Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
An invitation to the Bal Masque was highly coveted since it was considered to be the most popular, notorious, party of the year. Each Ball had a theme and party-goers were serious about creating elaborate, and often risque, costumes to represent the theme.
I was primarily interested in capturing the typography and wording on this beautiful art deco poster. The poster can be seen in it's entirety here.
There is an interesting article you can read about the Kokoon Arts Club here.
I used the facing page in my watercolor Moleskine to record the exhibit's description of the poster and to sketch part of the main figure again since I ran out of room on the first sketch.
Before last week I had never even heard of the Kokoon Arts Club. Learning new things about our fair city is one of my favorite parts of sketching.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Another serendipitous moment: during our mini-sketchcrawl this weekend at the Cleveland Public Library, we stumbled across a fascinating exhibit that was coming down the next day. One case was already emptied but plenty of display pieces were left to dazzle us.
The exhibit “Out of the Kokoon: Cleveland’s Festival of Modern Art and Dance, 1911-1938” commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Kokoon Klub, formed by a group of well-known lithograph artists in Cleveland. I sketched one of the large posters produced by the Cleveland lithograph companies.
Who knew Cleveland was the hub of lithograph artists in the 30s? For more on the exhibit, click here.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Serendipity! We decided to do a min-sketchcrawl at the Cleveland Museum of Art at the end of January and ended up in the modern art section. I was intrigued by this mixed media work by Cleveland artist Dexter Davis. The piece is mostly black and white and shades of grey with just a touch of color.
While I was sketching, one of the museum guards stopped by occasionally to chat and revealed that this piece was cycling back to storage the next day. Works with paper are only allowed on display for short periods to delay deterioration.
One of the best things about sketching a work of art is a greater awareness of the details. I would love to deconstruct this piece and tidy it up ala Ursus Wehrli.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thanks for your understanding.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Trinity Cathedrawl was built (beginning) in 1890 and is listed in the National Historic Registry. The building was designed in the English Perpendicular Gothic style, in a cruciform layout, with a square central tower at the front of the building. The cathedral is the central home for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, which encompasses approximately 24,000 members across Northern Ohio, and it's also the seat of Ohio's Episcopal Bishop.
The building is absolutely gorgeous, and it has a lot of interesting features to draw.
We will be in the main space and will meet at the back of the church at 10am. We can split off to draw and then meet back up again at 11:45am to do a quick show and tell.
Next week there will be a phone number to call, in case you get there and can't immediately locate us. Please respond to this email if you will need the phone number. I'll be wearing a red turtlenec, so I can be easily spotted. The website is at http://percolatedink.livejournal.com/ .
The address for Trinity is 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115. There is free parking in the back of the building, or it can be reached via the RTA Healthline.
I look forward to seeing you there, and if you have any questions in the meantime, please email percolatedinkATgmailDOTcom (just like the domain name and typical google address)