Posts Tagged ‘etchings’

Artist of the moment………David Blackwood


David Blackwood is a Canadian artist renown his paintings and etchings of the Canadian landscape. David Blackwood was born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, Canada in the year 1941. The artist calls himself a visual story teller.

Blackwood attended the Ontario College of Art and Design.

The artist began his own studio in the year 1956.

In this wonderful video we catch some behind the scenes action at the process of drawing and then creating a print:

Blackwood was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1993.

The artist was a lead professor at Trinity College School.

Price range information: Blackwood is a prolific printmaker and prices can start as low as $4,000. Original works in oils can reach the $100,000 t0 $150,000 range.

What a great printmaker! He reminds me of artist Richard Kipness. Both make wonderful prints of the landscape. The black and white images help to tell the story.



Artist of the moment…….Peggy Bacon


Peggy Bacon is an American artist renown or her caricature work and illustrations of children’s books. Peggy Bacon was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the year 1895. Bacon’s parents were both artists and met each other at the Art Student’s League of New York. Over her lengthy career Bacon illustrated more than 60 books including writing 19 of these.

Price range information: Bacon was a prolific printmaker with prices ranging from $500 to $10,000.

As a young child and teen Bacon lived in many different locations around the world including Paris, France and Nassau, Bahamas and the north eastern part of the United States.

In this clip we view a top 10 list of illustrations produced by Peggy Bacon:

After finishing high school at a boarding school her father killed himself due to depression.

Bacon enjoyed the Art Student’s League of New York City because it was the first time she was surrounded by young people who all had the same common interest and goals, to succeed in the world of art.

Bacon was elected to the National Academy of Design.


Peggy Bacon passed away in 1987 at the age of 91 years old.

Bacon worked in oils, watercolors, and gouache.

What wonderful draftsmanship. Bacon is often overlooked, but her drawing skills were just as good as other artists of her era such as Kenneth Hayes Miller and Ed Hopper.





Artist of the moment….Annie Pootoogook

Annie Pootoogook also comes from a long line of artists, her grandmother was Pitseolak Ashoona, one of the first prolific Inuit artists who specialized in drawing. Annie Pootoogook was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1969. She enjoys drawing her surroundings and daily life. Her mother was also a prolific artist named Napachie. Its great to look back and compare the work of Annie to her mother and grandmother.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $2000 for prints. She works in small sizes of 50 for most prints.

The artist won a $50,000 prize given to a promising up and coming Canadian artist in 2006. This award is called the Sobey Arts Award.

In this clip a short interview with the artist at a time when was pregnant and homeless. At the end she shows a recent drawing:

Her grand mother Pitseolak Ashoona made more than 7,000 drawings over her lifetime. She was born in 1904 and below some examples of her style. Pitseolak Ashoona illustrated some children’s books.

Her mother was the artist Napachie, was born in 1938 and lived in the Cape Dorset area  a majority of her life. Below an example of her style.

I love artistic families and this one is no exception. With three generations of celebrated artists I am reminded of the Wiggins family and the family of Antoine Blanchard who both produced artists that depicted their surroundings of New York City and Paris, France.


Artist of the moment……Manolo Valdes

Manolo Valdes was born in Valencia, Spain in  the year 1942. For his artistic education Valdes attended the School of Fine Arts located in San Carlos, Spain. He attended this school for two years. Valdes works in many mediums including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and collage.  For his sculpture work the artist works in bronze for the most part.  The artist has done some awesome works in terracotta. These works have a very fresh and modern aura about them.

Manolo Valdes works out of Madrid, Spain and New York City.

In this clip a wonderful tour thru a botanical garden in New York City showing many works of Manolo Valdes:

I love the modern look of Valdes’ women made with collage. Not only do they have very feminine features, sometimes no nose, but the papers used for the clothing or fan are excellent in their variety and patterns.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $800,000.


Artists working with the face and figure…..Willie Kissmer



A short clip showing the many works of the artist.  See the many close up and cropped views of the female figure. Most of the time twisting with skin tight clothing. I found his work to be very sensual and moving despite the fact the viewer never makes contact with a face, only the figure.

A real treat here!  For the first time I have  a visual artist making music!  BroselMaschine, the band formed by the artist in the 1970s, singing. They were known for singing in a folk music style with lyrics in German and English.If you do a youtube search for BroselMaschine you will find many clips to amuse yourself!

Willi Kissmer deals mainly with the female torso. Much the same way another artist I have written about, John Kacere, the artist is known for the torso and most of the time the skin is covered with a skin tight fabric.  Most of the artist’s work is a mixture of etchings and aquatints. Occasionally he paints with oils on paper.

The artist was born in Duisberg, Germany in 1951.  As a teen he didn’t know what dream to chase. Should he be a visual artist or a musician?

The artist studied art and printmaking in college. Attended college at the University of Essen and the University of Duisberg. The artist did achieve success as a musician as well.  Kissmer the guitarist has released three albums.

The artist considers his figure works still lifes.  The artist loves to play up the light, textures, and folds of the skin.

On line and land based gallery:   Avalon Gallery located in Carmel by the Sea, California.

Kelly’s Fine Art in Alexandria, Virginia.

Onessimo in Palm Beach, Florida.     This webpage is great as it talks about etchings, drypoints, mezzotints and the different processes used for each.

A link to his own website:                      I highly recommend to visit the artist’s website. You can view the artist’s studio and get a sense of the many mediums he uses in his works.

low priced range: $500 for a print

high priced range:   Does have original oils on paper works out as well as bronzes. Bronzes are between seven to ten thousand dollars.

From a design standpoint the artist stands out as fantastic painter of fabric. His use of folds in the drapery make the viewer feel as if they are looking at a live and breathing human torso. The artist believes clothes and fabrics emanates calmness. When you add in the wonderful curves of the female body such as the thigh, the waist, or the breasts and the long straight lines of the fabric and folds its a feast for the eyes!

For some art home work try designing a work with only the female torso and clothes. Play the straight folds of the clothes off the curved shapes of the female figure.

Happy painting!