From the monthly archives:

June 2008

Homeless person with a digital camera

by Henk ter Heide on Monday June 30, 2008

in Art sites

Drawings by Celia Calle, distorted art by jdyf333 and landscape paintings by Rob Ijbema.

Celia Calle’s drawings
I’m somewhat at a loss how to describe this next site. Here is what Celia says about it:
Dismiss any preconceived ideas of fine art as you step into the mindset of Celia Calle. Calle’s art aesthetic is strangely alluring and undeniably powerful. Her awesome images are ominous, commanding, sometimes warped, but always spiced with a generous injection of humor, in keeping with the artist’s effervescent personality.

Art by jdyf 333
Does a homeless person with a digital camera strike you as a bit contradictory?

While searching for interesting art sets on Flickr I came across this picture.
Unsafe Harbor
Unsafe harbor by jdyf333

Whether I go and look at the rest of the set isn’t determent by my liking of a picture but by my feeling that the set could be interesting. If this picture is the best of the set I’m probably not interested. But if it’s the worst it’s quite possible I’ll publish the set.
In this case I didn’t like the set at all and that would have been the end of it if it wasn’t for the fact that this artist publish 16,648 photos. That peaked my interest enough to have a look at his profile.

Apparently this woman(?) lived a large part of her life on the street. Always drawing and painting. It’s not clear to me how she saved all her work and if she still homeless. But she has published a large part of her work on Flickr.

I’ve looked at a portion and to be honest I must say that I actually don’t like it. Although she has some original work it’s most repetitive. Repeating drawing or pictures with slight variances.
But for anyone (never mind a homeless person) to upload 16,000 picture in the four years of Flickrs existence she really must love what she is doing.
So here’s to passion.

Painting wales diary
My country man Rob Ijbema lives in Wales and paints lovely pictures of the landscape.


Stumbling through a website

by Henk ter Heide on Friday June 27, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Tina Manthorpe and Karin Jurick and abstract drawings by Sting Chen.

Watercolors by Tina Manthorpe
Tina Manthorpe has a set of what I think are watercolors but they don’t look like regular watercolors.
I’m not sure but I think that because they are painted on thick paper. Paper that won’t allow the color to flow. So instead you get blobs of paint. Which has a very nice effect.
Walcot Lane in snow
Walcot lane in snow by Tina Manthorpe

I ain’t an artist
I would call these pen and ink drawing by Sting Chen abstract.
Actually I’m at a loss as to what they are supposed to portray. At most the remind me of something I saw on television in a show about tumors. A bit creepy but still fascinating.

Karin Jurick’s paintings
Karin’s website isn’t very easy to navigate. Starting at her paintings page you get a nice collection of thumbnails of her paintings. Scroll down to the bottom of some pages and you’ll find a link to pages with clickable thumbnails.
Still the paintings are quite nice and somewhat unexpected.


Paper figures

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday June 25, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Brett Bean, nature photos by Micheal Jones and craftwork by SabiiWabii.

Bean Scribbles
Brett Bean draws for a living. But on his website Bean Scribbles he shows of his personal drawings. Apart from a few landscapes he likes to draw a lot of people. Although his people aren’t always people.
Small alien
Small alien by Brett Bean
Some on the other hand are. Like this drawing of his wife.
Julie by Brett Bean

Nature walker’s photos
On Nature walker Micheal Jones share his passion for nature. He show some beautiful nature photo’s.

SabiiWabii paper and fabric arts
This next set of pictures if more about craft then about art. SabiiWabii make very nice and funny paper and fabric figures.


Broken glass

by Henk ter Heide on Monday June 23, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Celeste Vaught and Todd Ford and drawings by Fernando Chamarelli.

Various paintings by Celeste Vaught
At first glance I noticed Celeste Vaught beautiful choice in colors. She paints landscapes, flowers, people and animals. Usually not with a lot of detail but always using the most beautiful colors.
On her personal website you can find more information about her life and paintings
In the maddow
In the maddow by Celeste Vaught

Fantasy drawings by Fernando Chamarelli
In this small set by Fernando Chamarelli you’ll find some very nice, mosaic like, figures.

Fords art
Todd Ford does a kind of painting I think is exceptional difficult. He paints the distortion you get when you put a spoon in a glass of water or the wrinkling you get when you put a piece of cloth in a bottle.
He has the talent to pull it off.

Broken bottle by Todd Ford


Drawing exotic eggs

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday June 18, 2008

in Art sites

Pen and ink drawings by Horrigboy, Exotic eggs by Cemedia and matte paintings by Dusso.

Pen and ink drawings by Horrigboy
I’ve always wonder what the art is of drawing with pen and ink. Do you need a very steady hand or the kind of nervous habit that keeps your hand moving all the time? At any rate it seems to me you need a lot of patience.
What ever it is Horrigboy has plenty of it. His pen and ink drawings are very good.
Nappies by Horrigboy

Exotic eggs
As far as I can make out this is some kind of trick. But still it looks very sweet.
Cemedia has a little set of exotic eggs. Although I think s/he uses some kind software to bend pictures. They are nice.

Dusso is one of the artists whose art was used for Lucas movie Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith.
On his website you’ll find some of the matte paintings he did for that movie. Some matte paintings he did for other movies and personal work.


Family ties

by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday June 17, 2008

in Drawing

Talking about the origin of the inspiration of a drawing.

This drawing is a nice example of why drawing of pictures in my mind should be abstract.
This picture came to me in a dream. The dream was about a group of people. For some reason some one asked me to describe the relation between the people.
I suppose that for some one who doesn’t think in picture that would lead to a story about one person being married to an other. Who would be the neighbour of some one else. Who would be befriended with some one. Etc.

But that’s not how my mind works. When I think of the relationship between people or objects I see lines. Some thick, some thin, kind of in color.
Not real color though. I have a kind of dream color. I don’t think if it really exists but in my dream it’s quite clear how it looks.

Then I awaken and have an idea of how the picture looked but without the detail.
Which makes it even nicer to draw. Not knowing the detail gives me a lot of freedom when I’m drawing. I only have to produce a nice picture instead of something that has to look like the picture in my mind.

The nice thing with a drawing like this is that you get to give it a name.
In this case I though I choose a title that enforces the relationship. Although the group of people in my dream wasn’t a family I do like to call the drawing “family” because it’s clear that there should be some sort of relationship.
And of course if something is “tied” there must be strings.

That leaves only one problem.
Having a photographic memory means that with every picture I see I’m reminded of something else I’ve seen. Also with this picture.
I’ve no idea what the picture I’m reminded of is. Maybe it’s part of some famous painting or maybe it’s part of some comic I’ve read. I don’t know.
Kind of when you almost know some ones name. Very annoying.

Family ties
Family ties


Zdzislaw Beksinski (1929 – 2005)

by Henk ter Heide on Monday June 16, 2008

in Art sites

I have several lists of links to sites that possibly could be suitable for my art review. To find them I open up to twenty tabs at a time. Look at them and close them again, saving the urls of sites that interest me.
Sometimes I get to a site that has music.
I hate it when that happens. Firstly because I’m usually listing to my own music. Secondly because it means that I’ve found a site I can’t use.
Not only because most website designers who know what they are doing know that you shouldn’t use music. Which means that the site will probably be horrible. But also because it’s quite possible that some of my readers are at a work environment and a site with music could alert there bosses to the fact that they are not doing there jobs.

So when music starts my first task is to kill that tab as soon as possible. Usually it’s the last tab I opened. But not always. Not knowing what they’re doing often means that it is a very heavy, slow loading site. One that I opened earlier. So I look for the tell tail signs of the music player. But lots of times the player is so far down the page that I can’t see it at a glance.
In that case I’ll start with closing the least attractive sites and go on until the music stops.
But in this case I was left with a site that I obviously wanted to review.

This site breaks every rule in my book.
It has music. Although the music isn’t to bad, actually it’s even quite nice, art site designers should know better.
Even worse. This site doesn’t work in Firefox. From my statistics I know that about one third of my visitors use Firefox and I imagine they also don’t like being told which browser to use.
Opening the site with IE I get a warning that the site is trying to open a pop-up. After turning that alarm of I find that it isn’t something harmful. But still the designer should know better. (After closing my pop-up guard the site does work in Firefox.)
And last but not least. For every thumbnail you click a pop-up is opened.

But having said all that, I must say that this is one of the most best art sites I’ve seen in a long time.
Although I don’t like his photographs very much, his painting and drawing are beautiful. They speak of darkness and solitude. The site has a fragile quality to it that matches the artwork and the music enhances the feeling.
(Move your mouse over the “credits” tab and visit the creator of the music.)

And, oh yeah. The biography of the artist is in Russian. Or Polish, or something.
Visit Zdzislaw Beksinski‘s site on your own discretion.

(I’m posting this site in my Best art on the web list.)


Building a mountain

by Henk ter Heide on Friday June 13, 2008

in Drawing

My first attempt at drawing abstract mountains.

One of the problems I run into when I try to draw trees is that I don’t have the right colors in my pencil box. Especially when the leafs are moving in a breeze, they seem to have hundreds of hues of green.
Which is one of the reasons why I’ve never been satisfied with any of trees I tried to draw.

While I was on my holiday I thought I should try to draw an abstract tree. Although I don’t have the right colors, I thought I could try to draw patches of the greens I did have. But in doing so I very quickly realized that I wasn’t drawing trees.
The drawing looked much more like mountains filled with trees.

Concept The green mountains
Concept The green mountains

A mountain range is much nicer if you can draw several mountains. One in front of the other.
You can’t see it but I tried whether it was possible to create the effect of multiple mountains with the colors I was using. Obviously it wasn’t because you can’t see it.

In my next attempt I tried to divide my colors in a few groups. That worked better.
Even so I feel that it should be possible to get a better result.

The green mountains
The green mountains


Beautiful colors

by Henk ter Heide on Thursday June 12, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Sarah Huang and Gail Siptak, drawings by “Deep dreams”.

Last year Sarah (lumei) Huang wrote a painting blog for a little under a year and then stopped. It’s not very clear why she stopped, but it is a shame because she has a small collection of very nice paintings.
Here’s hoping she will update her blog sometime.
Plastic ladies
Plastic lady by Sarah Huang

Being autistic I have a hard time recognizing emotions. Usually though I don’t feel that I’m missing out on anything. Looking at this set of gouache paintings by Gail Siptak I do have the feeling that I might see a deeper dimension if I wasn’t autistic.

“Deep dreams” has a small set of primitive drawings. Her choice in colors is so beautiful that it is well worth to have a look.
Imagen 5190
Imagen 5190 by “Deep dream”


Drawing a story

by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday June 11, 2008

in Personal

Understanding how an artist feels.

This must be one of the most exciting drawings I’ve done up till now.

Two weeks ago, just before I went on holiday, I did a little drawing to experiment with flowing colors. Just starting to draw, I hoped that I would get some sort of idea of what I was doing.

Orange fish
Orange fish

Half way through the drawing I realized that I should have started in a corner. I didn’t jet know what the drawing would be about. But I did know that the colors should flow down. Not up.
I started a new drawing with a few blue drops in the right upper corner and went on holiday.

I knew that I would have a few lazy days during my holiday so I brought my drawing set.

Still not know were the drawing would go I drew more blue and gray drops and started wandering about the color I should use in the background. Should I leave it white or maybe color it yellow.
And what should I call this drawing?
“Blue drops”? “Blue drops on yellow background”?

As I drew more drops in different hues of blue and gray I began to feel a little tension.
Should I use different colors?
I should use different colors!

Thinking about this drawing I experienced something I’ve never have. The notion that I can use an abstract drawing to tell a story.
It’s only a short story. Even without using words I found that the story is so short that I ran out of things to say before I ran out of paper.
But it is still a very exciting feeling. To know that I can use (abstract) drawings to tell about my life.

I finally understand what artist are talking about when they say “just listen to my music” or “just look at my paintings” when asked about their life.

Escaping blue
Escaping blue

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