcasing over one hundred of Wyeth’s paintings and works on paper, including some selected for the stamps, such as the 1967 “Spring Fed.” There are twelve stamps in the offering and can be purchased through USPS.com. I‘ve already sent for mine.
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