Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fastball (Another Short oil painting demonstration with the baseball theme)


Baseball No 2, a folio of three watercolors on Rives BFK each 10"x8" by Kenney Mencher 
Baseball Fastball oil on masonite panel 10"x8" by Kenney Mencher

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pop Up Books in Art History

I loved this post on this blog:
http://wtfarthistory.com/post/23228383437/pop-up-book
So I had to share it!

Pop-Up Book 


One day while meditating, Saint Anthony of Padua witnessed a vision of the infant Jesus who miraculously appeared to come forth from the saint’s book.  The original pop-up book was born.
El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), Saint Anthony of Padua, c. 1586, oil on canvas.  Museo nacional del Prado, MadridEl Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), Saint Anthony of Padua, c. 1586, oil on canvas.  Museo nacional del Prado, Madrid
El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), Saint Anthony of Padua, c. 1586, oil on canvas.  Museo nacional del Prado, Madrid 

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), Saint Anthony of Padua, c. 1586, oil on canvas.  Museo nacional del Prado, Madrid
Evidently the pop-up baby Jesus above was a later addition to this painting by El Greco.  WTF?  Check out the Prado’s site for more info on the painting.  [BTW, the writing on the outer pages of the book is apparently El Greco’s signature]
Pop-up Jesus can also be seen in other paintings of Saint Anthony of Padua, each time increasingly larger, like the right wing of an altarpiece by Gerard David or a charming image by Murillo.

Gerard David, Saint Anthony of Padua (detail of the Saint Michael Altarpiece), c. 1510, oil on panel Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 

Gerard David, Saint Anthony of Padua (detail of the Saint Michael Altarpiece), c. 1510, oil on panel Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Gerard David, Saint Michael Altarpiece, c. 1510, oil on panel Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 
Gerard David, Saint Michael Altarpiece, c. 1510, oil on panel Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Saint Anthony of Padua, c. 1666, oil on canvas.  Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Seville 
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Saint Anthony of Padua, c. 1666, oil on canvas.  Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Seville

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A totally great photoblog joe's nyc

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The joys of monchromatic painting.

Over the years I've made a series of warm and cool monochromatic paintings.  Mainly because I felt like they really shared a lot with the film nor things I grew up with.  I thought I'd share some of them with you guys here:
 

If it Fits by Kenney Mencher original oil painting on canvas 16"x20"x1.5" inches

His Fuse was Lit, oil paint on linen canvas 14x11inches by Kenney Mencher

Fiasco, oil on canvas 18"x24"x.25" inches by Kenney Mencher

Steam, oil paint on linen canvas, 18"x24"x.5" inches by Kenney Mencher



Memory Game, oil paint on linen canvas, 24"x48"x1.5" inches by Kenney Mencher

Oration, oil on canvas 18"x24"x.25" inches by Kenney Mencher

New Tie, oil paint on linen canvas 20"x20"x1.5" by Kenney Mencher

Starlette, oil paint on linen canvas 20"x20"x1.5" by Kenney Mencher

The Life, oil on canvas 20"x30"x.25" inches by Kenney Mencher

Sub Urbans by Kenney Mencher oil on linen canvas 48x70x1.5


Visual Aids, oil paint on linen canvas, 18"x24"x.5" inches by Kenney Mencher