Friday, March 28, 2008

Cafe Trio

What I find so fascinating about this piece is where I started vs where I ended up. The painting gave me a lot of trouble. I didn't like the shapes or colors and didn't know which way to go. I am not a photo-realist and often feel that I'm walking a fine line between late 19th century realism and whatever it is that I do as an artist. I finally got so frustrated with this piece that I started painting over it and that's when the two chairs emerged as the most important elements on the canvas. I love the way that they glimmer mysteriously in the green haze, leaving the viewer to invent his or her own stories. Or at least, that's my hope. Go into the canvas, inhabit the space and invent your own story.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Vernal Equinox

A Quote from The Desert by John Van Dyke, 1902:

The morning is still and perfectly clear... How cool and crystalline the air! In a few hours the great plain will be almost like a fiery furnace under the rays of the summer sun, but now it is chilly. And in a few hours there will be rings and bands with scarves of heat set wavering across the waste upon the opalescent wings of the mirage; but now the air is so clear that one can see the breaks in the rocky face of the mountain range, though it is fully twenty miles away...

How pale-blue the Lost Mountains look under the growing light. I am watching their edges develop into broken barriers of rock, and even as I watch the tallest tower of all is struck with a bright fawn color. It is the high point to catch the first shaft of the sun. Quickly the light spreads downward until the whole ridge is tinged by it, and the abrupt sides of porphyry begin to glow under it. It is not long before great shafts of light alternating with shadow stretch down the plain ahead of me. The sun is streaming through the tops of the eastern mountains and the sharp pointed pinnacles are cutting shadows in the broad beam of light.

That beam of light! Was there ever anything so beautiful! How it flashes its color through shadow, how it gilds the tops of the mountains and gleams white on the dunes of the desert! In any land what is there more glorious than sunlight! Even here in the desert, where it falls fierce and hot as a rain of meteors, it is the one supreme beauty to which all things pay allegiance. ...the chief glory of the desert is its broad blaze of omnipresent light.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Art Links on Monday

While I wait for my laundry to dry..

One of my very favorite art blogs specializes on Japanese art and Western art that's influenced by Japanese Art. The current post is on Onnagata, female impersonators in Japanese theatre:
Vanity, thy name is onnagata:

Joanne Mattera has a marvelous post on a current exhibit of Larry Poons work as well as a four-part series on geometric abstraction. Lines and squares are not my thing but I gained a new respect for the art work through her informed comments.

Art and Perception - interesting post on commissioned portraits:The work is stunning and do read the comments which are quite perceptive:

Baby Smith - fun blog and really unique art work from found objects.

Neda has a new series of collage work up at her blog as well as a gallery featured her own work and that of her sister. What she does with collage is amazing!

The blog of an emerging and struggling artist: well informed and informative. I wish her well because she's chosen a very difficult path. She works in Encaustic and her post on shipping artwork is worth reading.