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

Bugs!

"La Sauterelle", 1942, Etching with aquatint

“La Sauterelle”, 1942, Etching with aquatint

Cool, I had never seen these insects or spider by Pablo Picasso. I’m-a going to save these right here…

"La Libelule", 1942, Etching with aquatint

“La Libelule”, 1942, Etching with aquatint

 

"L'Araignee", 1942, Etching with aquatint

“L’Araignee”, 1942, Etching with aquatint

Wisdom Descends

"Wisdom Descends" by Todd Powelson

“Wisdom Descends” by Todd Powelson

Down from the great light spiral She steps,

Spirits great and small follow close behind.

The digital painting (above), called “Wisdom Descends”, was a whole lot of fun to make but took me a very long time to finish. Whew, I’m so glad to see it done, and so happy with how She turned out.

This artwork is based on the old Gnostic story of Sophia. I’ll admit, the story has evolved and changed in my own mind and imagination, but its still heavily inspired by those original Gnostic thinkers.

For me, in my own personal mythology, Sophia (a.k.a. Wisdom) has come to represent the spirit and life-force of the Earth. She is the Earth, and the Earth is something Her spirit created and stepped down into. The Earth is Her material body, and Her spirit and soul sleeps and dreams us all (plants, animals, people) into being.

I know it probably sounds weird, but this is also something that makes me very happy to think about.

Visually, I wanted to focus primarily on the figure, geometry, color, and abstraction. When I started this piece, I’d planned on filling the background with a whole lot more geometry, pattern and shapes, but as I continued working I liked the idea of just leaving the background pure white. Representing the light Sophia is leaving, in favor of the earth-tones of Her material body. The sky and cloud colored fabric morphs into a celestial wing, and in the geometry of that wing you can see hints of animal (primarily bird) shapes following close behind (click the image above for a larger view).

You can buy this as a high quality 20″ x 10″ or a 40″ x 20″ canvas print through my website by visiting www.toddpowelson.com

This artwork will begin Chapter 4 of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.

Franz Marc: Horses, Deer and Animal Destiny

"The Large Blue Horses"  by Franz Marc

“The Large Blue Horses” by Franz Marc

 

Today I just wanted to look at some of Franz Marc‘s paintings. His horses, primarily, but also deer, fox, and animal destiny.

 

"The Tower Of Blue Horses" by Franz Marc

“The Tower Of Blue Horses” by Franz Marc

 

"Little Yellow Horses"  by Franz Marc

“Little Yellow Horses” by Franz Marc

 

"Blue Horses"  by Franz Marc

“Blue Horses” by Franz Marc

 

"The Fox"  by Franz Marc

“The Fox” by Franz Marc

 

"Deer In The Forest" b  by Franz Marc

“Deer In The Forest” b
by Franz Marc

 

"Animal Destinies: The Trees Show Their Rings, The Animals Their Veins" by Franz Marc

“Animal Destinies: The Trees Show Their Rings, The Animals Their Veins” by Franz Marc