Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wedding gowns for artists

Here is a blog featuring dresses designed by Carolina Herrera based on women artists from the past. I cannot imagine Virginia Wolfe wearing the dress designed for her. She hated dressing up and clothing was not very important to her. Even when she earned enough money to buy good clothing the people in the small town where she lived made fun of her clothing combinations.

It is a wonderful idea to base a clothing line on wedding dresses for women from the past.


I've been working on a new artist's statement for the critique group's Salon Show this week end. While doing this I sifted through my store of quotes about art and thought the two below were both very good. Here is information about the show.

Life beats down and crushes the soul,
and art reminds you that you have one.
Stella Adler

Kandinsky’s view, “One begins with a theme chosen in nature,
and calls that representation.
If one moves a step toward the inner perceptions of nature,
one might call it abstraction”.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New paintings & Salon Show October 2nd and 3rd

"Rose Essence" 30x10 gilding, metal on board

"Green Flash" 30x10, gilding, metal on board

"Copper Angel" Diptych, gilding & mixed media on board

The three paintings above will be at my critique group's Salon Show, October 2nd from noon to 8 PM and October 3rd noon to 5 PM. The address is 6905 SW Ventura Dr. in Tigard OR. Here's the mapquest link:

The show is also a benefit for the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp with a portion of each sale going to the camp. The six members of the critique group each started a 20x20 canvas in the spring. So we each had our turn and the finished work will be part of a silent auction with all proceeds going to the camp. We also will have a display of photos of each step along the way. It was a very challenging and fun experiment.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Recycled art

Take a look at Sayaka Kajita Ganz's reclaimed art! Also go here to see the horses that appear to be coming through the wall. Just amazing work. Be sure to click for the up close views.

Don't play it safe

Artist Keith Bond has written another good article on FineArtViews about taking chances as an artist with a list of suggestions. I liked the suggestion to talk about your art, try a new medium but especially learn more about your own medium. The way you learn about your medium? Show up and work every day. The showing up part can be the most difficult for me. Seems like all the "dailyness" of life interferes or trumps painting way too much. That's why I read the short articles Keith writes--as a reminder to keep working.