Friday, February 03, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Even so, I'll bet that for most people the laurel goes to Lautrec. Where other artists simply promised a good time, Lautrec seemed to promise something transcendent, something approaching insight and ecstasy. How the heck did he achieve that?
More than simple admiration it creates a yearning in the viewer to be there in that special time and place, to witness a confident performer in an exotic club in the world's most interesting city. You're induced to feel that if you miss this magical night you'll regret it for the rest of your life.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Shocking! How did he ever think of adding all that mass to the shoulders?
"Headless Nude Torso: Study for Balzac, 38", plaster, 1893-95. I love the earthy solidity of this figure. It would have been nice to see a bronze of this.
Above, 'The Crouching Woman," 1880-82. Okay, this isn't what you'd call a "lesser known" piece but most people are only familiar with the 33" high bronze.
It looks like Rodin modified the shoulder when he scaled it up.
Above, a brooding Victor Hugo. Wow!
Thursday, January 12, 2017
I just found some more caricatures! Here's one of me by Lenard Robinson. Not bad, eh?
This (above) isn't a caricature but I want to include it anyway. It was a gift from Katie Rice! It was meant to be a fridge magnet but it looked so good on black paper that I hung it on my black bulletin board instead.
Oops! I just noticed that the legs bowed when I took the picture. they're supposed to be straight.
Here's my kid when he was a toddler, drawn by John K. John was fascinated by the size of little kids' heads.
Finally, here's a doodle I made of John for an old Theory Corner blog post. Haw! I can't remember why I gave him surfer hair.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Friday, January 06, 2017
It's amazing but true: it's possible to create a house where about a third or a fourth of the elements are fake. By that I mean fake landscaping...including fake trees, grass and hedges..., fake porch, fake fireplace, fake gables and dormers, fake windows, fake bookshelves, fake floors and ceilings, fake balconies...you name it.
This practice is so common now that what I have to say about it will hardly raise an eyebrow in some quarters, but it still surprises me, so I'll talk about it here.
The best stones usually have a relatively flat side and that allows the mason to make roughly linear rows. They have a flat side because they were probably sheared off something bigger by earth quakes or erosion. If the mason can't find a flat enough stone he'll throw in a man-made brick.
But faux fireplaces are just the beginning. There's faux ceiling beams, faux floors, faux dormers, faux eaves, faux gables, faux windows....wait a minute, I need some pictures here.
Here's (above) a 5 meter high faux fig tree with silk leaves. The price? I don't know about this particular tree but things like this generally go for anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 depending on wether or not they're used to disguise phone towers.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
I love the way the loft creates a dark shadow space which makes for a great contrast with the white light in the rest of the room.
But what am I talking about? I can't afford the kind of architecturally sophisticated house you see above. The likelihood is that I'll end up in a tract house that simply has more square footage than the place I'm living in now. *Sigh.*
How do you like the hanging lamp above? It's a one-of-a-kind item I got from a library book.