Pavel Tchelitchew

"Anatomical Painting" by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1946

“Anatomical Painting” by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1946

 

Today I’m going to post a number of paintings by Russian born painter, Pavel Tchelitchew. So awesome, I’d like to post every picture of his that I can find. But, maybe I’ll just add additional posts dedicated to his work later instead.

Love ’em!

"Head of Gold" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Head of Gold” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Green Lion" by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1942

“Green Lion” by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1942

 

"Interior Landscape" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Interior Landscape” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Golden Leaf" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Golden Leaf” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Childhood of Orson" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Childhood of Orson” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Untitled" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Untitled” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Costume" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Costume” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"Cave of Sleep" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“Cave of Sleep” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

"The Muscle System" by Pavel Tchelitchew

“The Muscle System” by Pavel Tchelitchew

 

By Pavel Tchelitchew

By Pavel Tchelitchew

Deer Eating Yggdrasil

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I wanted to save this panel and portal from Urnes Stave Church. Something about the way Yggdrasil‘s tree branches wrap and grow, with the deer eating at it’s roots, seems very beautiful and is exactly what I want to see today.

Max Ernst’s World of Moss, Fern and Forest

"The Last Forest", by Max Ernst, 1969

“The Last Forest”, by Max Ernst, 1969

Max Ernst is definitely one of my favorite painters, and I especially love his invention and work with grattage. Check these out!

This is the way the things will look when moss, fern and forest cover the human world.

"The Numerous Family", by Max Ernst, 1926

“The Numerous Family”, by Max Ernst, 1926

 

"The Horde", by Max Ernst, 1927

“The Horde”, by Max Ernst, 1927

 

"The Horde", by Max Ernst, 1927

“The Horde”, by Max Ernst, 1927

 

"The Horde", by Max Ernst, 1927

“The Horde”, by Max Ernst, 1927

 

"Swampangel", by Max Ernst, 1940

“Swampangel”, by Max Ernst, 1940

 

"Marlene (Mother and son)" by Max Ernst, 1940

“Marlene (Mother and son)” by Max Ernst, 1940

 

"Epiphany" by Max Ernst, 1940

“Epiphany” by Max Ernst, 1940

 

"The Stolen Mirror" by Max Ernst, 1941

“The Stolen Mirror” by Max Ernst, 1941

Owl

"Barn Owl" by Todd Powelson

“Barn Owl” by Todd Powelson

I was asked if I’d come up with some new artwork for HawkWatch International, a raptor and environmental conservation group. I love HawkWatch and the work they do, so I said “Sure!”

Here is my new owl artwork. It’ll be screen-printed on t-shirts and other apparel, and should be available soon through HawkWatch International‘s website. I’ll post an update once it is, but in the mean time, I hope your eyes enjoy!

www.hawkwatch.org

Rattlesnake & Butterflies

"Rattlesnake & Butterflies" by Todd Powelson

“Rattlesnake & Butterflies” by Todd Powelson

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about serpents, how I’d been seeing them regularly, and how they’d laid eggs in my imagination that were waiting to hatch. And finally, one of those ideas was born in this new artwork.

I’d decided on how I would show the snake in my work, the basic composition and posture (I guess snakes have posture too, ha!) shown above, with it sort of looping back on itself. Then, about a week or so ago when I was out on one of my many walks, I saw this large snake crossing my path about eight feet up ahead of me. It saw me too, decided to turn around, looped back on itself, and slithered back the way it came. Basically showing me what I had been seeing in my minds eye already. I started working on this new artwork the next day.

Did I mention the butterflies in my first “Serpent” post, where I tried to describe my rattlesnake encounter? I don’t think I did, but they were there. Butterflies flying all around, above that rattlesnake in the grass. Beautiful.

This is my first piece, but I’m sure snakes will show up again in my artwork. Yep, my first of many digital-snake-drawings. But I like this artwork so much I’ve decided to put it on a t-shirt so I can wear it up in the hills and say to those snakes, “Yo! Check it out”. And, check this out, you can get one of these t-shirts too: toddpowelson.threadless.com/designs/rattlesnake-butterflies

Serpent

"Rainbow Serpent"

“Rainbow Serpent”

I’ve been looking at snakes… Wanting to see snakes and how they are being used in other’s artwork. I’m sure it’s because I’ve been seeing so many on my walks outside, up in the hills. One time in particular really stands out for me, and dropped all sorts of new ideas into my imagination.

It’s been a few weeks now, but back in late May or early June, I was out a-walking along the dirt and gravel trail. While I walk I tend to scan ahead of me, but where I was walking the grass on the side of the trail can get a bit long and hard to see through. I don’t mind snakes at all, but when I hear a rattle, it can really make me jump, ya know? And I heard a rattle on my left. Of course, I moved quickly in the other direction, to my right. As I moved, I looked over my shoulder, and there it was… a rattlesnake.

You know how some moments gain weight, and seconds seem to stretch out forever? Well, I locked eyes with that snake, time seemed to stop, and we both just looked. Then, those eternal seconds passed, the rattlesnake moved off in the other direction, but I still stood watching.

I watched it move away through the grass, under a nearby tree and the dead leaves. Something about it was just so damn beautiful. What immediately came to mind as I watched was… Well, I seemed to be watching a powerful little reptile dragon. It’s brown scales standing out from the green. It’s rattle buzzing as it moved away. Amazing.

It also dropped all of these exciting new ideas for future artwork into my imagination as it left. A nice old mind bomb.

Snakes are out and about this time of year. I’d already seen a fair number of snakes in the days and weeks before, but something about this specific rattlesnake. Locking eyes with it…

And then, for the next week or so, there seemed to be snakes everywhere. I’d see them all over the place. In that week or so that followed, I came across 15-20 more snakes on my walks. Like I say, snakes are out and you’ll see them, but each of those snakes seem to be reminding me that my new ideas are important. I have to do something with them. And I will. It might take some time, I have so many things I’m working on first, but I will visit with that rattlesnake again in my artwork.

And I guess that is why I’m posting these images here. I want to see snakes, and remember… and I’ll start by collecting a little reference artwork right here.

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Kitagawa Utamaro, 1788

Kitagawa Utamaro, 1788

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"Snake", by Katie Scott

“Snake”, by Katie Scott

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