Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
At the time of this writing, a bar of gold, which weighs around 28 pounds, is worth between $300,000 and $400,000 (USD). Since gold is very compact, a gold vault can store billions of dollars worth of gold. You can read more about gold here. If you are ever in the Wall Street area in Manhattan, I highly recommend the Gold Vault Tour at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
For this week's prompt, the Venus of Willendorf was my inspiration. This statuette is a woman with large breasts, belly, and thighs, suggesting fertility. The statuette was created 24,000-22,000 BC. Here is the statuette:
Crayola Drawing Chalk and Micron pen on Strathmore 500 Medium paper.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Here is Princess practicing downward facing dog.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This nonfiction book documents the search for, discovery of, and restoration of the lost Caravaggio painting The Taking of Christ. In this painting, Judas is giving Christ a kiss on the cheek, Roman soldiers are arresting Christ, and John is running away.
The book reads like a detective novel. It interweaves three threads:
- Caravaggio's biography.
- Art historians' search for facts that might lead to the lost Caravaggio.
- The discovery and restoration of The Taking of Christ.
The book's action spans Italy, Great Britain, and Ireland. It follows two young art historians as they pour through 400 years of records to determine who owned Caravaggio paintings and when. By following the painting's provenance, they hope to locate it. I was amazed and awed to discover that there are Italian families that have written records that go back more than 400 years. The book gives the reader a glimpse into the rarefied and sometimes petty world of art history.
The book also provides a glimpse into art restoration. Think you've had a bad day at your job? Try restoring a lost masterpiece and almost ruining it! Talk about high pressure.
I highly recommend this book.
Simon's Shauma's Power of Art DVD set and companion book has an excellent segment on Caravaggio. Check it out for additional insights!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I have been working very hard the past week and will continue to do so for a week or two more. As a result, I haven't done art in a week ... happily I found time to sketch last night.