Friday, July 23, 2010


I've just been doing some experimenting in the little book, it's been fun and challenging, there have been many failures a long the way but i am learning a lot with each one.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

floating on cosmic goo

just a little sketch i did in the ol' moleskine.
have had a lot of trouble getting drawing and work finishd lately, so i guess this one mirrors in a way how i feel a bit, hehe! it was about maybe 2 hours or so of work i dunno.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hugh Ramsay Scans

From Wikipedia:

"Hugh Ramsay (25 May 1877 – 5 March 1906), was an Australian artist.

Ramsay was born in Glasgow, Scotland, son of John Ramsay. He moved with his family to Melbourne in 1878. Ramsay went to Europe in September 1900 and was fortunate in finding a kindred spirit, George Washington Lambert, on the same vessel.

He sent five pictures to the 1902 exhibition of La Société Nationale des Beaux Arts and four of these were accepted and hung together. No greater compliment could have been paid to a young student.

Returning to Australia, in spite of failing health, Ramsay succeeded in doing some remarkable work including "The Sisters" now in the Sydney gallery, the "Lady with a Fan" (possibly his most famous painting).He gradually became weaker and died on 5 March 1906 a few weeks before completing his twenty-ninth year."


  I've liberated the book in an online form! It's ridiculously expensive and hard to track down and his work should be shared and seen- so please share it with everyone you know who would like and appreciate his work.

Open the link below in a new window, hosted by mediafire.

 Download the Hi Res Scans (300 dpi, 40 jpgs, about 150 mb)

 Some paintings done at the age of 20 or so.

 his famous "lady in blue"

the last one is a self portrait unfinished shortly before his death

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Menzel Book Scan

A few years ago I scanned some of Adolph Menzel's Drawings from a book or something. If you don't know his work, consider it a nice introduction. His drawings are a wealth of information, conveying so much character and life, often portrayed in stunning shorthand and brevity, using every part of the pencil/crayon/charcoal to tell the story.

 A recommended book is "Adolph Menzel 1815-1905 Between Romanticism and Impressionism."

Download Scanned Images (32 files, 130 mb)

Some photos of Adolph "The Little Man That Could" Menzel.

Jus Chillin' in the shade yall
 "Where the Magick Happenz"

 "Menzel = Dead, 1905. Menzel's art = Never diez"

Some of the scans ( I didn't edit them in anyway, but they probably need a bit of cleaning up).

Monday, July 12, 2010


These photos are from the Sorolla museum last year when I was in Madrid. I didn't take as many photos as I should have, I was too busy drooling over his colour and energetic painting style.

they are at their full resolution and you can view them all here.

download the whole batch of 15 or so as a zip file (its about 50 megs)

here are a few to preview them.

Loved the Self portrait. So good.

The Main Room of the Studio.

Close up of the face

The Hand knocked my socks off, there is so much movement and life in what is essentially a flat shape

So much vibrance. The diagonal and interesting sailboat shadow and the boat add interest and break the otherwise peaceful repose of the major horizontals. The sand is so amazing when you see it. Genius is in simplification :D

The last painting he worked on. I love seeing artists studios, and its so awesome to check it out in real life. The paintings above contain plenty of outdoor scenes from the beautiful garden outside the house.


From the Prado, kept getting in trouble for trying to take photos, this is the only one that turned out half decent. But damn, it's so well painted. I did a few studies of this one in my sketchbook.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


just a coupla things i found on my hard drive and realised i forgot to post heh!
havent been drawing or painting the past few days, just reading and doing other things...
i will be posting up some cool stuff in the next coming days though! Not art of my own...but some photos of paintings from sorolla museum, waterhouse, and hopefully if i get the time some menzel will see!!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

oil studies

just some monochromatic quick oil thingies done on scraps of canvas to get back into painting, just trying to improve and learn but also have fun.

this was one was done in a sitting - as i was fleshing out his character, kinda reminded me of bukowski, i had loads of fun doing his expression.

this was 2 sittings/
experimenting with using just a brown and white, but how u can get really warm thin shadows and then let that dry, then paint over the lights with cooler opaque and keep the shadows thin and warm.

one sitting from a photo...but i had to change lots from the photo...too much detail... had loads of fun.