Kenneth Grahame (work in progress), Graphite, 5.5 X 8.5, C.nick, 2014
This is a very rough sketch because I didn’t have time to put much effort into it. It’s of Kenneth Grahame who was born March 8th, 1859. I love his stories, I have since I was a child. I listened to a radio adaption of The Wind in the Willows when I was sick over the holidays, the story has a great tone and pace for when you’re sick, not too loud or too fast but still keeps you entertained.
Anne Bonny, Soft pastels & Ink, 8 X 10 in, C.nick, 2013
I did this about the same time in March last year. Now this year I’m posting it in honour of Anne Bonny’s birthday, she was born on March 8th, 1702. I liked the history of pirates all through growing up (I still do) and she was a favourite of mine as a kid (she still is to some extent). This was done in soft pastels and then I added detail with ink.
Faithful Guardian (1878) by Johann Köler born who was born on March 8th, 1826.
“Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco” (circa 1915) by Colin Campbell Cooper who was born March 8th, 1856.
On Women’s Day I see a lot of posts honouring the women scientists, activists, military and the many women who simply, or not so simply as the case may be, stood up for justice. These women deserve all the honour and respect they get and absolutely tons more, however I don’t really see artists among the occupation we tend to gravitate towards during Women’s Day; this is just my personal observation. I think this is because creativity, art and ‘artsy’ stuff is so open to females now that it’s almost considered feminine, though most successful artists making a living off their art that I’ve known have been male. Maybe it’s a case of creative traits are feminine and not necessarily the creative practice, take the culinary arts for example. But the arts being female friendly hasn’t always been the case. Many talented female artists left art after marriage, some on their own volition, many others because of their family’s or husband’s disapproval and/or jealousy. Most female artists couldn’t do big religious scenes (the kind that made the big money) because it needed studying from nudes and corpses which they were not permitted do. This forced women artists, if determined to live off their art, into portrait work and still-life. This eased up with time and by the late 1800s art academies and colleges allowed women to join and study the nude or nearly nude figure. So here’s to all the women who came before me.
Claricia (13th Century)
Sofonisba Anguissola (1530 –1625)
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 –1653)
Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 –1842)
Ellen Day Hale (1855 -1940)
Marianne von Werefkin (1860 –1938)
Zinaida Serebriakova (1884 – 1967)
Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)
Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 – 1941)
Teresa Sanchez Gavito Y Perdomo (1918 - 2000)
“Self-portrait” (c.1630) & “A Man Offers a Young Woman Money” (1631) by Judith Leyster (1609 – 1660)
Countdown to St. Paddy’s Day with Knots Day 8: Celtic Knot in Cords
I actually did the purple and blue one on the go. I found a wire sticking out of my grandpa’s fence and that’s how I twisted the wire. But that made me think of all the places that I pass completely oblivious to little areas and things that people use to make life easier for them. Things that are just a wire, a piece of wood, or stone to us could be something that’s used by others everyday and that is very interesting to me.
Friday’s Finished Piece:
Balyn as Saint David, Graphite, 5.5 X 8.5 in, C.nick, 2014
This was fun to draw and is funny to look at; I think this has been my favourite thing to draw so far this year. It’s Balyn my Corgi as St. David and I like how changing the dragon to a Pem on the Welsh Flag turned out.
“The Merchant’s Wife” (1918) by Boris Kustodiev who was born on March 7th, 1878.
“Madonna & Child” (Description: Madonna and Child between Saint Catherine and Saint Bridget and with Cardinal Ferdinando kneeling in front. Date 1516. Location: Ponzetti Chapel Ponzetti, Santa Maria della Pace, Rome) by Baldassare Peruzzi who was born on 7th of March, 1481.
Photo taken by Lalupa, posted via Wikimedia Commons.