Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Portrait Project 7

Well, I've finally made it to the XYZ volume of the World book encyclopedia, drawing all the historical portraits and in the process, brushing up on my history. I still have a couple of yearbooks to go through. Yearbooks were sold as amendments to the original set and have the years 1966, 1967 and 1968. Onward and upward!



Thorton Wilder
American Playwright and Novelist

Farouk of Egypt
Playboy and Egyptian president from 1936 to 1952
Alvin York
One of the most highly decorated soldiers in WWI
Constance Bennett
American Stage, Film, Radio and Television Actress
Chaim Weizmann
First president of Israel - convinced US government to recognize Israel

Henry A. Wallace
33 Vice President of the US
Brigham Young
American religious leader, politician and settler
Leland Standford
American railroad tycoon, politician and industrialist
Founded Stanford University

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Portrait Project 6

I've been sticking with this as time allows. Making my way through a 1965 World Book Encyclopedia drawing all the historical portraits. My parents bought this set for the Mayforth kids from a salesman who actually went door to door. You can check out previous installments here:
#1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. The first two pages are right out of my sketchbook, followed by a number of portraits that I have worked up in color.


Pierre Auguste Renior
French Impressionist

Camille Saint-Saens
French Composer

Antoine De Salzar
Portugese Strongman

Igor Stravinsky
Russian Composer

David Sarnoff
TV and Radio Pioneer

Sir William Ramsay
Scottish Chemist

Henry Stimson
American Statesman

Friday, May 25, 2018

My Portrait Project 5

Still working my way through an old set of World Book Encyclopedias, drawing portraits of famous beens and has-beens. Here are some B&W drawings from my sketchbooks as well as several that I have worked up in color. Need a portrait for your publication? Email me! hmay4th@gmail.com



Henry David Thoreau
American essayist, poet and philosopher
Carl T. Rowan
American government official, journalist and author

Wiley Post
American aviator

Nikoli Telsa
Serbian-American inventor and futurist
Anton Rubenstein
Russian pianist, composer and conductor

Ruth St. Denis
American modern dance pioneer


John D. Rockefeller Jr.
American financier and philanthropist


Leon Trotsky
Russian revolutionary


John Tyler
10th president of the United States







Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Portrait Project 4

I am still working my way through an old set of World Book Encyclopedias, drawing historical figures, as time allows. This is my fourth post on this project. See previous posts here, here and here.


John Marin
American Watercolorist

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Composer

American Filmmaker, Wes Anderson
Portrait of Joseph P. Oznot
He was a fictitious student created by 3 Princeton students in 1963, to see if they could get him accepted by the Princeton Admissions Office. He was.

For Princeton Alumni Weekly, Marianne Nelson, AD

Ion Heliade Radulescu
Romanian Writer and Politician after a painting by Misu Popp







Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Recent Abstract Paintings

Here's are a selection of paintings from the big wall in my studio that I did late last year to the first couple of months of this year.  All of my new paintings as well as additional information are available on my fine art site: /http://www.halmayforth.com/new-work-products-sqsp-test/

Yellow Kid - acrylic on canvas - 30"H x 43"W
Spaghetti Western - acrylic on canvas - 23"H x 41"W


Yellow Kid - acrylic on canvas - 22"H x 44"W

Hot Spot - acrylic on canvas - 20"H x 39"W

La Luce - acrylic on canvas - 30"H x 47"W

Ice Palace - acrylic on canvas - 22'H x 44"W

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Biophilia

Biophilia is a term coined by the great sociobiologist, E.O. Wilson in his 1984 book, Biophilia . In that book, Wilson hypothesised that humans possess and innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. In the last several years, there has been a renewed interest this concept, particularly in respect to interior design. Here is a selection of nature inspired abstract compositions designed to bring the outside in. To see more of this work, please visit the Biophilia section of my recently redesigned site: click here.

Abstract Plant Forms 3

Abstract Plant Forms 5

Seed Mandala 2

Abstract Pandt Forms 8


Abstract Grass Forms 5


Pine Needles 2


Abstract Plant Forms 4


Abstract Plant Forms 8