Mario Martinez ( MARS-1)

Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1)
Mario Martinez, who also is known by the handle MARS-1, is a painter based in New York who uses exacting representational techniques to paint imaginary objects and spaces.

His compositions are often elaborate arrangements of geometric and pseudo-biological forms, intricately detailed and rendered with a palpable dimensionality. They sometimes encompass fantastical landscapes and suggestions of other worldly realms.

His website gallery doesn’t consistently list sizes, but there are occasionally photographs of the work in gallery settings, or in progress, that let you get an impression of their size, which — as you might expect — is frequently large.

There are also some process videos on his site, as well as on YouTube, that show the scale of the pieces.

Martinez works in traditional media. Though the site also does not consistently list medium, my assumption is that most of his pieces are done in acrylic.

Many of the paintings on his site are available as limited edition giclée prints.

Martinez also creates sculpture and dimensional pieces as well as murals and other projects. He sometimes does paintings in collaboration with other painters, such as this painting, done in collaboration with visionary painter Alex Grey.

Eye Candy for Today: Léon Bonvin still life

Still Life on Kitchen Table with Celery, Parsley, Bowl, and Cruets; Leon Bonvin watercolor
Still Life on Kitchen Table with Celery, Parsley, Bowl, and Cruets; Léon Bonvin

Watercolor over pen and ink and graphite; roughly 7×9 inches (17 x 22 cm). In the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore which has both a downloadable and zoomable version of the image. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project, and a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons.

As he often did, 19th century French painter Léon Bonvin started this piece with a pencil drawing, drew outlines of the intricate forms in pen and ink (dark brown iron gall ink) and filled in the outlines with delicately applied but definite washes of watercolor.

Marc Bohne

Marc Bohne is a landscape painter, landscape paintings
Marc Bohne is a landscape painter originally from Texas and currently based in Seattle, Washington.

I’ve admired his work on the web for a number of years, and had it bookmarked for inclusion on Lines and Colors, and I’m frankly surprised I haven’t featured him before now.

Bohne is wonderfully skillful in his depictions of foliage and other landscape elements as masses of value and color, using suggestion, finessed control of edges and just enough texture and detail to have your eye fill in the rest as naturalistic.

Many of his compositions are atmospheric, both in terms of planes of distance and in terms of emotional resonance.

Bohne’s style appears to be a natural match for the subdued, atmospheric beauty of Ireland, a country he has visited three times, and a collected group of his paintings of the Irish landscape will be on view in a new solo show at the Magnuson Park Gallery in Seattle, starting with an opening reception tomorrow, October 23 from 2-5PM, and running to December 17, 2016. There are additional details on his website.

There is a preview of work from the show on his website (also images above, top six) and a brief video preview on YouTube.

Bohne also has a blog on which he discusses concepts of interest relative to his painting experience.

Edgar Maxence

Edgar Maxence, French Symbolist painter
Edgar Maxence was a French painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Maxence is generally classed as a “Symbolist”, an artistic movement in which representational images were used to suggest higher truths that could not be directly depicted. In its literary connections and penchant for elegance, the genre bears some similarities to 19th century Romantic painting and even Art Nouveau.

Maxence studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where his instructors included Gustave Moreau.

Maxence favored images of women in fancy dress, often holding or surrounded by objects of significance to their role or station. His paintings often have a fascinating blend of defined and suggested areas, and make wonderful use of textural elements and lost edges.

Online resources for Maxence are unfortunately scattered; I’ve gathered what I can for you below.

Shari Blaukopf

Shari Blaukopf, watercolors, urban sketches
Shari Blaukopf is a watercolor painter based in Montreal.

She is a dedicated location sketcher, and you can find her sketches on a dedicated blog, as well as in a section on her website, and on the Urban Sketchers blog.

Even in her more finished work, she maintains a feeling of the informal immediacy that comes from location sketching.

I particularly enjoy her loose approach to rendering architectural elements, and her take on simple, unassuming objects that might often be overlooked as subjects for paintings.

Blaukopf often augments her watercolor sketches with pen and ink, and she has two instructional video courses on related to sketching in pen, ink and watercolor.

Eye Candy for Today: Watteau trois crayon figure drawing

Seated Young Woman,  Jean-Antoine Watteau, Black, red and white chalk drawing on buff paper
Seated Young Woman, Jean-Antoine Watteau

Black, red and white chalk on buff paper. Roughly 10 x 7 inches (25 x 17 cm). In the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY. Image can be zoomed or downloaded.

French Baroque painter Jean-Antoine Watteau was a wonderful and prolific draftsman and master of the “trois crayon” (three chalks) technique, in which three colors of chalk, black, red (sanguine) and white are used to draw the subject on a middle ground toned paper.

This is a remarkably effective technique for rendering the figure, allowing for a great range of value and almost naturalistic color with simple materials.

Here, Watteau has just used delicate traces of white as his highlights, allowing the tone of paper to carry most of the lighter values. The drawing is beautifully gestural and fluid, while retaining the solid geometry of the artist’s knowledge and observation of anatomy.