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Little discoveries.

I was recently going through my books and and made discovery. About 12 years agoI had purchased an english book called “Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb. For me it was quite old being published in 1958. Back then the Illustrations in the book had grabbed my attention. Only later, about one year ago did I realize these were Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. His Ink drawing and watercolor washes left me mesmerized. Since then I had purchased other book of his illustrations (The Arthur Rackham Treasury and Illustrations for Wagner’s Ring). If you are asking if I read the book, yes I did and enjoyed it, but afterwards I read something from George Martin.

See you around and stay curious,

Bill

 

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Artist Virgil Finlay

During Inktober I discovered (for myself) Virgil Finlay. All though I had seen his work many times I never knew who he was.  I spent hours searching the internet for his incredible work. Here is his Wikipedia page: Finlay. 

Anyone interest in ink drawings or ink based art should give him a look.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bill

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Albrecht Dürer

The Knight, death and the devil by Albrecht Dürer.

 

A few weeks ago I wrote about showing something by Albrecht Dürer. Living in Germany you don’t get around learning about Albrecht Dürer, and I’m happy about that. Painter, printmaker who lived during the German Renaissance. You can read about him here at Wikipedia:  Albrecht Dürer.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bill

 

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Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, The Souls of Acheron (1898)

Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl was an Hungarian artist known for historical and mythological painting, particularly of subjects pertaining to Ancient Rome. Some of his major history paintings have been lost, and many of his smaller works were retained by his heirs until the early 1980s. This is on of my favorite paintings from him, I like the subject matter and the composition. Hermes accompanying the dead in the underworld.

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Bill

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Studies in Oil.

Circe Invidiosa- John William Waterhouse- 1892

Hi people,

It used to be that artists in training would copy another artists paintings. This was in a sense to absorb some of the essence of the masters ability to paint. Now I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now  and I’ve chosen the above painting to “copy.” Waterhouse is one of my favorite painters, I’ve even had a Waterhouse week last summer where I featured a different Waterhouse painting every day. I don’t really think I can absorb Mr. Waterhouse’s ability to paint but I will give my best to do this beautiful painting justice. I’ll be doing a weekly update thingy with my progress.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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A Hamadryad 1893, J.W. Waterhouse

A Hamadryad 1893

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Hylas and the Nymphs 1896, J.W. Waterhouse

Hylas and the Nymphs 1896

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“Cleopatra 651888” oil on Canvas. – J.W.Waterhouse

“Cleopatra 651888” oil on Canvas. J.W. Waterhouse

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J.W. Waterhouse, “The Magic Circle.”

The magic Circle

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I declare this week to “Waterhouse-Week” on The Smudgemaster.

 

A Song of Springtime- John William Waterhouse.

I love the painting of J.W. Waterhouse, I thought I would share one of his paintings each day this week. Lets start off with “A Song of Springtime.”

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Bill

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