Posts Tagged ‘art’

STILL SNARKY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS…

July 4, 2015
Character sketch, AQUARIUS. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

Character sketch, AQUARIUS. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

The pleasure of the small drawing transformed by a weird caption.  Somehow this kind of work did not receive appreciation in high school during lecture. Though I did crack up one history teacher who had a righteous sense of humor.

These are quick conte sketches while watching AQUARIUS, a period drama. STYLISH. Great faces, hipster clothes and ridiculous hairdos. Even the boozer-losers look fabulous. All the junkies have the best jackets…( which was actually not true to my memory). Wish the writers would give Duchovny more zingers, though. Would also appreciate a little more GRACE SLICK in the soundtrack.

CHARACTER STUDY. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

Character sketch. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

The plot seems to find a template in Joan Didion’s THE WHITE ALBUM.

Character sketch. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

Character sketch. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST.

 

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EVERYDAY ABSTRACTION

July 4, 2015
Cropped section, full figure study. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce or Pin on Pinterest. Caran D'Ache Neocolor 2 on Canson Mi-Tientes paper.

Cropped section, full figure study. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce or Pin on Pinterest. Caran D’Ache Neocolor 2 on Canson Mi-Tientes paper.

Painter after painter, since the beginning of the century, has tended toward abstraction. First, the Impressionists simplified the landscape in terms of color, and then the Fauves simplified it again by adding distortion, which, for some reason, is a characteristic of our century.
MARCEL DUCHAMP

5 minute warm-ups. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do  not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

5 minute warm-ups. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

Early morning sketches at the NORTH CAROLINA ACADEMY OF ART…

DRAWING MEMORY

June 24, 2015
THE LAST SWING. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTERST. Graphite.

THE LAST SWING. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce or PIN on PINTERST. Graphite.

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love
a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
VLADIMIR NABOKOV

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER: NEOCOLOR CRAYONS

June 21, 2015
SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D' ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS  ON INGRES PAPER.

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D’ ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS ON INGRES PAPER.

INSPIRATION… SHE NEVER VISITS THE LAZY
David Hockney

True dat.

Another round with  NEOCOLOR 1 and NEOCOLOR 2 wax pastels, applied dry to charcoal paper.

When in doubt do a selfie, it protects the innocent!

INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH with ROZ STENDAHL: walking with the hunters

April 12, 2015
HUNTERS7.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

HUNTERS7.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

The theme of this year’s challenge is CONSIDERED TRUTHS.

The invented character/author of the journal participated in the STARGATE PROJECT for the government as a remote viewer in the early 1990’s. In the late 60’s, the character may also have served as a casual source for remote viewing references in the novel GRAVITY’S RAINBOW.

HUNTERS8.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

HUNTERS8.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

The character’s skill in rendering was seen as an asset to the program. She could easily prepare convincing schematics and maps. It is supposed that the character generated evidence to document that remote viewing was indeed possible in the late 60’s, spurring or supporting funding for the STARGATE PROJECT. The STARGATE PROJECT was disbanded in the mid-1990’s supposedly due to a lack of actual or reliable data. Bone up your X-files to follow this train of thought!

HUNTERS9.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

HUNTERS9.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

At this time the character lives off the grid for security purposes. Travel to major museums is not possible, so she is trying to use images on the INTERNET to travel without luggage as a remote viewer.

The painting HUNTERS IN THE SNOW by BREUGHEL displays a completely invented landscape. This place never existed, and at no time could a person have stood in position to view this scene in a literal sense.

 HUNTERS10copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.


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The author manages to insert herself into this space and begins to join in the activities of the town.

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Sometimes the clothing is a little big.

		 HUNTERS12.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.She walks around the countryside freely, wearing a coral scarf to prevent getting lost in the painting.

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HUNTERS13.copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce, or pin on PINTEREST: that is violating copyright.

You can see past IFJM experiments here and here.

INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH with ROZ STENDAHL

April 7, 2015
HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 1 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 1 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

If you have been itching for a creative challenge, INTERNATIONAL FAKE JOURNAL MONTH is your opportunity this APRIL. Visit the link to understand the particulars of this activity!

Thinking about April began in February. The specifics of my project involve a few guidelines that will keep me engaged and productive over the course of a month.

1. The materials have no set up or cleanup time required. The palette will be limited.
2. The idea behind the project is simple.
3. Progress can be made even if I only have fifteen minutes to devote to the journal in a given day.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 2 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 2 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

MATERIALS

I have been experimenting with colored pencils and decided it was time to test a new brand. This is a medium I have only used for preliminary drawings, and I generally use ink for sketching. Change keeps you present! Why haven’t I used pencil lately?

I decided to buy a set of LYRA REMBRANDT COLORED PENCILS. This product has a reputation for being highly lightfast in balance, economical, and well designed. I did a clean sweep of old fugitive pencils in my studio and realized my stock was pretty old and battered. Immediately identifying a palette of about 10 pencils will help unify the booklet through the use of color.

I chose a small FABRIANO ECO QUA pocket journal that has just enough pages to document the month. They come in sets of 4 tiny notebooks. This size will help me find a way to use my limited time effectively. The paper is thin and smooth, so heavily worked drawing would not really suit these books. My goal is not to create masterpieces. My goal is to have an experience.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL 3, copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL 3, copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

THE IDEA IS SIMPLE

The challenge requires that you develop an alter ego as the journal keeper. My character is like ZELIG, traveling into and around a famous painting for the occasional cameo moment in present time.

The painting HUNTERS IN THE SNOW by BREUGHEL was important to me in my childhood, so my plan is to take a few minutes each day and virtually walk around in that environment now, using an image found online. I figured out some of the basics of understanding landscape by looking at this image as a kid. Studying the picture first in a textbook and later in a postcard bought on a class field trip to the MET, I began to question how one creates an illusion of depth. Mental walks through snow, woods and fields years ago were important to me in the bigger scheme of things. It was part of my youthful research method as a designer.

I want to use this activity as a meditation and as a way to travel without too much luggage. Hopefully, public posting encourages people to visit the painting and figure out where my character might be wandering. It is a different way of looking at art, and maybe others will want to play the game too.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 4 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 4 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

PROGRESS
I am going to measure my progress simply through participation. I am not so sure there is really any other yardstick that bears up under scrutiny anyway. These projects tend to develop their own life after the first ten days.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 5 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL, 5 copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL6,copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW JOURNAL6,copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not Pin on Pinterest or reproduce.

You can see past IFJM experiments here and here.

ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE…THE CONFUSED

November 2, 2014
The Confused. Copyright 2014 Ellen Ward. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. DO NOT PIN on Pinterest.

The Confused. Copyright 2014 Ellen Ward. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. DO NOT PIN on Pinterest.

ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE…The INSCRUTABLE

November 2, 2014
INSCRUTABLE. Copyright 2014 Ellen Ward. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. Do not Pin on Pinterest.

INSCRUTABLE. Copyright 2014 Ellen Ward. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. Do not Pin on Pinterest.

ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE…THE HALLOWEENIE

November 2, 2014
THE HALLOWEENIE. Copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. Do Not Pin on Pinterest.

THE HALLOWEENIE. Copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce. Do Not Pin on Pinterest.

ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE…THE OPTIMIST

October 26, 2014
THE OPTIMIST. Copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE.

THE OPTIMIST. Copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE.

They go THERE, despite the thorns…