Kelsey Beckett

Kelsey Beckett is a Michigan based illustrator and gallery artist. In the work on her website she focuses on portrayals of young women dressed in sometimes elaborate clothing with the visual interest of lots of drapery folds, layers and patterns, and often accompanied by floral elements.

Her faces are stylized and rendered with restrained modeling, usually limited to the edges and directly around the features, giving them a nicely graphic appeal.

There is a certain feeling of design to her compositions that I find reminiscent of Art Nouveau without being directly related to that genre.

Beckett works in both acrylic and oil. In the videos on her YouTube channel — many of which are of her process — you will also find some speed paintings in gouache and mixed media.

Beckett’s work is also on display as part of a virtual exhibit (in place of the scheduled physical one) at Corey Helford Gallery, that runs until April 11, 2020.

 
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A list of art podcast lists

Art podcast lists, photo by Marco Verch

I haven’t listened to enough art podcasts to give many first hand reports, so I offer you a list of lists of art podcasts, many of which give good capsule descriptions of the podcasts.

Yes, there is a good bit of overlap between the lists, but you should be able to find something that suits you.

Personally, I’ve been listening to the Plein Air Podcast on Outdoor Painter while I paint. It features interviews with notable artists, as does The Artful Painter Podcast, which seems to be left off most lists for reasons that escape me.

 
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Guide to Virtual Museum Resources

The Museum Computer Network (MCN) has published a guide to online virtual museums and related resources: The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections, that should provide art lovers who are at home with time to browse a cornucopia of time sinks.

Divided into sections like “Portals”, “Virtual Tours / Online Exhibits”, “E-Learning”, “Online Collections” and “Digital Archives & Libraries”, the list of links is being updated on an ongoing basis.

(I’ll also point out that Lines and Colors has 15 years of archived posts, most of which contain multiple links to art resources. See the Categories or Archives links in the left hand column.)

Enjoy!

[Via Delaware Art Museum]

 
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What I Want You to See, by Catherine Linka

What I Want You to See, by Catherine Linka

I don’t often review novels on Lines and Colors, but when I received a review copy of Catherine Linka’s What I Want You to See, I was intrigued.

Set in the environment of a competitive art school, the novel is both a mystery and the personal story of a promising art student.

Sabine Reyes is struggling to hold on to the uncharacteristic good fortune of a full scholarship, and simultaneously hiding the fact that she is one step removed from homelessness.

Overwhelmed with her efforts to please a demanding instructor and hoped-for mentor, and carrying the weight of debts, both financial and personal, Sabine has to navigate her classes, part-time jobs, and show preparation amid the emotional pull of rivals, friends and potential lovers.

In the process she becomes caught up in a criminal act that upends what little stability she has in her life.

Though I don’t know enough about California art schools to know if the school portrayed is based on an actual one, as a former art student, the milieu rings true, as does the modernist/traditionalist conflict and the stratification of students favored by their instructors.

What art students may identify with most strongly is Sabine’s effort to push through the noise and conflict to bring her painting skills to another level and shape her artistic identity.

In telling the story, Linka resists predictable plot arcs and keeps the reader as off balance as Sabine herself, and just as eager to know how things will turn out.

There is a page devoted to the title on Catherine Linka’s website.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Nicolas Poussin’s Landscape with a Calm

Landscape with a Calm, Nicolas Poussin

Landscape with a Calm, Nicolas Poussin, details

Landscape with a Calm, Nicolas Poussin, oil on canvas, roughly 38 x 51 inches (97 x 131 cm). Original is in the Getty Museum, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project and a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons.

Among other subjects, French Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin — who spent most of his career in Rome and resisted the excesses of the Baroque style — painted landscapes in a dynamic but classically influenced style.

The title makes more sense when the painting is compared to its pendant counterpart, Landscape with a Storm, in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen.

Both deal with atmosphere, but in this case, the peaceful scene is more dramatic and engaging than that of the tempest.

 
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Monet’s Gare Saint-Lazare series

Monet's Gare Saint-Lazare series

Monet's Gare Saint-Lazare series

Claude Monet painted several series of paintings on particular subjects — like the haystack series, poplars, water lilies and the facade of the Rouen Cathedral — revisiting the same subject multiple times in different lighting and atmospheric conditions.

The first of these series was of the Gare Saint-Lazare, one the large railway terminals in Paris. He painted 12 paintings of the train shed interior, train yard and environs.

Much of his attention appeared to be on the clouds of steam from the locomotives, blending at times into the Paris sky.

Wikipedia has a convenient page devoted to the series, with images of all 12 paintings.

 
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