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Nonfiction Work Traces Lost Velazquez

10 Jun

The great 17th-Century Spanish court painter, Diego Velazquez, once painted a portrait of the future King Charles I of Great Britain as a young prince; then the painting disappeared. In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there’s a review of a book by Laura Cummings which investigates a 19th Century English bookseller’s life-long association with the missing masterpiece.

The book is entitled The Vanishing Velazquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece.   According to the newspaper, it “captivates as detective story, art criticism and page-turning entertainment.”

This title sounds interesting. I don’t know that much about Spanish painters, so I put it on my Amazon wish list. Here’s a little bit about Velazquez.

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Grisaille and All That

26 Mar

From City Journal comes an article about a New York school of art that introduces a modern generation of painters to  Old Masters’ oil painting techniques. The technique begins with an opaque under-painting, often in white and shades of gray (hence the term “grisaille”). Colored, transparent glazes are then laid over the under-painting in layers, until the final painting emerges. It’s painstaking and takes a long time for each layer to dry. I’ve tried it before and it does produce some wonderful effects, but I don’t have the patience to wait for the layers to dry on a regular basis.

Hence the term “all prima”, i.e. all one layer, which is the way most people paint in oil today.

New Etsy Listing: New Prickly Pear Painting

30 May
Prickly Pear Cactus, Livermore, Calif.

Prickly Pear Cactus, Livermore, Calif. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved. 

 

Title: “Prickly Pear in Summer, Livermore, Calif.”

Size: 18″ x 24,” horizontal
Date: 2013
Materials: Top grade oil paints, 1/4″ Ampersand Clayboard Panel**
Colors: Rendered in predominate shades of cool and warm greens, cool and warm violents, and yellow/orange.

Can be framed or wired and hung without a frame, but I recommend framing under glass or acrylic.

Available for purchase here. 

 

More On My Walls

6 May

This watercolor has been on my bedroom wall for years. It’s often the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning. The details and colors are a little blurred here, because I photographed it through glass, but you can get a rough idea of what it looks like from the pic. The china cream pitcher is from a pre-war gold-leafed china tea set that once belonged to my eccentric Southern California relative, Aunt Jett, whom I fondly portrayed in this post ages ago as “Aunt Jewel.”

China Cream Pitcher, watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

China Cream Pitcher, watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Still Working on the Giant Prickly Pear Painting. . .

5 May

It’s still unfinished–you may remember it from this post. Here’s what the painting looks like right now. The colors are a bit off in the photo–the background is a bit more purple-magenta-ier than it shows here. But you can get the basic idea:

Giant Prickly Pear (unfinished). Oil on Ampersand Clayboard panel. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Giant Prickly Pear (unfinished). Oil on Ampersand Clayboard panel. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

As I wrote in my first post about this piece, it’s my first experience using a Clayboard Ampersand panel. I think I like it. For one thing, the panels don’t take up as much room as a stretched canvas–always an important consideration for me, in my small 1950s ranch house! These panels can be stored in a flat file, unlike stretched canvas. And they appear to be very durable. Hooray!

Soft Pastel Work

5 May

These are all soft pastel on 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper:

Milo Mitchel, age 6. Soft pastel on 300 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rigths reserved.

Milo, age 6. Soft pastel on 300 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rigths reserved.

Brian Burke as an Infant. Soft pastel on 300 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Brian as an Infant. Soft pastel on 300 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Banana Grove, Maui. Soft pastel on 300 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Banana Grove, Maui. Soft pastel on 300 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Dining Room Art

4 May

This is on the wall of my dining room. I couldn’t get the whole composition into the photo; it’s actually a rather large painting. This was my first experience using the water-mixable oil colors and I remember having trouble with the differences in how the canvas handled the medium:

 

Sunflowers and Bells of Ireland. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Sunflowers and Bells of Ireland. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.