There’s something about many of the 19th century and early 20th century painters that just captivates my imagination. Not having any formal education into the arts, much less a common perusal, I’m not capable of recognizing the style, naming the technique, nor even telling the difference in media. I simply see something that I like and leave it at that. And William Adolphe Bouguereau is simply one of my many favorites. Continue reading A LITTLE COAXING – charcoal and carbon tribute to William Adolphe Bouguereau
While rearranging my artwork, I came across three old pieces of art that I had set aside to eventually be either culled (thrown away), or posted FOR SALE to any interested buyer. The drawing is of a local barn but the horses, the fence, and the trees, and the windmill, are of my own making. I entitled this piece “Headin’ Home” and it is for sale. Continue reading HEADIN’ HOME – charcoal and carbon drawing
Edmund Leighton is a little known artist, yet his work can be seen most everywhere; from coffee houses, restaurants, shopping malls, book covers, art museums, as well as posters at Michael’s and other novelty and art stores. If I showed you one of his paintings you would most likely say:”Oh. Yeah. I’ve seen that before.”, yet rarely is his name associated with such works. Continue reading TO THE UNKNOWN LAND – tribute to Edmund Leighton and Mothers everywhere
I have many friends from foreign countries, many friends, and almost every one has told me over and over again: “Mark. You have no idea how much Hollywood has influenced the culture, even our culture.”, so says my friend Bernardo from Croatia, Flavio from Italy, Gaurav from India, and Malkiv from Bulgaria. All of these gentlemen are near my age to slightly younger, and they all have a passion for the iconic actors and actresses of Hollywood yesteryear. And their favorites mostly come from the old, great westerns. Continue reading JOHN WAYNE in “RIO BRAVO” – Tribute in portraiture to an American Icon
The title of this drawing came about as a bit of irony, which I was pondering one day while watching fish eat flies and bugs from the surface of a nearby pond. How the idea came into my head…..I have no idea. Continue reading “PERFECT TIMING” – charcoal, carbon, graphite drawing
Like many who enjoy art, I have favorite pieces from favorite artists that I wish I could own. Pieces that one could stare at for hours and never tire of the way they looked, or the the messages and meanings that are implied. Continue reading “PLEASANT BURDEN” – artistic tribute to William Adolphe Bouguereau
Sometimes, just sometimes, the darndest drawing ideas pop into your head when you least expect them. I’m not one that goes searching for something to draw. I often like to replicate other famous oil paintings but in charcoal and carbon. If I feel graphite might be needed, then I’ll try to use it sparingly (I’m not a fan of the stuff, myself).