Spanish painter Francisco De Goya on “masses of light and dark”

De Goya once stated, “who always talks about line, never about masses.  But where does one see lines in nature?  I see only masses in light and masses in shadow, planes come forward and planes into recession.” Now is the time as it warms up to get out and sketch.  The vastness of the outdoor landscapes can be a stumbling block for many.  But there is hope follow De Goya’s advice an look at the large masses of dark and light shapes.  Squint at the photograph of the Third Flatiron below, notice there are distinct shape areas.  Start with sketching…

Famous artist Renoir stated “If you could explain a picture, it wouldn’t be art…The work of art must seize upon you,wrap you up in itself, carry you away.”.

I am sure we have all been in a gallery or museum and wondered, what was the artist thinking?  This especially comes up when viewing more contemporary art which has no recognizable images.  Art can be anything it wants to be, that’s what makes art so fun and unique.  You either like it or not, there is no right or wrong. But if you must come up with something here are a few tips.  Look for colors or combinations of colors you like.  Note interesting textures or materials that are used in creating the art piece.  Try standing farther away…

Picasso said “Painting is just another way of keeping a dairy”

Put down those  electronics and start a sketchbook to record the visual life around us!  Painting, drawing, sculpting and “life” can all benefit by keeping a sketchbook or two.  Sketchbooks can record the bountiful colors and shapes of life,  if paints are too messy for you try colored pencils (my favorite!) in your sketchbook.       Georgia O’Keeffe stated “Color is one of the things in the world that makes life worth living….”  Observe how the same color looks totally different next to another color.  Colors play off of each other, influencing how we perceive them.  In this time…

Degas and art: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”

Artist Edgar Degas lived from 1834 to 1917 in France during a time of great artists who were forging new paths in art.  One of his close friends’ was the painter Monet who had his own unique style of painting.  Both took inspiration from each other but kept their individuality.  This is an exciting aspect of the arts so take advantage of exploring past master artists and the artist down the street from you.  The possibilities are endless. Degas was known for his figures that were shown in motion, a “snapshot” of a moment in time. He did lots of…

Frederic Remington western artist: art-i-facts

  As an artist of western landscapes I look to the land for inspiration and other artists. Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was one of our country’s first western painters.  He said, “I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever….and the more I considered the subject, the bigger the forever loomed.  Without knowing how to do it, I began to record some facts around me, and the more I looked the more the panorama unfolded.”    Remington was the first artist to show the true gait of the horse in motion!  He recorded the western life of…