DAILY ART FIX: Is Realist Art Still Relevant?

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Scott Fraser “Lemon Spiral” Oil on board 44″ x 29.5″

Even though I tend to paint from imagination rather than life, I have the greatest respect for artists who can accurately depict the natural world. And I agree that realist art has an immediate impact to the audience. It’s good news if the art market is becoming supportive of actual skill and talent, instead corrupt Postmodern conceptual hackwork.

Sprick shared an illustrative anecdote about overhearing a snippet of conversation between a couple leaving a museum: “They were walking out of an exhibit of incomprehensible, conceptual stuff, within earshot. The man said to the woman, ‘I know that guy was a genius, but sometimes I want to know it’s good artwork just by looking at it.’ realism is self-evident and needs no explanation.”

Sprick believes realism remains not only relevant, but also flourishing in the twenty-first century.

“There’s no sign of loss of interest among artists with sincerity who want to be challenged,” Sprick said. “I don’t think realism is ever going away. There’s a groundswell of young people finding training outside universities, in ateliers, in private studios, with somebody who has gained academic skill and teaches others.”

Scott Fraser, Pencil Wreck. Oil on board. 25.5 x 18 inches.

Scott Fraser “Pencil Wreck” oil on board 25.5″ x 18″

Read the full article here: Art & Object – Is Realist Art Still Relevant?

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DAILY ART FIX: QUIET PASTIMES AND THE ART OF ARRIVING EARLY

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Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife’s efficient waiting.

My sister was still in bed

when I went to see her yesterday..

So I sat down

pulled out my sketchbook

and drew pictures

until she woke up.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – In the Realms of the Unreal, a Fascinating Documentary on Outsider Artist Henry Darger

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To all appearances, Henry Darger (April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was an isolated, humble janitor. What no one realized until shortly before his death was he was the most prolific and intense outsider artist in America. In the Realms of the Unreal, a 2004 documentary on his life and works, also uses animation to bring motion to his mysterious art. The full film is available on YouTube.

The Trailer:

The full film:

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DAILY ART FIX: How Art Restorers Uncover Hidden Details in Artworks

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Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter an at Open Window before and after the restoration

A Big Change in Meaning: Vermeer’s Message was Hidden in ‘Girl Reading a Letter an at Open Window’

Many significant artworks are hundreds of years old. Often those works have been altered by other hands through the years, in efforts to clumsily restore or censor their imagery. Now museums look to analyze the changes, and perhaps correct paintings to their original states.

“Uncovering parts of paintings that have been drawn over is not always as meaningful as in the case of Vermeer,” says Maria Galen, expert for modern art and gallery owner in the western German city of Greven.

“Vermeer used the figure of cupid four times — as a ‘picture-in-picture,'” according to Uta Neidhardt, senior art conservator at the Dresden Museum.

Research and state-of-the-art laboratory tests have unambiguously confirmed that the love god, painted in brown and ochre tones, was covered up by a different hand that also covered up the amorous statement Vermeer originally wanted to make. But the case is not always this clear.

Read the full article here: DW – How art restorers uncover hidden details in artworks

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DAILY ART FIX: The Christmas Tree Painting, Updated

 

 An update on a post from December 23, 2015

Our Christmas Tree: Our Work-in-Progress Tradition

It started in 2012.

It’s a little hard when you are adults, with no kids around, to find the proper level of Christmas decorating for the home.

To not decorate at all would be bleak. It would be an unhappy break from a lifetime cycle of excitement and fun around the holidays, as well as missing out on commemorating one of the definitive miraculous events in human history.

But to go for an 8 foot live tree with all the trimmings and a giant outdoor display seems excessive. There are other complications as well. Our cats were too intrigued by even the small artificial tree we used for a few years, leading to some unfortunate episodes. And we don’t even have an outlet on the outside of our house to plug lights into.

In 2012 my wife Michele Bledsoe came up with a great solution. We were both painters-why not make a painting of a Christmas tree that we could bring out for the holiday?

Inspired, we made a quick trip to the art supply store and got to work.

Tree paint 1

2012: I began with the star and some vague spots of color as a base coat for ornaments

Michele’s sister Sherry was living with us at the time, and joined in creating the tree and decorations. The idea was just to roughly block in the shapes at first. Then, every year at Christmas time when we bring out the painting, we would continue to work on it.

Tree paint 2

Sherry and Michele, adding details

Michele took on the role of clean up and enhancement. Since her paintings are so precise and intricate, she excels at getting images resolved.

Tree paint 3

2021 marks our ninth season of painting on the tree. There’s still room to add new ornaments, and plenty of opportunities to refine the elements we’ve already depicted. I imagine we will be working on this the rest of our lives.

When the tree is not on one of our easels, we put it on our family room floor, surrounded by presents. It’s been a wonderful tradition. And the cats don’t try to climb it.

Merry Christmas!

“Christmas Tree” acrylic on canvas 36″ x 24″ 2012-2021

Michele Bledsoe, Richard Bledsoe, Sherry

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DAILY ART FIX: If Famous Artists Doodled Christmas Trees…

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Merry Christmas!

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DAILY ART FIX: The Neglected Afterlife of the Great Georges Braque

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Georges Braque “Théière noire et deux citrons” oil on panel, 12 3/8″ x 19 1/4″ (1948)

I’ve written before on French artist Georges Braque’s quiet power. His observations translated into paint have a mysterious, poised solidity and elegance. Is he being overlooked in today’s art market of flash and trash? This article thinks so, and presents a compelling take on Braque’s works.

He merely got on with it, year after year, making still life paintings of such restraint and subtlety, and much else too. None of the paintings on these walls shouts at us. They speak of self-containment, of a quietly impassioned, ongoing dedication to the task at hand. If anything, they seem to live and breathe, and even be in defiance of any easy notion of modernity.

Georges Braque “Vase, prunes et couteau” oil and sand on canvas 12 1/4″ x 25 1/2″ (1925)

Read the full article here: HYPERALLERGIC – The Neglected Afterlife of the Great Georges Braque

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – 25 BIZARRE AND CREEPY VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARDS

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I wonder about the context of some of theses motifs. Why all the frogs? What do they have to do with Christmas?

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DAILY ART FIX: The Artist in the Studio – Willem De Kooning

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Willem and Elaine De Kooning 1953

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Willem De Kooning 1953

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DAILY ART FIX: Christmas Lights: Photographing a Very American Tradition

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a woman in a christmas sweater sits in front of her large home decorated in christmas lights

From An American Christmas

One Christmas tradition my wife and I maintain is decorating our porch with lights. We have a solar powered string festooning our railing and pillar, flashing evolving patterns in red, gold, blue and green. Many of our neighbors have put up their own light displays: dripping blue icicles, loops and coils of big bulbs, flurries sparkling in bushes and trees.

But many cities have that one homeowner who makes their house a destination, a real Christmastime spectacle. A recent book photographed the phenomenon.

Danelle Manthey’s American Christmas, published last fall, is the culmination of a decade-long project documenting elaborate Christmas displays across the US. Through intimate photographs and the artist’s own words, Manthey’s photographs and accompanying essays recontextualize these displays as more than just Christmas kitsch, but as visionary works of art created by talented folk artists. Featuring the stories of more than forty artists across twelve states, American Christmas shows their commonalities and differences, and how they are united by hard work and an inspired vision.

Read the full article here: ART & OBJECT – Christmas Lights: Photographing a Very American Tradition

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