Eye Candy for Today: JMW Turner etching and mezzotint

The Woman and Tambourine, etching and mezzotint
The Woman and Tambourine, etching and mezzotint (details)

The Woman and Tambourine (Liber Studiorum, part I, plate 3), Joseph Mallord William Turner and Charles Turner, etching and mezzotint, roughly 7 x 11″ (21 x 29 cm). In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This was one of the prints Turner created for a 70 plate “book of studies”, he published in the early 19th century.

It was the practice of many artists at the time to work with printmaking specialists, for whom they would create drawings or watercolors as guidelines.

In this case, JMW Turner made brown watercolors as a guide for tone, and etched the basic drawing into the plate himself, turning to frequent collaborator Charles Turner (no relation) to create the tones in mezzotint. (There is a nice short description of the mezzotint process here.)

 
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Henry Justice Ford

Henry Justice Ford

Henry Justice Ford

Henry Justice Ford (AKA Henry J. Ford or H. J. Ford) was a popular British illustrator active in the late 19th and early 20 centuries.

Ford’s primary medium was pen and ink, but he also worked in watercolor. Though his skill in those mediums may not have been quite as refind as that of some of his contemporaries, he was nontheless imaginative and entertaining — particularly when illustrating fantasy subjects that included dragons, monsters, ogres and demons.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Martin Rico scene of Venice

A Venetian canal with gondolas, Santa Maria Della Salute beyond, Martín Rico y Ortega
A Venetian canal with gondolas, Santa Maria Della Salute beyond (details), Martín Rico y Ortega

A Venetian canal with gondolas, Santa Maria Della Salute beyond, Martín Rico y Ortega; oil on canvas, roughly 17 x 28 in. (43 x 70 cm). Link is to a previous auction on Christie’s (large image here). I don’t know the currnet location of the original.

One of many beautiful images of Venice by 19th century Spanish painter Martín Rico y Ortega

 
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Alex Venezia

Alex Venezia
Alex Venezia

Alex Venezia is a contemporaty American painter based in North Carolina. His work is largely figurative, often featuring portrayals of young women in apparent states of worry or emotional distress.

What particularly strikes me about venezia’s work is his use of value. His subtle and carefully balanced value relationships remind me of 19th century painters like Jules Bastien-Lepage, Jean-Francois Millet and George Clausen. The feeling produced is one of timelessness.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Jan Bogaerts landscape

Bridge in the garden of Versailles, Jan Bogaerts, oil on canvas
Bridge in the garden of Versailles, Jan Bogaerts, oil on canvas
Bridge in the garden of Versailles, Jan Bogaerts, oil on canvas, roughly 16 x 24 inches (40 x 60 cm). Link is to previous sale page on Simonis & Buunk Fine Art Dealers. (Click on the image on their page for a larger view.)

A beautifully idyllic landscape by Dutch painter Jan Bogaerts.

Bogaerts, who was active in the early to mid 20th century, is better known for his wonderfully tactile and contemplative still life paintings. I find his landscapes carry a similar sense of timelessness and serenity.

 
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Rosie Sanders

Rosie Sanders, botanical art watercolors

Rosie Sanders, botanical art watercolors

Rosie Sanders is a contemporary botanical artists whose large scale watercolor paintings of floral and other plant subjects are also in the realm of gallery art.

Though she uses the kind of painstakingly detailed watercolor technique that is not uncommon among botanical artists, I think the scale of her paintings is unusual.

You can get an idea of the scale in some of the YouTube videos that feature Sanders and her work.

Sanders’ website features a gallery of her watercolor paintings. These are reproduced large enough to get a feeling for the level of accuracy with which she approaches her subjects, while still maintining a gallery artist’s sense of composition and visual drama.

Her work has been fetured in several books, notably a collection titled Rosie Sanders’ Flowers: A celebration of botanical art, another titled Rosie Sanders’ Roses: A celebration in botanical art and The Apple Book (Amazon affiliate links). There is a YouTube review of Rosie Sanders’ Flowers here.

This YouTube video features Sanders displaying some of her paintings and discussing her inspiration, and this one continues with some insight into her watercolor process. There is another devoted to her work on The Apple Book.

Her website also features a Shop in which prints, postcards and original watercolor sketches are available.

 
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