15 Oct 2016
in Art, fun art project, Illustration, poetry, surrealism
Tags: art, collaborative, Entangled, Helene Ruiz, illustration, music, Petersburg Area Art League, poetry, Sarah Hill, Skulduggeries
That was a real fun art opening last night at the Petersburg Area Art League
This is my favorite one of Helene’s paintings from her “Skulduggeries” series. Helene illustrates life’s hardships and the strange people you meet, with humor in her paintings.
The show I entered with her group, the Urban Individualists, was titled “Entangled”. It’s a collaborative effort between visual artists and poets. The authors wrote a poem for a painting, and a painter illustrated a poem. The paintings and poems are hung together. And Helene had a section of the gallery for her Skullduggery paintings. The show is GREAT!! in my humble opinion. If you’re in the area and didn’t get there last night, you should go check it out.
This is my daughter, Sarah, and me standing in front of two of our entries. (my paintings and her poem and story)
We also enjoyed the poetry readings and the Latin music !
10 Oct 2016
in Art, fun art project, Illustration, inspiration, Mayans, pre Columbians
Tags: art, collage, Corn God, James River Art League, legend, Maya, mixed media, Montpelier Art Center, myth, sacrifice, underworld
I’m excited because this collage I did a few years ago got a lot of attention yesterday at the art opening of the James River Art League, at the Montpelier Art Center!
It was inspired by the Maya legend and I tried to copy their style of illustration. I have a good book about the Maya titled “The Maya” by Michael D. Coe. One thing I remember from this book is that it wasn’t too difficult for the Spanish who invaded Central America to convert the Maya to Christianity because there are similarities between the two religions, a resurrection being one important story.
This is how the story goes, if I remember correctly. The Corn God was in the Underworld. That’s him, with the green sprout coming out of his head, in my collage. The two guys paddling the canoe are gods who were sent to rescue him. It’s a dangerous trip, and they could all get killed in some violent bloody way. If the Corn God doesn’t make it back to the Maya city, the crop will fail and the people will starve.
The two girls in the canoe are virgins sent to wait on the Corn God. They’re offering him food and water. Later, at their ceremony, the virgins will be sacrificed and the Corn God will be drenched in their blood. Yes, they really did sacrifice virgins. They were a bloody tough tribe that didn’t fear pain or death.
The Maya, never boring, always an inspiration.
25 Aug 2016
in Art, Drawing, flowers, fun art project, Illustration, inspiration, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, opening night, Pastel, plein air
Tags: art, Black Eyed Susans, collaborative, collage, illustration, pastel, Petersburg Art League, Sarah Hill, writers
I worked on my sketch in the shade at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden for a while, then came home and worked on it again. It’s for a collage I’m doing for a show titled “Entangled”, happening at the Petersburg Art League, Fri. Oct. 14.
The theme Entangled is a collaborative show with visual artists doing an illustration for an author, and the author writing a poem for a painting. It’s always good for artists and writers to get together and exchange ideas. Artists find a lot of inspiration in in the other art forms.
I’m entered with my daughter, Sarah Hill, a writer. She wrote a book for teenage girls. The story is about a girl who’s mother is like Wonder Woman from another planet, and her dad is a normal human. The daughter has some super powers too, and the scene I’m illustrating is the chapter where the mother teaches the girl to fly. It’s a real fun subject to illustrate. And Sarah is writing a poem for one of my paintings. The poems and the paintings will be hung together.
I need to cut this sketch up into clumps of flowers for my collage, and arrange them in among the trees in their back yard. Then I can work again on my 2 figures floating slowly down to Earth. Doing the figures is kind of like making paper dolls for this collage. Fun stuff!!
If you’re in the area, you should make it to this opening. It will be great. People will be reading poetry and there will also be Latin Jazz and Salsa music.
26 Mar 2016
in Art, death, Drawing, Illustration, mystery, Poe, scary, skulls
Tags: art, drawing, Edgar Allan Poe, Goth, Gustave Dore, hallucinatory, Harry Clark, illustration, inspiration, openculture.com
The 1st two illustrations here are by Harry Clarke. The one below is by Gustave Dore.
See the whole post with more great drawings at
Harry Clarke’s Hallucinatory Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories 1923
Gustave Dore’s Splendid Illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” 1884
25 Aug 2015
in Art, Chrysler Museum, Drawing, free, Illustration, Impressionism, inspiration, Mixed Media, Norfolk VA., Violet Oakley
Tags: American Impressionists, art, Chrysler Museum, inspiration, June, Norfolk VA., Violet Oakley
This was the cover of “Everybody’s Magazine” in 1902.
It’s at The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk VA. They have a really great show of American Impressionists. It’s worth the drive from Richmond! The show is titled “The Artist’s Garden”.
One thing I love about the Chrysler Museum besides the great art exhibits is that it’s FREE! Free parking! Free entry to the art! YEA!!
The show is a real inspiration! Now I want to paint like an Impressionist! But not a contemporary Impressionist, because these old dead artists beat out the live ones! It’s too much writing for me to go into all the painting technique I observed in this show, but I think I can do it! I’ll post more pix from the show soon.
Today was a good day to go to Norfolk. The show ends Sept. 4. If you’re interested, you should probably go this week, because traffic will be worse next week. (end of Summer and Labor Day traffic jams coming to your tunnel soon!)
I’m giving you this one 1st because I want Shelby to see it. She’s a fan of Violet Oakley.
28 Nov 2014
in Art, Drawing, Illustration, inspiration, Japan, landscape, Mixed Media, seasons, VMFA
Tags: aerial perspective, depth, inspiration, Japanese, Kawase Hasui, landscapes, layers, linear perspective, process, rain, snow, transparent colors, VMFA, Water and Shadow, woodblock prints
This is a great exhibit at the VMFA. It’s so inspirational. The plaques say it’s ink and color woodcut prints on paper. I wonder if it’s watercolor because they have some watercolor paintings by the artist. The colors look transparent on the woodcuts too. A lot of depth is showing. One of the plaques says it’s not traditional Japanese landscape. They also have a lot of info on the process he used. It’s complicated. But good to see how much work went into them. You can see layers of colors. I tried to see through the layers. Kawase Hasui did watercolor studies and changed his composition and colors during the steps to the finished prints. He didn’t shy away from detail. The ones with snow have thousands of white dots for snow and the ones with rain have skinny gray lines to represent rain. I wonder if they did a separate wood plate for the snow and printed it on top or if they gouged out tiny dots on the wood block so the ink wouldn’t go in those places on every block. If you like looking at fine woodcuts you should see this exhibit.
Port of Ebisu / woodcut print/ Dec. 1921
18 Aug 2014
in Ancient Greek, Art, Drawing, Illustration, Richmond VA., VMFA, winged
Tags: Ancient Greek, art, bowl, Hesiod, Meduse, Pegasus, Perseus, terracotta, Theogony, VMFA, Zeus
It’s terracotta at the VMFA. This is what the plaque says.
And when Perseus cut off Medusa’s head, there sprang forth great Chrysaor and the horse Pegasus. Now Pegasus flew away and left the earth, the mother of flocks, and he came to the deathless gods: and he dwells in the house of Zeus and brings to wise Zeus the thunder and lightning. Hesiod, Theogony