Art Appreciation

DEAN CORNWELL

Cornwell was one of the greatest American painters and it was a thrill to see so many of his paintings on display in the Kelly Collection.

In addition to classic paintings in rich full palettes, Cornwell did many pieces in then-printable duotone, and others that served as two-page magazine vignettes – designed to have type laid in and around them.
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Art Appreciation

FELICE CASORATI
I don’t love all of Casorati’s work equally, but I love his fascinating tesselated arrangement of pattern and objects in light and shadow.
One day I’ll attempt a pastiche. Maybe.
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Art Appreciation

PASCAL CAMPION
Pascal’s work makes me think that I worry to much and work too hard.
But simplicity can be as deceptive as it is elegant – for invariably I find that his work focuses on the “simple” foundations that too many of us leave out entirely – or try (in vain) to shove in through some fiddly technique at the end….
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Art Appreciation

FRANKLIN BOOTH
Booth was amazing. Amazing. Full stop.
He’d come of age when engraving was the standard for printing, and he learned to wield his pen accordingly.
His understanding of tone is clear in every piece whatever the genre (apocalyptic SF, fantasy, boy’s adventure, advertising, et al.), or atmosphere.
And he combined that knowledge with impeccable draftsmanship and scale. Wow.

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Month of Love – Black

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“Black”

by Lee Moyer

www.leemoyer.com and www.leemoyer.ninja

Done for the 2018 Month of Love challenge, “Black”.

This month’s prompts led me down a very dark and very strange alley.
It felt like Destiny and who am I to fight Destiny?

This first only hints at the grand design.
I hope you’ll share the love.

Art Appreciation

Megan Lara’s work came to my attention with her amazing posters for the cast of Firefly.

Her work has character (probably because she is herself a character and avid cosplayer), and she loves the forms of many past artists- from Mucha (my favorite, natch) to de Lempicka and the low art of tattoos and t-shirts. I hope that she enjoys creating the nerdy work as much as I love to see it.

http://www.meganlara.com/

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Art Appreciation

I’ve loved Jody Lee’s work since the first covers of hers I saw (probably for Mercedes Lackey).

Her understanding of classic forms, color, and decoration are peerless. She was creating stunning (and instantly identifiable) line designs long before anyone else I knew – and I invariably use her work in courses I teach about the Dos and Don’ts of Branding and Marketing for self-publishers.

She is (along with my friend Paul Komoda) the artist I most want to own a lifelong monograph of.

http://www.jodylee.org/website/Portfolio/QuickReference.html

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Art Appreciation

Thanks to her husband’s superb painting, I’d seen Laurie Lee Brom’s face long before I actually met her. But seeing her paintings was a different thing entirely – luminous oil portraits with a hint (or more than a hint) of the Gothic. Her work is colorful and elemental, and the same sensibility and delight at putting a raccoon into the hoops of a skirt somehow removes the inherently clichéd quality of fairy wings. It’s a fine (and beautifully scrolled) line, but she walks it very well indeed.

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