Monday, October 27, 2014

Goya to be a long day . . . (the art of Francisco Goya - possibly)

There is an exhibit of Goya sketches in Dallas - who wants to go?!

Wikipedia link for Goya

Web page for the painting - attributed to Goya:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There is a cost, my friends . . . (the art of Charles West Cope)

First off....

Youtube link for Manchester Orchestra's "Cope"

This is how my brain works...Ebola news story, Ebola Daily Show story, search Youtube for songs about fear and coping, find awesome song, search for painters...find painter!

Charles West Cope

Wikipedia page for Charles West Cope

The first painting is Hope Deferred and the one that caught my eye initially.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Only two weeks left at the Dallas Museum of Art...(the art of Jacques-Louis David)

The Dallas Museum of Art is hosting a collection through October 26th, Mind's Eye: Masterworks from David to Cezzane that features art from Jacques-Louis David.  He painted the Napoleon painting everyone has seen. Everyone knows his work, but you probably didn't remember his name.

DMA link to current exhibits (Go visit! Hit me up if you want an art buddy)

Wikipedia link for David

Monday, October 13, 2014

She showed me her room, isn't it good Norwegian wood (the woodcarvings of Ugo da Carpi)

There isn't much to say.  Early print required illustrations and chiaroscuro woodcut fit the bill.  Ugo da Carpi was one of the first.  The last carving is listed with the Library of Congress.

Wikipedia page for Ugo da Carpi

British Museum page for Ugo da Carpi's Diogenes

Library of Congress link to Circe

Friday, October 10, 2014

Something wicked this way comes...(art for Halloween)

Halloween is some art to set the mood.

2 drawn from Dante
2 from Fantasia
2 well known classics
and 1 sunset by Sebastain Pether from the National Trust (Wikipedia link for S. Pether)

Link for the National Trust 

And for fun...Voltaire's "When You're Evil"

Monday, October 6, 2014

Maybe it's not Deviant Art...Art from Pixiv (Google Translate recommended :) )

The modern world enjoys inexpensive calories, inexpensive music, and inexpensive visual art...Buzzfeed introduced me to a social network site ( for artists in Japan in the vein of Deviant Art (

The illustrations are from K, Kinehara (

I seem to be on an illustrator fetish, but I will move away from that for the rest of the week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

More Baroque musings...this time Flemish! (the art of Michael (or Michiel) Sweerts)

Wikipedia link for Michael Sweerts

Yesterday's Baroque offerings got me looking at other painters from the period.  While a fan of Rembrandt, I had never heard of Sweerts before yesterday - so here are some offerings.

Head of a Woman (at the Getty)

Wrestling Match

Man Holding Jug (at the Met)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You know you're from Austin if...(the art of Ben Sargent)

Three groups of people are most responsible for informing my political self  -
My parents
My teachers 
Editorial and Politically inclined cartoonists - Berkeley Breathed, Garry Trudeau, Bruce Tinsley, Wiley Miller, and Ben Sargent

Today focuses on Ben Sargent - one of my favorite editorial cartoonists (and Pulitzer prize winner!)