Last year I altered a book, an art book with nice strong paper. I bought it two or three years ago, cheap, cheaper than a good blank sketchbook at a couple of Euros and knew that some day I would make something of it. In winter I painted all pages with thinned oil colors to create abstract backgrounds with some tooth for oil pastel studies. Then I let it dry for months.
Here you can see the beginnings, a sketch of a wall of a hut in the vineyards. People collect the water in all sorts of vessels to water their flowers. Old bath tubs are very popular, I liked this one.
The sketch is not finished yet, I will do something more with it but do not know yet what it will be. But one thing is sure. I won’t be silly and cover the background oil color entirely.
This massive three floor framework building is the town hall at the village of Illingen. After long last I completed the set of four drawings. The framework is quite helpful in drawing architecture as one can use it as a grid for measuring proportions. From now on there will be more tree and forest drawings again, I promise.
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For those who are interested in some sort of Sebaldian nostalgia, romantic loaded reading about the sad truth of landscape reality I want to point out that amazon has started to deliver “Edgelands, journey into England’s true wilderness”
The discussion about copyright infringements on Pinterest continues. That is necessary as the recent changes on TOS by Pinterest haven’t changed a bit as far as the copyright issues are concerned. In fact Pinterest owner Silberman has taken the route to protect himself better against potential lawsuits by dropping the audacious claim to reserve the right to re-sell images that have found their way on his platform, that’s all.
Sean Broihier the owner of Fineartamercia.com, a site that meantime more than 90 000 artist use, has written an open letter addressed to artists and art enthusiasts. The letter pins down the serious issues with sites like Pinterest.
Fineartamerica leaves it to their users whether they want to display/use the Pin button or other social media sharing buttons on their art listings or not. I wish other sites like Squidoo.com would do the same instead of readily assisting Dr.Silberman with the red copyright health care button.