Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Artist of the moment…..Gladys Cook


Gladys Cook is a wonderful American artist renown for her portraits of domestic dogs and cats. Gladys Cook was born in the year 1899. For her artistic education Cook attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Cook enjoyed a lengthy career as an illustrator and commercial artist. Some companies she worked for including companies that sold cat products such as Puss N Boots.

Later in her career she became an avid marine painter.

Much of her animal work is in charcoal and pastel.

Gladys Cook passed away in 1976.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some other great artists who paint dogs and cats include Edmund  Osthaus and John Weiss.




Artist of the moment…….Amy Myers


Amy Myers is an American artist renowned for her very large drawings using a mixture of mediums. Amy Myers were born in Taylor, Texas in the year 1965. For his collegiate education Myers attended the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Myers went on to earn a M.F.A.  at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Myers’ father was  world renowned physicist. Though Myers states she doesn’t know as much about math as her father, she does use physics ideas and math in developing her work.


Myers’ works on very large heavy paper, many times the sizes will be 80 to 90 inches on a side. Myers is in no hurry to finish these works taking as long as two years to finish a work.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the large drawings of Ann Myers:

I love the many variety of shapes and also the contrast that Myers finds in her work.



Artist of the moment……Matthew Ritchie


Matthew Ritchie was born in Great Britain in the year 1964. In this clip from art21, we visit Ritchie before a show. Ritchie is known for his bold style mixing oil paints and marker.Ritchie works out of London.

For his collegiate studies Ritchie attended the Camberwell School of Art in London. In addition he attended Boston University for one year. His first major exhibition was in 1990. This brought national attention to the contemporary artist and paved a pathway to a succesful art career.
When looking at Ritchies work it close to the abstract artist Julie Mehretu. The conceptual side reminds me of Matthew Barney. Since conceptual art is best explained by the artist and here Barney explains some ideas behind his work.

Ritchie concentrates more on drawing than painting in his art. First drawing images freehand and then scanning then into a computer. Once in the computer Ritchie can shrink or enlarge his images according to their placement in the final work. Similar to the way Mehretu uses architecture plans for cities in some works and then includes abstract shapes on top. As themes for his art he enjoys exploring ideas of religion, science, and philosophy.
For his sculpture work Ritchie uses sheet metal.

From the Saint Louis Museum of Art Ritchie talks about his art work.

The artist was part of a unique show given by the San Francisco Museum of Art. The show featured artists whose forms of art that could be found only online. Another work had the viewer visit a certain website, once on the site you would meet people well known figures from history. Another theme explored by the artist was gambling. Ritchie was looking to explore the human desire to be a winner. In his game each player that took a card played a unique and important role in the evolution of the universe.

Ritchie has been included in high profile exhibitions at the Dallas Museum, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Price range info: Oils range from $50,000 to $230,000 These works are fairly large and most times include drawings done in black marker.  No price range available for installations. Lithographs and watercolors range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Ritchie is married to an actress who has appeared mainly in independent movies. Her name is Garland Hunter.

Another sculptor who makes a similar round shape in her work similar to Ritchie is Bonnie Collura. With her dynamic composition Collura’s figures seem very animated and lively. Collura was born in 1970 and is also great at sculpting clothing, fabric, and the different folds each contain. Here is an example of Collura’s sculpting style.


Artists working with the face and figure……..Robert Liberace…


Clip from the Artist’s Alla Prima painting DVD.

Excerpt from a drawing in 3 chalks DVD made by the artist.

Short gallery of the artists paintings and sculptures.

I have seen this artist’s paintings in person and they are a joy to behold. He mixes in just the right amount of anatomic detail and soft edges. Also the compositions are very unique in that many times it shows one figure making multiple movements.

The artist works in a variety of mediums including drawing with graphite, making studies using ink washes which are very similar to old master works done by the great artists of the past, and also sculpture. He produces these wonderful animated creatures that look so lifelike its hard to imagine they were imagined.

He is included in New York’s Arnot Museum.

Has been in many national art magazines including American Art Collector and American Artist magazines.

Impressed many judges and won the Portrait of the Year by the Portrait Society of America in 2003.

For his sculpture he was elected to the National Society of Sculpture.

The artist attended George Washington University earning both a bachelors and masters degree in the fine arts. He started college on a baseball scholarship.

online and land based galleries:   John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Arcadia Fine Arts in New York City. ( Great site to see his smaller works, wonderful figures as small as 8 by 6 inches)                                      

Make sure and see some of the artist’s three chalk drawings. Simplistic in design but wonderful variety of line work and different edges.

The artist and his wife Lina now make Virginia their home. The couple have spent fourteen years there already!

The artist loves to teach and teaches in Virginia’s Art Student’s League and gives many workshops and classes around the world throughout the year. He has been included in the American Artist top workshops magazine.

The artist has also started to make some fantastic DVDs that help the artist improve their painting and drawing skills. The DVDs cover many different aspects of creating including drawing, drawing with three tones of chalk, anatomy, and even drawing the human torso. Its great fun to see the artist capture the figure and movement with the end result very moving and lifelike. You will learn new things each time you watch the DVDs!

Next time you think about doing some figure work how about taking your subject and doing a composition showing the same figure in two or three different poses like this master artist! If you feel up to it do two figure works and a smaller hand or foot study.

Keep on learning!