Gilbert Legrand

Gilbert Legrand
French artist Gilbert Legrand takes common objects like household tools, garden implements, plumbing fixtures, paintbrushes and cleaning supplies — adds the occasional bit of extra material, and paints the resulting objects with faces and other characteristics — to produce his delightfully whimsical sculpture/assemblages.

In addition to his sculptures, he has a section in his site (under “réalisations”) in which he arranges objects against various backgrounds to form themed images.

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Guy Rose (update 2)

Guy Orlando Rose, California Impressionism
Guy Orlando Rose was one of the most prominent of the painters known as “California Impressionists”, and notably, one of those who was born in the state.

He traveled to Europe, where he studied in Paris, and painted in Giverny with Monet and the other French Impressionists. He returned to the US and lived on the East Coast for many years, eventually settling back in California.

Though his career was tragically marked with bouts of illness, including dealing with the effects of lead poisoning, and he died in his 50s, Rose left a legacy of beautiful paintings.

I particularly love his portraits of colorfully dressed women in landscapes and interior settings.

For more, see my previous posts on Guy Rose (and here).

Eye Candy for Today: Willem Kalf’s silver jug

Still Life with Silver Jug, Willem Kalf
Still Life with Silver Jug, Willem Kalf

In the Rijksmuseum. Image also available on Google Art Project and Wikimedia Commons.

Kalf just loved to trace the path of light across arrangements of complex objects, particularly those with intricate reflective surfaces.

I love the reflected color of the lemon in the sculptural metal patterns of the silver jug. (Don’t miss the face in the upper right of the the jug.)

A still life that invites you in like a landscape.

Corinne Reid

Corinne Reid
Corinne Reid is an illustrator whose work combines whimsey with a dark edge. Her approach often involves muted color palettes with soft value transitions ant textural elements to create images in which the subject seems to gradually emerge as you look.

Her work has been featured in American Illustration, Spectrum, Creative Quarterly and Juxtapoz; and her clients inclide The Wall Street Journal.

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Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2014

Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2014
Each year, five teams of graduating students from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris create short animations (under one minute) that are used to introduce each day’s events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation.

Unfortunately, while the school’s level of instruction undoubtedly remains high, the complexity and quality of the Gobelins’ website continues to devolve. It’s easier now to just find these on YouTube.

(Screen captures above, titles [see videos themselves for team credits]: String, Le coup du lapin, Hors champ, Massif, Coil)