Monday, August 13, 2012

Is Drawing Still Relevant? Ink & Brush Drawings at Beacons Art Space + Delano Peach Delight

Dragonfly - Ink & Brush Drawing by Jack A. Atkinson


Although drawing has been the beginning for all art processes from Cave Painting until the 20th Century, it is a skill seldom shown in galleries today.

With the onset of "Modernism": abstraction, automatic writing, distortion, non-objective art, found objects, installations, performance art and photography - the need for drawing talent in art production has faded, but it is still "the skill" at the heart of many figurative and landscape painters and sculptors. Based on much of the art in NYC galleries over the past ten years by young emerging artists, drawing seems to not be a skill which is emphasized by today's art educators in the many art instructional institutions around the world.

Drawing with Ink 
and a Brush is the 
Keystone of 
Jack Atkinson's Art!

"Freehand Drawings
- Ink & Brush"
Jack Atkinson
Beacons Art Space
Denver, Colorado
Exhibition through August 24, 2012
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Although this article is taken from the promotional material at the gallery and written in third person, these artworks are indeed mine.)

All of Jack Atkinson’s artworks (drawings, paintings, digital works, blow-ups & sculpture) start as ink and brush paintings, executed freehand and usually from life (drawn in real time, as they happen in front of him). Simply put, instead of "photographs" he takes snap shots the original way, by drawing them, and in the unforgiving medium of ink.

Gallery View at Beacons Art Space.

Because life is in constant motion, many of his brush paintings are created in seconds and many of the people he draws are not aware they are being drawn: at social situations, in public places, at events and on public transportation.
He also enjoys re-interpreting masterworks, drawing them while viewing the same in museums.

Below are some examples of Atkinson's drawings in the exhibition at Beacons Art Space.(When viewing these drawings, consider the moment they are created freehand from life - in seconds or at the most a few minutes, because life does not stand still. If these were not done quickly, the opportunity to capture them would be gone.)

Young Fancy Dancer, at a Pow Wow.

At an Art Party, NYC.
At the New York Historical Society, after John James Audubon. 
At an Art Opening.
At a Museum, two patrons from South America.
Halloween Costume.

At the Pool.
Mutton Bustin' at the Rodeo.

Very Proud, Young Native American Dancer.

Light Brahma Hen - Stock Show

Artist's Model
Panda, from life.

Rabbits huddle at the Stock Show.

Shoe Shine?
On the street in NYC.

Writing in her diary, at the MoMA Sculpture Garden.

Chinese hostess at a restaurant.

House in the trees, after Rembrandt

Atkinson has studios in the NYC area and in Denver, CO, USA.
(Contact information: • <>)

Delano Peach Delight

The Delano name is most famous in America for our president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This peach dessert also carries that name as do the other descendants of the Delano family name. Here is an OLD, recently found, recipe and to our delight it is beyond delicious. 

This dessert is perfect for late summer, when peaches are at their best.

Fresh Peaches (one for every two servings)
Vanilla Ice Cream
Good Port Wine

Pit and peel the peaches
Cut the peach-half into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl
Scoop some vanilla ice cream and lay on top of the peaches
Pour the Port wine over the ice cream and let it pool around the peaches

Serve and enjoy!

Delano Peach Delight is simple and tastes NEW, although it's a very old recipe.

Until later,


ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness, the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved. Concept, Original Art, Text & Photographs are © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All gallery, museum, fair or festival photographs were taken with permission. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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