| 04 March, 2012 11:19
We have a photo of a watercolor palette Homer used late in life. Not all that neat!
The paints have been analyzed, with the following results:
Top 1 & 2
- Organic brown, possibly Van Dyke Brown or Cologne Earth (bituminous earth
Top 3 - Red
Lake pigment (alizarin and a lesser amount of carminic acid); substrate
possibly contains Al and Fe
Top 4 -
‘Hooker's Green’ [yellow shift] (a mixture of Prussian Blue and Gamboge
Top 5 - Red
Lake pigment (carminic acid and a lesser amount of alizarin); substrate is
calcite and possibly also contains Al
Top 6- Red
Ochre, Indian Red, or a similar pigment (hematite, quartz)
Top 7 -
Chrome Orange (Pb2CrO5
Top 8 -
Top 9 -
Organic brown, possibly Sepia
Botttom 1 -
Brown Earth or Burnt Umber (calcite, clay, iron oxides
Bottom 2 -
Green Earth (celadonite); bluish tint is due to small amount of Prussian Blue,
which is probably a contaminant
Bottom 3 -
Prussian Blue (Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3), extended with alunite ([K, DNa]Al3[OH]6[SO4]2)
Bottom 4 -
Indian Yellow (Mg and Ca salts of euxanthic acid)
Bottom 5 -
‘Hooker's Green’ [blue shift] (a mixture of Prussian Blue and Gamboge)
Bottom 6 -
Bone Black or Ivory Black (carbon and β-Ca3(PO4)2)
Bottom 7 -
Bottom 8 -
Bottom 9 -
Burnt Siena, Mars Orange, or a similar pigment (hematite, calcite)
Bottom 10 -
Cadmium Yellow (hawleyite or β-CdS)
| 26 February, 2012 11:36
Whistler lived a long and complex life as a painter. The watercolor images I posted reflect an effort to stay focused. Let's see some more comments!
Note in Opal- Convalescent 1883-84 (10 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches)
Nocturne in Grey and Gold-Picadilly 181-1883 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches)
Arrangement in Blue and Silver -The Great Sea ca 1885 (7 x 10 inches)
| 24 February, 2012 19:00
Nature contains the elements, in colour and form, of all pictures, as the keyboard contains the notes of all music.
But the artist is born to pick, and choose, and group with science, these elements, that the result may be beautiful—as the musician gathers his notes, and forms his chords, until he bring forth from chaos glorious harmony.
To say to the painter, that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player, that he may sit on the piano.
That Nature is always right, is an assertion, artistically, as untrue, as it is one whose truth is universally taken for granted. Nature is very rarely right, to such an extent even, that it might almost be said that Nature is usually wrong: that is to say, the condition of things that shall bring about the perfection of harmony worthy a picture is rare, and not common at all.
| 24 February, 2012 18:45
Here's the first image. More later...
James McNeil Whistler (1834-1903)
Seascape, ca. 1883-1884
(Watercolor on paper, 10 x 6-7/8inches)
Signed lower left with the artist's butterfly insignia
| 24 February, 2012 17:49
The Tuesday evening watercolor class, which meets at the Beard Building, 9 Main St., Cortland, from 6:30-8:30 pm, will begin a new series next Tuesday, February 28, focusing on the watercolors by one of the artists listed below each week. All the artists are realists, but they vary across a wide spectrum in their interpreatation of reality.
Now for the homework...
I'll post information and images of Whistler below. Please comment with your observations on his style and approach, your likes and dislikes, and we'll see what we come up with! Tuesday we will look at the posted images of his watercolors and will compile a class list that we feel describes his means of interpreting reality through his painting. The list should include not only specific techniques that prevail, but also the role they play in projecting his vision as created through his interprestation of reality in his watercolors. We will then use a source photo to paint watercolors in class using Whistler's approach as a basis.
That's the plan. We'll adjust it as we go along!
LIST OF ARTISTS:
James Whistler 1834-1903
Winslow Homer 1836-1910
Mary Cassatt 1844-1926
John Singer Sargent 1856-1925
John Marin 1870-1953
Emily Carr 1871-1945
Edward Hopper 1882-1967
Georgia O'kKeeffe 1887-1986
Charles Burchfield 1893-1967
Andrew Wyeth 1917-2009
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