Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Simplicity of Line

by Jamie Shelman, buy the print here

Chez Hugo Guinness and Eliott Puckette by mavieenrose3.
photo found a la mavieenrose3
Hugo Guinness
ELLSWORTH KELLY: Plant lithographs from the artist´s collection / Gallery I
Ellsworth Kelly Lithographs, buy the book on Amazon

'Oak Leaf' by Jamie Shelman
Matisse cover illustration for Baudelaire
Matisse Line Drawings and Prints, buy the book on Amazon

I absolutely love simple line drawings. The elegance and simplicity created using just shape and form is divine. The ability to eliminate everything but the absolute essence of a shape or figure and the ability to translate this feeling or movement with such simplicity is the mark of true genius (and is something I constantly strive to achieve in my own work!) I've gathered some images of my art as well as from artists I love and admire who all use line brilliantly. The Ellsworth Kelly book, Drawn From Nature: The Plant Lithographs of Ellsworth Kelly is a must have! I especially love Matisse's line portraits (as well as his oak leaf collages). And of course the simplicity of Hugo Guinness's plant silhouettes which have stemmed from a long line of artists using nature as a reference and inspiration. I especially love his salon style arrangement of artwork, this is how I envision my little cats being hung together! The elegance and beauty of the simple brought together to create something truly remarkable!


pve design said...

yes, I simply need your address to send the ocean illustration to you, lines and all.
pve design

halloweenie, smile! said...

I agree with you - I love line drawings too. I particularly love line drawings of people and plants. And your cats are so divine! :)

i.d. said...

I love simple line drawings too, mostly because I find them so difficult to do - I'm more of a sketchy drawer. These are so clean and beautiful. x

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Bonbon Oiseau said...

i love all of these as well...and i agree with you! you rcats all together a la hugo guinness salon style would be vunderbar!

Marilyn said...

I've just found your blog - I love it! I'm also a lover of line and drawings - and cats! I have two blogs - one on art and art history - and another with daily drawings of cats - Please take a look!