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

Rams, Goat and Baboon

"Têtes de Béliers" by Pablo Picasso

“Têtes de Béliers” by Pablo Picasso

I came across this lithograph of rams (above) by Picasso earlier this week that I really like. Picasso has drawn, painted and sculpted many great pieces of art featuring animals, and I enjoy having them here on ArtDuh. I saw the sculptures of his goat and baboon (below) in person a long time ago, and wanted to see them in today’s post too. I especially love that the baboon’s head is made from a little toy car.

"She-Goat" by Pablo Picasso

“She-Goat” by Pablo Picasso

"Baboon and Young" by Pablo Picasso

“Baboon and Young” by Pablo Picasso

Tolkien’s Trees and Landscapes

"The Gardens of the Merking's Palace (Roverandom)" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Gardens of the Merking’s Palace (Roverandom)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

The work of J.R.R. Tolkien has been a constant companion throughout my whole life. I discovered The Hobbit when I was 9 years old, and went on to read The Lord of the Rings soon after. My family was living in Taipei at the time, and there was this cool little bookstore just a short bus ride into the city where I was able to find the books in hardcover, which included these huge intricate fold-out maps, and had Tolkien’s beautiful artwork reproduced on the dust-covers. I also found copies of The Unfinished Tales and The Silmarillion in that bookstore too, which I tried to read at the time, but they were probably beyond me…

Ever since then I go through these phases where I become obsessed with Tolkien and his work all over again. I travel to Middle-earth and stay there for a while. As an adult, I tend to focus on The Silmarillion and related titles. There is something about that book and all of the related stories that is just fascinating to me. And so beautiful…

April ’16 was one of those Tolkien themed months for me. Maybe not as intensive as usual, but the theme was still there. Although now that I think about all I read and listened to, I guess there was a whole lot of Tolkien jammed in there.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks while I work and paint, and I started April off by listening to “Tolkien and the West: Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe” and “Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth“. I also listen to a lot of podcasts while I work, and spent a bit of time listening to the Tolkien Professor’s “Shaping of Middle-earth” series. And then finally, as the month was wrapping up, one of my favorite podcasts, Rune Soup, had a new talkin’ Tolkien episode that I enjoyed hearing.

In that Rune Soup episode, there was some discussion about the drawings and paintings that Tolkien created during his lifetime. I’d seen some of Tolkien’s artwork before, but not a whole lot. I became curious, started to explore, and now I’ve posted many of his trees and landscapes here on ArtDuh so I can see and enjoy them any old time… and you can too!

You can also find many more goodies through the link below:

www.tolkienestate.com

Geek out!

"The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Wudu Wyrtum Faest (Grendel's Mere)" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Wudu Wyrtum Faest (Grendel’s Mere)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Old Man Willow" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Old Man Willow” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Cove Near the Lizard" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Cove Near the Lizard” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Caerthilian Cove and Lion Rock" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Caerthilian Cove and Lion Rock” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Water Wind and Sand" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Water Wind and Sand” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Shores of Faëry" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Shores of Faëry” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Rivendell" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Rivendell” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The Hills of the Morning" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Hills of the Morning” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Tree in Flower" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Tree in Flower” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Fantasy Landscape" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fantasy Landscape” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Nargothrond" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Nargothrond” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"by J.R.R. Tolkien" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“by J.R.R. Tolkien” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Alder by a Stream" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Alder by a Stream” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"King's Norton from Bilberry Hill" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“King’s Norton from Bilberry Hill” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Foxglove Year" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Foxglove Year” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Tumble Hill, Near Lyme Regis" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Tumble Hill, Near Lyme Regis” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Flowering Tree" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Flowering Tree” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Lunar Landscape (Roverandom)" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Lunar Landscape (Roverandom)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Man in the Moon" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Man in the Moon” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The Cottage, Barnt Green" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Cottage, Barnt Green” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Three Trees in a Cubist Style" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Three Trees in a Cubist Style” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Moonlight on a Wood" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Moonlight on a Wood” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Bird in a Flowering Tree" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Bird in a Flowering Tree” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Abstract Design" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Abstract Design” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Fangorn Forest" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fangorn Forest” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Three Musicians

"Three Musicians" by Pablo Picasso

“Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso – 1921

I felt like looking at Picasso‘s painting(s), called “Three Musicians”. He did two different versions of these musicians in 1921, so… bonus!

“Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso – 1921