In contrast to the elaborate still life arrangements common to his late seventeenth century contemporaries, Dutch painter Adriaen Coort is noted for his simple still life subjects.
His simply staged but striking Still life with Asparagus, depicting a bunch of plump white asparagus on the corner of a table (images above, top, with detail) is perhaps his best known work.
You can see other examples of Coorte painting asparagus in only slightly more elaborate compositions here and here.
Two centuries later, Edouard Manet gives a thoroughly modern but respectful nod to the traditions of he Dutch still life masters, if not Coorte’s painting in particular, in his painting Bunch of Asparagus, showing a similar sized bunch of white asparagus, their bright stalks luminescent against a dark background and painted larger than life size.
The story is that Manet’s parton, Charles Ephrussi, was so pleased with the commissioned painting that he paid the artist 1000 Francs instead of the agreed on 800.
Manet, in response, painted another small canvas, this one quite different in tone and composition — showing a single spear on a marble tabletop, rich with color in its painterly brushstrokes — and sent it to his patron with the message “This one was missing from your bunch.”
Illustrator, cartoonist, animator and director Chris Sanders is best known as co-director of Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods.
Before leaving Disney Studios to work for DreamWorks Animation, Sanders worked as a story artist on The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, and was head of story on Mulan.
Though the gallery on his website/blog is as yet empty, the blog features a wonderful series of posts featuring “The Lost Boards“, storyboard drawings done for The Croods, along with other sketches and drawings.
[Addendum: there is also a gallery on deviantART, that includes work in progress.]
Sanders’ storyboard drawings have the kind of wonderfully jaunty, energetic line quality that I associate with the best animation drawing. Quickly suggested and seemingly casually rendered, they have an appeal in an of themselves as drawings, beyond their role in visualizing scenes from which animators would create a movie.
Sanders also has a place on his site set aside for new episodes of Kiskaloo, his webcomic (images above, bottom), though they have not started. In the meantime, you can enjoy the archive of the original run of the strip in the Kiskaloo.com archives.
[Via Jake Parker in the Drawn archives]
Oil Painters of America is a national organization of artists dedicated to representational art. Each year, among other regional exhibitions and events, they conduct a juried exhibition.
This year’s exhibition, consisting of some 200 works, is currently on display at the Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas until June 17, 2013.
There is a page devoted to the winners of the juried categories on the OPA site.
In addition, Insight Gallery has online presentations of the participating OPA Masters and OPA Signature and Associate Members. When viewing the individual works, note that though the image on the page is not linked, there are text links to the right to “Click for full-size image”.
In addition, the OPA website has an Online Showcase, a blog, a searchable Member Directory and other resources.
(Images above: Kenn Backhaus, Rebecca Leer, Richard Biddinger, Richard Allison, Kathie Wheeler, Nancy Wagstaff, Fran Rowe, Frederick Somers, Teresa Elliott, William Alther, John Michael Carter, Sherrie McGraw)