Study 7 – Inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Study 7 – Inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Mountains and Sea, 1952
Medium: Mondi Rotatrim Paper 80gsm, 3B Pencil Wood
Dimensions: 210 X 297 mm / 8.27 X 11.69 inches
Style: Abstract
Art: Abstract, Realism
Place of Origin: Pretoria, South Africa

Personal Notes:

I started to draw again, and find this image of Helen Frankenthaler on the internet, I thought to redraw draw it in pencil on paper.


Artist: Helen Frankenthaler
Title: Mountains and Sea, 1952.

Notes from the article about Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler started this painting one afternoon in her studio which she rented a few blocks down the street from her London apartment. A canvas was laying on the floor before her and was inspired by the art of Jackson Pollock, whose drip paintings she had first encountered some years before she set to work.

The canvas was unprimed and she primed it with a mix of Dutch Boy lead and glue that like other artists the typically used as a ground to prevent the colors from bleeding directly into the canvas. Helen said in her own words: “I might have been very impatient to paint.” She then thinned out her paints with turpentine, curious to see how they would soak and stain into the big empty canvas – seven by teen feet – beneath her.

She first started to draw with charcoal and made lines clustering in the center of the big canvas. The lines suggested forms but only as an armature for what followed. She then laid on the turpentine-thinned colors, blue and pink and salmon and red and sea-foam green, watching as they pooled and stained. The blue flared to the sides from a central fulcrum of pink and red, playing in and around the charcoal underdrawing, which is both respected and ignored. After three hours she stopped and called her studio-mate Friedel Dzubas to take a look. Neither of them had seen anything like it before.

There seemed to be no order. Angry detractors would say it looked like a rag for wiping brushes. Helen felt each element was poised on a fragile edge of clarity, even of flaring neatness, like a wave risen to perfection at the moment before it spends its energy and falls apart. Spontaneity and structure seemed to flow through each other without ever touching, making something buoyantly free and vulnerably honest. She called the painting Mountains and Sea and signed it neatly in the lower right corning, date 10/26/52.

She did meet Pollock himself through her friend Celemt Greenberg in 1950 which she dated for five years. Pollock himself, enforcing what she already knew but needed to hear: namely, that no art is good “intellectually,” the greatest paintings are the ones that deliver a “charge.”



attackers – pieter lategan

Push push push
Push me around
fall on the floor
head first
It pain sore

He came and kick while I lie on the floor
one time
two time
three time

Love, Laugh, Live

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: Love, Laugh, Live
Dimensions: 600 x 848 px
Programs Use: Photoshop / Illustrator
Style: Photo Art
Place of Origin: Pretoria, South Africa

Laugh – by Pieter Lategan

A real laugh burns the ego to death to nothing and threw away the mask you wear and hide and bring the beauty out of you. When laughing you forget about the temporary and forget the fear which kills your soul.

Jokers are important people, figures in our society and we need them to think free and let people laugh to take away the pain, but remember sorrow and pain give balance and it is one process.

When you lonely or with other people and you laugh show your teeth and look ugly because that makes you beautiful.

Inspired by:

Dr. Abel Pienaar has two degrees in Theology (University of Pretoria) and a doctorate in Philosophy of Religion. He worked for eleven years as a full-time pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church in a macro congregation in Pretoria. During this time he was elected director of the Synod: Center for Spirituality, a position he held until he resigned from the Dutch Reformed Church in 2006.


You Said Seven Times NO

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: You Said Seven Times NO
Dimensions: 800 x 566 px
Program Use: Adobe Illustrator
Style: Graphic Art
Place of Origin: Pretoria, South Africa

Personal Notes

I worked through a lot of personal notes of artists and some of their work does not make any sense. Now I start to understand why there are things they try to hide and to keep for them selfs. Some of it might just be thoughts that they try to forget or still thinking of.

Background used.


Ready for Black Friday?

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: Ready for Black Friday
Dimensions: 900 x 630 px
Program Use: Photoshop
Style: Pop Art
Place of Origin: Pretoria, South Africa

Personal Notes

Please don’t get confused with my Graphic Design Scrapbook. It is a graphic design of pictures which I got from the internet. There are so many pictures and artworks on the net that you can basically just jump in and do something and use it and it looks good.

I got these two photos from a free photo website and I got a bubble creator on the internet and I create my own bubble with my own wording.

I used a graphic design image of the women and a painting together to give a bit of contrast. The bubble is very Pop Art and then Black Friday which is around the corner. I also brand the artwork with my logo and name.

Warhol’s motto, for example, was, “I think everybody should be a machine,” and he tried in his art to produce works (art) that a machine would have made.

Reference: Photo by Caroline Minor Christensen

Pop Art was a major shift in the direction of modernism. It was far from “High Art or low culture Art” themes of morality, mythology, and classic history. It was commonplace objects and people of everyday life. Pop Art became one of the most recognizable styles of modern art. The characteristics of Pop Art is that the concept had no hierarchy of culture and this art may borrow from any source.

When you look at the background of Andy Warhol was that he was a highly successful magazine illustrator and graphic designer, Ed Ruscha was also a graphic designer, and James Rosenquist a billboard painter. Their background in the commercial art world trained them in the visual vocabulary of mass culture as well as the techniques of realms of high art and popular culture.

When you look at today’s graphic designers you will find that the computer with the best graphic design programs can make all of this a reality. I think there is still a need for good illustrators in this field. Basically what I am saying is go back to the drawing board.



Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: “WOW BABY”
Dimensions: 800 x 984 px
Program Use: Photoshop
Style: Pop Art
Place of Origin: Pretoria, South Africa


Today I would like to discuss Richard Hamilton an artist from the United Kingdom, he is known for producing some of the earliest works of Pop Art. The most recognizable works were the Study of a Fashion Plate (1969) which was done in a collage.

Artist: Richard Hamilton (b.1932)
Fashion-plate (cosmetic study II), 1969 collage, enamel, acrylic, and cosmetics on lithographed paper 39 3/8 x 27½in. (100 x 70cm.)

Hamilton was introduced to Eduardo Paolozzi’s (a Scottish sculptor and artist and considered to be one of the pioneers of Pop Art.) where they create collages in the late 1940s and early 1950s that are now considered to be the first standard bearers of Pop Art.

Paolozzi was interested in everything and would use a variety of objects and materials in his work, particularly his collages.


Make Even More Art

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: “Make Even More Art”
Program Use: Adobe Suite

I mentioned before that I never been really interested in Pop art but the more I look at it I start finding things that make sense and help me to understand this kind of art.

I found on the internet something that Andy Warhol said and that is:

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Andy Warhol

That motivates me a lot. I believe if you want to do something just do it, don’t wait, come with an idea and let other people worry about the rest. That is what my mother taught me when I was very young. You must know you have to be realistic, if you need ten million bucks I think then your idea is a bit unrealistic.

I want to come back to what Warhol said and that is to never stops making art if they like it or not. Continue don’t go into a depression if you don’t get a lot of likes on Twitter or Facebook. There are people which see what you post and they start to understand you and begin to question your art and what you are busy with. So his words meant a lot to me to continue to do my work as an artist.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)
Program Use: Adobe Suite

I enjoy creating art, sometimes it is very uplifting if you find that you make a success of that you produced. Some people like that and others don’t it is a matter of taste and sometimes who the artist is or was.

Starting with this Graphic Design Scrapbook gave me a lot of motivation. Instead of creating a scrapbook where you cut images and glue them in a notebook, I used my computer programs to do that.

A lot of artworks are free on the internet and you always need to give recognition for the artworks you use which I try to do most of the times where I put my sources.

Sometimes I run out of ideas and or just get bored. There are times that I do nothing and think by times it is a good thing just to relax, get away from your work. But I think when you feel that you must create work that makes you smile you start enjoying it and then it does not feel like you are an in-house graphic designer. It must not be depressed or a difficult thing to do it must be easy and fun. You must feel like a child which plays like when he was two or three years old. Draw his mom and dad and the house he is living in with the dog or the cat.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Every artist was first an amateur

That is true and you must remember that when you start to draw or to work. Everything you do have its own difficulties and techniques which you need to master. Ralph which was known as Waldo was been seen as a champion of individualism. That is what artists desire. Believe me when you are fed up and hard up for new ideas you start reading what other people said and sometimes you believe it and sometimes you don’t.

I think that is what an artist wants to be and that is an individual. He wants to create his own work, his own ideas and wants to be a master of that.


American Artists was Bombarded with Advertising

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: American Artist was Bombarded with Advertising
Program Use: Adobe Suite

Pop art was a movement, along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, and James Rosenquist. In 1952 a group of ten artists met regularly to discuss pop art culture in art. They were known as the Independent Group, and while they were suspicious of the commercialization of pop culture in art, they were inspired by the imagery of Western movies, science fiction, comic books, and billboards. The term Pop art was originally from the Uk in the 1950s. The pop-art pieces produced by American artists were very bold and aggressive compared to UK artists. The American artist, who was constantly bombarded with advertising, used the imagery in their art with a dramatic, ironic sense.


Why are bananas never lonely? Because they hang around in bunches.

Artist: Pieter Lategan Graphic Design Scrapbook
Title: Why are bananas never lonely? Because they hang around in bunches.
Program Use: Adobe Suite

“Warhol’s renowned signature style, defined by his fascination with consumer culture showcases mundane objects as primary subjects, such as the banana, to symbolize the rise in mass production and distribution during his time.”

The first drawing I made in an art class I remember was a house. It was years back and I thought I would become an architect. I really don’t want to talk about myself on this blog, because this is not about me it is about art. I always tell myself that if you understand art you can understand a lot of things about yourself.

I worked as a medalist and enjoy it so much that I will never forget that. I learned there about mass production because it was a factory. Luckily I had the privilege to design the medal and not to manufacture it. I understand the manufacturing process and the people who worked there. It is not always about work, the tea breaks the holidays but it is also about the people you met there and the friends you make. There are people who like you and there are people who dislike you at any work you will find that.

So what attracted me with this sketch I made, basically the repetition of the bananas which you will see symbolize the rise of mass production in Andy Warhol time. Warhol was an American artist, film director, a producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art.

I got bored with the pencil drawings and as any person, I also struggle. That is part of life. Some people struggle with work, some struggle with other people, with money, with their children. So I almost felt to give up. And to create is a gift and to create full time is a wonderwork.

I then worked as a graphic designer at one of the largest internet companies in South Africa. There I learned about advertising which is part of Pop art.

To understand Pop art for me is not that difficult but what I learned now is the art of Pop art and what it means.