Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Mural Design Voting

My mural design is being considered for the upcoming Da Vinci Art Alliance mural, Creativity is Just Connecting Things. My mural design shows the power of creative interests connecting together. Colorful streams of creativity emerge from reading, painting and a scientists beaker. The constellations in the galaxy are an example of larger connections. I hope this mural would inspire others to see the potential of creative collaboration. With imagination and creative teamwork there are limitless possibilities.

Please vote for my design at davinciartalliance.org/mural
from April 15th, 7PM - April 22nd, 8PM
Thank you!




A short video describing my mural concept in more detail.

In honor of the inaugural 2020 Da Vinci Fest, celebrating the intersection of art and the sciences,  Mural Arts Philadelphia is hosting a Community Mural Review for an exciting new mural around the theme: creativity is just connecting things.  This project is a collaboration between Mural Arts Philadelphia, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Bella Vista Neighbors Association and will be dedicated at the Da Vinci Fest in October 2020. We encourage all supporters, art-lovers, and neighbors to participate the digital Mural Unveiling and vote for a mural of your preference.

Thank you!

About DVAA
Da Vinci Art Alliance has resided in their 704 Catharine residence since 1957. Since being founded by 9 Italian immigrant artists, Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) has continuously served as a space of creative refuge and acted as a hub for creativity, collaboration, and artistic innovation. While the mural will be located on DVAA’s west facing wall, it will overlook Fleisher Art Memorial, further cementing Catharine street as a lively hub for visual art-making and exploration.

On Cover of Space and Time Magazine

My painting is on the Spring Issue of Space and Time Magazine. This issue contains great Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories and poetry.

Available at spaceandtime.net

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Studies for Mural Design On View at West Chester University

A few of the studies that I used for my "Wonder of Reading Mock Mural Design" are included in the A Species of Writing: Practical and Ephemeral Approaches to Drawing, group exhibition at West Chester University.
The pieces are available.
More information on the process behind this design is at arthaywood.blogspot.com
The Official Press Release:
 
West Chester University is proud to present A Species of Writing: Practical and Ephemeral Approaches to Drawing, a group exhibition of contemporary works of art by 11 regional artists curated by Kate Stewart, Associate Professor of Art. Exhibiting artists include Phillip Adams, Todd Arsenault, Leah Bailis, Nicholas Burns, Joan Wadleigh Curran, Lindsay Deifik, Arthur Haywood, Sebastien Leclercq, Heidi Leitzke, Paul Manlove and Matt A. Osborn. In the gallery, there will also be a continuous screening of the documentary film William Kentridge: Art from the Ashes (1999)
for the duration of the exhibition.
 
The selected works offer a generous range of applications and materials that seek to challenge preconceived notions of what drawing should be, while revealing the varied roles drawing plays in each artist’s practice. The title of the show refers to a quote by Edgar Degas; "Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." Narrative runs through many of the works on display through the use of symbolism with regards to imagery, materials, process and presentation.

A Species of Writing is on view March 2- 27, 2020 in the John H. Baker Gallery, located in the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts at West Chester University, 2 East Rosedale Avenue in West Chester, PA. The OPENING RECEPTION is on Thursday March 5, 4-7pm. Gallery hours are: M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday by appointment. For more information, please contact Laurie Moran in the Department of Art + Design: lmoran@wcupa.edu , (610)436-2755

Monday, January 20, 2020

Book Talk and Exhibition in PA

On February 9th, I will be giving a talk about the inspiration and process in creating my book, “The Great Library”. Exploring scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt. This book covers themes from ancient mathematics to astronomy.  I will discuss ways that the same galaxy they explored still captures our wonder today. The paintings from the book will be available on display and books will be for sale. The show will be on display from February 1st through 29th. 

My book "The Great Library", is available at arthurhaywood.com, amazon.com , blurb.com and apple books.
Hosted by the Glenside Free Library, 215 S. Keswick Ave. Glenside, PA 19038

Inquires are welcome, please contact ahaywoodstudio@gmail.com


Friday, January 17, 2020

Salmagundi Book Talk Video

Thank you to the Salmagundi Club for hosting my Book Talk and to everyone who came and watched. I gave a talk about the inspiration and process for my book, “The Great Library”. Exploring scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Book Talk: The Great Library

I will be giving a talk about the inspiration and process in creating my book, “The Great Library”. Exploring scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt. This book covers themes from ancient mathematics to astronomy.  I will discuss ways that the same galaxy they explored still captures our wonder today. The paintings from the book will be available on display and books will be for sale. 

My book "The Great Library", is available at arthurhaywood.com, amazon.com , blurb.com and apple books.
Hosted by the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (between 11th and 12th Street), New York, NY 10003

Free Admission but Tickets Required. 
Click HERE for tickets.

I will also be live streaming the talk at www.facebook.com/arthurhaywoodbooktalk

Inquires are welcome, please contact ahaywoodstudio@gmail.com
A preview of the book is linked below on youtube.  The book can also be previewed on arthurhaywood.com



 

 

Salmagundi Junior & Scholarship Show


My painting "The Wonder of Reading" sized at 5 x 5 feet, will be on view in Salmagundi's Junior & Scholarship Show from January 6th through 30th. Along with a print of my digital mock mural design.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Mural Arts Artists Show

 
My painting Egyptian Mathematics will be on display in Mural Arts' Artists Show from July 5th - August 2nd. The piece is a part of my book, My book "The Great Library", available at arthurhaywood.com This book is an overview of scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt.
 
The reception is July 12th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
 
Located at 1727 Mount Vernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Viewing Hours: Mon - Fri 9 - 5 PM

Monday, July 1, 2019

Summer Workshops at Moore College of Art



I will be teaching two drawing workshops for high school students at Moore College of Art this summer. Drawing Foundations, July 8 - 12 and Expressive Portrait Drawing, July 22 - 28. To register visit moore.edu/yaw or call 215 - 965 - 4030

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Paintings, Book and Print Sale at Arts in the Park


I will have my book, "The Great Library", original paintings from the book and prints for sale at Arts in The Park. The book is an overview of scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt.

The event is on Sunday, June 2nd from 10 - 5 PM in my hometown of Cheltenham, PA.  Located at High School Park. Montgomery Ave. & High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

The book is also available on blurb.com and arthurhaywood.com
Prints are also available at Inprnt.com

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Great Library Book Now Available

https://www.blurb.com/b/9464413-the-great-library
  
My book "The Great Library" is an overview of scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt. In the largest library of the ancient world everyone wanted to make the greatest discovery. Yet one astronomer overcame the odds and proved how the earth turns.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Pencil Kings Interview

I was recently interviewed on the Pencil Kings Podcast by Mitch Bowler.  We discussed my book The Great Library and how I developed my approach from learning in different schools including Grand Central Atelier, Cambridge Street Studios and the Maryland Institute College of Art.



The podcast can also be listened to on Itunes , Stitcher and Pencilkings.com
Thank you for sharing my story Mitch. And thank you to all of my teachers and classmates that I have learned from and been inspired by as well as family and friends that support me.

My book, The Great Library can be viewed on my website at arthurhaywood.com/p/the-great-library.html

I also should mention that I have tutorials on the process that I have used for my work on my blog, arthaywood.blogspot.com to share the steps to my approach with learners online. I have described ideas that I have been learning about during my classical painting and drawing education up to the present.

For me, developing my work has been a matter of practice and guidance. I have been fortunate to get a lot of practice from life. But there are online ways of online learning that share these steps of classical drawing and painting. Such as Scott Waddell's video tutorials on scottwaddellfineart.com . Some of his shorter tutorials are on youtube at youtube.com/user/waddellwebisodes . He also has an Online Teaching Program . Scott Waddell was a really influential teacher for me that I studied with at Grand Central Atelier .  Other influential teachers that I studied with at Grand Central Atelier who have video tutorials which introduce this process are Jacob Collins, Joshua Larock , Gregory Mortenson Devin Cecil-Wishing , Doug Flynt , Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff

Pencilkings.com and the Evolve artist program that Mitch Bowler is working with also has very informative art tutorials that are great.

Other Links mentioned in the podcast:

Artistacon: www.artistacon.net
Grand Central Atelier: www.grandcentralatelier.org
Maryland Institute College of Art: www.mica.edu
Cambridge Street Studios: www.cambridgeststudios.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Process from Such Great Heights


Such Great Heights, Graphite, 14 x 21 inches
(Image Courtesy of Arch Enemy Arts Gallery)

This piece began with a linear drawing from life. I established the boundaries of individual features, the overall figure and areas in shadow. The line drawing of the figure took about 12 hours. I started with larger relationships of shapes and broke those shapes into smaller shapes to become more specific. I refined the line drawing by evaluating how the linear boundaries described the dimension of individual forms.

First I filled in the shadows to a solid value. I drew the portrait by focusing on one form at a time. I concentrated on using gradations to represent how subtly each form turned darker as it curved away from the light. For example, within each 4 hour session with the model I would complete a nose or the forehead. After the line drawing, the entire portrait took about 40 hours to render.


This is how far I got on the portrait by the end of the month's pose while I was studying at Grand Central Atelier.

I wanted to turn this drawing into a narrative piece about a hiker's achievement and exploration. This small composition study was one of many that allowed me to quickly explore how I could alter the pose and background to tell a story.

  I printed out my portrait drawing at a small scale and drew different versions.

I used a mirror to draw the clothing on myself from life. Since I would move from time to time I started with larger proportions of the figure and major folds. Then I drew one area at a time when I could hold still. For example I started with the glove.

The completed clothing study.
I had to do a separate study of the knee because I wanted a different angle.

I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences to draw the eagle and rocks.

I went to Pennypack Park to draw the waterfall.

I compiled each of these studies digitally to scale them together.  I also experimented with contrast and value relationships. Then I printed this design so I could transfer the boundaries of the clothing and  background onto my drawing.

I had a vertical and horizontal level line established on my drawing. I used the orientation of this line to align my transfer print on the drawing.

I rubbed a 6B graphite pencil on the back of the print and used a ball point pen on top of the print  to go over the outlines of the clothing and background.

The areas where I pressed down left a line of graphite on the drawing. It was quite light in value at first (as seen in the picture right arm). I went over these lines with again with pencil to darken the lines.

I placed some glassine paper over the portrait while doing the transfer to prevent graphite from getting on it. Then I filled in the shadow areas with graphite.  After this I used powdered graphite to  fill in large areas of value. For example the rock in the picture above.

I used a synthetic brush to spread powdered graphite on my drawing. After the areas of value were massed in I used a pencil to refine the forms. I mostly used 2H, H, HB and 2B Steadler pencils.

The preliminary studies really helped to make the final drawing progress faster. I was able to figure out more of how the forms and values were organized at first. The actual drawing on the clothing and background on this piece, after it was transferred, took me about 3 days.


(Image Courtesy of Arch Enemy Arts Gallery)

This drawing is at Arch Enemy Arts for the 7 Year Anniversary show from April 5th - 27th, 2019.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Viewing: Wed - Sat   12 - 5  PM

Located at Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

To inquire about the drawing please contact the gallery at archenemyarts@gmail.com
www.archenemyarts.com