Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hieronymous Bosch

Portrait of Hieronymus Bosch - Hieronymous Bosch -
Portrait of Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch, born Jeroen Anthonissen van Aken (c. 1450 - August 9, 1516) was an Early Netherlandish painter of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Many of his works depict sin and human moral failings.
Bosch used images of demons, half-human animals and machines to evoke fear and confusion to portray the evil of man.
His works contain complex, highly original, imaginative, and dense use of symbolic figures and iconography, some of which was obscure even in his own time.

The Temptation of St Anthony - Hieronymous Bosch -
The Temptation of St. Anthony
Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights (detail 9) c. 1500 - Hieronymous Bosch -
Triptych of Garden of Earthly Delights. (close-up detail)
Triptych of Temptation of St Anthony (detail) 3 - Hieronymous Bosch -
Tryptych of Temptation of St. Anthony. Close-up Detail

Garden of Earthly Delights, central panel of the triptych - Hieronymous Bosch -
The Garden of Earthly Delights

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Small Hands

Director Joseph Mann opts for puppets instead of computer graphics in this somber video for “Small Hands” by Keaton Henson. The results are pure magic.

Christian Johnson

Some great work from the New York based Artist, Christian Johnson.



Suite of 12 Linocuts, 16 x 12 inches each. Ed. 25

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta,
 'untitled' facial hair transplants, 1972
Mendieta's powerful and haunting images combine's the 1970's concepts of earth art and body art with her ethnic heritage. Theses pictures are her 'Silueta' works. Created in Iowa and Mexico, the 'Silueta' sculptures themselves are transitory, done with such materials as earth, flowers, leaves, fire or blood, so the documenting photographs are considered Mendieta’s art. She is considered a pioneer in environmental and performance art.

One beach sculpture (above), consists of red bouganvillea blossoms in the shape of the artist’s body with arms raised. The incoming waves have washed away the lower part of the figure. For those familiar with Santeria, the symbolism is clear: Chango, a principal orisha, always is represented by the color red. His mistress is Yemayá, orisha of the ocean, whose frothy waves represent her lacy petticoats. Mendieta’s art shows Yemayá’s petticoats covering the legs of Chango, whose arms are raised in surprise or delight. Like the ocean, Yemayá represents both a loving and wrathful mother; they say you can take shelter from your enemies under her skirts, but if you provoke her anger, there is nowhere you can hide.

Other photos show the artist’s body outlined in fire, vines, stones—even the mud of a riverbank. One of the most reproduced works of the “Silueta” series shows Mendieta herself, nude and covered with mud and leaves, standing against the trunk of a large tree, her body blending in perfectly with its rough bark. (left)

Mendieta was only 13 when she and her sister were taken to the Havana airport by their parents and bundled off on a plane bound for Miami, two of the thousands of youngsters who escaped the Castro regime under Operation Pedro Pan. Writing about her “Silueta” series in 1981, Mendieta stated that she has been “carrying on a dialogue between the landscape and the female body (based on my own silhouette). I believe this has been a direct result of my having been torn from my homeland during my adolescence.”

I was introduced to her via our Art History lecture today, according to our lecturer, who showed us the beach image above, she was saposed to be picturing her own death, but after doing my own research, I dont believe that to be entierly true.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wild Thing

This dry point was originally meant for the collaborated print, but I wasn't happy with how they were put together, so I printed them on their own. I will probably go back and water colour one or two of them..
Dry Point


Print Collaboration

A friend of mine, Dawn West made a mono print from a branch. After admiring it, she was kind enough to give it to me, so we decided to collaborate together making a whole new image. I created a dry point (below), in hopes to compliment the already made print.
I'm not sure if I am happy with it, originally I had it turned the other way (second print down.) But after turning it on the computer (below) I am much happier with it.
The girl is done in a dry point, and is actually a ghost print, meaning its the second time being run through the press after inking. I may colour the girl with water colours but I am not sure, I don't want to ruin it as it is a one off. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Collaborated print upside down

Collaborated Print, Right way

Dry point

Sketchbook, the actual dry point is much smaller than my sketchbook drawing, I had to shrink it down in the photocopier.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

No Soul

Another unsuccessful print. I prefer the drawing in my sketchbook, its probably one of those images that needs to stay in pen. I didn't leave the image in the acid long enough, so the line is soft and weak. Also I couldn't get the background clean, so its cloudy with ink. Very annoying!



The Dog Tree

This is an etching I did. After etching the image onto the plate, I covered the image with bichamen, and left it in the acid allowing the background to drop.
I am not very happy with how it turned out, I originally wanted it to be all white in the background, but was unable to wipe all of the ink off around the edges. So I then gave in and inked up the whole plate, but the background is uneven and messy.
I will probably go back and print it up again, trying to keep the background as white as possible. We shall see. I'm a bit fed up with it at the moment and am ready to move on. Unfortunately the image didn't seem to come up very well on the scanner but If you click on it it should pop up and be a bit more clearer.

Image from my sketchbook

First Etch

Second Etch, inked up the background

close-up detail

Close-up detail

Palette's of Famous Painters

Some pictures I found of Palette's belonging to famous painters.....I always imagined Vincent Van Goghs to be a lot brighter tho...
Eugène Delacroix

Auguste Renoir


Georges Seurat

Gustave Moreau

Paul Gauguin

Vincent Van Gogh

'Half Moon Breads, stuffed with goats chees, prosciutto, basil and olives

So, as you know there are more ways to creating art than, just creating an image, whether its 2D or 3D, there is also cooking.
I have really started to enjoy cooking, even though I am someone who is very wary of what I eat and how much, est. but I am cooking for two,so nothing goes to waste.
So I have decided to add these cooking adventures to my blog, using recipes out of the back of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, or where ever I may find them. They will not be frequent, if one is lucky maybe once a fortnight. Its something I had already started and I regret not documenting the results, but they were so good that I am sure I will be doing them again. The pictures of my food may not be great but I will try an include pictures from the actual magazine as well.

A picture from the magazine of the half moons being prepared.

This  recipe serves 4, The dough makes 4 half moon breads, but I would recommend making eight as they are quit big.

What you will need:

1 quantity of flat bread, allowed to rise for an hour
4 heaped tbsp of fresh goats cheese
4 slices of prosciutto
8 olives, pitted and sliced.
(the recipe calls for 8 olives, but I added a lot more cutting them into quarters, it depends on you.)
8 basil leaves

Flat bread Recipe:

What you will need:

1 egg
100ml Olive oil
15g (2 sachets) easy blend dry yeast
500g plain white flour or Italian '00' flour (I used the plain)
6 tbsp chopped coriander

1. Beat together the egg, olive oil, and 200ml of luke warm water

2. Put the yeast, a tsp of salt and the flour into a large bowl or mixer, and slowly add the liquid. (it really helps if you have a proper mixer, I have my mums old super chef, which only has one speed, super fast, it has a special claw for bread, it really makes life alot easier!)

3. Knead for up to 10 minutes until the dough is very smooth and elastic.

4. Place back in the bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a draught free place for one to two hours, until it is double in size.
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5. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas mark 7.

6. Place the dough on a well floured surface and kneed the fresh coriander into the dough by folding, turning, and refolding until the herbs are well distributed.

**At this point you can starting rolling out the dough for the half moons, (see below) but I will give you the rest of the recipe in case you want to make actual flat bread!******

7. Divide into 12 pieces and stretch each into a slim oval.
8. Lay them on an oiled baking sheet and leave to rise for 20 minutes.
9. Bake for eight minutes until puffed and slightly coloured.

Half Moon Recipe:

1. For each half moon take a piece of dough the size of a squash ball and roll or stretch into a circle measuring 15cm in diameter.

2. Place on a floured board, and put a tablespoon of goats cheese, a slice of prosciutto, a few olive slices and a couple of basil leaves in one half of the disc.
(You don't have to be true to the recipe when adding the fillings, I always tend to add a bit more. Also I didn't have whole Basil leaves, but the chopped and bottled stuff works just as good, just sprinkle on as mush as you think, but don't be timid about it!)

3. Fold the other half over to make a semi-circle, and press down firmly to seal the sides together.
It is important that the parcel does not leak, so mend any tears by pinching the edges together.

4. Brush with oil and placed on an oiled baking sheet.

5 Bake for twelve minutes until and well browned.

6. For a richer and dough-nutty result, you can fry the half moon breads in a centimeter of cooking oil until golden, Either way eat warm. Although they are jolly good cold!
(I didn't fry mine, but I am pretty sure they did in the magazine, judging by the picture.)

I have to say I wasn't sure how these would taste, as I found the goats cheese quit rich, but I have to say they were excellent and very tasty. The bread really soaked up the flavour of the goats cheese.

You can see my pictures below, they are not very good quality and I will try and do better next time!

The half moon before it went into the oven. In case you didn't know that's prosciutto on the left there.

The half moon breads, straight out of the oven. As you can see they are rather big, so I would recommend making eight rather than four. Just make sure you have enough dough so when it cooks and expands the cheese can spill out!

The insides! yum!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Teapot Bird Houses

Houses For a posh bird...

We had some old ceramic tea pots in the shed, They are very pretty, but were never going to be used. My mum picked them up from somewere at her work. Anyway I decided to turn them into bird houses. I fild them with dry compost, feathers and moss. The teapot lids have been tied to the top so they slightly cover the opening. We tied them up in the trees hopefully far enough away from the cats. Nesting season hasent strarted yet, but hopefully someone will be keen on them and decide to make them their home. Maybe a little wren or Blue tit?
The last two photos are a bit blurred as I coudent get near enough to it to take a clear picture!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Famous Paintings Improved by Cats

A site I found of famouse paintings which have been greatly improved by an orange cat. Mona Lisa is my favorite. I dont know who the author is unfortunatly, but it is from the sad and useless website.
Leonardo DaVinci, Mona Lisa
Claude Monet, Haystack at Giverny

Titian, Venus and Cupid with an Organist

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

Anthony van Dyck, Drunken Silenus

Bartholomeus van der Helst, Family Portrait

Ivan Shishkin, Morning in a Pine Forest
Diego Velázquez, Philip IV on Horseback