Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Other great drawing books... Keys to Drawing

Page from Bert Dodson's Keys to Drawing
Page from Bert Dodson's Keys to Drawing 
 Cover of Keys to Drawing
Cover of Keys to Drawing
Another highly regarded drawing book...

Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson (originally published 1985)

  • 55 specific keys to improving your drawing
  • 48 mini lessons that help you master techniques
  • 8 self evaluation checklists to help you evaluate your progress

You can check it out on google books for free here.
Keys to Drawing on Amazon

I can't say I've really looked at this book in any depth yet. 

But I love his scratchy, wiry drawing style.

Many bloggers and artists recommend this book. Here's a book review at The Watercolour Log blog if you're interested in finding out more. 

Drawing is a very personal thing, 

But personally, at the moment, I am learning Glen Vilppu's methods of drawing. 

I just like his teaching style and his simple step by step methods of learning how to create things from your imagination - that have life. 

It's not simple doing them though. 

But if you're interested in buying some of his materials, Glen's closing down his online store , on Dec 31st 2016. 

...So you can get some big discounts on his handbooks and downloads there. 

Or there's Glen Vilppu's youtube channel.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Photographers We Love 1: Albert Stieglitz

Venetian Canal (1894) by Alfred Stieglitz

Winter – Fifth Avenue (1893) by Alfred Stieglitz

2 Quotes. Something to ponder.

The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.  Alfred Stieglitz (1864 - 1946)

A couple of notes

  • Stieglitz's early style emphasises the soft, ephemeral, natural processes like fog, clouds, water, snow, steam which cloak the monumental architectural forms, speed and people of his home town New York.  
  • Beautiful delicacy of tone and composition are classic to balance the romanticism of mood. 
  •  There is a strong dramatic tension in his New York photos which is absent from the Venice photo, possibly reflecting his less emotionally ambivalent relationship to the old european world.

ps. We also love him cos he was married to Georgia O'Keefe.

The PBS American Masters series on Alfred Stieglitz below

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

John Fitzgerald’s new art exhibition: Presence of Place - The Great Ocean Road Series

 If you happen to be in Melbourne, Australia from October 13 to 25th 2016, you are ‘cordially invited’ to drop in to the Prince Patrick Hotel (basically the outer CBD) and check out the latest exhibition of paintings inspired by The Great Ocean Road by my friend John Fitzgerald.

About the Paintings

The medium to large, abstract paintings – though still reading clearly as landscape, with an emphasis on atmospheric colour and the actual line of the coast – evoke the elemental forces and power present in this landscape.

If you don’t know it, it’s a geographical area at the bottom of mainland Australia, where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide with the Otway Ranges -  the Great Ocean Road acting as a demarcation line: between two energies, two states.

Check it out or if you can’t get there, check out his website to view the paintings.

Presence of Place DL Invite

John Fitzgerald initially studied photography [fine arts], beginning in 1986, at Photography Studies College, Melbourne, and began painting in the year 2000. He has exhibited previously at Art In Motion Gallery, and also at the Prince Patrick Hotel in 2012,[The Otways Series]. 


He grew up in Torquay, and has an intimate knowledge of the Great Ocean Road, and a connectedness that has continued and remains vivid with ongoing visits and time spent in the area for the last nineteen years, whilst living in East Melbourne. 

For further information: visit John’s website

self portrait of john fitzgerald

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