Mary Sprague (update)

Mary Sprague, ink drawings, and watercolor of trees, chickens, rhinos
Mary Sprague is an artist based in St. Louis who I first covered back in 2010, and who works in ink, paint, pastel, wood and clay.

Her website emphasizes her large scale drawings of chickens, done in pastel, charcoal and mixed media; there is also a series of images of rhinos in a mix of stylistic approaches and media, but it is her more straightforward pen and ink drawings of trees that most captured my attention.

In her tree drawings, Sprague’s light touch and fluid, almost scribbled line gives the drawings some of the character of etchings. She contrasts dark areas of dense hatching with light and airy passages where the image seems to dissolve into thin wisps of lines.


Eye Candy for Today: John O’Connor cityscape

Ludgate, Evening; John O'Connor, 19th century London cityscape painting
Ludgate, Evening; John O’Connor

Link is to image on Wikimedia Commons. The original was auctioned through Sotheby’s in 2012, so I assume it’s in a private collection.

Not ony is this a deftly handled complex composition with a wonderful sense of scale and distance, it’s also a fascinating use of low-chroma complementary colors.


Emily Hare

Emily Hare, illustrations, beasties and creatures
Emily Hare is a freelance illustrator based in the UK who has a wonderful knack for creating beasties and creatures.

These have a nicely strange charm, or a charming strangeness, or, well.. you get the idea.

Though she used to work digitally, she is now working in traditional media, primarily watercolor.

Among the items in her online shop, is the option to preorder her book, Strangehollow.

[Via Eric Orchard]


Eye Candy for Today: Olga Wisinger-Florian fall landscape

Falling Leaves, Olga Wisinger-Florian, oil on canvas
Falling Leaves, Olga Wisinger-Florian

Link is to the image on Wikimedia Commons. I don’t know the status of the original; it was sold at auction in 2014, so it may be in a private collection.

Turn of the century Austrian painter Olga Wisinger-Florian give us a wonderful example of how to handle a complex, colorful and highly textural scene with deft use of hue and value relationships.

For more, see my post on Olga Wisinger-Florian.

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Falling Leaves, Wikimedia Commons


Museum Day 2017

Museum Day 2017
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 23, 2017 is “Museum Day” here in the U.S.

Organized by Smithsonian magazine, participating “Museum Day Live” institutions offer a free pair of admission tickets for the day.

You just need to order your tickets in advance (today), print them out and take them with you. Hundreds of museums are participating, but you must choose just one, and you are limited to one pair of tickets.

Search for a museum on this page.

You can search by name or by location. I found the Zip code search less than useful, because it doesn’t search a radius. The state lookup is more helpful (though it doesn’t cross state lines). Drill down by location on the map.

Once on your chosen museum page, click “Get Tickets” and enter your name and email to receive tickets by email.

This is all kinds of museums, art and others, and the event should not be confused with “Art Museum Day”, which takes place in the spring.


Danielle Richard

Danielle Richard, figuresatve paintings in oil, acrylic and pastel
Danielle Richard is an artist from Quebec, Canada who works in oil, acrylic and pastel.

Her subjects are primarily young women in pastoral scenes, along shorelines or in idyllic views of small boats or canoes on lakes.

Though there isn’t an overt similarity, her work reminds me of the sensibilities of some of the Pre-Raphaelite painters in the attention to nature, fascination with value relationships and the presentation of beauty.

Her website is available both in English and French, and her blog, though in French, is easy enough for non-French speakers to browse. There is a short interview with Richard on The Art Edge (part 2 here).

There is something gently dreamlike about Richard’s paintings, as though evoking those special little moments in time when it dawns on you — somewhat to your surprise — that everything at that moment is perfect.