From the monthly archives:

May 2008

Japanese and Chilinese paintings

by Henk ter Heide on Friday May 30, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Tenmyouya Hisashi and Alex Perez.

Tenmyouya Hisashi paintings are kind of a mixture of the old Japanese style and a modern western style. Which result in paintings that are almost funny and more serious paintings with old and new themes.
japanese spirit 2
Japanese Spirit 2 by Tenmyouya Hisashi

Alex Perez paints beautiful landscapes and cityscapes of Chili
Camogli Pier 2
Camagli Pier 2 by Alex Perez


Wall animation

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday May 28, 2008

in video

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU


Monsters with eyeballs

by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday May 27, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Marco Bucci and Billy George.

At Marco’s Stuff you’ll find a nice collection of portraits and funny paintings.
Halloween eyeball by Marco Bucci

Billy George paints a lot for animation films and video games

Ruined earth 3 by Billy George


Frightning drawing

by Henk ter Heide on Monday May 26, 2008

in Drawing

Starting in a new direction.

Last year when I started this blog I gave myself the assignment to learn the skills needed to draw the pictures in my mind. Although I’ve been hard at work and indeed learned a lot of skills I have had the nagging feeling that I wasn’t succeeding. I wasn’t satisfied with my results.
The last few months I’ve been thinking about my last drawing and about some of the artsites I reviewed. I realized that the problem is that I’ve been concentrating on learning skills necessary to draw the right shapes.
Turns out that I’m not that interested in shapes. I’m much more interested in colors and in rhythm of colors. The way colors blend together to give you an impression of the world.

For my next drawing, I decided, I would concentrate on color instead of shape. And then I did nothing for something like a week. For some reason it seemed very frightening to do this drawing.
It took me a while to figure out why.
Until now I’ve always relied on my photographic memory. Even with the few abstract drawings I did I had a clear picture in my mind of what I was going to draw. Granted I didn’t always succeed in drawing what I wanted but I always knew what it was supposed to be. But not this time.
This time I only knew that I would probable use the colors blue and gray and I knew that I wanted to draw undefined shapes. I had no I idea what the drawing would look like when I was finished
I hoped that this drawing would give me some ideas about the next one.

Orange fish
Orange fish

It did give me some ideas about the next one.
While drawing I realized that I could get a very nice effect if I were to start in one of the corners.


Christian art

by Henk ter Heide on Sunday May 25, 2008

in Art sites

Abstract art by Mayura Dhume and Christian art by Mark Lawrence.

Mayura Dhume’s set of Digital abstracts look as though they are composed of parts of unrecognizable things. Which is probably why he calls it abstract 🙂

I’m not a big fan of Christian art, but Mark Lawrence has some beautiful paintings inspired by his love for Jesus.

The Opened Sight; VerseVisions Art; Acts 26: 17-18


Getting back up to speed

by Henk ter Heide on Sunday May 25, 2008

in Personal

Solving a few blogging problems.

I’ve gotten stuck. First with drawing and later with writing my reviews of other art sites.
It took me a few weeks to figure out what was going wrong and how I should deal with it.

Getting rid of a drawing

I was in the middle of a hatching exercise when I lost interest. I just didn’t feel like finishing this drawing.
For a while I thought that it might have to do something with the time of the year or with the wheather. I do tend to loose interest when skies turn gray. Something which happens every winter here in the Netherlands. But the summer has started and the skies are blue and sunny but still I don’t feel like finishing this drawing.

I don’t know whether it has something to do with autism or if it’s just my personality, but I feel that you should always finish what you start. Before I can start a new drawing I have to finish this one.
Only thing is that I won’t.
Earlier this week I remembered that I have been in this situation before. Not with drawing but with other hobbies of mine. Reading for instance. Sometimes I would start a book. Read a few pages and then stop. And then the book would just sit there. Waiting for me to finish it. While that book sat there I wouldn’t start an other book. I couldn’t. I felt I had to finish this one before I could start an other one.
Usually as a child I read books I had borrowed from the library. After three weeks I had to return them and get a new bunch of books.
After getting rid of the book I couldn’t finish I could again start reading.

I’ve been thinking about what is wrong with this drawing. I’m not sure. Maybe I don’t like the colors or maybe I have had it with practicing hatching for now.
I don’t know. But what ever it is in stead of waisting a lot of time trying to figure it out, I can better just start with the next one.
Hatching trees
Hatching trees

Don’t listen to advice

I’ve been reading a lot of advice about how to write better blog posts.
One advice is to take your time. Spread the writing of an article over a few days. That way you have time to re-think your article.
I have tried that technique with personal posts and with posts about drawings but it never sat very good with me. With personal posts I find that I loose the train of my thoughts if I don’t finish the post in one go. And with posts about drawing I find that there isn’t enough to say to warrant so much trouble for one post.
But a few weeks ago I decided that it might be a good idea for my review articles.
Watching a sites I want to review I often find that I have idea in my head of which I don’t know how to describe them. I thought that I might improve on my posts if I were to leave a few days between the selection of the sites I wanted to review and the writing of the post. A few days to gather my thoughts.

But it didn’t work. Instead of improving my articles I felt that they became worse.
It took me a while to figure out what was going wrong. It isn’t that my article became worse, they stay more or less the same. The problem is that my expectations became so much bigger that my articles felt worse.
Being autistic means that the ideas I have about sites usually come in the form of pictures. Most of the time I have a hard time translating those pictures to words. Taking a few days longer doesn’t make it any easier and doesn’t make the translation any better.

As good as this advice might be for other people I’ll go back to doing it my own way.


Mixed feelings

by Henk ter Heide on Monday May 12, 2008

in Art sites

This photo invokes mixed feelings in me.

Looking at photos or paintings I’m usually more interested in colors and shapes then in the actual subject of the picture.
I was looking through Uccrow photo set Explore’d.
Most are of landscapes and buildings he has visited. Uccrow photographs them in a way that a lot of browns and reds show in the pictures. Giving the pictures a warm feeling.

One of the pictures that stood out was of an old room. Like the rest of the pictures there is a kind of warmth. But it is more then that. The picture invokes a feeling of nostalgia in me. This room looks a lot like my old school. Accept that this room feels older. The way the color of the walls shine through the paint and the blackness of the central heating reinforces that feeling.
The picture is called “Half way”. Maybe some kind of waiting area?

Half way by Uccrow

Then I read the caption.
This room is in Dachau and it is indeed a waiting room of sorts.
This is were the Germans stacked the dead bodies before burning them. The door on the right leads to the gas chamber and the door on the left to a crematorium.
This warm pictures turns out to be of a very cold room.


Painting a city

by Henk ter Heide on Friday May 9, 2008

in Art sites

Describing the art work of Stephen Magsig (painting), Michael Pieczonka (painting) and Rod Buckle (drawing and painting).

Searching the Web for artsites I come across a fair amount of daily painters. Usually they are people with good paintings skills but not that much imagination. Almost all of them paint still lives of apple and pears.
But not the site Postcards from Detroit from Stephen Magsig.
Stephen lives and works in Detroit and fills his site with painted highlights of this city.
Although painted with oil his painting look almost as though they were drawn. With an eye for detail.

City Reflections by Stephen Magsig

Michael Pieczonka also paints with oil. His subject are both buildings and ships. His painting feel as the traditional oil paintings. Much attention for color and less for shape.

Rod Buckle draws and paints with ink and watercolor. His subject matter is diverse. Buildings, nature, old air planes and a few paintings of people at work.
Some of his drawings are sketches. Others are very nice watercolor paintings. Some with a great eye for detail, some with a lot of attention for color.


Freeway to Oslo

by Henk ter Heide on Thursday May 8, 2008

in Art sites

Describing the art work of Shashank Uchil (photos), Stian Dahlslett (paintings) and Seth Engstrom (paintings).

I should really write something about http://512× If only to show you his cool URL.
shashank uchil | _shank | oslo (level designer | wannabe photographer | living in oslo) is a photo blog.
This seems to be one of those people who is always carrying his camera with him so he can shoot everything that catches his eye. Some of his pictures are of beautiful things. Most are about people going about there business. All in all the blog gives a nice picture of life in Oslo.

People think
People…think. from Shashank Uchil

As a long time fan of everything sci-fi and fantasy my eye was caught by the site of Stian Dahlslett.
Stian Dahlslett paints sci-fi landscapes and vehicles and monsters.
(Be sure to scroll to the right otherwise you’ll miss a lot of nice paintings.)

Painting by Stian Dahlslett

Scrolling down this painting and drawings blog I at first thought that the blog should be called Freeways and Overpasses. I never would have thought that it was possible to paint a nice picture of a freeway. But with his first 40 or 50 paintings Seth Engstrom proofs me wrong.

Painting by Seth Engstrom

Scrolling down I found that he also paints a lot of pictures of dark mysterious buildings and of beautiful women.

Sinbad- Medusa’s Lair by Seth Engstrom


Shape or color

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday May 7, 2008

in Art sites

Describing the art work of Stephen Whatley and David T. Wenzel.

I have several tools to find art work on the Internet. One of them is simply using my Google reader to look at pictures from Flickr. This if by far the easiest method and so I feel that it should yield the most interesting sets of pictures.
But sadly every body on Flickr is an artist. Which means that I have to scour through hundreds of pictures to find something interesting.
This set of more then 200 paintings by Stephen Whatley is certainly one of the more interesting.
Looking at his paintings it’s clear the Whatley finds color much more importaint then shape. His paintings of people, buildings and flowers are drawn in just enough to show you what he’s showing. Using a lot of yellows and reds and other colors he tells the rest of the story.
If you want to learn more about this artist visit him at his website
My heart
My heart by Stephen Whatley

Mountain of man
Mountain of man by Stephen Whatley

Following the link to the website of David T. Wenzel you’ll find dwarf pulling a rope. At the other end of this rope hangs a T swaying in the wind. Clicking “enter” you’ll get to a very complicated contraption with a few menu options below it.
Move you mouse about the menu and see what happens.
The “portfolio” and “currently brewing” options will give you several very nice fairytale like drawings and illustrations.