2017 Bull Run Demo

by
Armand Cabrera

One of my favorite times of the year is finally here. Spring is slowly taking hold again which means it’s time for bluebells. They only last a few days in early spring so if you live in Virginia get out and see them while you can. Today was a beautiful day with temps in the 70’s. I went to one of my favorite bluebell spots The bridge at Bull Run in the Manassas Battlefield. This year did not disappoint.
I set up and decided to try a 16 x 20 canvas. A little large for the angle of the light and subject but it’s good to push yourself in the field.
After deciding on my subject I started to draw the landmarks with a big brush.
Next, I quickly blocked in the large flat poster shapes for my background middle and foreground locking in the lights and shadows for the image.
Working all over the canvas I started to pick out important details and add them to the mix.
I established my darks and strengthened my color in the places I thought it needed more emphasis.
I weave in colors to give the impression of branches and leaves and refine more of my shapes.
 I continue to refine shapes color and edges.

 

The finished painting Bull Run Spring 16 x 20 oil. Total painting time 3 hours.
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April 2017 Events

by
Armand Cabrera
 
On Wednesday, April 5th I will start and finish a painting for George Mason Students again at The Clifton Institute. The demo is not open to the public but I will take process shots and post them in a later blog article.  These are some of my paintings from past years.
 20 x 24 oil
 24 x 30 oil
 24 x 18 oil
18 x 24 oil
 

 

Saturday, April 29th I will be painting at the Inn at Little Washington from 10 AM to 3 PM as part of the Town of Washington Historic Garden Club Tour Events. There will be a silent auction starting at 5 PM that evening. You must purchase tickets to attend the auction.
Wine Tasting at Tula’s Off Main from
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by local
Plein Air Artists’ Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m.
 
 
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Bernie Wrightson October 27 1948 – March 19 2017

by
Armand Cabrera
 
Comics legend Bernie Wrightson passed away this weekend. His impact on the comic book world and horror comics cannot be overstated.  Anyone growing up reading comics and especially things like the old Warren comics will be familiar with his work. He was co-creator of Swamp Thing for DC along with writer Len Wein and had a long award-winning career.

In 1975 Wrightson was a co-founder of the studio with artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta and Barry Windsor-Smith.  Wrightson worked outside of the comics industry too, producing posters and calendars, working as a concept artist for films like The Thing, Cycle of the Werewolf, and The Mist and illustrating books and album covers.
 
One of his crowning achievements was a graphic novel version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Wrightson spent seven years creating the fifty pen and ink images for the book. Wrightson’s work on the project is reminiscent of other pen and ink greats of the early 20th century like Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll. 
 

Wrightson was one of those artists that helped kindle my early love of art. The work he and the other artists of the Studio did for comics was always a cut above their contemporaries.  He will be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chauncey Foster Ryder 1868-1949

by
Armand Cabrera

Chauncey Foster Ryder was born in 1868 in Danbury Connecticut. Ryder studied at the Art institute of Chicago and at the Académie Julian in Paris under Jean Paul Laurens. 

Ryder is most often associated with the Tonalist and Post-Impressionist art movements. His work leans toward abstraction without giving up representational depictions completely.  A strong sense of design and powerful brush calligraphy are apparent in both his oils and watercolors. His use of greens and grays led to the term Ryder Green in his paintings.


 Ryder was equally skilled as a watercolorist and oil painter. Starting around 1910 he also made etchings and lithographs. He kept studios in both New York and New Haven.

He was honored as an Academician of the National Academy of Design in 1914.


He is represented in over 50 Museum collections with three paintings in the Smithsonian collection. During his career, he was awarded many gold medals for both his oils and watercolors.  Some of his awards were from the National Academy, the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, The National Arts Club, The American Watercolor Society and The New York Watercolor Society.

Chauncey Foster Ryder died in Wilton, New Hampshire in 1949.



 Bibliography
A History of American Tonalism: 1880–1920

Cleveland, David Adams

Hudson Hills Press 2010

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Dean Cornwell Book – Second Printing

by
Armand Cabrera

The illustrated press has decided to publish a second printing of their Dean Cornwell book. The first printing sold out quickly so if you missed out you still have a chance to get a copy. The standard edition of the book will be limited to 1000 copies and there will be a slipcased edition of the book limited to 100 copies.

Check out their Kickstarter for the book here

If you’d like to read my review of the first printing of the book you can find that here

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