Russ’s Art Talks: “Acrobats”, Victor Vasnetsov

For a long while (for those who haven’t followed me for that long), I would do weekly art blogs about paintings that I was inspired by. Works by artists who are now among my favorites, like Caspar David Friedrich, Arnold Bocklin, Thomas Cole, and many others. You can see the original set gathered here.

Between the unemployment situation, getting freelance art off the ground, and life in general, I stopped doing them for a bit. But, they are really beneficial, as I learn a great deal from how other artists have created their works.… Read the rest

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Russ’s Art Blog: “Pushkin’s Farewell to the Sea”

 

Ok, so it’s been a little while since the last one of these art blogs. I’ll see if I can’t post a few more of them, and without the 4 months between them.

Above is Ivan Aivazovsky and Ilya Repin’s Pushkin’s Farewell to the Sea (1887, Oil on canvas), one that caught my eye when I was looking for the new piece.  Probably because it reminds me a bit of one of my favorite pieces, Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist (here).

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a great deal about Alexander Pushkin, the man in the piece.… Read the rest

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This Week’s Art: Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist

 

This week it’s one of my very favorite pieces, and one from the previous incarnation of the “This Week’s Art” threads. This is Caspar David Friedrich’s A Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist, a stunning piece for me and one that I will eventually (when I have wallspace) show proudly on my own wall.

For me, this is one of those pieces that shows the pinnacle of what can be achieved in art.  There’s plenty of detail here, but it’s forgotten in the simplicity and strength of the content in the image. … Read the rest

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