Figurative Jackson Pollock

"Portrait and a Dream" by Jackson Pollock, 1953

“Portrait and a Dream” by Jackson Pollock, 1953

I really enjoy the work of Jackson Pollock. I’ve spoken to quite a few people over the years who are kind of dismissive of it, but whatever… That’s okay, whatever floats your boat. But I like his work. The large fields of color drips, patterns and shimmering textures, I do enjoy pure abstraction.

But Pollock’s somewhat figurative work does remain among my favorites. Like these primarily black and white images that are included in this post. So beautiful!

"Number 27" by Jackson Pollock, 1951

“Number 27″ by Jackson Pollock, 1951

"Number 7" by Jackson Pollock, 1951

“Number 7″ by Jackson Pollock, 1951

"Number 5" by Jackson Pollock, 1952

“Number 5″ by Jackson Pollock, 1952

The Third World

"The Third World" by Todd Powelson

“The Third World” by Todd Powelson

“The Third World” is another new diptych that I just finished, a pair of digital paintings to be added to the series I’ve been working on called “Songs from the Earth“.

This piece started off completely different, with a number of sketches, and a few false starts. Initially, I imagined a crowd of people going about their business through a city-scape. But as the work progressed, that just didn’t feel quite right to me. It didn’t ring true somehow.

Instead, I decided to zoom in on these two individuals above. They are not really paying attention to what might be going on in the larger world around them, their bodies hunched over and focused on the task at hand. They might be building with the blocks or nurturing plants at their feet, which is good, but still only focused on themselves and their work.

“The Third World” is the human world.

These two digital paintings can also be purchased as high-quality canvas prints through my personal website at www.toddpowelson.com

Designa

 

Designa

I like to spend time wandering through bookstores, just to see what I can find. Last week I realized that I hadn’t visited with any new bookshelves for too long, so I changed that. While I was at the bookstore, I came across a book called Designa: Technical Secrets of the Traditional Visual Arts and I knew I needed to own it! It goes through a number of different artistic principles, traditions, and theories. The individual subjects are at a pretty high level, dedicating only a page or two, but it covers a whole lot of different things. I suppose that I have better books addressing those separate and individual subjects, but seeing so many different subjects put together in one book, and put together so well, made me very happy.

So happy in fact that I got two additional books by the same publisher, Wooden Books. One of those books is called Sciencia: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Astronomy for All, and the other being Quadrivium: Number, Geometry, Music, Heaven. Again, these are both pretty high level, but between these three books there are hundreds of different subjects that are addressed.

Wooden Books has also published quite a number of other books too. I was kind of under the impression that the three books I did buy compiled their smaller books into one collection, but I appear to be wrong. At least, I think I am. I see they have a book called The Miracle of Trees, and that isn’t represented in any of the three books I did buy. But I will be very happy to get The Miracle of Trees too.

I’d recommend my new books to anybody. They help remind my how beautiful and complex this Earth we we live on, and the Universe we occupy, truly are.

www.woodenbooks.com

Quad

Sci

The Second World

"The Second World" by Todd Powelson

“The Second World” by Todd Powelson

I’ve never considered myself to be a wildlife artist, even though I love being out in Nature. Not that there isn’t really a lot of good wildlife artwork out there, but making it was just never my thing. But there are plenty of really great artists out here in the west, and one of my favorite museums to visit is the Buffalo Bill Art Museum up in Cody Wyoming. And it is very very western.

I guess I’ve always been more interested in abstraction and geometry. And yet, I really enjoyed making the pictures above. This diptych. The elk, the wolves, the mountains, sky and snow. Man, they were fun to draw!

I’ve never really seen wolves out in the wild. They are incredible animals, but I have never seen one. I have encountered many elk though, and they are magnificent. I’ve come across them while hiking on Montana trails. I’ve also watched herd of elk running and buggeling through western meadows many times. Such an amazing sight.

One time, my car broke down in the middle of somewhere Wyoming late at night. Although I was miles from any mark of civilization and it’d take a while, I decided to walk back to a gas station I’d passed a bit earlier, and after walking for an hour or more I came to this crossroads. There were some bushes next to me right by the side of the road and I heard something moving around in them. Suddenly these huge antlers rose up and out of those bushes, and then the rest of the elk. Right next to me, in the dark night, under the Wyoming stars and sky.. I could have reached out and grabbed that elk’s nose! But I didn’t. We just kind of looked at each other for a second (which seemed like forever), and then I crossed the road (as calmly as I could), while it stood there watching me go. It was pretty amazing to stand so close to such a powerful animal.

Anyway, I love animals! And the Second World is the animal world.

Check it out, I have added a shopping cart to my personal website, www.toddpowelson.com. If you’re interested, you can buy a high quality canvas print of these two digital paintings there:

www.toddpowelson.com | elk-canvas-print

www.toddpowelson.com | wolves-canvas-print

Ancient Venus Figures

Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Dolní Věstonice

Venus of Dolní Věstonice

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while… or at least start collecting images of these Venus clay figurines.

I love Stone Age artwork, and these Venus figures are among the oldest, created between 33,000 and 9,000 BCE. There are examples of these figures found all over Europe and Asia, but especially in France, Russia, and Germany.

There are many many of these sculptures, but I wanted to at least start my image collection here on ArtDuh.

Probably the most famous Venus is the Venus of Willendorf (image above). At least that is the first figurine I remember seeing way way back when. Then there is the Venus of Dolní Věstonice (top right image), which is especially interesting because it has a child’s fingerprint embedded in the clay. There are so many beautiful examples I guess I won’t try to write about each individual one.

Most of these are sized to about 4″ tall. Its not really known why they were made, but they probably had some sort of religious/spiritual function.

That reminds me, although they were created much more recently, I was so surprised to see so many goddess figures at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit I went to about a year ago. Walls and walls of these little goddess, and all from Isreal. I was happy to see that the ancient Jewish faith incorporated the goddess into their faith, but also bummed that today she isn’t represented at all in Judeo/Christian religions. So very strange how that all changed…

Venus of Lespugue

Venus of Lespugue

Venus of Laussel

Venus of Laussel

Venus of Hohle Fels

Venus of Hohle Fels

Uncovered in Zaraysk, Russia

Uncovered in Zaraysk, Russia

Venus of Moravany

Venus of Moravany

Venus of Parzadzik

Venus of Parzadzik

Venus of Savignano

Venus of Savignano

Venus de Brassempouy

Venus de Brassempouy

Venus of Kostenki

Venus of Kostenki

Yeliseevichi Venus

Yeliseevichi Venus