Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Edward Robert Hughes

by Cory Godbey


Edward Robert Hughes is one of those Pre-Raphaelite painters that I should have known about sooner. 

While I'd certainly seen a piece or two in the past, it's only very recently that I'd had the chance to do any study about the man himself and his work. The quiet grace and (I'm not sure exactly how better to put this) the intimate otherworldliness strikes a certain tuning fork within me. I was compelled to dive further into his work and I'm here now to bring you a look at what I discovered.

Hughes was born in 1851, London. Young Edward studied under his uncle, the celebrated painter Arthur Hughes, until he entered the Heatherley School of Fine Art.

Afterwards, Hughes was accepted into the Royal Academy School at the age of 17. He went on to have a distinguished career in portraiture as well as academia.


Beginning in 1888, he served as a studio assistant to William Holman Hunt, a position he held until 1905.

Throughout his lifetime Hughes earned many prestigious titles. He gained membership in the Art Workers Guild (also in 1888) and in 1891 he was elected to Associate Membership of The Royal Water Colour Society. Ultimately, he became the Vice-President of the Society.




He died in 1914, just before the outbreak of the Great War. According to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery curator, Victoria Osborne, Hughes was something of a "lost" artist. 

After his death, Hughes "began to plummet into critical obscurity. He did not have a one-man show in his lifetime and his work was not seriously re-examined for more than 60 years." 




In light of that, I find it incredibly touching that shortly after his death some of Hughes' friends formed what they called the E. R. Hughes Memorial Committee. 

They gathered up the equivalent of £13,000 and purchased two paintings from Hughes' widow, Emily Eliza, and donated them. The above painting, Night with Her Train of Stars, was donated to the city of Birmingham. The second painting, Blondel's Quest was given to the Ashmolean in Oxford. 

Speaking of Birmingham, at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, currently there's an exhibition featuring more than 70 pieces, evidently some of which hasn't been seen for the last 100 years. It opened back in October and will close next month, February 21st. 




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This being my first Muddy Colors post of the New Year I wanted to say thanks again to you, the reader, for your support! While I've done this every year so far, I didn't think to do it back in December with my final post of 2016 -- I've complied a handy guide to look back at all my posts from last year. Enjoy!













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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monster and lady




This here is an illustration I did for a charity project at Emerald City Comeic convention.
The theme was very simple. A monster and a Lady.
My first idea was to draw a giant, eating a lady like she was a snack, but I had trouble showing the giants face, since the lady covered up all the good parts I wanted to paint in the facial areas. 
I sketched a Falconeer-like barbarian girl with 2 dragons on her shoulders and even started painting it before it started to bore me. Mostly because it was more or less just a girl with dragons: No story no setting or anything.
Then came an idea  to create a scene of a woman being attacked by a forest wurm. But; I wanted the scene to be an everyday in the forest scene. She, ofcause is almost naked, only barely wearing a fur bikini. Not because I am an old fart who only likes to paint naked woman, but because the large amount of skin seems tender to the huge teeth of the wurm and enhances the drama...
...and I like to paint half naked women.
I gave her a knife so that we would have a certain uncertainty to the outcome of the scene.
The two things I had most fun doing, was the reflected colors of her skintone and the twist and turns of the wurms body. 
The wurm I chose to have cirkular mindless eyes to create a figure of rage and also cos I wanted the woman to be able to outsmart it. If it was too cunning the outcome was just her about to get eaten. I gave it some body parts resempling leaves and chose the colors of the skin to be liek the forest around it, to make certain that we knew it was the wurms turf. She is th eintruder here, and what ever happens is because she came to close. 
pencil sketch




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Live Event!


We are really excited to announce that Gregory Manchess will be doing a portrait painting demo for this month's Live Event.

Greg will execute a portrait of Barak Obama, from start to finish, while answering questions from our viewers. Don't miss it!

Painting A President
with 
Gregory Manchess
Saturday, January 21st, 3-5pm EST

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New admissions will be cut off at 2pm EST the day of the event.
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