Peter Jablokow

Peter Jablokow
Peter Jablokow

Peter Jablokow is a watercolor painter from Illinois with a particular fascination for industrial forms, often weathered and rusted, which he renders with a feeling for texture as well as color and values.

Many of his paintings use dramatic compositions with severe perspective and unusual angles of view. In some cases the entire composition is overlayed with grunge-like texture.

Jablokow was trained as an architect, from which he moved to architectural rendering and then into illustration and gallery art. His website includes examples of his architectural watercolors as well as illustration and gallery art. There is also a selection of prints available.


Eye Candy for Today: Franklin Booth Esty Organ advertisement ink drawing

Franklin Booth Esty Organ ad pen and ink drawing
Franklin Booth Esty Organ ad pen and ink drawing (details)

Advertisment for Esty Residence Pipe Organ, pen and ink illustration by Franklin Booth, as it appeared in the November, 1923 issue of Country Life magazine. I don’t know the dimaneions of the original art. Link is to the Organ Historical Society.

Interesting to compare this illustration to another of his for the same company.

Who knew a pipe organ could be so transcendent, etherial and vaguely suggestive?

Franklin Booth was a master of pen and ink with a unique style – formed by his missinterpretation of woodcut illustrations as pen and ink when he was learning.

He was absolutely brilliant at creating a wide range of tones from hatching. I love the way he has so effectively and sparingly used areas of pure white — from the light globes to highlights on the figures to the emphasized area of the checkered tile floor.


Charlie Hunter (update)

Charlie Hunter
Charlie Hunter

We are spoiled by color. It’s everwhere we look, bright colors to attract our attention. Many contemporary painters make a point of using bright, vibrant colors to do just that. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but often we miss noticing the other characteristics of painting that we take for granted.

Charlie Hunter is a painter from Vremont who strips away the surface of bright color and reveals the bones of good painting: value. His paintings make it clear that value is what carries the load in painting, and color is the icing on the cake.

Perhaps I’m mixing my metaphors, but a look at some of the paintings I’ve used as examples, above, should make clear what I’m talking about; they’re so strong and complete in their monochromatic view of the world. Hunter does occassionaly add a touch of color to some of his work, but his usual addition to the value statements is his wonderful use of texture.

His website features examples of his work, as well as information about workshops, and links to his YouTube channel, which includes demos and “Reasonably Fine Art Talks”.

Charlie Hunter’s work will be on display in a solo show at William Baczek Fine Arts in Northhampton, MA from Saturday, October 14 to November 11, 2023. The opening is Saturday, October 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

You can see more of his work on the gallery’s ongoing page for him, as well as on some of the other sites linked below.

For more, see my previous post on Charlie Hunter (from 2013).


Eye Candy for Today: detail from ink and color scroll by Wang Hui

The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Three: Ji'nan to Mount Tai, (detail), Wang Hui
The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Three: Ji'nan to Mount Tai, (details), Wang Hui

The Kangxi Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Three: Ji’nan to Mount Tai, (detail), Wang Hui; ink and color on silk. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is just the beginning image from a hand scroll that is roughly 26 inches high and over 45 feet long (68 x 1394 cm).

Wang Hui was a Chinese pinter active in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The Met’s website includes an essay on Wang Hui and his place in the history of Chinese art.

While most traditional Chinese ink painting is done in black and subtle variations of gray (which are often referred to as “colors”), the more conventional meaning of color is evident in some, and this is a beautiful example of the latter.

In the reference to “ink and color”, I believe the paint is water based, similar to watercolor or gouache, but with more binder, alowing it to adhrere to silk.

The page for this work on the Met’s website includes the entire scroll presented as a series of panels (that read right to left). They are all beautiful, and this one is exceptionally so. As in much traditional Chinese landscape painting, the people are dwarfed by the majesty of nature.

I think those of us who are less familiar with this style of painting tend to think the mountains are wildly stylized and exaggerated — and they are — but not to the extent we might assume. A photo of the region of the subject of this image, Mount Tai (images above, bottom), gives an indication of how severe the terrain can be.


Dave Malan (update 2023)

Dave Malan
Dave Malan

Dave Malan is an artist an illustrator I’ve featured twice before, most recently back in 2015. Since then he has updated his website with more of his delightful illustrations, portraits, and drawings.

As you might guess from my choice of example images, I’m particularly fond of his pencil portrait drawings. These range from brief sketches to more developed drawings, but in all of them he combines solid draftsmanship with lose, gestural rendering — to wonderful effect.

His website doesn’t mention his old blog, which hasn’t been updated since 2017, but it’s still online and worth a visit, as it contains even more of his pencil drawings and other work. You can also find more on the social media accounts linked at the top of his website.


Eye Candy for Today: William Merritt Chase pastel interior

Hall at Shinnecock, William Merrit Chase, pastel on canvas
Hall at Shinnecock, William Merrit Chase, pastel on canvas (details)

Hall at Shinnecock, William Merrit Chase, pastel on canvas, 32 x 41″ (82 x 104 cm); in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The image on the page linked above is in a small slideshow, larger image here.

In 1891 American painter William Merritt Chase moved to the Shinnecock hills on Long Island, where he established the Shinnecock Summer School of Art and taught for more than 10 years. Here he gives us a view of the inside of his home with his family.

I love the fact that pastel can be used as both a drawing and painting medium. I would certainly call this a painting, but elements of it — like the stand for the ornate vase — have the quick gestural qulity of drawing.

In the mirrored door of the cabinet at the rear of the room, we can see a reflection of the artist at work.

I find it difficult to think that the red orange glow of the passageway above the cabinet and behind the other vase is either painted that color or made so by the sun. It seems to me purely a choice by the artist to enhance his composition.