Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin
 

 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ellen Buselli

Posted by Charley Parker at 10:10 pm

Ellen Buselli
Ellen Buselli is a still life painter who takes inspiration from traditional still life painters from several eras, citing as her influences painters like Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Henri Fantin la Tour, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Emil Carlsen, Giorgio Morandi and the Dutch master painters.

Buselli chooses her subjects with great care, setting up the compositions with her own collection of pueblo pottery, Roman glass and American Arts and Crafts movement pottery. Despite the refinement evident in her finished works, she works directly, without preliminary sketches or value studies. She works with a carefully controlled palette, giving particular emphasis to establishing the right background against which to array the colors, values and edges of her subjects.

Unfortunately, the images on her web site are frustratingly small, giving little feeling for the surface qualities or brush handling in her work. You will find a few larger images in some of the additional resources I’ve listed below.

Buselli was the subject of a cover article in the January 2008 issue of American Artist, for which there is an accompanying gallery on the magazine’s site. There is also an article reprinted form the November, 2007 issue, in which there is a description of her working methods.

4 comments for Ellen Buselli »

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  1. Comment by Anne N.
    Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Please forgive my bad english, i’m french.
    Thank you for the quality of you blog. It is full of treasures, especially the illustrators from the golden ages. Thank you, thank you !
    (i’ve tried to contact you by mail but i think it felt in the spams)

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Thank you, Anne. I appreciate your comments.

  3. Comment by Ben Hatke
    Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    You’re a treasure trove of great still life artists.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Saturday, May 1, 2010 @ 12:24 am

    I try, Ben.

    I thought your pears came out great.

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