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November 26, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Opposing Lines.

Fine lines.


This is cross-hatch:

Study by Albrecht Dürer of face, hand, and pillow 1493.(USPD:, artist life)

Steady study of head, hand, and pillow showing cross-hatching to create realistic volume, depth, shadows, and contours. (1493 / USPD)

All about the lines:

Parallel lines repeated with extreme precision. Making it look real. Look close.

Stand back.

This is pointillism:

River scene (The Seine at La Grande Jatte) by George Seurat. 1888 (USPD., artist life)

All knowing eye blends and blurs mere dots and blobs of color to convincingly make out a river scene.(1888 / USPD)

All about the dots:

The image they create when technique more important than subject matter. The observer’s eye and brain determine the image when viewed long distance

And then there’s this:

Crayon scribble art work by a child (Zeimusu/

All about kinesthetic movement and the manipulation of materials. Sounds pretty sophisticated. (Zeimusu/

Disordered, random, scribbles.

A total lack of any recognizable object or cohesiveness.

  • But at least it’s colorful. That’s enough for some.
  • New lines and forms are repeated over and over. Seemingly without direction.
  • Childish or childlike? One’s better than the other.

Art reflects life…or is that the reverse?

Dürer and Seurat, two alike, but different.

One’s technique requires tight focus and attention to detail for successful outcome by the producer.

The other requires the receiver, the viewer themselves, to focus and work hard to see what is being said.

Both common on and off society’s canvas these days.

And a few fine lines – of art and life:

From Albrecht Dürer:

  • “Everything comes from repetition, and yet, repetition of human actions is impossible.” (“The Remarkable Legacy of Albrecht Dürer”)
  • “…all human actions are different from each other. There has never been an artist, who has been certain that he could make two things that are so similar they could not be distinguished. For in all our work nothing is quite and altogether like anything else, and this we cannot avoid”. (Same source as above)
  • “Since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art.” (from The Art of Measurement, 1525. Albrecht Dürer)

From George Seurat:

  • “Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist”
  • “Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science” (source)
  • “The inability of some critics to connect the dots doesn’t make pointillism pointless”
  • “Let’s go and get drunk on light again – it has the power to console”

Can’t paint a better closing than that fine, last line.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



  1. Kate Crimmins / Nov 26 2019 7:13 am

    One technique requires the artist to focus and the other requires the viewer to focus. A lesson in life. Hope your Thanksgiving doesn’t require too much focus.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 27 2019 5:54 pm

      Darn – should have let you write the point – so much more succinctly put.
      RC Cat is snug in her heated nest now that the front has cooled things down. Molly got out for a morning romp with friends (and a swim before it chilled down). We’re going to have a small informal group of it’ll be ready when it’s ready Thanksgiving dinner. Casual it the word. Will run by to check on doin’s at your place shortly. Have a great and relaxing Thanksgiving!

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  2. easyweimaraner / Nov 26 2019 7:19 am

    the scribble picture is perfect for social medias… finally something what gets a like from all people ;O)

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  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Nov 26 2019 10:09 am

    First fell under the spell of Impressionism, of Monet, in school – also found van Gogh and Pissarro – but it took Broadway to really bring my attention back to Seurat via “Sunday in the Park with George” – so glad you included these great links! Denver has a huge Monet exhibit now till February; guess I really should visit. Gotta wonder- do you have a future artist in the family?? Thinking it is a study on holiday themes, perhaps? Thanks for an interesting read on this snowy day!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 27 2019 5:50 pm

      A big Monet and Impressionist show just left here. Seeing the works on the wall is a whole different experience than seeing them in books or on slides. Quite amazing. Two of my degrees are in studio art/art history, but then again I’m one who feels learning should not be compartmentalized into an hour per subject – it’s all interrelated…and much more interesting that way…only way it all makes sense
      We talked to friends in Cherry Creek yesterday at noon who said they already had 15 inches of snow. They were worried we were driving in as most of my family is in and around the area, but not this time. Have enjoyed all the winter wonderland pictures, though. Stay warm and thanks for stoppin’ by to chat


  4. shoreacres / Nov 26 2019 10:42 am

    Speaking of Seurat, and the art-life-art connections, do you remember when Beloit, Wisconsin townspeople replicated the painting in real life? It was one of the coolest promotions ever!


    • shoreacres / Nov 26 2019 10:44 am

      “replicated the painting” is the link… I’m not sure if you see a different color for text links.


  5. RKLikesReeses / Nov 26 2019 12:55 pm

    Oh, wow. Love Dührer, always have, but I have NO IDEA how anyone has the patience to do what he did. Maybe that’s why I like his work so much!! Life is a mystery. (I hope yours is going well!) 😁👋

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 9 2019 5:00 pm

      With his art, one mistake could ruin a year’s worth of work. Talk about dedication and focus (Wonder if he got hand/finger cramps at the end of the day?) Always loved his work, too
      Thanks for engraving a comment here

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  6. Catherine Hamrick / Dec 8 2019 11:28 am

    Love that last line. Your posts are well worth reading through the final line. Salut!

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