Dick Frizzell – The Painter


Enjoying this book a lot! His art is fun and his storytelling is fun. I identify with him a lot. Drawing from comic books as a kid, being the best drawer in the class. Uni in the sixties at Canterbury.

I learn about art too. For example the British painter William Scott was briefly an influence on Frizzell. I’ll post up some of his. I like them. Simple, but really more difficult to pull off than they look!

Newsletter June 2009

Walter’s Art News

June 2009

Hello Everyone

Welcome to the my Art News, first one for the year! Note that I have changed the way I send these. Please let me know how it looks on your computer or phone.

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Mark Tobey, 1890-1976

Monday, May 10, 1976, Robert Hughes wrote an obituary in TIME of Mark Tobey Incarnations of Tobey TIME

By the ’50s, a stereotype of Tobey had emerged, and it was to affect his reputation in American art: the sage of the Pacific Northwest, perched on a misty crag, making exquisitely obscure calligraphic doodles. Tobey had worked for a year in China. At that time it was hardly possible for a painter to have done this without being regarded, in some circles, as a perambulating bodhisattva.

I am posting to pursue a thread. The relationship between calligraphy and modern art. It is there everywhere once you look. The action painters, like Franz Klein, Max Gimblett, Pollock. I will keep at it.

More here, and here is a good site: MARK TOBEY, American artist 1890-1976, Page by Arthur Lyon Dahl It has paintings as well as this photo of him:

Mark Tobey

Bridgeman Art Library – Image Search
Good sample – small images.

Art & Belief

That is one of about three Toby books I just bought online! Through Amazon but dirt cheap from secondhand shops. They will take months to get here, I may be over Toby by then, but I doubt it.

More text & images by Mark Tobey follow.

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Larger Image.

Now this one grew out of the last one. One thing leads to another. But the process is not done. I can see this leading to more “design” style images, I am getting the hang of it and using a few new functions I am learning in the software (like copying a layer and then moving it slightly etc)

But what do I do, work on the bush or play more with designs? So this is what happens… a myriad of scrappy projects that I love doing… To be honest I think I will get there. Sooner or later I’ll get a series done and they will a unified life.
Earth Crosses got there, though there is a printing job to finalise there.

Next post, more moves into different directions.

Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman Here is a good post about her on a blog. I stumbled on that one. & then found more and more.

Quirky art. Her website. She is the wife of Tibor Kalman who died 1999. I blogged about him before I had an art blog.

She does fabric art and illustrated “Elements of Style” Amazon

Childrens Books

And then, once again TED – downloading the video now!

Later: Saturday, 10 May, 2008

That talk is fabulous, much better than a blog! Go and see it!

Images follow:

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Book Review using hreview


Paint, A Manual of Pictorial Thought & Practical Advice

I am reading it today

A messy rambling book both in its images, text and layout, but interesting and inspiring in that it makes it all look doable.

This is from the Amazon site, and puts it well:

From Library Journal:

Most art manuals tend toward large, impressive photos with little text. This one is packed with 1500 illustrations and an unusually rich text. Camp’s style tends to personal observation, autobiographical touches, references to art history, and fresh inspiration. A teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, he believes in copying from masters but avoiding academic dryness. Libraries should also consider his previous, excellent work Draw: How To Master the Art (DK, 1994).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

My rating: 3.5 stars

Brian Grimwood – illustrations – book & chat

I am back from the workshop and had a bit of a browse of the bookstore. The little “Coffee With… series caught my eye… because of the illustrations on the front. (Coffee with Michael Angelo, by James Hall, fun!)


On Amazon (click the image) you can see links to the others in the series, I particularly like the Mozart one, interesting use of colour. The artist is Brian Grimwood, I have just been exploring his website with delight. Ok, it is commercial art, but it is art. The image that follows is a good example of artistic exploration. I am in tune with that right now having been doing it solidly for three days. My hunch is that these illustrations are all digital, and he is a lovely digital sketcher!
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Albers Colour Theory



The picture to the left, originally made by Josef Albers is a great example of how color is deceiving. We need to train our eyes to understand what is happening. It is color interacting. The picture looks like four different colored squares with a transparent folded square on top of them. The transparency is actually just different blocks of color that are just slightly different then their surroundings, placed on top of the squares. Ultimately you have to remember that color is absolute and that it is always relative to its sorroundings.

Here is the book on Amazon:
Interaction of Color

Quote from an Amazon review:

the original had 150 color plates this version has only 8 in mine. The visual phenomena are so complex that without the plates you can’t possibly accurately understand what the book is talking about.

Now I want this hardback, but it’s rarity makes it over the top expensive.

Interaction of Color: Text of the Original Edition With Revised Plate Section (Hardcover)

Perhaps the solution is the paperback plus the CD ROM.

Or the book by his teacher: The Elements of Color (Hardcover) by Johannes Itten After reading this review, I don’t think so, it sounds dated and wrong:

Unless the reader is studious and very serious about trying to unearth the information contained in this book, he or she is much better served by studing Albers or others. Too bad there is no editing, no index, and no glossary.


What does Albers art look like:

All I could find but interesting IMO.