Drawing Basics: Surf's Up–Thought-Provoking Art, Wise Words, and Pleasant Diversions From Around the Web

JOHAN SEVENBOM, A River Goddess, black & white chalk drawing

JOHAN SEVENBOM, A River Goddess, black & white
chalk drawing on blue paper. 22 x 171/4"

We surf the web for interesting new drawings and random information on art so you don't have to.

I stumbled across this website again while looking for a particular drawing. This gallery warrants a visit. Perhaps I could persuade an expert in drawing and Old Masters to visit this establishment with me, and I could write up his or her comments on select pieces. It's nice to come across a place where one can fantasize about buying an Old Master drawing, although the fact that there's an "under $15,000" area tells me I probably will never be shopping there. Under $500 is about my speed at the moment.

I come across interesting things when fact-checking. I was verifying the dates for an American Luminist named Harold Rudolph when info on Hal Foster on the Google results page caught my eye. It led me to this page, which helps describe the "Prince Valiant" cartoonist's interest in historical veracity and accurate drawing. Foster led a very interesting life, which included a 14-day bicycle trip from Winnipeg to Chicago undertaken in pursuit of employment.

Fact-checking a mention of Expressionism, I came across this painting by Kandinsky, which gave its name to a group of likeminded artists in Munich, 19111914, called Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider).

Another wild goose chase took me to this page featuring sidewalk art, which I always enjoy. It also gave me a chance to ponder the word anamorphic, which comes up infrequently but often enough for me to CQ it.

An e-mail from the Smithsonian alerted me to a planned exhibition of Alexis Rockman's artwork in November 2010. A blogging grad student summed up Rockman's somewhat illustrative, somewhat proselytizing work about the biological world and our role in it in his blog.

While fact-checking an article about how to draw spheres and ovoids, I had to check if there were other three-dimensional geometric forms that had curved surfaces. I discovered one called the magatama, which is sort of kidney-bean shaped, or perhaps more accurately, the shape of an early fetus. Its name is a Japanese word. In prehistoric Japan, the shape indicated humanity and was worn by rulers. My friend Dan Gheno reminded me that there is another common geometric shape with perpendicularly curved surfaces that occurs frequently in nature. Here's a hint.

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