Thursday, January 10, 2019

She Licked Her Brushes...



"What Anita Radini noticed under the microscope was the blue—a brilliant blue that seemed so unnatural, so out of place in the 1,000-year-old dental tartar she was gently dissolving in weak acid."

"It was ultramarine, she would later learn, a pigment that a millennium ago could only have come from lapis lazuli originating in a single region of Afghanistan. This blue was once worth its weight in gold. It was used, most notably, to give the Virgin Mary’s robes their striking color in centuries of artwork. And the teeth that were embedded with this blue likely belonged to a scribe or painter of medieval manuscripts."
Yes, a woman, worked as a scribe, as an artist on manuscripts or icons, with the most expensive pigment ever, lapis lazuli. 
“A noble color, beautiful, the most perfect of all colors,” Cennino Cennini said of ultramarine, the pigment made from powdered lapis lazuli, in his “Book of the Arts,” written around 1400.
Until the late 18th century the only source of lapis lazuli in Europe, Asia and Africa was the remote Sar-e-Sang valley in the Badakhshan mountains in northeast Afghanistan, where it has been mined for more than six millennia.
And woe betide the guy who suggested that this long deceased woman must have been the cleaning lady. Come on, women lick their brushes just as good as men.

"But art experts were still skeptical. Some dismissed the idea that a woman could have been a painter skilled enough to work with ultramarine. One suggested to Warinner that this woman came into contact with ultramarine because she was simply the cleaning lady."

‘‘View of the Port of Livorno’’ (1601-1604), a table top by Cristofano Gaffuri from a design by Jacopo Ligozzi.CreditCreditUffizi, Florence

Friday, January 4, 2019

After Camping in the Grand Staircase Escalante

The depositions and striations of the southwestern landscape seeped into my imagination after three weeks camping in the wilderness of the Grand Staircase Escalante. The entire Geologies Series will soon be up on rounderstudio.com.
Geologies 9050, 30"x22" drawing on 140# Fabriano Artistico

Geologies 9046, 22"x30" drawing on 140# Fabriano Artistico

Geologies 9042, 22"x30" drawing on 140# Fabriano Artistico

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tendrils Series...

New, four from the Tendrils Series, watercolor with iridescence, mark-making on 90# 22"x30" black Stonehenge.
Tendrils Series 1010

Tendrils Series 1011

Tendrils Series 1012
Tendrils Series 1009
Thank you to Jack Kulawik (jrkfoto AT yahoo DOT com) for the images and the professionalism. 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

More from Bonitas Canciones Series

These and others from this series Bonitas Canciones will be on the walls of my studio at two upcoming Open Studio Tours:

FALL 2017 OPEN STUDIO TOURS, sponsored by SAACA, Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 10a to 5p and 
TUCSON STUDIO TOUR, sponsored by WAMO, Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 10a to 5p 

both at the historic Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. 6th St, (at 9th Ave.) Tucson. Please come on by.

Once again, thanks to Jack Kulawik, jrkfoto [at] gmail [dot] com for these digital captures. These haven't made their way to my website yet. But take a look anyway, as there are 25 others from this group of drawings.

Bonitas Canciones Series II, No. 8719, graphite pencil, conte, prismacolor, erasure, pencil shavings and smudge  on 140# Fabriano Artistico, c. 2017, Nancy Charak, artist. 


Bonitas Canciones Series II, No. 8720, graphite pencil, conte, prismacolor, erasure, pencil shavings and smudge on 140# Fabriano Artistico, c. 2017, Nancy Charak, artist. 


Bonitas Canciones Series II, No. 8721, graphite pencil, conte, prismacolor, erasure, pencil shavings and smudge on 140# Fabriano Artistico, c. 2017, Nancy Charak, artist. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bonitas Canciones, New Work by Nancy Charak

Bonitas Canciones Series II, No. 8612, graphite, prismacolor, oil stick on 140# Fabriano Artistico, c. 2017, Nancy Charak, artist. 

Bonitas Canciones Series II, No. 8615, graphite, prismacolor, oil stick on 140# Fabriano Artistico, c. 2017, Nancy Charak, artist.

Bonitas Canciones Series II, No. 8617, graphite, prismacolor, oil stick on 140# Fabriano Artistico, c. 2017, Nancy Charak, artist.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I Walk in Agnes Martin's Footsteps

I write frequently about Agnes Martin on this blog. You can see more, learn more about this critically important artist over at ARTSY's page. Agnes Martin the master of the minimal.

In my own Art Statement I say this: "I walk in the footsteps of giants: Helen Frankenthaler, Agnes Martin and Joan Mitchell for the purity of their thought and action on the canvas as well as Linda Karshan, Sandra Blow, Vija Celmins, and Katherina Grosse. Whether what they do is lyrical, expository or just plain brash, to my way of thinking they are all pure abstract expressionists who make marks, lines, shapes, colors on paper, canvas, even buildings, and say to us, “here look at this, make of it what you will."

Below are some of my latest pieces from my website, rounderstudio dot com. At the moment this series is labeled Long Short, but the name is being changed to a more lyrical, hopefully more mysterious title, Bonitas Canciones, beautiful songs as sung by Mili Bermejo. This is an ongoing series, there are yet more to come, some are at my photographer, Jack Kulawik jrkphoto [at] yahoo [dot] com in Tucson AZ.

These are 11″x30″, graphite pencil, conte, prismacolor, erasure, pencil shavings and smudge on 90# Stonehenge, 2017. After a long summer working on paintings on canvas, I decided to challenge myself to return to working with drawing on paper, in an unfamiliar format for me, longitudinal. I cut 22″x30″ sheets of 90# Stonehenge in half. The self-imposed limitation of just drawing helped limit the palette to mostly grey tones and bits of color.

Bonitas Canciones #19, Nancy Charak artist c.2017

Bonitas Canciones #22, Nancy Charak artist c.2017