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August 2008

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by Henk ter Heide on Saturday August 23, 2008

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Stairway to haven
Stairway to haven

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Three for one

by Henk ter Heide on Thursday August 21, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Clive Powsey and Johnson and illustrations by Sergio Martinez.

Paintings by Clive Powsey
Clive Powsey has three blogs where he shows his watercolour paintings, paintings for animated television, drawings and sketches and digital art.
Personal I like the watercolours best. The links to the other three blog are at the top of the first page of this blog.

Plain air by Johnson
With a few broad stroke of his brush Johnson capture a wide variety of landscapes, houses and other odds and ends.
Montana spring
Montana spring by Johnson

Illustrations by Sergio Martinez
Sergio Martinez draws people. Illustrations for such stories as Olivier, Zorro, Pinocchio find there way into several papers.

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Going for imperfection

by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday August 19, 2008

in Personal

The advantage and disadvantage of drawing less perfect.

My experiment yesterday to draw while tired taught me an important lesson: Either the lines are perfect or the overall picture is perfect. Never both of them.

In trying to get every line perfect you invest a lot of time and effort. So much so that you will never say something like “OK, now I know what I want, lets start over”.
You can’t after investing all that energy.

I’ve started my drawing again and very soon found why I’ve never tried this before.
There is something very frightening about drawing and going for imperfection intensifies that fear. Even if you have a photographic memory and a visual thinking process, like I have, you don’t exactly know what you are going to draw until you’ve finished your drawing.
You never know whether you’ve drawn something you like until you’ve finished the drawing.
Going for imperfection feels as though you’re setting yourself up to fail.
And it’s quite possible that you are going to fail.

Actually it’s almost certain that you’re going to fail since this is only a sketch.
If you find that you like what you’ve drawn you will have to start over to make it a genuine drawing.

As scary as this way of drawing is, in this case it’s also more educational then trying to get every every line just right.
This time I started out with a kind of framework by drawing a line of squares from the down left corner to the upper right corner. The idea is that the steps in the upper right corner are higher.
Which is fine but in drawing the rest of the steps I find that they don’t exactly fit. I have to figure the logic of the drawing out the make it fit.
Since the point of this drawing is to learn to understand perspective it’s a good thing I have to think about it.

Stairway to haven
Stairway to haven

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563

by Henk ter Heide on Monday August 18, 2008

in Drawing

I’ve never dared to draw when I’m tiered or intoxicated. Since I see every detail I always felt that if I wasn’t at my very best I would make a lot of mistakes. Mistakes I either would have to correct later on. Or I would have to through the whole drawing out.
But things have changed. Yesterday I decided that I should try to draw a bit faster because I was getting bored with this drawing and because it’s only meant as a sketch. Today while cycling home from work I though it would be a good idea to find out what happens if I draw while tired.
Turns out that drawing fast and while tired is a very good idea. It seems to change the way I look at my own drawing. Less critical.
I don’t think I’m making less mistakes then usually. They just don’t feel that important.
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543

by Henk ter Heide on Sunday August 17, 2008

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The nice thing about taking more then one day for a drawing is that I get more time to think about it.
At first I was planning to fill the paper with these square shapes. But yesterday I realized that not only would be a lot of work but it would change the picture. At this moment it is a kind of artificial mountain or stairway. But if I fill the paper the feeling of depth will go away I’ll be left with an, not so interesting, pattern of squares.
Of course if I make it a kind of mountain range I could vary the height of the pillars.

Just now, while I was drawing, I realized that I’m taking to much time for this drawing.
I was thinking that I hardly could wait to see the finished drawing. That the drawing was taking so much time that I was getting impatience.
Which points to one of the downsides of the autistic way of seeing detail. Correcting every mistake I make I loose track of the goal of this drawing.
This is only a sketch to get a better insight in perspective. It’s not meant to win some kind of painters award.
So get on with it.

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Barry Manilow in concert

by Henk ter Heide on Sunday August 17, 2008

in Art sites

Barry Manilows 100th concert at the Las Vegas Hilton.

This afternoon I suddenly felt the need to listen to some music. Music by Barry Manilow.
After some searching I found a video recording of his 100th concert at the Las Vegas Hilton. A very good concert in which he sings most of his famous songs and tells a few anecdotes about his youth.
Here is a list of all 13 parts of the recording.

Barry Manilow (1/13) – Opening
Barry Manilow (2/13) – It’s a miracle
Barry Manilow (3/13) – Mandy & Could it be magic? (Best part)
Barry Manilow (4/13) – I made it through the rain
Barry Manilow (5/13) – See the show again
Barry Manilow (6/13) – Venus
Barry Manilow (7/13) – Brooklyn blues
Barry Manilow (8/13) – They Dance!
Barry Manilow (9/13) – Weekend in New England
Barry Manilow (10/13) – If I can dream
Barry Manilow (11/13) – Some where down the road
Barry Manilow (12/13) – I write the songs & copacabana
Barry Manilow (13/13) – It’s a miracle (reprise)

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Sparkling

by Henk ter Heide on Saturday August 16, 2008

in Art sites

Paintings by Linda, LoveItaly and John Taylor. (And a few flowers by Dubonnet.)

Some paintings just make you happy. They don’t have to be that good. Don’t even have to have a very interesting subject matter. But they do have something bright and sparkling.
Today I have three Flickr sets with just that quality:

Linda paints Gods creation
Linda is trying to “reflect the beauty of Gods creation in her work”. She indeed paints a lovely picture of her world. She paints mostly cityscapes and paintings of her cats.
Hummingbird
Hummingbird by Linda

Birds by LoveItaly
On any given day LoveItaly sees 25 varieties of birds and she loves to paint them.
In this set you’ll find some 30 watercolors of different birds painted with a light touch and almost opaque colors.

John Taylors oils and pastels
After his retirement John Taylor took up painting as a way of occupying himself. He really likes the bright colours of garden scenes, water reflections and effects of light and shade. He paints a lot of landscapes like this beautiful pond with a swan.

Swan
Swan by John Taylor

Flowers by Dubonnet
While looking for nice paintings this morning I came across this beautiful but small set of flowers on flickr.

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524

by Henk ter Heide on Friday August 15, 2008

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This is turning out to be a far more complicated drawing then I imagined. And this isn’t even the picture I had in my mind. That means that there is at least one more picture I’ve to draw after this one to practice before I can get to the picture I wanted to draw.
Allowing myself to draw complicated drawing over a period of a few days and scanning partial drawings turns out to be a very good idea.

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Color. From abstract to background

by Henk ter Heide on Thursday August 14, 2008

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Abstract paintings by Caleb Miles and Wendi Love and painting nature by Dalya Bersano.

Caleb Miles’ modern art
Caleb Miles takes his interest in color to a whole new level. In his abstract paintings he doesn’t even try to draw a shape. And rightly so. His collection of modern art contains some very nice paintings.

Wendi Love digital abstracts
Wendi Love also plays with color. But instead of using a paintbrush she creates her abstracts with light. With a lot of mosaic like shapes. But still the color is more important then the shape.

IIIII
IIIII by Wendi Love

Dalya Bersano oil paintings
In Dalya Bersano’s oil paintings color also plays a very important role. But contrary to the last two artist Dalya’s paintings are far from abstract. Most of her paintings are pieces of nature. Most of the color is in the background of paintings.
But the background is so big that it draws attention to it self.

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522

by Henk ter Heide on Thursday August 14, 2008

in Drawing

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