Useful and Beautiful

Have nothing
in your houses
which you do not
know to be useful
or believe
to be beautiful.
William Morris

Absolutely fascinating investigation and tutorial on Prud’hon’s drawing techniques.

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“Usually, the antidote for not being in the mood to paint (i.e. lacking inspiration), is to paint.”

“The idea of divine inspiration and an aha moment is largely a fantasy. Anything of value comes from hard work and unwavering dedication. If you want to be a good artist you need to look at other artists, make a lot of crappy art, and just keep working.”

lines and colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts » Renato Muccillo

I don’t share enough lately, but this was too good not to. Wowwwwwww. Click on the link to see the rest.

“Another object of underpainting is the determining of the design of light and dark. All paint changes a little, lowers a little, with time ; and if a picture has no strong arrangement of light and dark, but depends for its beauty on subtle delicacies and differences of value, these are often lost in a few years through the flattening down of the paint ; while if there is a strong backbone, as it were, of light and shade beneath the colour, the picture will always be effective, and the main features remain, in spite of any little changes.”

stilllifequickheart:

Henry Willson Watrous
Still Life
Late 19th - early 20th century

I feel like this composition shouldn’t work, but I can’t stop looking at it.

stilllifequickheart:

Henry Willson Watrous

Still Life

Late 19th - early 20th century

I feel like this composition shouldn’t work, but I can’t stop looking at it.

“We speak of materialism as if it were something bad and even sinful, but sometimes I wonder if we have it all wrong. Maybe what we need isn’t less materialism, but more, to the point that we actually respect and even revere our material goods, rather than see them as disposable and constantly begging to be upgraded.”

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From the book Saved, quoted at the Frugal Girl - whole post worth reading:

More Materialism, Not Less

“…like an apparently submissive servant that turns out to be a subversive that ultimately gains control of your mind. The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you.”

Tea Leaves 2013 • 8 x 10″ egg tempera on panel (via Tea Leaves | Katharine Taylor)