For those interested (which, by virtue of the fact that you are reading this page, I assume you are interested), Ryan Delgado Art on Facebook launches at midnight, with a new preview of a painting I started a while back, but never finished. So I suppose one of my first 2013 resolutions is to finish it. Here is a close-up detail of it, and there will be another preview on the facebook page.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.. I was very happy to get a couple of new books. I have a third book on Velázquez now to add to my stack of Velázquez books to read. This one is Jonathan Brown's Velázquez: Painter and Courtier. Brown is considered the leading expert on Velázquez. And even though he contends that the so-called "Portrait of a Man" at the Metropolitan Museum in New York is not a self-portrait, I still have respect for Brown. I just think he's wrong about it. I mean, come on look at it:
It's probably another topic for another blog, but trust me, it's a selfy.
Anyway, the book looks great. Can't wait to get into it, but I just started on the other book that I got - Harold Speed's The Practice and Science of Drawing. And simply based on the first couple of lines of the preface, I'm anticipating I will love this one.
Permit me in the first place to anticipate the disappointment of any student who opens this book with the idea of finding "wrinkles" on how to draw faces, trees, clouds, or what not, short cuts to excellence in drawing, or any of the tricks so popular with the drawing masters of our grandmothers and still dearly love by a large number of people. No good can come of such methods, for there are no shortcuts to excellence.It doesn't say who wrote the preface, although I assume it was Harold Speed. Anyway, what a great line! It definitely speaks to this generation that is incessantly looking for shortcuts to everything while also having high expectations to excel in its endeavors. Indeed, shortcuts and excellence never mix.
So, hopefully what is to come for RD Art in the coming year is continued pursuit of excellence. Before we know it, the Blue Springs Art Show will be right around the corner, so I am hoping to have some good work to show there again this year. Stay tuned!