Author: Leo

Group Think – the Submersion of Identity

Submersion of Identity

Losing one’s identity in that of the group has consequences for the individual and that of the society in which the individual lives. The danger is that of becoming possessed by an idea and thus a mere clone of the group think.

Posted in: Essays, Psychology

Impending Painting

This is a detail from one of my current paintings I’m hoping to have completed soon.

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Art Supplies Porn

This is a post that I think mostly only really interest other artists as they know the pleasure of new art materials. Yes, I guess it I have to admit it is a form of shopping therapy. But that aside,

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Nyctophilia – the Love of Darkness

Nyctophilia - the Love of Darkness

Nyctophilia – the love of darkness or night, or feeling like you belong in the dark.

Posted in: Life Tagged with: , ,

Hard Soft Lost Edges

Hard Soft Lost Edges

Edges in art refer to the transition between two shapes of colour or value. Edges are strongly related to value! Edges are defined as either, hard, soft or lost.

Posted in: Learning, Technical Art Theory

Divided Values

Divided Values

When considering the values of an image, we divide them into two camps, light and shadow, that which is directly receiving light and that which is not.

Posted in: Learning, Technical Art Theory, Technique

Values That Make Sense

The illusion of realism in an image is dependent upon the correct organisation of values. A value is how light or dark a portion of an image is, whether monochrome or colour, in relation to the rest of the image.

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Goodbye Rembrandt!

"Rembrandt 1655", Leo Plaw, 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas

Goodbye Rembrandt! It was a pleasure to have you watch over my studio, my struggles, my progress and triumphs. Now Rembrandt is off to a new home in another country, thankfully one that is still accepting post.

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Keep Calm Carry On Painting

Keep calm carry on painting

We are all facing challenges right now. Events unprecedented in world history are seeing us quarantined, locked down and isolated. How do we deal with this?

Posted in: Life, Psychology Tagged with: , ,

How the Coronavirus Lockdown is Turning Into a Business Shutdown

Returned Art Mail

One small step after another, things are becoming tighter. Because of Coronavirus restrictions, post is no longer being delivered to certain countries.

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Why I Said No to Patreon and Yes to My Own Membership Website

No Patreon

Why I said no to Patreon and yes to my own membership website.

Posted in: Art Business, Creative Industries, Creative People, Research

The Big Leap

"The Big Leap", Leo Plaw, 80 x 100cm, oil on canvas

Mass panic is like a game of follow the leader over the edge of a cliff. The result will be unpleasant.

#covid2019 #coronavirus

“The Big Leap”, Leo Plaw, 80 x100cm, oil on canvas
Original available.

Posted in: Artwork, Figurative, Painting, Painting

Figure 54 – Graphite Drawing

"Figure 54 - Graphite Drawing", Leo Plaw, 21 x 30cm, graphite pencil on paper

Here we are at the end of February, and here is my last drawing for #Figuary2020. This is number 14 in the series, which means I’ve averaged roughly a drawing every two days.

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Museum Study

Aristotle

On my visit to the museum, I also paid a visit to Aristotle and rendered him in graphite. After rendering, I am now reading up on what is left to us of his thoughts.

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Render unto Caesar

Render unto Caesar

I spent the afternoon in the Museum drawing from antique Greek and Roman sculptures. How could I pass up Caesar?

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Figuary 2020 #13

"Figure 53", Leo Plaw, 21 x 30cm, graphite pencil on paper

Stand fast and meet the challenges presented to you. Don’t be afraid to set your boundaries. No is just as beneficial and valid as yes.

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Figuary 2020 #12

"Figure 52", Leo Plaw, 21 x 30cm, oil on canvas

Be grateful for what you do have, not ungrateful for that which you don’t.Making time to stop and reflect upon what you have can give you a more calming perspective, because we are often more focused on what we want, not yet have, or that which we no longer have.

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Figuary 2020 #11

"Figuary 2020 #11", Leo Plaw, 21 x 30cm, graphite pencil on paper

What’s around the corner? You’ll only know if you look. The unknown lies in the realm of imagination and can take on any shape or size you can conceive of.

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Figuary 2020 #10

"Figure 50", Leo Plaw, 21 x 30cm, graphite pencil on paper

I have to say the practice and process of doing these figure drawings is becoming easier. I may even be learning something.

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative

Figuary 2020 #9

"Figure 49", Leo Plaw, 21 x 30cm, graphite pencil on paper

Figurary #9 was taking its time.I had to draw many many lines.Other things got in the way.What more can I say?

Posted in: Artwork, Drawing, Figurative