Arts & Photography Individual Artists Books

Painting is my life: Albert Dolmans

Painting is my Life is not only the story of Albert Dolmans' varied life and travels, but the result of the pleasure he has taken in recording on canvas or paper what has struck him along the way. Its numerous color plates and drawings reveal his talent to capture the majestic and the mundane, while proving just how universal and timeless his art has remained, despite a changing world. A figurative artist, he shares with the reader his deep affinity with nature and his passion for his craft.

Here you have a window onto the life of this Dutch-American artist, whose possibilities changed completely when, just a young boy he was up-rooted from his sleepy village in southern Holland, literally weeks before the Germans marched into it. With his mother and sisters, he crossed Europe by train to Genoa, Italy, to join the ship that would take them across the Atlantic to settle in Berkeley, California, to face the life-changing experiences that awaited him in the United States.

A scholarship student at the Californian College of the Arts in Oakland, he studied under George Post, Karl Baumann, and Otis Oldfield. Following his passion as an artist, he later became part of the North Californian Figurative School and the Society of Western Artists. It was also about this time, that with great pride he became an American citizen.

The varied scenery of California inspired him, as did the vastness and variety of so many States. He never tired of driving across the country, (which he did on four occasions), each time taking a different route, discovering and painting the many facets that struck him along the way. Albert also began returning to Europe, especially to his native Holland which naturally spoke to him. Travelling through the rest of Europe and beyond for the first time, he was struck by the characteristic scenery of each, and marveled at the impressive architecture so typical of each.

An admirer of Monet and Sisley, his work is impressionistic. Whether in oils, watercolors pastels or pen and ink, this book shows the ease with which he catches the subtle differences in mood and atmosphere; from the magnitude and power of Yosemite National Park, to the simplicity of the Californian backcountry; the busy world harbor of Rotterdam, to the gentle landscape of the lowlands with its wide horizons; the contrasting cities of London, Paris, or Rome to a boatyard in Venice, a quiet graveyard in Wales or black-faced sheep in a sleepy village in the Scottish Highlands; ancient French hill villages like St. Paul de Vence, lavender fields or the vineyards of Provence, or the vitality and color of the Riviera. And in all such places, Albert finds and taps into the calm diversity of nature which grounds and inspires him.

Painting is my Life is the story of a contented man, the Dutch-American landscape painter who modestly shares his experiences together with the product of what he has enjoyed and created. Now in his mid eighties, he continues to paint, as this is his raison d'etre - and what he continues to most enjoy doing.

Start My Heart Art

Brian Shell takes you on a chronological tour of his art. In "Start My Heart Art," he annotates each photo and scan of his artistic work with a where, why, when, and how they came to be of importance for him.

It reveals where his mind was at in order to envision each piece. In his journey to transform from an electrical engineer to an author, artist, and musician, this eBook illustrates the fact that if you don't give up and continue to persevere, you can manifest your hopes and dreams... and become a prismatic soul intent on scintillating with each step you take.

It echoes advice he received upon leaving his engineer career from his senior scientist mentor who said, "The happiest people I know are those who are creative on a daily basis."

Helen Langdon's 'Caravaggio'

With a focus on Caravaggio, this 20-hour free course explored the biographical monograph, one of the most common forms of art history writing.

Ten Thousand Spirals

For the past two years I've helped Steve Young research and write his life story for his family. I asked him if I could post an excerpt. This is from a chapter called, "Ten Thousand Spirals." -Jeff Benedict

Painting China Now: Artists' Book: Painting China Now (MAM - Museum of Modern Art – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil) by Brody & Paetau

This is an "artists' eBook" made in parallel to the exhibition of Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau at the MAM - Museum of Modern Art - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This eBook is not an exhibition catalogue - it is an independent work: a collaboration between the artists and the curator of the exhibition, Luiz Camillo Osorio who wrote the text of this book to accompany details of the 30 paintings commissioned in China by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau (an installation of 30 paintings in oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm - which can be presented in different ways, according to the space). At the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the installation was accompanied by the text of the curator and formed a layout.

Painting China Now: Fixed Layout Artists' Book: Painting China Now (MAM - Museum of Modern Art – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil) by Brody & Paetau

This is an "artists' eBook" made in parallel to the exhibition of Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau at the MAM - Museum of Modern Art - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This eBook is not an exhibition catalogue - it is an independent work: a collaboration between the artists and the curator of the exhibition, Luiz Camillo Osorio who wrote the text of this book to accompany details of the 30 paintings commissioned in China by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau (an installation of 30 paintings in oil on canvas - 30 x 40 cm - which can be presented in different ways, according to the space). At the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the installation was accompanied by the text of the curator and formed a layout.

Arizona Impressions - An Impressionistic Photography Study (Art Book 1)

Approximately 65 pages with about 60 color images - this book is entirely pictorial.

From the first instant that I saw the work of Monet and Renoir in an art galley decades ago I was astonished and admired the work so intently that I resolved to create some images that would at least attempt the world of impressionism even though I must describe myself as much more of an 'Ansel Adams' acolyte. The following images are the result. For those who are interested in such things, all the images contained herein were taken with a wide variety of cameras ranging from a Nikon F3 35mm film camera through a Nikon D300 digital.

The author began photography and photo-journalism in early 1963 when he accepted an offer from his local newspaper to write about and photograph sports events at the Arizona high school where he was a junior. After a stint in the service, he had an opportunity to study photography and printing techniques with Bernard Hoffman, a true gentleman and scholar, and one of the earliest staff photographers for Life Magazine.

Since that time he has had thousands of photographs and hundreds of articles published by more than 60 national and international periodicals. He was also a contributing editor for one of them for more than ten years. Topics ran the gamut from professional sports, medicine, archeology, and photography to science.

After twenty years away from Arizona he returned in 1985 and it has been the base from which all his photographic excursions are launched. Along with many others he has embraced digital photography but can still be seen, from time to time, peering through the ground glass of a large format camera, hoisting a large medium format 6x7, or indeed still using a 35mm film camera.

The photographer currently has fine art photography on exhibit at The Center for Fine Arts in Globe, Arizona, and is currently represented by more than ten stock photo agencies where he has more than 13,000 photographs available for commercial use.