Monthly Archives: July 2010

Van Goghology

Here’s another pixel-by-pixel colour picker study of a famous work of art.  This time, I chose a Van Gogh self portrait.  This is the picture: The skin tones are very different to both Rembrandt and Caravaggio.  The brush strokes are … Continue reading

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Fomenting Creative Rebellion

There are formative moments in all of our lives that we tend to remember for a long time and with great clarity.  You got to be the way you are because of these moments.  Two of the big events in … Continue reading

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Caravaggiology

As mentioned in my last post, I wanted to do the same colour picker analysis of a Caravaggio painting, a painter renown for his deep and dark shadows and the high dynamic range and “realer than real” style of painting. … Continue reading

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Rembrandtology

Yesterday, I was at Kenwood House in Highgate (in London) and had the opportunity to see a self portrait of Rembrandt, painted in his older age, from close quarters.  The canvas is large.  According to the Internet, it measures 114.3cm … Continue reading

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Toxicity

Artists used to be pretty cavalier with the art materials they used.  Neurotoxins, toxic metals and other potentially hazardous or carcinogenic materials were routinely found in the artist’s studio, disguised as paint, pigments, glazes, solvents, etc.  Lots of artists got … Continue reading

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What You Can Do With Left Over Paint

You know the problem.  In a moment of over-exuberance, you’ve squeezed out too much paint on your palette and the painting is finished, leaving lots of lovely, expensive, fresh, wet paint behind.  Washing it away or letting it dry seems like … Continue reading

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Picasso Was Right

Every child is an artist.  Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a birthday party for nine year olds (and ages thereabouts).  We chose a local venue that provides the kids with a blank canvas, some brushes and acrylic paints … Continue reading

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