At Home (2019). Ballpoint pen drawings on card paper, 8.27 x 5.83 inches

I have made a series of eight ballpoint pen drawings which resonate with with the still-life objects and space surrounding me at the house that I currently live in. I depicted the following, my left foot (I’m wearing a sandal), the shower tap, my reading glasses, sockets, the door handle in my bedroom and the lampshade (I drew it upside down and it’s in the garage. I made this drew with graphite pencil and ballpoint pen on A5 card paper.


Dreaming (2019). Acrylic painting on canvas, 18 x 24 x 1.4 inches

This abstract/surreal painting is entitled Dreaming and it is a concoction of animal life and symmetry. I also described this work as being very dreamy and surreal indeed. I painted this with acrylics on canvas. I focused on working on a subtle colour palette consisting of ultramarine and phlato blues, yellow, mars black and titanium white.

Untitled Drawings (Digital, 2018), rendered on Adobe Photoshop

I have been working on my new project called Untitled Drawings, which consists of 10 original illustrations as I drew them with graphite pencil first, then rendered these drawings with several black marker pens on one piece of A5 card paper. Afterwards, I transmuted the original drawings into digital pieces on Adobe Photoshop.

The illustrations epitomize the celebration of life, gender equality and human race. There are 6 depictions of women and another 5 of males. The vector lines within the depictions are purely bold as I wanted to make these figures somewhat evocative indeed. I also have incorporated additional shapes into these pieces such as leaves and curvy spikes ones. The illustrations really resonate with the drawings that I made back in 2017 (Faces 1 and 2, Girl, Boy and Rose/Snake). I wanted this works to look more cartoonish and vivid. But this time with the digital pieces, I applied bright colours to embrace the entire concept. The overall style of these pieces are just very simplified yet modern.

Half Face (2018). Pencil drawing on card paper, 5.83 x 8.27 inches

Half Face (Digital). Rendered on Adobe Photoshop.

First and foremost, I do consider myself as an art junkie just because I’m very fond of art very much and also love to draw to paint. I’m pursuing art as a hobby for now. Nowadays, I’m focusing more on producing more drawings rather than paintings. I decided to make a self portrait drawing focusing on the bottom half of my face, as part of a figurative art study and also to enhance my hatching, contouring and shading skills as I go.

Half Face, graphite and watercolour pencils on card paper, 5.83 x 8.27 inches.

For this selfie drawing, I put red lipstick and I’m poking my tongue out. I used watercolour pencils as if were coloured ones. Then I rendered the image on Photoshop by painting the background light blue.

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Paul Klee: A celebration of the artist and his works (Updated)

Around the Fish (1926) by Paul Klee. Courtesy of PaulKlee.net

There is one artist in particular, whom I would love to speak about him and his works. His name is Paul Klee. Basically, I’m starting to learn more about his life, background, artistic career and masterpieces.

He was a Swiss-German artist who is considered among the most prolific and influential artists of all time and also helped to enhance the Avant-Garde Art of the earlier 20th century. In fact, Klee didn’t belong to one specific art movement but he was extremely influenced by Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

Klee was totally determined to explore the colour and light within his works as he enjoyed experimenting with many sorts of colours, just by mixing them in a accurate manner. The artist has produced several masterpieces that were painted over burlap fabric. Klee did also came up with new tones that were applied into his paintings. He often incorporated humans, animals, still-life objects and even writing as focal points into many of his works. For instance, I can observe the way that Klee had transformed humans, animals and objects into abstraction (he depicted those forms as if were either triangles, rectangles, circles or peculiar, curvy shapes). Well, that concept, to me, it’s totally fascinating, especially in the era of the 1910’s and 1920’s, when artists had in mind this futuristic concept and applied into their works. His paintings are viewed as being very abstracted, surreal, charismatic, colourful, geometrical, whimsical, childlike yet evocative.

Klee once quoted about the incorporation of colour into his works ”Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.”

Born in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland on 18 December 1879 to German music teacher Hans Wilhelm Klee and Swiss singer Ida Marie Klee (née Frick). He also had a sister Mathilde Klee who was born in Walzenhausen (also in Switzerland) and passed away in 1953. In his early years, Klee focused on becoming a musician as he started taking up violin classes at the age of 7 and was highly persuaded by his parents whom also were musicians. He kept a personal diary from 1897 until 1918 and this has been a great source of study for students who had grasped several information about the artist’s life and thinking in regards his works. In 1898, Klee started his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under the training of painters Heinrich Knirr and Franz von Stuck. In 1899, Klee met the pianist Lily Stumpf and got married in 1906.

In 1911, Klee met expressionist artists, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Alexej von Jawlensky and August Macke whom also were members of the art group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) alongside the Swiss-German artist. Klee used to exhibit with these mentioned artists throughout the 1910’s. In 1916, the artist joined the First World War, he worked as a clerk and was still working on his paintings.

During the period of the 1910’s, Klee had become immersed into French Cubism and in 1914, after a trip to Tunisia, he became very fascinated with the colour and light of the landscape, which he obtained the inspiration to apply these elements into his work. Later on, after his trip, Klee started producing Abstract paintings, which were made in a geometrical and quaint manner.

Once Emerged from the Gray of Night (1918) by Paul Klee. Courtesy of PaulKlee.net

These mentioned techniques are incorporated into one of Klee’s paintings, Once Emerged from the Gray of Night (1918). This piece was made by the artist with watercolour paints onto paper. The written words are overlapped with the colours. As for Klee, he was aimed to blend the letters with the colours and from there, the artist was also adamant to create shapes such as triangles and squares and eventually transformed the entire composition into a Cubist masterpiece. The colour palette within this work consists of blue, purple, yellow ochre, green, red, brown and so on. The work itself is telling a story, well actually, it’s a poem but it seems that there are two parts that are divided by a silver band painted in purple and it’s placed in the middle of the work. In German, this painting/poem is entitled Einst dem Grau der nacht entaucht. Klee had written the poem with black ink (it could be watercolour, I suppose) above the main composition onto the piece of paper. Its translation in English says the following sentences:

Once emerged from the gray of night / Heavier and dearer and stronger / Than the fire of the night / Drunk with God and doubled over. / At present ethereal / Surrounded by blue / Soaring over the glaciers / Toward the wise constellations.

He was also very eager to applying the aesthetics of geometry into his paintings, for instance, in Around the Fish painted by Klee in 1926, it demonstrates geometrical elements and conveys religion (the Holy Cross is evident in this work), politics and also astronomy (we can observe the depictions of the moon and possibly abstracted stars as part of the constellation). The shapes applied into the work are consisting of rectangles, squares, cylinders, abstracted shapes, a flag and an arrow (both of these objects are painted red). Klee managed to apply arrows into some of his paintings. The fish lying on the plate is obviously the focal point and it’s surrounded by the shapes and other objects as well. The palette applied into the masterpiece is consisting of black, red, yellow ochre, blue, grey along with some patches of white paint. Well, this work is precisely a concoction of Surrealism and Cubism.

From 1921 to 1931, Klee had taught art at the Bauhaus School at Weimer and Munich respectively. In 1923, Klee became part of Die Blaue Vier (The Blue Four), alongside Kandinsky, Jawlensky and also Lyonel Feininger. The four artists travelled together to the USA to exhibit their works of art in 1925.

In 1931, Klee was appointed as an art teacher at the Akademie in Dusseldorf, Germany and continued to work until 1933, when the Nazis forced the artist to abandon his position at Dusseldorf and emigrate to Switzerland with his family. Klee got very ill the same year with Scleroderma, a disease that affects the muscles and skin. He continued to paint until his death. He passed away on 29 June 1940 in Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland.

This legendary artist has produced over 9000 works throughout his life. His works are kept in the Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) and the Tate Gallery (London). Paul Klee is remembered as one of the best modernist artists of the 20th century and all time.

REFERENCES

Paul Klee – Paintings, Biography & Quotes

Paul Klee Chronicle

Once Emerged from the Gray of Night (1918) by Paul Klee

Around the Fish (1926) by Paul Klee

Paul Klee – Artnet.com

Paul Klee’s Biography – Artnet.com

Paul Klee – Wikipedia

Untitled Drawings (2018), marker pen on card paper, 8.27 x 5.83 inches (Updated)

It’s been quite a long time since not making any art. I haven’t drawn anything since September, but it was good taking a little break from it. I have been working on my new project called Untitled Drawings, which consists of 10 illustrations as I drew them with graphite pencil first, then rendered them with several black marker pens on a piece of A5 card paper.

The black lines within are purely bold as I wanted to make these figures somewhat evocative indeed. I also have incorporated additional shapes into these pieces such as leaves and curvy spikes ones really resonate with the drawings I made in 2017 (Faces 1 and 2, Girl, Boy and Rose/Snake). I wanted this works to look more cartoonish and vivid. The overall style of these pieces are just very simplified yet modern.

I was totally drawn to producing black and white drawings since 2016. All I wanted to do was to producing more subtle drawings, starting with a black ballpoint pen and then switching to fine liners and marker pens of the same colour.

Outlander: TV series brief recap, Season 4 clip (Updated)

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Outlander is by far, my favourite TV show at the moment and it is very addicted indeed. I absolutely love the show. Apart from other hit dramas such as Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale, this series, as I see it from my perspective, it is powerful, romantic, sexual and sometimes, political. The Season 4 of Outlander is available now on Lightbox (New Zealand) and Starz (US). Created by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and based on the books written by Diana Gabaldon, the show has been renewed for Seasons 6 and 7.

This enthralling hit drama series tells the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), an English World War nurse, who in 1945, transports to 1743 in Scotland. There she meets a very handsome and chivalrous highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), whom becomes the love of her life and husband and they both get ensnared in the Jacobite risings.

Two very important characters in the first three seasons include the malicious Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall, an English officer and Frank Randall, a historian at Oxford University, Claire’s husband in the 20th century and passes away in Season 3. Both roles are portrayed by Tobias Menzies. Other characters are also very important to the story, Brianna Randall (Sophie Skelton), Claire and Jamie’s daughter, born in Boston in the 20th century, was raised by Frank and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin), a Scottish historian, who befriends Brianna in Scotland.

Throughout the past three seasons, Claire and Jaime have encountered love, despair, grief, rape, kidnapping and death. Prior to the start of Season 4, in the last episode of Season 3, Eye of the Storm, Claire and Jamie have had arrived in the American land of Georgia, just after being washed out and experiencing a heinous shipwreck.

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In the first episode, America The Beautiful, Claire and Jamie have settled in North Carolina in 1767, alongside Young Ian (John Bell), Fergus (César Domboy) and Marsali (Lauren Lyle). As for Young Ian, he have made a new friend called Rollo, a half-wolf breed dog (real name is Dewey). There is also a new villain on board, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Spellers), who robs Claire and Jamie at the end of first episode. In the following episode, Do No Harm, which is available now on New Zealand’s Lightbox, Claire and Jamie, along with Young Ian and his new buddy, Rollo are heading off to the River Run plantation to visit Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and a tragedy will strike at the plantation. Also, later on in the season, we will see Brianna and Roger’s romantic relationship and how the two get to know each other even better and more. The fourth installment of Outlander is based on Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn and it resonates very deeply with immigration, slavery and the presence of Native and African American communities.

Here is the sneak peek clip of Season 4 posted above to watch. For those ones who haven’t seen the show yet, I encourage you to do so, as for me, it is one of the best shows on TV.

Catch Season 4 of Outlander every Monday 8 pm on Lightbox (New Zealand) and every Sunday 8 pm on Starz (US). Also available now on the Starz app.