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 !
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
30 Oct 2013
in Art, beach, Drawing, figure drawing, human anatomy, Illustration, inspiration, ocean, Richmond VA., sea, VMFA
Tags: art, black and white, Cape Cod, clam diggers, Clare Leighton, composition, drawing, Duke University, illustration, VMFA, wood engraving, Woodcut Society of Alexandria VA.
wood engraving 1946
This was commissioned by the Woodcut Society of Alexandria, VA.
Clare Leighton was an American born in England 1898 – 1989.
She served on the faculty of Duke University Dept. of Art, Aesthetics and Music from 1943 to 1945
19 Aug 2013
in Art, charcoal, death, Drawing, Education, history, humanity, Illustration, landscape, photo, plein air, sadness, scary, skulls, the Civil War
Tags: art, Bloody Run, charcoal, Civil War, Cold Harbor Battlefield, Confederate Army, death, Dick Clayman, drawing, earthworks, farms, Gaines' Mill Battlefield, Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, hallowed ground, Hanover County VA., history, horror, illustration, landscape, National Parks, peaceful, photo, plein air, sadness, safe, scary, sketches, Union Army, war, why?
I’ve heard a lot of stories about the Civil War. It’s complicated. You can study it your whole life and still have questions.
I drove around and looked at the battlefields close to Richmond. Seeing the places and reading the signs brought it together in my mind. The Battlefield National Parks signs have great illustrations and photos from the 1860s that show how it looked, and so much information I have to go back and look again.
The war went on longer than expected. Slaves and soldiers built the earthworks because the landscape was wide open fields. The armies could see each other far away but they were out of firing range. They ran out on the field to fight and die. Now it’s mostly woods.
So many died at Cold Harbor they named the stream Bloody Run because it ran red with the blood of the soldiers.
23 Mar 2012
in Art, art community, creative energy, creativity, Drawing, Education, history, Illustration, muse, Oprah, Oprah's Life Class, plein air, primitive art, sculpture, Twitter
Tags: art and artist, arts, creative heart, illustration, joyful discovery, true creativity
I must admit I enjoy Twitter.
The quick exchange of ideas has always fascinated me. Twitter has delivered.
During a break tonight I read this from @OWNViewers. It’s from Oprah’s #Lifeclass Warm-Up #24:
“One of the marks of a great artist is that they reveal layers of their subject and themselves that you normally wouldn’t see. As you experience their art, you will have an understanding of something deeper than you thought was there. I always find some hidden treasure when I look at great art, and it is always a joyful discovery. I make it a point to immerse myself a little deeper than I had intended and see what I discover about the subject and the artist. When I do this, I always reveal some new layer of my own.
Look at a piece of art that has always moved you. Now look a little deeper, try to feel what the artist felt as they looked at that muse. Feel the pulse of energy and excitement that must have buzzed between art and artist and immerse yourself in some of that creative energy and passion. What does that reveal about your creative heart? What did you see and feel?”
When you look at Art…how does it make you feel? What does it make you think about?
Isn’t this the object of true creativity?