When I can, I enjoy writing about various art topics from art history and aesthetics to technique. One topic I am particularly passionate about is Howard Pyle and the Brandywine school of artists. They were the first images I remember seeing in the old books from the school library and probably a big reason why I took up drawing. I saw these images and I was enthralled with them and wanted to create my own. As I grew older, interest in other artists grew and I explored other periods. I fell in love with Baroque art and Romanticism. Even as I studied Rubens, Delacroix or Sargent I kept coming back to Howard Pyle. I saw connections between them and really only recently have I begun to understand the power of Pyle’s teaching and how much he has influence American painting. I hope one day that Pyle will be considered among the greats of American painting and not dismissed as only an illustrator.
Often I include articles or blogs from my research that I think others might find interesting. Two blogs to check out for more information on Howard Pyle and the Brandywine school are
Ian Schoenberg and the Howard Pyle Blog
James Gurney and his blog The Gurney Journey