More Vignettes from the Desert

More Vignettes from the Desert

Ink and Graphite on Watercolor Paper

Ink and Graphite on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

More 5″x11″ experimental studies exploring imagery from the Tower of Babel and Choruses from the “Rock.” See my earlier post for more details.

Click on image for a larger view. All images copyright Jacob Rowan 2014

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Nicolaides Quote 7:

“Temperament is merely an incident, just as one banker may be temperamental and another not, while both have the genius for banking. The idea that an artist must be a tragic sort of figure is all wrong. Some artists are like Van Gogh and Gauguin. Some, like Titian and Renoir, are not. Tragedy is caused by a man’s nature and environment and is as irrelevant to painting as it is to other…

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Vignettes from the Desert

Vignettes from the Desert

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

For some time I have been working on a collaboration with a composer to illuminate the Tower of Babel and T.S. Eliot’s Choruses from the “Rock”through art and music. One is the story of man building a city and tower for his own glory and the other is a story of man’s struggle to build the church of…

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Nicolaides Quote 6:

“I never concern myself with how much talent my students have. I couldn’t say to anyone in the beginning, ‘you have no talent.’ I believe that nature is lavish with talent just as it is with acorns—but not all acorns become oaks. Talent is something that develops, or appears, as you work.”

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Nicolaides Quote 5:

It is much easier to learn how to make a “pretty” picture than it is to learn how to wrestle with and observe reality in all its complexity.

“Any student can command a good technique in a few years and acquire facility with his medium, but this is not what real study consists of. Anyone can learn to paint. Sometimes it seems that the less one is an artist the more easily and quickly one can…

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Nicolaides Quote 4:

You never stop seeing, learning, and growing.

“Preconceived ideas about things with which you have no real experience have a tendency to defeat the acquiring of real knowledge…Do not allow familiar labels to interfere with fresh impulses. Disregard ideas that are already formulated, or constantly test them by new fresh experiences.” 

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Nicolaides Quote 3:

Most serious artists keep a sketchbook. While there may be some drawingsin there, most of the drawings are not “art” but rather a record of a certain kind of mental exercise (namely deep observation of the world or visual thinking). We don’t call piano scales Music or sports drills Football, neither should we call learning to draw making Art. Many students get bogged down when they are learning…

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Nicolaides Quote 2:

As an artist who feels much more comfortable in the “safe” realm of theory rather than the frightening world of actually doing, this quote was particularly convicting.

“For an artist, the important thing is not how much he knows, but how much he can do.”

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Nicolaides Quote 1:

Every day for the next week I will post a quote from The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. My art professor described this book as the Old Testament of drawing (with Drawing on the Right Side of the Brainbeing the New Testament). I recently started reading through it again and many of his opinions have resonated with my own struggles on the subjects of creativity and the nature/role of the…

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New Drawing

Copyright Jacob Rowan 2014

New Drawing

Copyright Jacob Rowan 2014