Guides for Seeing Art in Berlin
Botanical | Drawing | Featured | Mixed media | Painting | Watercolor

Guides for Seeing Art in Berlin

In the mood to go see some art but not sure where to go? Tired of paying museum admission fees but intimidated by the long list of galleries? Already saw the “big names” but not sure what to see next? Help is here! Well indirectly… I wanted to share with the Berlin Drawing Room community…

Painting Collage: Amelie von Wulffen
Mixed media | Painting

Painting Collage: Amelie von Wulffen

Collage can be a great starting point for a painting.  This technique was used early on by Modern artists like Picasso and Braque, and advanced by Dada and Surrealist artists.  Collage has continued to be a major artistic medium, remaining popular with young contemporary artists and established artists alike. We did a project in the…

Pastel Hues of Maurice Prendergast
Painting | Watercolor

Pastel Hues of Maurice Prendergast

Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924) was a masterful painter and colorist. His watercolor paintings have a beautiful shimmering luminosity, achieved through his transparent use of color and loose brushstrokes. His use of color is very much inspired by impressionist painters, like Claude Monet, who attempted to capture very exact moments of light. This atmosphere of light and color…

Neo Rauch and his discordant color world
Painting

Neo Rauch and his discordant color world

We discussed Neo Rauch’s work in our Watercolor Workshop, even though these are primarily oil paintings, because he uses color in a unique way. The concept of a color world (refer to previous post) within a painting is simple yet elusive, and in order to better understand this concept, Neo Rauch’s work was offered as the counter-example….

Negative Space: from Juan Sánchez Cotán to Rachel Whiteread
Drawing | Painting

Negative Space: from Juan Sánchez Cotán to Rachel Whiteread

The negative space in a picture is not only a powerful formal element, but can carry symbolic value as well. It is the ever present and often overlooked “background,” the space between things and around things. But how do we define this space? How do we picture it? The 16/17th century Spanish painter JuanSánchez Cotán (1560 – 1627) often set…

Tonality and Seurat
Drawing

Tonality and Seurat

I love to share these these drawings by Georges Seurat with my class when we learn about Tonality. Seurat is the artist most associated with Pointillism, that off shoot of Impressionism. But his drawings offer a subtle insight into the technique of rendering form only through value shifts, or tonality. Notice the complete lack of…