Eye Candy for Today: Carl Larsson’s Karin by the Shore

Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson, watercolor
Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson, watercolor (details)

Karin by the Shore, Carl Larsson; watercolor, 29 x 21″ (75 x 54 cm). Link is to para on Wikipedia which links to high-res image file. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project. Original is in the Malmö Art Museum.

Another of Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s delightful scenes of domestic life. In this one his wife, Karin, walks along the shore of the Sundborns river while their daughter, Brita, floats in a skiff with their dog.

The credits list this as simply watercolor, but it looks to me like he’s used pen and ink as well.

 
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Ryan Church (update 2024)

Ryan Church concept art
Ryan Church concept art

Ryan Church is a concept artist, illustrator and art director whose film credits have to be among the most impressive in the industry.

I first wrote about him in the rearly months of Lines and Colors, back in 2005, and again in 2006.

Since then, he has continued ot add to his long list of film concept art and art direction credits, as you can see on his website.

Church works with a combination of 3D rendering and digital painting to create the designs for some of the most iconic sicence fiction, fantasy and adventure film scenes in recent memory.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Van Gogh Wheat Field ink drawing

Wheat Field, Vincent van Gogh pen and brown innk drawing
Wheat Field, Vincent van Gogh pen and brown innk drawing (details)

Wheat Field, Vincent van Gogh; Reed pen and logwood ink over pencil; roughly 9 x 12 inches ( 24 x 31 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable image on their site.

I love these pen and brown ink drawings Van Gogh did late in his career. I feel like he was trying to express color monochromatically. You can actually think of his ink as multi colored in the way he as used it with different size strokes and what looks to me like the addition of small amounts of water.

I think of these effects as highy sophisticated. When you look at the work from early in his full time period as an artist, how rough and basic it was, and compare it to the work in his later years (less then 10 years later), the progress he made as a determined self-taught artist is remarkable.

 
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Gezien van de Riet

Gezien van de Riet, landscape paintings
Gezien van de Riet, landscape paintings and portraits

Gezien van de Riet is a contemporary Dutch painter who works in a naturalistic manner.

Though she also paints portraits and various landscape subjects, she seems particularly entranced by the beauty of trees, which she often paints close up and in a compositional manner that effectively treats the subjects as portraits.

In these, I find much pleasure in her use of texture on the bark of the trees and the interplay of light and shadow amid the branches.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Carl Larsson domestic interior

When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, watercolor
When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, watercolor

When the Children have Gone to Bed, Carl Larsson, ink and watercolor, roughly 12 x 17 inches (32 x 43 cm). Link is to image page on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the NatinalMuseum, Stockholm.

Another of Carl Larsson’s wonderful ink and watercolor domestic scenes. This was part of a series called “A Home”, based on his own home and family.

I particularly like Larsson’s treatment of the lamp and its effects in the directional shadows of objects against the wall and the value statement of the faces.

 
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Albert Joseph Moore

Albert Joseph Moore
Albert Joseph Moore

Albert Joseph Moore was an English painter active in the late 19th century. He starrted his career as a decorative artist, designing stained glass, wallpaper and tiles as well as painting murals in private homes.

As a painter he developed something of a neo-classical style, similar in ways to the approach of other Victorian era painters.

In the arrangements and backgrounds of his numerous paintings of female figures — often full length in severely vertical canvasses — you can see the influence of his early training.

Moore is sometimes loosely assocuated with the Pre-Raphaelites, though I don’t know if he had much direct contact with them.

His female figures are elegant and often draped in diaphanous gowns that showcase his ability to suggest their translucency and flow.

Albert Joseph Moore was the brother of well-known sculptor, Henry Moore and painter John Collingham Moore.

 
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