Blogging the book.... a trend wrapped in a cliche sealed tight with been-there-done-that ribbon, right?
But... a good cliche has a good reason for being, no?. Mimic an authentic experience and soon you will find an authentic experience mimicking you. And pretty soon you are the spitting image of authenticity.

Snazzy, ain't it.

Of course, practice is how we learn.

Practice after good examples makes good practice.. Good practice makes good learning. You see?

I was gifted with a copy of Modern Prints and Drawings by Paul J. Sachs. You lucky readers can get the engaging text {free} at the internet archive. The images are not so hot there, so perhaps you are unlucky because the images are the reason I picked it. So go snag a copy at a used book shack and come back sometime. With well over 200 beautiful plates of  high-profile, highfalutin modernity, it is as good a resource for drawing practice as you can legally carry in a tote bag. Don't tell anyone, but my  art knowledge drops sharply after 1750 and it gets really embarrassing after 1850, so this will knock off two etched birds with one lithograph.

Or something similarly figurative.

1. Since this will surely be rough, I feel badly that  Goya's Colossus, mezzotint is the subject of my first try. Sorry, Goya.
2.  Play with lines, try Calder's Frog and Mouse
3. Put Picasso's Stravinsky through my washing machine and he becomes an accountant. weird.
4. Two portraits, Picasso's Claribel Cone and Goya's, well, Goya. Line and smudge, respectively.
5. Ingres, Cardinal de Pressigny. Faces are tough, ok?
6. Millet's Shepherdess and neuroaesthetics lite. Goes together like cheese and crackers.
7. Fauning and Introspection, after Manet's Faun.
8. The chopping block. With change there will be changes. Some hurt more than others, after David's Marie Antoinette.
9. He voted for death. Turning someone into a cartoon really isn't so bad, comparatively speaking. After David's Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau
10. Delacroix knew my brother. This is the most compelling explanation for what happened after, An Arab Praying.
11. The genius of abbreviation. Not easy. Not well done. After, Gericault's Two horses, a study for the Adelphi Wharf
12.  The difference between what we are seeing and what we are doing. After, Theodore Gericault's Entrance to Adelphi Wharf
13. Trees indoors. Please. After, Odilon Redon's The Tree,
14. Four days and all I got was chimney smoke. And surrealism. After, di Chirico's Solitude







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