Sketches

Harlem Meer, 10.20.12

The tide is turning.  For the better, i think.  Perhaps a bad metaphor... doesn't that thing come in and go out twice a day? Denning loaned me her incredibly precious "Claude Lorrain: The Painter as Draftsman" (rare tome) and i've been poring over it.  Actually, it's Lorrain's sketches that pushed…
E. Tage Larsen
October 20, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 10.13.12

Inching forward with some style changes.  Adding more wash and playing with that.  Here's three drawings from a couple of days this week.  The last two from today when Denning and I went out for a brisk Autumnal morning and promptly sat in the shade for two hours.  Well, that…
E. Tage Larsen
October 13, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 10.06.12

The last good day of Autumn?  Of 2012?  The weather's going to take a dive here in the next few hours and the leaves will explode and the world will go quiet with the onset of grey.  Until then though, sweaters off and squint into the glare that beats through…
E. Tage Larsen
October 6, 2012
Sketches

at Harlem Public

rained out from Central Park, I hopped the no.4 bus and jaunted over to Harlem Public (#harlempublic) where Laurie and Jay kept me company, as well of a cast of other landscape aficionados. here i am in transition...
E. Tage Larsen
October 1, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 09.30.12

Harlem Meer on a typical autumn day.  Blue skies and warm with sudden chances for clouds and a civilized rain.  Rather than overloading this blog with too-frequent posts, i'm going to pare back after today.  Show landmarks and issues rather than a wave of show-n-tell. Today I got a small…
E. Tage Larsen
October 1, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 09.27.12

I was sitting in the Brandy Library enjoying a cocktail after last night's Alex Kanevsky lecture.  My friend and I were talking about landscape painting and what got me there (here?).  We talked about Loraine... Turner... Inness... Kanevsky... Fowkes and it sort of dawned on me that i needed to…
E. Tage Larsen
September 27, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 09.24.12

Had a hour or so of daylight after a midtown meeting.  Took the opportunity to push the ink wash work a bit forward.  I've been chatting a bit with Nathan Fowkes who has helped guide me to a better path.  I switched over to a thinner paper (stillman&birn alpha sketchbook)…
E. Tage Larsen
September 25, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 09.22.12

Enjoying the final hours of warmth as Autumn comes rolling in.  The leaves in the park only only threatening to change but in the moments and days to follow it will quickly flame up with color and then so suddenly be done with its dance for the year. Today, I…
E. Tage Larsen
September 22, 2012
Sketches

Harlem Meer, 09.15.12, Day One

The Harlem Meer is a large-ish 11 acre manmade lake on the north-east corner of Central Park.  As it's visible from Central Park North/110th street and 5th avenue it has been a large part of my New York experience through years of commuting.  My first experience of Christo's Gates was…
E. Tage Larsen
September 16, 2012
Studies

Compositional studies: Chardin mid-late

  Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin took a fifteen year hiatus from still lifes.  instead doing mostly domestic genre works, many that he is famous now for.  his return to still life would be concurrent with a royal pension and residency at the Louvre.  access to far wealthier objet d'art would change the…
E. Tage Larsen
September 8, 2012
Studies

Compositional studies: Chardin in black and white

Making compositional and value studies of masterworks helps you to train your eye to dissect them and analyze them.  In this first offering, i'm looking at the great 18th Century French master, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.  Specifically, i'm looking at his still life work and below are eight of the quick studies…
E. Tage Larsen
September 6, 2012