Monday, June 15, 2009

Bob Dylan - Plein Air Artist

Okay, it might be a stretch to call him a plein air artist. Most of these were done indoors, but the drawings were all done on-the-spot.

Bob Dylan has been drawing & painting since at least the seventies when he took lessons in New York City from Norman Raeben, son of the noted Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem.

He recently assembled an exhibit of prints based on drawings he'd done between 1989-1992 while on tour in Europe, America and Asia. The drawings were digitally enlarged on deckle-edged Hahnemühle Museum Etching or Innova Soft Texture paper. Dylan then painted them with watercolor and gouache, sometimes doing alternate versions of the same drawing, using different colors to change the emphasis or mood. The series, called Drawn Blank like the book it is based on, has been on tour for the past two years.

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