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09 Jan '14

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ArtistADay Guest Curator Spot

With 2400+ artists in the ArtistADay archives, they realized that it can be daunting to find your favorites. To help, they partnered with artists, gallery owners, collectors and curators by asking them to share their top five favorite artists on the site. I’m a big fan of ArtistADay and was honored when they asked me to contribute a collection.

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View my artist picks and browse through more guest curators’ picks HERE.

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01 Jan '14

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Inspiration: Year of the Horse

Samurai on Horse, statue of Kusunoki Masashige, Tokyo, Japan, 14th century

Statue of Kusunoki Masashige, Tokyo, Japan 14th century

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Horse and Rider, 1481

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Horse and Rider, 1481

Albrecht Dürer Knight, Death and the Devil 1500s

Albrecht Dürer, Knight, Death and the Devil, 1500s

Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven (1798-1881) A White Stallion in a Landscape

Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven (1798-1881), A White Stallion in a Landscape

Eugene Fromentin, Voleurs de Nuit (Night Robbers) 1867

Eugene Fromentin, Voleurs de Nuit (Night Robbers), 1867

Edmund Dulac, Eldorado from The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe 1912

Edmund Dulac, Eldorado from The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe, 1912

Salvador Dali, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1946

Salvador Dali, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1946

Rene Magritte, The Blank Cheque, 1965

Rene Magritte, The Blank Cheque, 1965

Kay Nielsen, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Lad in Battle

Kay Nielsen, The Lad in Battle from East of the Sun and West of the Moon, 1976

Douwe Blumberg, Warhorse 1, 2008

Douwe Blumberg, Warhorse 1, 2008

Adrien Deggan Bucephalus and Alexander 2010

Adrien Deggan, Bucephalus and Alexander, 2010

Casey Weldon, Pony Show

Casey Weldon, Pony Show

Esao Andrews, White Horse, 2012

Esao Andrews, White Horse, 2012

Nimit Malavia, Better to be the Storm than the Sea

Nimit Malavia, Better to be the Storm than the Sea, 2012

Caitlin Hackett, Dead Horses 2013

Caitlin Hackett, Dead Horses, 2013

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11 Nov '12

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Inspiration: Tiger, Tiger

James Tissot, Prehistoric Woman, 1895

James Tissot, Prehistoric Woman, 1895

Godwin, Corbould & Harvey, Impossible Enchantment from Four and Twenty Fairy Tales, 1858

Godwin, Corbould & Harvey, Impossible Enchantment from Four & Twenty Fairy Tales, 1858

William John Huggins, A Tiger and a Serpent, 1840

William John Huggins, A Tiger and a Serpent, 1840

Dorothy Lathrop, The Story of a Tiger, 1936

Dorothy Lathrop, The Story of a Tiger, 1936

Kat Cameron, Tigris

Kat Cameron, Tigris

Chris Berens, Beast, 2007

Chris Berens, Beast, 2007

Martin Wittfooth, Golod, 2010

Martin Wittfooth, Golod, 2010

Travis Louie, Sir Walter Bengalfoot, 2010

Travis Louie, Sir Walter Bengalfoot, 2010

Lindsey Carr, Negotiate With a Tiger for Its Skin, 2012

Lindsey Carr, Negotiate With a Tiger for Its Skin, 2012

Jaw Cooper, Copycat, 2010

Jaw Cooper, Copycat, 2010

Andrew Hem, Stuffed, 2009

Andrew Hem, Stuffed, 2009

James Jean, Tiger, 2010

James Jean, Tiger, 2010

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18 Feb '12

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Inspiration: Celebrating Black History Month

August

Augusta Savage, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing (Harp), 1939

portrait

Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Portrait of a Negress, 1800

istvan

Istvan Sandorfi, La Tache de Safi, 2007

Rockwell

Norman Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With, 1964

ruud

Ruud van Empel, World #19, 2006

toyin

Toyin Odutola, Untitled, 2010

serge

Serge Gay Jr., Curious, 2010

mutu

Wangechi Mutu, Untitled, 2003

ryden

Mark Ryden, Jimi Hendrix, 1999

Fawn 2 by Oleg Dou

Oleg Dou, Fawn 2, 2010

moor

José Tapiro y Baro, Moor in a Headdress

olaf

Olaf Hajek, Untitled, 2011

pruitt

Robert Pruitt, Steeped, 2011

marshall

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled, 2009

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18 Nov '11

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Inspiration: Pencil to Paint

Opal

Michael Shapcott, Opal, 2009
Pencil to Paint

Some of you may be familiar with my technique of painting over detailed graphite work (view my P2P gallery HERE) so you can imagine how much I love comparing the drawings to the paintings afterwards. I think you can tell a lot about an artist’s technique from the “Pencil to Paint” and it is so inspiring for me to study other artists’ processes. So, with that in mind, I threw together some of my favorite studies and their paintings to share with you all…

Pencil to Paint_Herbert Draper_The Mountain Mists

Herbert Draper, The Mountain Mists, 1912

Pencil to Paint_CC Askew_Kshatriya

C.C. Askew, Kshatriya

Pencil to Paint_Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema_The Pyrrhic Dance

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Pyrrhic Dance, 1869

Pencil to Paint_Mark Ryden_Allegory of the Four Elements

Mark Ryden, Allegory of the Four Elements, 2006

Pencil to Paint_Klimt_The Three Ages of Woman

Gustav Klimt, The Three Ages of Woman, 1905

Pencil to Paint_Audrey Kawasaki_Charlotte

Audrey Kawasaki, Charlotte, 2011

Pencil to Paint_Shinohara Ai_Think Back on Womb

Ai Shinohara, Think Back on Womb

Pencil to Paint_John William Waterhouse_Flora and the Zephyrs

John William Waterhouse, Flora and the Zephyrs, 1898

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28 Jan '11

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Inspiration: The Year of the Rabbit

Battle by Ryohei Hase

Ryohei Hase, Battle

THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT

2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese Zodiac. The year begins on February 3, 2011 and represents the 4th year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. This animal system is used as a means of numbering days and years and is important in astrology and fortune telling, not just in China but also in other East Asian nations like Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Each year is influenced by whatever animal it falls in. The Year of the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family, artistic pursuits, diplomacy, and keeping the peace. It is an easygoing, positive and inspiring year, giving us time to catch our breath after the ferocious Year of the Tiger. If last year’s emphasis was on excitement, it is now on harmony. This is also a year of good taste and refinement with great chance of wealth and success. With the Year of the Rabbit just days away, I thought it fitting to kick it off with some of my favorite rabbit art!

Snow White by Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden, Snow White, 1997

Casualty by Kate MacDowell

Kate MacDowell, Casualty, 2009

Go Forward by Ryohei Hase

Ryohei Hase, Go Forward and Forward (Repetition)

Corridor Signs by Masaru Shichinohe

Masaru Shichinohe, Corridor Signs, 2004

Fiero Animals_wolf hare_wallpaper

Fiero Animals, Wolf Hare (detail)

Young Miss Bunny by Travis Louie

Travis Louie, Young Miss Bunny

Hare by Scott Radke

Scott Radke, Hare, 2010

Snow Angel by Chris Berens

Chris Berens, Snow Angel, 2007

Without Their Arms... by Herakut

Herakut, Without their arms they were sisters

Have a great and prosperous new year everyone!!

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