Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wonderful Whidbey

I have the fortune to be teaching right now at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in the town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state. I first taught here in 2013 and am thrilled to return to the beauty, serenity and magic of Whidbey.

The ferry to the island from the mainland

Downtown

 One of the many gorgeous views

 The Island milkman

The school has some incredible, upcoming courses from artists such as Roxanne Evans Stout, Jill K. Berry, Cathy Taylor, and in a collaborative workshop -- John Arbuckle, Terry Garret and Brian Kasstle.

 The first class I taught this past weekend was a 2-day, mixed media painting workshop called Cover to Cover. It was all about the layers and making creative messes.

The calm before the art storm

Building layers

Happy hands

 Surface details
Layer after layer

Some of my demos from the class

 Workshop selfie

Evidence

Stay tuned for updates from and about workshop #2

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Week Links: 50

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 50...


Is scrapbooking the new trend? From Huffington Post.

Janice Mason Steeves shares her experience as being a juror for an art show.

Beautiful papercut artworks of nature by Marina Adamova on My Modern Met.

Improbable libraries that have to be seen to be believed. From Huffington Post.

The beauty of Tuscany's marble quarries as captured by the lens of Frederik Vercruysse on We Heart.

Love the whimsey of these journals pages from Kim Henkel.

How to buy art. A beginner's cheat sheet from the New York Times.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Living With Art: 13


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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A big thank you to everybody who has shared their home for this project and to all of you who have viewed and commented along the way. All good things must come to an end and this will be the last posting for "Living with Art." 
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and here is week 13...



Jackie P Neal
Our home has an eclectic mix of of vintage art as well as modern pieces and works of friends and our own. Being the treasure seekers that we are, we keep a regular source of vintage art to change up our look every now and then.
(and see more of how Jackie lives with art here)

Maike
As I got to know artists in the Chicago area I also wanted to collect their work, and my fascination with butterflies soon provided the theme. I decided to take advantage of my picture molding to keep my collection flexible for additions. Here is the hanging process.

Chris Miser
I have art displayed at home, at work, and in my studio space. It's a way of not only surrounding myself with pieces I find pleasing in beauty and meaning, but also a way of honoring artists. People entering my office space or home will invariably ask about one artwork or another, and I love being able to discuss an artist or a style I'm drawn to. It's an eclectic mix of styles, as my tastes are wide-ranging.

Annette Bouchey
I love my fireplace, bookcase and large mantle. I put up projects like the collage I'm making on an old player piano roll, other favorite things like doll heads, old books, and of course my rescue dog Sweetie is included.

Patricia Coulter
Originally working with watercolour, I was always attached to the intermingling of colours in the wet-on-wet technique. I even liked how the colours flowed and merged on my palette. When I discovered fluid acrylics, I was in love with the bold colours and how they blended. I find these large paintings with bold sweeps of brilliant colour that contain a vibrancy and energy that is uplifting and vibrant.

Darlene Koppel
I live in a home with white walls that provide me with a tranquil and soothing backdrop. Yet I enjoy filling the corners of my home with both my colorful art and treasured items. I purchased the card holder at a thrift shop and I use it to display my mixed-media, postcard art. I found the abandoned nest and filled it with faux robin's eggs. I created the assemblage piece as tribute to Christmas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A World of Pages

There is a new book in town. 


Dawn DeVries Sokol has released her newest book A World of Artist Journal Pages: 1000+ Artworks - 230 Artists - 30 Countries. This book is filled with over 300 pages of inspiration for journaling and beyond. Most of the pages are simply filled with images of journal pages that speak for themselves. But 16 featured artists also share their responses to a series of questions about art and inspiration. I count many of the artists in this book as familiar friends but perhaps the most exciting part of this book is being introduced to so many artists that are new to me.

Happy to say that 4 of my journal pages are also included in the book. You will find mine, including the one I have shared below, on page 295. Thanks so much Dawn for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful book.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Faces of New York

One of my favorite places to visit in NYC to see art is Sotheby's the auction house. Prior to every sale, there is an exhibition of the work open to the public. It is an exciting opportunity to see art that may not ever again be exhibited as it often goes from private hands to private hands.

The exhibition currently running now shows work from the upcoming Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales in NYC but also includes phenomenal work that will be auctioned in London and Paris.

While I am typically most attracted to abstract art, I was thoroughly taken by the figurative work on display. Take a tour with me of the exhibition, as I share detail shots, artist, title, as well as auction estimates of some of my favorite pieces.

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Francis Bacon
Self-Portrait
15,000,000-22,500,000


George Condo
Monolithic Head
300,000-400,000

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled
3,000,000-6,000,000

Willem De Kooning
Yellow Women
6,000,000-8,000,000


 Henry Moore
Two Women and Child
460,000-610,000

 Jean Dubuffet
L'Homme au Plastron Bleu
700,000-1,000,000

Andy Warhol
Sigmund Freud
600,000-900,000

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Week Links: 49

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 49...


Turning prestigious paintings into street art all over the world.

Memory suitcases from artist Yuval Yairi.

Newspaper pages cut into embroidered lace from Myriam Dion.

The painting books of Missy H. Dunaway. First found here on I Need A Guide.

The Edges of Things from Leslie Avon Miller.

Floral installations from Rebecca Louise Law originally found here on The Jealous Curator.

Intricate paper cuttings from Rachael Ashe. Thanks to MaryAnn Ready for the link.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Living With Art: 12


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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and here is week 12...

I am surrounded by my art, my children's art, my collections, books and assorted ephemera which all give me inspiration. 

Since I'm an old computer nerd and love creating digital art, I surround my computer table with my wacky physical art. It's suppose to remind me to turn off the computer and get my hands covered with paint. That's when my simmer child really lets loose!

Living with Art, for us, is the only way to live. We incorporated Art into every aspect of the home that we designed and built ourselves, over a number of years... walls, construction, acid-etched floors, pottery, canvas, antiques, even the setting of it which is built on top of a red sandstone bluff overlooking the ocean. Living and working full time as artists, we need Art to surround us. It makes a life feel beautiful and exciting.

I use every possible surface for displaying art in my cottage in Dallas. Support beams which were required due to an open concept remodeling make excellent surface for hanging art! My aesthetic is basically searching for the answer to the question, "What happens if...?" I work in sketchbooks, oil and water soluble paints, fabric, cardboard, color pencils, found objects; I want to try paper clay and papier mache soon.

My home and my studio both reflect my love of art and colors. I feel so much happier when I have beautiful things to look at! I feel it helps me live a happier life. I also travel a lot and try to bring home some part of the beautiful countries and people I visit. 

Theresa Wells Stifel
Art & vintage goodies are in every corner of our house. This is the view to the left as you walk in the front door. My favorite part of this vignette? Not only are all the pieces from different artists but they are all different mediums. The best part? They are all from friends.