Sunday, August 28, 2011
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452-May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculpture, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of unquenchable curiosity and feverishly inventive imagination. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person to have ever lived.
Besides his obvious genius, he has great advice on how to live and make art.
Sounds like me, right? I paint, design homes, garden, help kids with math/science homework, plan birthday parties, take photos, serve in church, write a blog, cook from scratch, sing, and am politically active. I think I'm a little MORE diversely talent than Leo. Ha, just kidding. Maybe.
"I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have."
-Leonardo da Vinci
What? I wish I were so offensive! Artists are typically so very hard on themselves.
War chariot with scythes. Eww... gross. He even drew the chopped up bodies.
"There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see."
- Leonardo da Vinci
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."
-Leonardo da Vinci
"You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself." - Leonardo
I am always telling my children that. Good advice for sure.
He was a master of drapery. I really wish I could do fabric like that. I saw this drawing in person and there are hardly any pencil lines. He can really blend.
I love to draw houses but I never drew anything so fancy. He had very wealthy clients.
"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions." -Leonardo
"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence."- Leonardo
When I saw this in person I was saddened by the age and deterioration but in awe of it's beauty. This is my all time favorite work by Leonardo.
He said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." I wholeheartedly agree.
Besides the 'Mona Lisa', 'The Last Supper' has got to be his most famous work. Unfortunately, he experimented with unproven techniques and failed. If he had done this work on panel or canvas like his other works this would be the most incredible painting of all time.
"Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else." - Leonardo
"Learning never exhausts the mind."-Leonardo
"Talent is like the grease on the wheels of the cart, you don't need it to get to town, you'll just squeak on the way." -Leonardo
"Art is never finished, only abandoned".-Leonardo
"Nature never breaks her own laws."- Leonardo
And my favorite quote of Leonardo da Vinci is this one, "Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel." -Leonardo
Maybe that's why he never married.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Here's Mini Me playing Brahms Lullaby.
Step one: Arrange a meeting with the client and discuss what you want and the clothing. Angela really liked my paintings of angels and wanted one for her little Winnie. For her clothing, I draped and pinned some silk fabric on her and set her in the light the way we wanted. They both wanted a dark blue background and so we set up a black poster board behind her to set the values.
Step two: Talk with the model to loosen her up. As you can see Winnie was a little shy at first but we took care of that with a few jokes. Then, I just shot with the camera to get the model used to idea. The best shots will never be the first ones...ever. So relax and shoot away.
Step three: Have your model grow some angel wings right before your eyes. This might take a few minutes so be patient. Just kidding, we used some costume wings and propped them up to approximate what the lighting will be on the painted ones. Also, note how Winnie is starting to warm up and smile.
Step four: Choose which pose you like the best. Sometimes this can be agonizing and sometimes it is very easy. Winnie is so cute that it was hard to choose, so Angela had me email her a few shots and they had a family vote. They chose this one. The family just loves the way she smiles. Me too.
Step five: I did a mock up of what the wings will look like and the colors I would use for Angela's approval. I juiced up Winnie's skin a little with some color in her cheeks and made her eyes just a teeny bit bluer. I put in the blue background and of course, painted in some wings.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
VandM officially publishes the year's main trend forecast every August. But what many don't know is that the studio prepares a report each month. We thought it would be fun to share an early peek at the main trend forecast as it is shaping up for late 2011 - early 2012.
|Dark Interiors||Light and all White Interiors (Unless black & white)|
|Old Masters Paintings||Too Many Contemporary Pieces of Art|
|Eclectic Clutter||Minimal Glam|
|Stuffed Taxidermy Birds||Antler Mounts|
|17th/18th Century Antiques||Danish Modern|
|Strong Patterned Flooring (especially animal print)||Simple Textured Flooring|
|Cameos/Indaglio||Framed Butterfly Taxidermy|
|Victorian Hair Art||Victorian Shell Art|
|American Silver Tankards||Silver Trophies|
|Gold Gilt Elaborate Frames||Simple Modern Frames|
|Thrown-likeWood Chairs||Modern Plastic Furniture|
|Chip Wood Furniture||Chrome Furniture|
|Animal Pelts/Blankets||Chennile Throws|
|Think Medieval/Darkages||Think White Minimal|
One of our shorthand tricks to knowing what the culture is about to start to lean towards comes by way of HBO/Showtime. The number of shows relating to Medieval/Darkages is exponentially multipling. Everything from Robinhood, Merlin, Game of Thrones, cue the 1980's obsessions of Lady Hawk, Labryinth, etc
Monday, April 25, 2011
Okay, yes this is the green room in the White House. And yeah, that is Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson...I think. But this Federal Style room looks totally timeless and, well, green.
You don't have to have traditional style to have a portrait painted. Love the modern abstract. Notice the traditional furniture to anchor the room. Seriously, the only thing modern in the room is the art and it makes the whole place look modern.
You don't have to relegate portraits to the living room or the bedroom. I love it in a hallway. I have one in my hallway and every time I walk by it I love to see it.
Sometimes the portrait can dictate the style of the room. Sometimes you can get a portrait to fit your style. I wonder which came first, the portrait or the wallpaper?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
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i hjope good buyer and good seller can do business together.although we use western union,but it doesnt mean we are bad seller and dont ship parcel;s. on the contract,we are are very serious in business and want to have longterm business with you, we can also email you some recent shipping every a couple days.
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The qualtiy is guarranty bvecause only the original count in the market all the time,before and now and future as weell. we have been working hard to establish good relationship although it isn ot easy.the beginnigng is diffuclt but i think the result willl be very good.
if you think every body is bad people,then the world is over in the usa also there are bad people and good people. i m not them so i cannot stop them from stealing money.we are 100% responsible for our sales.Banana is Banana,Apple is Apple,Banana is never Apple.This has been a very serious thing when it comes to the business.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
He has been in magazines for a few years. Like, since he was 18! This one was in The Artist's Magazine as a demo. His gallery has a page where you can see all the magazine covers he is on. Sheesh, and he is only 26.
Portrait Society of America International Competition award winner.
I think he said he was 17 when he did this one.
My favorite version of "Madame X". He is a genius. I met that model. What 'tude!
Mr. Baugh himself. What a cool portrait. He has a free video of how he painted this on his website here. She? I told you he was generous!
Love it! LOOK at those brush strokes. It looks all haphazard and loose but he plans every last brush stroke down to the last detail. Nothing is left to chance.
This one is so cool.
I love painting tulle. He and I talked about painting tulle and the other guys in the class asked, "What's tulle?" He designs every last detail- even going to the fabric store and buying tulle.
Basically it boiled down to this: