M.Leddy + art   281

An interview with Annie Atkins
Maker of graphic props for film, lead graphic designer for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
art  design  film 
5 days ago by M.Leddy
Rations detail
Kyle Surges’s paintings knock me out.
art  painting 
5 days ago by M.Leddy
Sardine art
The Canadian artist Maud Lewis used sardine cans to hold her paints.
art  sardines 
5 days ago by M.Leddy
Little Luther
It appears that my representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), likes to play with paper dolls. Okay. But it’s not okay to affix a paper doll to a painting that doesn’t belong to you.
art  politics 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Churchill on looking at nature
“Once you begin to study it, all Nature is equally interesting and equally charged with beauty.”
art  attention  nature  painting 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A pictograph minus hat, lampshade, and typewriter.
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Bob & Timmy & Lassie”
Fresca, l’astronave , has made a photo-collage to go with my story “The Poet.”
art  Lassie  poetry  RobertFrost 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Another Henry
The Henry world seems to know only one modern sculptor: Henry. Moore, that is.
art  comics  Henry 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Snowy Day stamps
On October 4 the United States Postal Service will issue four stamps to honor Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day (1962).
art  stamps 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Making by hand
Rosemary Hill: “To make objects by hand in an industrial society, to work slowly and uneconomically against the grain, is to offer, however inadvertently, a critique of that society.”
art  culture 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
A de Kooning, stolen and recovered
The details make the story sound like something for the Coen brothers.
art  painting 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
A Larry Rivers Camel pack
At the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Larry Rivers: (Re)Appropriations.
art  cigarettes  painting 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
A Painted Rock Owl
Spotted yesterday at the entrance to a park.
art  nature 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Gui, c’est toi?
A stroller in an Adolf Dehn painting, looking a lot like Guillaume Apollinaire.
art  painting  poetry 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Connecticut and comic-strips
Cullen Murphy writes about life in Fairfield County, Connecticut, once home to countless cartoonists, comic-strip creators, and illustrators.
art  cartoons  comics  illustration 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
A real nut job
I found this defenseless creature online and combed its tail forward.
art  politics  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Berlin poster
A 1927 poster for the film “Berlin: Symphony of a Great City.”
advertising  art  film 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Baby’s First Resist-Story
Fresca and bink have created an alphabet book with wash-away illustrations: Baby’s First Resist-Story.

A is for alternative facts.
art  culture  politics 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Folk facade
A study for the facade of the Museum of American Folk Art.
art  design  museum 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
NEA, NEH, CPB funding
A visual representation of the combined budgets of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
art  culture  history  politics 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
WPA stamps
Stamps from WPA posters.
art  stamps  WPA 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Valentine’s Day
A reddened version of an illustration from an 1890s anatomy text.
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Dante, Beatrice, and Nancy
Gustave Doré and Ernie Bushmiller, with help from the alpha tool and me.
art  comics  Dante  Nancy 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Two Henrys
The comics character and the sculptor.
art  comics  Henry 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Alex Katz meets Lionel Hampton
I said, ‘Mustard?’ and he said, ‘Yes, please,’ and I said, ‘Wow!’
art  jazz  music 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Martinis or cheap cigars
Henry Threadgill, on the importance of adjusting to the economic difficulties of life as an artist, filmmaker, musician, writer.
art  film  money  music  writing 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Art of sardines
A cartoon by Mark Stivers.
art  cartoons  sardines 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Heads up
Whoever designed the posters and their sequence must have put much thought into — and taken much pleasure from — the work.
art  design  museum 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Orange Trek art
Fresca at l’astronave has created two great, witty examples of Star Trek orange crate art.
art  orangecrateart  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
“Oh yes, of course, art simplifies”
Willa Cather, from a letter to Ida Kleber Todd.
art  WillaCather 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Erasmus ekphrasis
Stefan Zweig describes a painting.
art  Zweig 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
Alfred Appel Jr.: “The great popularity of this show suggests there is a kind of exit poll being taken at the end of the 20th century, and the vote is in favor of eros over thanatos. Matisse is everyone’s person for celebrating the simple things that all the wars and disasters of the 20th century have not obliterated from the lives of ordinary people.”
art  culture  literature  notebooks 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Tony Bennett’s pencil
“David Hockney told me to use these pencils. They’re really like, really like stationery stores for cheap.”
art  music  pencils 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Art criticism
Caroline Pratt: “I sometimes feared that if we discovered a genius, his contemporaries would shame him into becoming an academician, such is the conservatism of children.”
art  children  education 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Cartoon ink
Oscar’s Day cartoons.
art  cartoons 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
“Ordinary, thrown-away things”
Joel Meyerowitz on photographing objects in the painter Giorgio Morandi’s studio.
art  materialculture  photography 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Frank Stella, here and now
“I feel that there’s nothing other than the moment though. So you have to do it now.”
age  art 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Bill Murray looks at a painting
Asked to talk about a moment when art has mattered to him, Bill Murray describes an encounter with Jules Adolphe Breton’s The Song of the Lark after a disastrous first experience on stage in Chicago.
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Orange enamel art
By Juan Esteban Perez.
art  orange 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
From a Van Gogh letter
“So you must picture me sitting at my attic window as early as 4 o’clock in the morning ...”
art  VanGogh 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
From a Van Gogh letter
He looks at the world and sees paintings.
art  letters  observation  VanGogh 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Van or van
Van Gogh or van Gogh? The Chicago Manual of Style decides for me.
art  ChicagoManualofStyle  names  VanGogh 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Van Gogh's rec room
A George Bodmer cartoon.
art  VanGogh 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
From a van Gogh letter
The religious fervor and sermonizing of van Gogh’s early letters is occasionally interrupted by a passage of perfect description.
art  letters  observation  VanGogh 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
From a van Gogh letter
Admire as much as you can, most people don’t admire enough.
advice  art  letters  VanGogh  writing 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Thornton Dial (1928–2016)
Elaine and I found our way to Dial’s art in 2011, when we went to Indianapolis Museum of Art just to spend an afternoon and spent it looking at “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial” and little else.
art  ThorntonDial 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Blue and red
From my daughter’s childhood: a painting of a watercolor palette.
art  childhood  fambly 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Repurposeful art deco
Ruth Gerth’s 1931 “Glow Lamp.”
art  design  repurposing 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Art Store
Art Store, by the artist Barry Fellman, recreates the now-defunct Pearl Paint flasgship store
art  supplies 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Missing pencil sculpture
Missing from the campus of Purdue University.
art  pencils 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Robert Walser, Looking at Pictures
Walser writes about paintings (by his brother Karl, Fragonard, Watteau, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and others) as if no one had ever thought to do so before.
art  RobertWalser 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Eve’s Eve
The dreaded Halloween Pumpkin Eater, by my dad.
art  family  Halloween 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
Art and supplies
Oscar’s Portrait explores the relationship between art and supplies.
art  cartoons  supplies 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Art Brut in New York
From The New York Times: “Talk about the shock of the new.”
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Still life with coffee and laundry
Old ads on brick: America’s Cup Coffee, White Front Auto Laundry.
advertising  art 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Review: Bill Griffith’s Invisible Ink
We are born with the dead, trailing clouds, or dragging chains, of familial inheritance.
art  comics  family  memoir  Zippy 
october 2015 by M.Leddy

When we put together two large feltboards with my dad‘s artwork, we were puzzled by this item, made from a bread clip.
art  family 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
“Pluto in His Cups”
From George Bodmer’s Oscar’s Day.
art  cartoons  Pluto 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Lucky Lulu
A label for Lucky Lulu Frozen Perfume, as seen at the Chicago Cultural Center.
advertising  art 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
A day at the museums
DuSable, Art Institute, Chicago Cultural Center, Art Institute.
advertising  art  jazz  music 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Cartoon plagiarism
“How bad are you at editing that you couldn’t notice your ‘cartoonist’ has been wildly swinging from one style to another, like Tarzan on Red Bull?”
art  cartoons  plagiarism 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
Amieux-Freres sardines
“Our motto is like our name: Always the best.”
advertising  art  sardines 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Tobias Frere-Jones on cigar-box edging
“Everything is collected by somebody, and I’m grateful for that. Ephemera, the fragile snapshots of everyday design, would be lost without collectors.”
art  design  paper 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Accidental bird
Post-its and eraser crumbs.
art  Post-itNotes  reading 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
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