Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Small Pieces of Wonder

the stones from Winnipeg, originally uploaded by knitalatte11.
Every once in a while I come across an artist's work that brings me to tears. I'm not sure if it's because of the time and love that the artist puts into it, or if it's just the creativity itself that moves me, but Margaret is one of those artists! Once I learned that this beautiful artist is in fact a "family physician in a small rual community, who even makes house calls and end of life care" it all made sense :-)
Margaret has an Etsy Store where you can find her many prints available to purchase, and her blog Resurrection fern  is full of creative playfulness. Right now you can even find a long list of where to find tutorials for handmade gifts.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Orbiting with Laura Rogers and Her Encaustic Wax Painting

This beauty if from Laura at her Etsy store Don't Orbit Me Encaustics . Laura lives and creates in Markham, Ontario. Her medium of choice is painting with beeswax. Laura  shares with us her inspirations as well as her artistic process at her Flickr Photostream and Etsy store. I love that it's "Perfectly imperfect in nature". You'll find all kinds of goodies available to purchase at her Etsy store..

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Remembering Charles Seliger

Painter Charles Seliger passed away six weeks ago at the age of 83 from a massive stroke. I just finished reading the Artist Addison Parks' blog Artdeal Magazine and loved what he had to say about his friend Mr. Seliger ; "He was an artist. Artist as poet, explorer, gardener, astronomer, composer, and botanist. Artist as painter." make sure you go to Addison's blog to read his whole post. I was weepy when I was done.

We always hear how anything worthwhile takes time, and  you only get out of things what you put into them. These are the lessons that I am now reminded of. Patience to walk through life and take its turns one at a time. Not rushing through it to end up at a dead end.  At the end of his life Charles Seliger had gone through his journey participating in it all, giving it his all. We are lucky that he was such a man, that he left his legacy in his art for us to enjoy for generations to come.


Cellular Mansion
1945 Oil on Canvas

Ways of Nature 10
crylic, colored pencil, matte gel, and beeswax varnish on gessoed Masonite.
read more at the Brooklyn Rail

 Redefining Abstract Expressionism
 Book available at Amazon

 Don Quixote 1944
found this at the blog A Journey Round My Skull

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Art and Beauty of Lesley Dill's Language

Lithograph on newspaper
Can be found at Artnet

found at the Hunter Museum Of American Art

See a Virtual  tour on Youtube courtesy of the Hunter Museum

  I was listening to my favorite talk radio at WMNF's show Art In Your Ear this afternoon when the guest on the program was Lesley Dill. (you can hear the podcast here). Lesley is an extraordinary mulit-media  artist who uses everything from foil, newspaper to photographs with all  types of materials and textures in between.
"An English major before she became an artist, Dill found her artistic vision when her mother gave her a book of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Dickinson’s words resonated with Dill, sparking images that the artist says she just could not ignore." She's a visionary artist bringing her love of words to her artwork. Her artwork is known for it's spiritual and sensual nature.
Lesley Dill  has traveled and lived in India and  currently lives in New York.  Her most recent exhibition
I Heard A Voice is of her large scale theatrical art work and is currently being shown in St. Pete's MFA.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shadows, Reflections and A Photoshop Tutorial

Shadows and Reflections, originally uploaded by roddh.
Rod who currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts USA as a Software Developer has an amazing Flickr Photostream and is as much an artist as he is a photographer and software developer. He uses texture and color to it's fullest. I especially love the wine glasses in this image. He has a tutorial at his flickr and show's us how he makes these incredible images. He's talented and a great teacher! Thanks Rod~

find here

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rockers and Their Art

Rock Art Show

A Man Called John

Thanks to Artist Geree McDermott  for turning me onto the website  Rock Art Show. This site has "hundreds of cool rock art pieces in every price range for every music and art fan.Their site is a visual history of Rock from the Rat Pack to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.....from Aerosmith to ZZ Top and everything in between!" The Rock Art Show travels throughout the United States, you can find their tour dates here, and are sponsored by local radio stations.Portions of the proceeds then goes to local charities. The Rock Art Show blog has  fun stuff too, some behind the scenes events, such as the artists with their fans and where the art is now~

Jerry Garcia

Tony Bennett

You Make Me Feel So Young
Frank Sinatra

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dream of the Perfect Studio

My Studio!, originally uploaded by *Heather Bailey*.
This beautiful Fancy Shmancy Studio is the incredible space of Heather Bailey, the fabric, paper, pattern designer. This is from her flickr Photostream.
She has one of the best eyes for color and texture ever! Her website Hello my name is Heather is a fantasy in itself for any creative junkie!

Heather Bailey's Designs are so incredible Check out her website Hello My Name is Heather,  for a real Treat!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Art in Progress

Il mio disordine..., originally uploaded by ladycupcake80.
Artist Space maybe the most sacred space of all. Check out Lady Cupcake's studio space that she works on her adorable creations. I'm sure most of us would agree that there is many projects and just not enough space or time! Creative energy is about to pop out of the picture. I love It!

These creations are the artwork of Silvia in Italy and can be found at her flickr photostream. She has an adorable blog Rainbow in the Dark.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Painting in Combinations of Paint and Passion

A small clear idea
5 x 7 inches
oil on canvas board

These beautiful paintings are  the  creations of Halima Washington. Halima is an artist who lives in Atlanta, Georgia and paints with a combination of a palette knife and a brush. She "loves using the impasto technique because she wants the viewer to be aware of the paint and her passion for it and  wants people to see everyday ordinary objects and surroundings as extraordinary". Halima has a beautiful blog SMALL WORKS
Simple and thoughtful daily paintings by Impasto painter and art instructor, Halima Washington.Her blog  is full of her magnificent pieces of work. If you're lucky enough to live in Atlanta Halima teaches at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and has her work available at the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery. You can also find out more at Halima's website.

Ruby Center
8 x 8 inches
oil on canvas

Layers of Green and Gold
8 x 8 inches
oil on linen canvas board

Red, White, Blue and a cupcake too!
8 x 8 inches
oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Precious Pastels from TomCat

These beautiful Little critters are the work of Matouenpeluche (Plush TomCat) Samantha Battersby a Sydney based artist in Australia. She has her pieces for sale at Made It the Handmade Market out of Australia.You can also find fun stuff at Samantha's blog and her Etsy Store.

Samantha works with Pastels and has been producing original drawings, cards, posters, prints and badges. She has "been drawing and making things enthusiastically since before she can remember.Her favourite thing is to spend the day drawing - preferably lovely looking girls - drinking cups of tea and listening to music."

Chalked up to Reality

Julian Beever by David Shankbone

Julian Beever is an English, Belgium- based Chalk artist who has been making pavement drawings for over ten years. He creates drawings known as "Anamorphic Illusions which are a special distortions made  in order to create an impression of 3 dimensions when seen from one particular viewpoint". You may have seen the email that went viral were  many of his incredible pieces were shown off. Check out his website where you can see more of his incredible art.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Deb Company Wants us all to live an Artful Life

These are the creations of Deborah Company of Debco Art and she is amazing! Not only did she follow her muse and gut and head out on her own to create her art she has also made it her goal  to "become a well-known personality on YouTube with thousands of subscribers and lots of art sales." Deb is a self taught artist and  she is also a self taught Art Video Guru and uses her exsperience to help others to learn the ropes of self marketing through YouTube. DebCo Art has produced over 85 videos on her YouTube Channel. She offers a wide range of art workshops at her  Mixed Media Workshops, and of course she has an Etsy store full of fantastic finds.

You can also find a full list of Deb's adventures at her website. Oh ,The Fun we will have.....

Monday, September 21, 2009

Artist Sarah-Mace Dennis Teaching us In Her Time

Untitled #1 from the series Nothing Will Have Taken Place
 (2004) explores absence, desire and the spaces in between

Monkey Hill

Swimming Animistic, a temporary public video work commissioned by Artworkers Alliance and Portside Wharf (Brisbane) launched and was exhibited for six weeks outside the Dendy cinemas from mid November 2008.

Sarah-Mace Dennis 2003. Tracing the Trail of the Dead: Asylum Bathing Area #2. Lambda print. 100cm x 150cm
The Lady in Red shoes, is a postcard that I received from Larissa in Australia through the Postcrossing Project. It is an artist Card that artist's often use to promote their work. These are of course one of my favorite types of postcards.

Sarah-Mace Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist who works with photo media, film, sound, installation, performance, interactive environments and critical and creative writing. Her work "takes interest in the known, the unknown and the traces of presence that linger somewhere between these states." In particular she is interested in "the affect that histories-be they personal or collective- have on the construction of subjectivity, and in turn, our understanding of time, space and our place within it."

Sarah is the type of artist that helps to document how things "really are". People will look back on our "crazy" time period and wonder why we did what we did, and Sarah's art will be part of the process of understanding it. This is just another reason why art is so important. The artist tries to make sense of it all through the art process that comes from the subconscious and the discipline that they spend their lives perfecting. It is a science all into itself.

I look forward to learning from Sarah's perspective that she shares through her writing as well as her art. Be sure to check out her work, You'll be glad you did~