DAILY ART FIX: Video – Critic Jerry Saltz Critiques His Own Art

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There’s practically no one less relevant than an art critic these days. Even though it’s part of what I do as well, the art world has been so distorted by elitist mismanagement, it’s like speaking a language no one knows about a subject no one cares about.

Jerry Saltz has made a career for himself by making art criticism a kind of wryly playful banter. Here he is confronted by the art he tried to make when he was a young man.

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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: Artist responds after image of Ghislaine Maxwell sketching her back goes viral

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Back Atcha: Maxwell Sketches the Sketch Artist

How the mighty have fallen. Ghislaine Maxwell was probably the real brains behind Jeffery Epstein-Didn’t-Kill-Himself’s jet-setting international child trafficking and elitist blackmail service. Now she is being rushed through a make-her-the-fall-gal trial. None of their powerful clients will be exposed; Ghislaine must be seething. Recently, Maxwell has taken to drawing the courtroom sketch artist who was drawing her. Is it attempted intimidation? Nerves? A distraction? Whatever it is, the images have gone viral.

Speaking to the Intelligencer, Jane Rosenberg spoke about the image that has captured the imagination of people and said: “In the pretrials in that little courtroom, that’s when the sketching started. She sketched me a few times in a row.”

Read the full article here: INDEPENDENT – Artist responds after image of Ghislaine Maxwell sketching her back goes viral

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DAILY ART FIX: 7 YEARS OF DAILY DRAWING TURNED INTO 2,500-PAGE BOOK

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Ruben Steeman’s “2,500 Days of Rust”

One of my mottos in art and life is persistence is key. Ruben Steeman persistently drew, then persisted to collect the works into an unlikely book.

Ruben Steeman has been posting one drawing per day for seven years on his website. When he reached the unbelievable amount of 2,500 drawings he decided to put them all in a book. Despite several publishers telling it would be impossible to print and publish it he wasn’t put off but remained focused and driven. He crowd funded his project and in the course of time found a book binder and managed to pull it through.

Read the full article here: ART SHEEP – 7 YEARS OF DAILY DRAWING TURNED INTO 2,500-PAGE BOOK

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DAILY ART FIX: Learn the Basics of Charcoal Drawing to Capture the Intensity of Life with Art

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Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal as a versatile drawing medium

I remember the first drawing I did in high school which wasn’t just a copy of what I was looking at, but had a real atmosphere and mystery about it. It was a self portrait done in charcoals, and I managed to make myself look moody and intense. Charcoal can be used for expressionist techniques, or be used very precisely. Learn the basics:

Charcoal is a smooth yet brittle material that has similar properties to chalk pastel. The dark substance comes in different forms—some are hard while others are soft—but overall it offers a quick sketching experience. Lighter, less dense charcoal is particularly adept at flying over the page and is great for casual sketches. But, don’t underestimate the incredible depth it can achieve. If you are working on a drawing that has deep shadows, charcoal will have the rich black tones you want to convey that sort of intensity.

Read the full article here: MY MODERN MET – Learn the Basics of Charcoal Drawing to Capture the Intensity of Life with Art

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DAILY ART FIX: 100 Plus Drawing Ideas That Will Get You Sketching Right Now

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Easy Drawing Ideas

Drawing is the foundation of artistic skill. Anything can become fascinating when the intense focus needed for drawing is engaged. But out of the whole universe of possibilities, where can you begin?

My Modern Met has many suggestions:

Easy drawing ideas inspired by real life:

•The interior of your living room

•A houseplant

•Kitchen utensils, like a whisk or slotted spoon

•Your self-portrait

•A family photograph that you cherish

•A famous person you admire

•Your feet (or someone else’s feet)

•Your hands (or someone else’s hands)

•A necklace, ring, or another piece of jewelry—try combining them in a still life

•A furry friend (working from a photograph is probably best)

•A fresh bouquet of flowers (try colored pencils with this one)

•Trees outside your window

•The exterior of your favorite building

•The items on your coffee table

•Your most interesting pair of shoes

•A cute baby animal

There are many more suggestions available.

Read the full article here: MY MODERN MET – 100 Plus Drawing Ideas That Will Get You Sketching Right Now

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DAILY ART FIX: Drawing Supplies and Materials: A List For Beginners Learning How To Draw

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Sketches show even Vincent Van Gogh had to practice his drawing

I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing.

-Vincent Van Gogh

Not everyone is an artist, but practically anyone can learn how to draw.

It’s a fascinating and enriching experience to learn how to coordinate eye, mind and hand  to capture an image. It can be frustrating too, especially in the beginning, but the payoff is worth it.

My advice for the first step is you have really look. See what it is essential. See how the all the essential parts relate to one another. Then make the mark which illustrates the essential thing you saw.

Sounds simple, but it isn’t. That’s what practice is for.

You need the right tools for the job too. This article below is a good list with reasonable suggestions, such as:

A pencil without paper is useless.

But the type of paper you use for drawing can play a huge role in the quality of your work. This is especially true for more experienced artists who want to create finished pieces.

When you’re just starting to draw printer paper is totally fine.

Most of the work you do is gonna be terrible if you have little-to-no experience. If you’re a bit older and never drew as a kid then you won’t want to sink money into high quality paper anyways.

For beginners: stick to a pack of A4 printer paper.

See the full article here: CONCEPT ART EMPIRE – Drawing Supplies & Materials: A List For Beginners Learning How To Draw

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DAILY ART FIX: SPONTANEOUS DRAWINGS AND THE ART OF MUTUAL SURPRISE

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Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife’s art is full of surprises.

I never know

what will turn up

when I start drawing..

Looks like this little guy

wasn’t expecting to see me

either.

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DAILY ART FIX: DRAWING, DARKNESS AND THE ART OF TRUSTING THE GIFT

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Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife, on the places she goes in her art.

When I draw

I don’t plan things out

beforehand..

I let the pen take me

where it wants to go.

Trust the gift..

and don’t be afraid of the dark.

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DAILY ART FIX: Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence

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John Ruskin's ‘Study of rock and ferns in a wood at Crossmount, Perthshire’ (1843)

John Ruskin “Study of Rock and Ferns in a Wood at Crossmount, Perthshire” 

Not everyone is an artist-but practically everyone can learn to draw. In my experience, drawing from life cultivates an intuitive awareness of perspective, connections, and relationships in the physical world. This can influence engagement on intellectual and spiritual levels.

As I stated in my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

I’d encourage anyone to try drawing or painting. It’s a wonderful experience to coordinate your eye, mind, and hand to produce an appealing outcome. Even though not everyone has the unusual skill set needed to be an artist, simple technical proficiency is a learnable skill. It takes practice, but engaging with art deepens our powers of
observation and discipline.

Turns out the Victorian art critic  John Ruskin (February 8, 1819–January 20, 1900) had expanded on those same ideas in the mid 19th century. In his Essay on the Relative Dignity of the Studies of Painting and Music, and the Advantages to be Derived from Their Pursuit, Ruskin wrote poetically:

Let two persons go out for a walk; the one a good sketcher, the other having no taste of the kind. Let them go down a green lane. There will be a great difference in the scene as perceived by the two individuals. The one will see a lane and trees; he will perceive the trees to be green, though he will think nothing about it; he will see that the sun shines, and that it has a cheerful effect, but that the trees make the lane shady and cool; and he will see an old woman in a red cloak; — et voilà tout!

But what will the sketcher see? His eye is accustomed to search into the cause of beauty, and penetrate the minutest parts of loveliness. He looks up, and observes how the showery and subdivided sunshine comes sprinkled down among the gleaming leaves overhead, till the air is filled with the emerald light, and the motes dance in the green, glittering lines that shoot down upon the thicker masses of clustered foliage that stand out so bright and beautiful from the dark, retiring shadows of the inner tree, where the white light again comes flashing in from behind, like showers of stars; and here and there a bough is seen emerging from the veil of leaves, of a hundred varied colours, where the old and gnarled wood is covered with the brightness, — the jewel brightness of the emerald moss, or the variegated and fantastic lichens, white and blue, purple and red, all mellowed and mingled into a garment of beauty from the old withered branch. Then come the cavernous trunks, and the twisted roots that grasp with their snake-like coils at the steep bank, whose turfy slope is inlaid with flowers of a thousand dyes, each with his diadem of dew: and down like a visiting angel, looks one ray of golden light, and passes over the glittering turf — kiss, — kiss, — kissing every blossom, until the laughing flowers have lighted up the lips of the grass with one bright and beautiful smile, that is seen far, far away among the shadows of the old trees, like a gleam of summer lightening along the darkness of an evening cloud.

Is not this worth seeing? Yet if you are not a sketcher you will pass along the green lane, and when you come home again, have nothing to say or to think about it, but that you went down such and such a lane.

Read more on Ruskin, his essay, and drawing: BRAIN PICKINGS – Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence

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