Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Exhibit: Stuart Fullerton













Stuart Fullerton's paintings have a stately, Classical quality that hasn't been seen at the Palette and Chisel since ----- since ----- well, perhaps it's never been seen here at all.

The closest artist I can think of is Thomas Wilmer Dewing -and I doubt he ever visited Chicago.

Stuart's paintings also have a sense of the normative -- an aggressive assertion of the way things should be -  that seems to have vanished from  American painting after William Merritt Chase.


 I am utterly charmed.












What I also find endearing is that the artist places such a high priority on formal composition.

He always seems to be working with shapes instead of trees or arms or noses.   (and BTW - this is primarily what distinguishes him from his esteemed teacher, Max Ranft)







Love the shape of this  bottom -especially the sharp angle at the hip.








This composition may be less successful -- but you can't beat the subject matter.
(that appears to be Bo standing before a canvas)








Small - ordinary- deliciously done








nice, big, looming shapes








The use of sharp cut, simple volumes in the face reminds me of Sir Henry Raeburn - one of my favorite British portrait painters of the 18th  Century.









No one here does fierce as convincingly as Stuart.












My favorite of the portraits in this show.





A well drawn edge on that forehead -- going from blurry to sharp



















(note: ghost reflections from off the glass frame are present in this photo)





This is not just a woman --it's a civilization

There is tenderness, delicacy, and propriety.












Friday, January 04, 2019

2019 - New Years Drawing Marathon























































I brought twice as much beef for the chili this year
 -- but even that was not enough.

Will bring even more for 2020












Photos by Del Hall

*BTW - that's a terra cotta bust of him at the far right.
The sculptor was Misha Livshultz.


We had a record turnout this year,
but I was always able to find a place to  draw
as I moved from one room to another.

Next time,
 I'll put pair models in the 1pm - 4pm session
as well as the 4pm- 7pm session. 






Sunday, December 16, 2018

2018 - Portraits of the Palette





 Stephanie Weidner, "Catherine"

Quite a stunning likeness of  a popular model.
Really captures her spirit.





Stephanie Weidner





James Burrell


Two remarkable portraits of the same man.
Stephanie obviously knows the subject much better
 -  but James sees  Errol the same way I do.




Andrew Conklin, "Homage to Sweerts"


The Palette is so lucky to have such a devotee to old master  European painting on its roster.





Michael Sweerts , (1618-1664)


Here's the Sweerts that I know best. It hangs at the Met.




What a painter!





Don Ryan

Once again, there were more portraits of Misha Livshultz in this show 
than anyone else.  (I counted five)





Don Yang, portrait of Stuart Fullerton

Wonderful!  Don has painted Stuart 
just as Norman Rockwell might have depicted a small town pharmacist.







Larry Paulsen

I just hope the reflections off the glass in my photograph
 don't completely destroy this fine homage to Raphael. 








Evelyn Brody


I love it when painters practice dramaturgy.
The hand-cup-face of the lady on the left
is perfectly drawn.









Leonid Osseny, "Portrait of my wife"

Leonid would probably stand out in any art organization,
but his eccentric vision  especially stands out here.





Leonid Osseny






Linda Vice

Among the most elegant portraits in this,
or any, Palette and Chisel show.






Misha Livshultz

This one might not have been painted back in Belarus 
-- but it sure feels like it