#166 Albie

Line. In process but not satisfied.

“No art is less spontaneous than mine,” the French Painter Edgar Degas once said. “What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.”

He is not a bad master to start with. Here is one of his sketches:
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(Inspiration – not my work)

Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog: Collograph & Watercolor: Couch Napping

An attractive result.  Inspiring.  I would love to mess with that one day… one day! For now it is inspiring to think of how an outline can be printed & coloured in – which is essentially what I have been doing in quite a few of my later sketches, those pedestrians and also Eli in the last post.

I’d like to explore different colouring of the same frames more – as I did in the  Chalice group.

Another possibility would be washes… as a lot of pen & watercolour artists do such as  Prash  or felt washes.

Yes I find this quietly inspiring – the depth of this picture & Belinda’s post describing the process.


Top ten images in the world?

There are some images that are totally famous for ever. At the top of the list? It has to be the the Mona Lisa. What’s Next? Marilyn Monroe with her skirt blowing? The Scream? Vincent’s Sunflowers? Andy Warhol’s Soup-can or perhaps his Micky Mouse. Ansel Adams? Amazing stuff. What belongs on that list? What are the top ten most famous iconic and best loved images?

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Funnily enough I become fond of prints through exposure to them. I have some on the wall here at home that came from my family home & I love them. Perhaps those images became iconic in part because they are so famous, once the cycle starts can’t be stopped. There is a complex element of genius, innovation, drama, and timeliness that kicks off the cycle.

And I become more fond of the images I put up here over time, they become familiar if not better. But I’ll make another post about faves here.

Mona Lisa






I like drawings. I like sketches & I like doing them. I like the simplicity.

I did lots of these as a kid:

“Simplicity is the advanced course”

Tiffany Thornley

Not my work – my appreciation of others – see Inspiration Category

In the Beginning

In The Beginning – Tiffany Thornley

Tiffany is a friend from the past – great to see her beautiful prints online – More here. Look forward to catching up again some time!

Craft, wood cuts, Walter J. Phillips

Not my sketches

The Technique of the Color Wood-cut Walter J. Phillips – An amazing “How-To” – funily enough it seems that even though I “paint” and so on and use that crappy little pen on the M200, I feel close to this print tradition, with its attention to craft. There is a craft in using the PC too! This doc from 1926 is a gem.

Get a carpenter to show you how to hold the wood-carving tools; a diagram will not help you much, though I have provided one.


Here is an example of his work:

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