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Excerpts from “A Painted Kiss”…on how to draw

30 Oct


Reclining nude 1888


Emilie’s first Art Lessons with Gustav Klimt:

…”Draw the brick. What is a brick?”

…clay that’s baked in an oven…

“Stoneware is clay baked in an oven too, but you wouldn’t confuse a pitcher with this brick now, would you?”

Klimt’ s first lessons in art school at 11 years old was to draw a brick.

“What’s a brick?”

A brick is a rectangular piece of clay that is fired in an oven and used as a building material

“Excellent, and draw what you see.”

“An artist can always learn by looking no matter how mundane the object.”

How do you make an object three dimensional, to show more texture?

Klimt drew upside down. It looked like a wedge of moldy cheese yet there was no doubt that it was a brick, and there was not doubt it was the brick on the table in front of us. It was more detailed than a fingerprint.

“If you keep looking you will able to do that.”

Emilie then progressed to:

“….spheres drawn with the flat of the charcoal, for volume. I drew with my eyes closed. I drew without looking at the paper. I drew in loops and squiggles, in one unbroken line, in sharp crosshatchings. I drew things i would never have thought to draw: a book lying open on the table, a dead pigeon.

“…I held the charcoal wrong, he said. It wasn’t a fistful of money, it was a skein of silk to be unwound. Held too tightly it wold catch or snare. I said that if I held it too loosely I would drop it. He said held too tightly I would break it, that I was supposed to trust it. How can I trust it, I thought, when it gives me these horrible, ugly drawings? I drew better when I was a baby and I was allowed to scribble on the back of used wrapping paper.”

All you have to do is LOOK.


Illustrator_Leanne Shapton

18 Jul
The taste for images, the talent to talk about things and a creative idea snob about love. Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, writer and designer. A Canadian who lives in the West Village of Manhattan, who has signed great book covers for Penguin, Simon& Schuster and John Murray.

(like this one…Italian cats….)

Today, Leanne is an independent art director and publisher and has a non-profit publishing house specialized in art  books (J&L Books) in NY.

Her first two books “Toronto”,

and  Was she pretty?” are a mix of graphics, writing and colourful pages.

With her latest book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelryshe has decided to talk about things, like auction artifacts with 300 still lives that tell about a love story.,

Sex (Art) and the City

13 Jul

A Draw-a-thon in NYC! A marathon of drawing and art where, in between avantgarde and voyeurism, punk painters and models in a tutu, posing nude is not even a trasgressive act!

living art

 The artists perform and the people draw…surreal scenes where a room full of people, music, scenes and craziness.  check him out next time your in NYC for the next session!

 foto courtesy of fast forward blog

great article in Marie Claire Italy

Journaling Quick Tips and Ideas

27 May

Journaling Quick Tips and Ideas

Make a mixed media collage with pastel chalks and acrylic paints Add pieces of paper lace, marbleized paper, real lace, fringes
Use rubber stamp imprints Use numbers or a favorite quotation.

 1.      Exploring Childhood

Explore your own memories of being a child Use images of yourself as a child to reinvent the story of your childhood, including a present day picture of yourself. Reinvent your childhood or affirm actual events
Explore a mix of personal history and insightful documentation Use vintage newspapers.  

 2.      Building up a base

Use gesso to give each page the strength and sturdiness that is important for the multiple layers of color that you can add after. Apply layers of color with water-soluble oil pastels or watercolor crayons to initiate the page with blended color.
Add your own altered travel snapshots, using markers, watercolours and a scratching implement to achieve the various effects, plus some collaged elements and black masking tape to provide contrast. Add successive coatings of gesso and use implements to scrape and scrub down the accumulated surface for a multilayered effect
Use and reuse favorite stamps, images and themes in different ways to push the boundaries of their impact on your pages.  

Sketchbooks – Artist’s Journals

27 May

Exploring and Creating Personal Pages

–        pages can be collaged, scribbled or painted

–        each page should describe a unique, singular moment in time

–        an art form completely devoid of rules and absolutely brimming with possibilities

–        art journals are not merely a self-indulgent activity, but something worthwhile, important and vastly creative and self-revelatory

–        the time we give to creating our personal pages, finding out authentic voice and letting it sing is time well spent

–        silence your inner critic and begin to think of your art journal as a companion, a muse, a soul mate.

–        Start with the present moment – the past and future will inevitably end up on your pages, but we all need a place to begin and the present will serve you well.

What has the day been like? Do you want to embrace it or release it? Put that on your page.
Is there a lyric or a line of poetry that keeps cycling through your mind? Record it on your page. Trust that anything that is threading through your mind and heart is fair game for your art journal pages.
A memory A color
An aroma Add color to a white page.

     There is no need to think of your pages as finished, resolved works of art. You are capturing a moment, a passing whim, an impulse worth saving. Best of all you are spending time with yourself, turning your attention toward your own needs and desires. You are putting your ideas and questions into visual form and exploring and debating them.

 The process of keeping an art journal can be a rich and revealing creative experience as well as a remarkable and revelatory exercise in self-expression, moment by moment and page by page.

Artist’s insights

  1. Let splashes  of color define and depict your mood. Words may seem unnecessary; if so, create symbols or icons. Doodles, scribbles and large, expressive writing or drawing all work to create an energetic and personal page.
  2. Conduct a self-interview and record your answers on a page.
  3. Build a collage file of images that you find fascinating or provocative to use on your pages, or discover the enjoyment of recycling the everyday flow of receipts, coupons and junk mail in your artwork.
  4. Collect small leaves from your morning walk and include them on your page along with your thoughts that occurred along the path.


27 May


Journal writings can be both visual and verbal.

What argument is made and how is it supported (what visual, historical, and theoretical information does the author examine)? Include your own assessment of these arguments.

Your statement should include an artwork example (xeroxed or scanned) that supports your position.

 Each journal entry should include new thoughts generated from the readings you have at hand.

You may refer back to earlier readings or discussions and how they bear on your current thoughts.

Do not merely recapitulate the readings.