Monday, May 13, 2013

Inspirations from MFAH

My, it has been a while, and I do apologize. Despite my absence, I have been insanely busy with my artwork. I have a project of 6 paintings due June 1 for a company, and unfortunately I can't share much information until then. Do not fret, that is only 3 weeks away! Well, I fret that small time frame...

I took a break from working on Mother's Day to go to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston with my parents, sister and grandmother to view the Picasso Black and White exhibit. I'm not a Picasso fan, and I was ecstatic when I exited the exhibit to find myself in a room of fabulous Bronze Age relics of Etruscan, Syrian, Greek and Roman make. Aaaah I love those ancient peoples so! After that, I went into the Jacques Callot exhibit, Princes & Paupers, and it was all I could do to contain myself. I couldn't take photos in there, and the book was sold out in the gift shop, so I just purchased it on I can't wait to receive it. His work appeals to both the costumer in me, and the artist. If you're ever looking for references for 17th century wealthy and peasant costume, look for his art. There are a few series of pieces I have been wanting to create, and Jacques Callot's work has helped me immensely with inspiration.

Now, on to the images!!

I forget the title for this bowl...but I believe it was Etruscan in origin. I am absolutely in love with the patterning, and hopefully it will serve as a good guide in future:

 (Greek/Hellenistic) Head of Poseidon/Antigonos Doson 227-221 BC. Bronze. : I love his face, and the lines in his hair. 

 Imperial Portrait of the Emperor Caligula, God and Ruler 37-41 AD. Gilt Bronze: faces such as this are certainly a huge inspiration to me as I draw. Aside from the beautiful sculpting, I adore the color variation in the bronze. This is not only a good reference to me for facial structure, but also for coloring purposes.

 I forgot to photograph the information placque for this one. But I mainly took this picture because the woman looks like she's showing off her guns, which happen to be rams. And the coloring in the bronze is fabulous.
 Assyrian. Guardian Figure. 883-859 BC. Gypsum.: I love the lines in this piece.
 Greek Krater. 6th Century BC. Cast and Hammered bronze. I absolutely love the details of this Krater, and how happy the figures appear. Of course, they are happy because this is a vessel for mixing wine and water.