Saturday, January 31, 2015

C. Prosdocimi (Italian)


 C. Prosdocimi (Italian)
Date: 1879
Medium: Pen and ink
Dimensions: sheet: 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (28.6 x 21.6 cm)
Classification: Drawings

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fortunino Matania


Capture of the Sugar Factory

Canadian soldiers take cover behind a boiler as they storm the German stronghold at the sugar factory at Courcelette on 15 September 1916. Notice the close-quarters fighting, including the use of rifles, bayonets, and hand grenades.

The Capture of the Sugar Refinery at Courcelette by the Canadians on September 15, 1916
Painted by Fortunino Matania
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art MCG 19870268-001

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I went to Garret's Glen yesterday to do some sketching . I found this rare 
"Mcfann's Fairy " willing to pose for me.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Willem van de Velde the Elder

Dutch, about 1650 - 1655
Pen and brown ink and blue-gray wash over leadpoint with stylus underdrawing
8 1/4 x 12 3/4 in. 

 In this harbor scene, small craft loaded with barrels of supplies hover around a large vessel as men lift various goods on board. Using ropes, four men try to prepare a load to be taken onto the ship. Three men in broad-brimmed hats stand supervising on the left, while other sailors await the goods or attend to other vessels.
Using brown ink, Willem van de Velde the Elder outlined the boats and gave definition to ropes and shipping tackle. In contrast, he used a blue-gray wash to give volume and depth, using only a few simple strokes to suggest the folds of the sails. Building up the human figures by blending wash and ink, he made quick, sure lines that evoke each gesture and costume without many specific details. As the official artist for the Dutch fleet for many years, van de Velde often recorded such scenes of the bustling activity of marine life. Someone extensively incised the drawing for transfer, even down to the fine details, but no related copy is known today.

Friday, January 23, 2015





9 3/4 X 7 INCHES



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Garret's Doodle

Garret finds a doodle in his drawers

For more of Garret's doodles on this blog go here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nicolas Bernard Lépicié

Two Nude Male Figures

Nicolas Bernard Lépicié
(French, Paris 1735–1784 Paris)

Date: 18th century
Medium: Charcoal, stumped, black chalk, heightened with white, on gray-green paper.
Dimensions: 13 1/4 x 20 in. (33.6 x 50.8 cm)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Peter Paul Rubens


Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, about 1600 - 1605
Pen and brown ink
11 x 7 3/8 in.

In a technique known by the French term écorché, three figures appear as if without skin. Drawn in luminous light brown ink, the principal figure demonstrates the muscular structure of the back, buttocks, and legs. Fascinated with the structure of the human body, Peter Paul Rubens then drew two subsidiary views of the same powerful form and a detail of the left arm from a different angle.

Rubens produced this drawing sometime during an eight-year stay in Italy, and it shows the strong influence of the new approaches he learned there. The skillfully drawn forms show his complex grasp of the human body in three dimensions. The main figure's truncated right arm suggests the artist's study of broken antique statues, while the surging, heroically proportioned forms and the extensive hatching of the musculature display his familiarity with Michelangelo's drawings. Scholars believe that Rubens produced this anatomical drawing in preparation for an instructional book on human anatomy, which he never published. After the artist's death, a printer published an engraving of this drawing in the mid-1600s.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Tom Lovell

Tom Lovell (5 February 1909 – 29 June 1997) was an American illustrator and painter. He was a prolific creator of pulp fiction magazine covers and illustrations, and of visual art of the American West. He produced illustrations for National Geographic magazine, and many others, and painted many historical Western subjects such as interactions between Indians and white settlers and traders.[ He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974. 
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Sunday, January 18, 2015



A page from  Byrnes’ Complete Guide To Cartooning

"Gordon Grant, the world renowned marine artist, whose work appears in dozens of art museums, works in oil, watercolor, and pen and ink. Whenever he has any spare time, he uses it to sketch. His sketches on the following pages were taken from his private sketchbooks and were done on a trip through Brittany. They were accomplished with a fountain pen and no preliminary pencil work

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Garret's Drawing


 8.5 x 11 pencil

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Anton Mauve

Fishing Boats on the Beach in Winter

Anton Mauve
(Dutch, Zaandam 1838–1888 Arnhem)

Date: mid to late 19th century
Medium: black chalk, watercolor, some white bodycolor. Framing line in black chalk.
Dimensions: 12-13/16 x 16-1/16 in. (32.5 x 40.8