Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Travelling in John Singer Sargent's Clouds

If John Singer Sargent's Clouds painting were a place, it would be......

the English Countryside!

Can't you just see the painter here at this house? It's so perfectly English, with it's wild garden and stone facade. The English countryside is so inspiring with it's old traditions, romantic literature, beautiful gardens, and all-encompassing views. The gardens alone are enough to inspire. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

John Singer Sargent's Clouds

Ipad rendering of Sargent's Clouds
I always thought John Singer Sargent was British, but he's actually an American born in Florence, Italy. His parents were wealthy ex-pats travelling and living all over Europe. Sargent's childhood was full of art, culture, and constant new experiences. He new from an early age that he wanted to be an artist and chose to follow and study under one of the more controversial of the age, Carolus- Duran who believed in creating portraits without sketching first and just painting directly on the canvas when the paint is fresh. This style of painting was very different from the prevailing, studied, formal portraiture that was popular at the time.

Sargent followed this technique for the rest of his career, making beautiful, fresh, paintings in a unique style all his own. Later in his career, he worked exclusively in watercolors. The painting I've chosen for this week is one of those. It makes sense that he turned to watercolor as it's a medium that requires a quick hand and can quickly and easily go wrong. The naturalness of Sargent's technique works beautifully in watercolor.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Interpretations of Lee Krasner's Blue Stone

Watered Rocks I, watercolor, copyright Nina Leung, 2014
 Doing this project reminded me of how fun and freeing it is to just let go and paint. While painting, I thought of Lee Krasner and her life on Long Island with Pollack, being out in the countryside, exploring, finding inspiration in simple things.
Watered Rocks II, watercolor, copyright Nina Leung, 2014

Watered Rocks III, watercolor, copyright Nina Leung, 2014

Watered Rocks IV, watercolor, copyright Nina Leung, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Travelling in Blue Stone

If Lee Krasner's Blue Stone were a place, it would be......

Macau is a jumble of cultures and buildings with everything built organically. It seems that city planning was not a priority! It reminds me of Blue Stone because it's a mess of architecture, plant life, hanging laundry, and, now, casinos. The city was built and created as peoples' needs came about; it was automatic, a gesture. I see that as a comparison to Krasner's abstract expressionist work, automatic and gestural.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lee Krasner's Blue Stone

Ipad rendering of Lee Krasner's Blue Stone
Lee Krasner is so amazing. She was a strong woman who had a turbulent marriage with the powerful artist, Jackson Pollock and she didn't let that take over her work. Of course she was very influenced by her husband, but her work is still very individual and all her own. A true Abstract Expressionist, Krasner's gestural works are so dramatic and emotional. She worked in paint, on paper, and with collage. The above piece is a lithograph.