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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.


Emphasizing Visual Thinking through Art in the Classroom

5 Aug

Visual arts are one way of enhancing visual thinking, the use of thinking by pictorial or visual images in your mind, as one can utilize the image to express oneself. This provides a natural and easy way of understanding and extending ideas, since the pictorial image becomes the extension of your thinking process.

Albert Einstein once said, “The words or the language as they are written and spoken do not seem to play any role in the mechanism of thought.”

Have you ever tried to solve a molecular or electrical problem by words alone? This is because we generally think visually and then convert to verbal forms later. The diagrams help form the idea in your mind first, then it becomes verbally reinforced. That is why visual thinking is the foundation of our thought.

There are three different kinds of imagery – seeing, drawing and imagining. These three work together in various ways to promote the thinking process. Seeing facilitates drawing and drawing invigorates seeing. Drawing stimulates and expresses the imagination and imagination heightens the material for drawing. Imagination directs and filters seeing, while seeing provides the material for imagination.

Drawing works in a similar way as imagination. Drawing is more than a recording of an event and more than an expression of one’s ideas. Drawing is a form of thinking, understanding and communicating. Drawing is seeing, seeing is an observational tool and when one draws something, it understands the object better.
Drawing helps you understand people’s feelings, since you begin to see people’s expressions, which show signs of the emotional state of the person. It brings vague inner images into focus and acts as the reflection of the visual mind.

When making a work of art, usually you draw it out and this process of drawing and thinking are frequently simultaneous that the drawn image appears almost as an extension of the mental process. Almost everybody can learn to see more fully, to imagine more productively and to express their visual ideas by drawing.

One of the primary ways that visual thinking is used in the classroom is in art class. Art is where visual thinking can thrive and actually does in the primary years, but once students get older, art loses is appeal for many. So its important to stress Art in the long term.
We’ll see why in the next step. Part 2.

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.



Book: The Map as Art

15 Jul

In The Map as Art, (Princeton Architectural Press) Katharine Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists—such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz—and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art.

The book is a collection of visionary topographies and imaginary geographies charted by artists including Vik Muniz (there is a work of his at the Palazzo Forti, Verona) who re-creates the globe from pieces of junk amongst others.

I haven’t read it, but it looks like a book I would like to buy and keep. I’m going to look into this through Amazon.

check out a review on http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/the-map-as-art.php

and the national post


Book: My wonderful World of Fashion: A book for drawing, creating and dreaming

13 Jul



Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator based in London who created her own interactive colouring book for fashionists of all ages with Lawrence King Publishing, with sophisticated drawings that are a pity to colour.


Dedicated to the growing  trend setters this book is the most fashionable of books to colour in circulation. YOu can have fun reinventing jackets, purses, hats, but its also a how-to manual with the ABC’s of the walkways of fashion. You even have a section called “How to do it yourself”, if you want to become a fashion designer and if you want to transform a dress into a t-shirt or make a great jacket.

drawings courtesy of  http://www.waitmag.com/books-magazines/my-wonderful-world-of-fashion-a-book-for-drawing-creating-and-dreaming.html

Check out the artists site: www.ninachakrabarti.com/

Art lesson n.2 – principles of design

5 Jul

balance          dominance              movement               repetition                    variety                   unity

are the princples of design used in organizing composition.


Something is balanced if they have the same visual weight.

symetrical or formal balance  _    the parts are visually equal and creates a feeling of structure and stateliness

                              assymetrical or informal balance _ the parts are visually unequal and creates a sense of activity and interest

radical balance _ real or immaginary central point. Balance is NB to achieving unity in a composition. It depends on the ideas and feelings the artists wants to communicate.


Something that STANDS OUT from everything. There are many ways of achieving dominance:

  1. sharp contrast between light and dark
  2. making it large
  3. giving it a strong colour
  4. shape distorted
  5. placed in an nb position – in the center for ex.

M O V E M E N T     A   N   D     R E P I T I T I O N

                                                                                             M O V E M E N T     A   N   D     R E P I T I T I O N

Movement is used to show activity. Repeated lines or shapes lead the ey from place to place in a rhymthic way. You can used repeated colours, paters of texture or light.

Giacomo Balla


One way is through contrasting colours where they are warm and cool,

Ennio Finzi

Contrasting shapes may be large and small, contrasting textures may be rough and smooth. ( NO IMAGES HERE YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE OK?)


Visual unity is acchieved by a careful choice of the visual elements. You may use similar lines, shapes, colours and textures.

Paula Phelps Unity

Art Lesson n. 1 – The language of Art

4 Jul


is humanity’s visual language. Knowing how the language of art works can help you to understand and appreciate more of your visual world.

Design elements and principles are the words and grammar of the language of art.

Colour may be used realisticaly in art to represent a natural appearance. Colour may also be used to create a mood and to symbolize ideas. Bright colours may be used to express happy things, dark colour serious themes or ideas.


Braque, Bay La Ciot

Texture can be used by the artist to depict objects as they are in nature. Paint may be built up to produce a sense of the bark of a tree. Artists may also deliberately alter the texture to suit the message. Adding a sense of texture is one way to create visual interest in a composition and to direct the viewer’s gaze.

Twilight trees, Toni Grote

 Space refers to the distance between two points. People measure space in terms of length, width and depth. In 2-D art, depth is an illusion – clever use of line, value and colour may give the illusion of space.  In much contemporary art, artists choose deliberately to avoid the illusion of space. Their works can appear quite flat. Linear perspective is the illuson of space on a flat surface.