Archive | September, 2010

Hartley’s September Post

29 Sep

Art has always been a part of my life. I was very fortunate to have grown up in a family with a healthy appetite for travel. I’ve been to Europe multiple times and have seen some of the greatest works of art in living history. At first, I hated being in cities where no one understood what I was saying. I hated not being able to read the menus. I hated walking around for hours and hours. But little by little, I began to appreciate what I was seeing. I started to realize that not many people would have the opportunities that I was afforded. I started to look at brush strokes closer and closer. I was about 12 when I started to really love art. Not art in a sense of art boxes and drawing my pet or pretty flowers, but <i>real</i> art.

Growing up with an artistic mother always helped. She didn’t mind spending money on new art supplies or frames for my newest masterpieces. She always fostered my love for art and helped it to grow. She encouraged me to travel when I was done with school to see all the things that I’ve seen with “new eyes.” I still haven’t been able to travel much (as I’m in my fifth year of college), but I will. I plan on turning all of my past experiences and my 50,000 different art history classes into <i>new</i> experiences, and I couldn’t be more excited.


Egg Tempera

20 Sep

This was our group’s combined effort exploring egg tempera:

The following is a midieval egg tempera painting that displays the common theme of mixing Christian symbolism with pagan styles of the British Isles during the 6th Century.  It is called a “carpet”, because it would have filled an entire page of an illustrated sacred manuscript, such as the Lindisfarn Gospels. One can easily see how mesmerized an illiterate peasant of the time might have been. –Aaron Brown



Lindisfarn Gospels Carpet Page

Lindisfarn Gospels Carpet Page


The following is a more contemporary egg tempera painting.  It was done by Richard Toft. Upon researching his work, I noticed that he has a very serene and peaceful quality of his paintings. They give you a sense of relaxation and calm. This particular painting below is my favorite of his, called Pacu.  It is egg tempera on museum board.

Pacu in egg tempera by Richard Toft

(Each of us will add a sentence introducing our egg tempera picture above these temporary instructions.  The text will be aligned right and the image will be centered.  The last one to enter their part should delete these lines)