Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Pulse: inspirational artist


ONE ARTIST THAT INSPIRES ME IS...

The one artist that inspires me is: Lynne Perrella. Her interpretation of mixed media art is true to the term-“mixed media”: Paper arts, dimensional collage, fabricated dolls, …the list goes on! Her use of color with splashes of paint, layers of paper and texture is always fresh and inspiring, and very much appeals to me. She always seems to find that spark of an idea in the simplest of things (even from a scrap of paper on her studio floor!), and is always willing to share through her creations. But I have to mention her writing as well. Reading a Lynne Perrella account of one of her art adventures is almost as good as being there! She uses words like paint on a canvas, and her well never seems to run dry. Lynne’s incredible warmth is evident in both her physical art and in her writing.
Lisa Renner

the French photographer Sarah Moon or the Canadian painter, Betty Goodwin.
Susanna Gordon

Andy Goldsworthy because of the unique way that he creates and interprets from nature.
Barbara Kleinhans

Bridgette Guerzon Mills is very inspiring! She is also a very sweet and humble person. I was fortunate enough to meet her in person when she exhibited here in Florida.
Roben-Marie Smith

there are so many but probably the one who got my interest in jewellery would be Susan Lenart Kazmer. Traci Bautista is my journal guru.
Ro Bruhn

Tracey Emin
not mass produced

Shepherd Fairy, his spray paint techniques are the best.
Patty Van Dorin

Robert Banks..aka "Banksy". Not only are his stencils brilliant, he includes Brave political statements. Most people are SO afraid of taking a stand and offending. Sheesh. Not Banksy, my hero.
Lisa Hoffman

Can't name just one, but one architect/artist that inspires me the most is Anton Gaudi !!!
Andrew Borloz

It's tough to pick just one as there are so many who inspire me... the first talented artist who comes to mind is Australian artist, Judy Wilkenfeld, she is always an inspiration to me.
azirca

Andy Goldsworthy
Trudi Sissons

Gil Elvgren
Jenny Archibald

CW Slade...I have known her since we were teenagers and she's a true artistic soul that works from the inside out.
Angela Cartwright

Dao Hai Phong
Linda Woods

Anne Grgich. She is generous, big hearted and a fountain of joy.
Judy Wise

I am very inspired by Huguette Caland not only her artwork but her design ability and lifestyle. She is in her 70's and has seemed to find a balance in her work and life. So It seems.
CW Slade

Judi Riesch
Judy Wilkenfeld

Varujan Boghosian. He is an aging assemblage artist who lives in New England. His mysterious, poetic, found-object sculptures have a simplicity and restraint that I aspire to.
James Michael Starr

Stefan Geissbuhler
David Castle

Do I have to choice just one? Jim Houser comes to mind first.
Jen Renninger

Kurt Jackson
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

Sulea Lee - she's so modest about her incredible talent, and seems almost surprised when a piece turns out brilliantly.
Teresa

Cezanne. His colors, his shapes and his designs.
Roxanne Evans Stout

Richard Diebenkorn
Karen Jacobs

Rex Ray
(cool little interview here)
Ali Edwards

Albrecht Durer
Gillian McMurray

Right now I'm into learning more about artists who are involved in graphics. I adore David Carson who began the wave (pun intended, he's a surfer too) of cool layered typefaces over abstract photos, and is given the distinction of making popular 'dirty fonts'. I'm new to the digital process of creating and find the adventure extremely satisfying as I stumble through teaching myself how to use all the Photoshop tools.
Michelle Ward

Theo Ellsworth
Teesha Moore

Gustav Klimt. Klimt paintings are a wonderful blend of traditional and modern - figurative and non-figurative. The patterns and compositions are mysterious, sensuous, and so refined. I fall into his work and can admire the detail for hours.
Maralena Howard

I can't, just CAN'T single one out. There are so many and my mind reels, bouncing from one to the other. What I CAN say is that I covet artists who not only create beauty but also live it. Currently I am on a sugar high from the beauty that is bloglandia. My feedlist overfloweth!
Jen Worden

MAGGIE TAYLOR
Marie Otero

Hilary Williams. Her work is just beautiful, and when I saw it in person for the first time in San Francisco, I stood there for what seemed like hours admiring it.
Jessica Gonacha

Chagall
Sarah Fishburn

way too many to name one. i draw inspiration from so many.
Stephanie McAtee

Antoni Tapies because of his use of color, textures, and abstracted images.
Seth

FOR LINKS TO THE SITES OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Pulse: today's color


TODAY MY FAVORITE COLOR IS...

emerald
Sarah Fishburn

red
Linda Woods

yellow. Always yellow. And peachy-orange. Yellow ochre, butter,
chamois, yes, yes, yes!
Judy Wise

Rust
Trudi Sissons

cool soothing grass green
Barbara Kleinhans

periwinkle leaning to the side of lavender
Patty Van Dorin

red
Gillian McMurray

Blue and Ochre- it hasn’t changed since True Colors was published!
Lisa Renner

Lime green
Andrew Borloz

Aqua. Most days, actually
Lisa Hoffman

pale turquoise
azirca

cream
Ali Edwards

EVERYday is RED
Stephanie McAtee

Moonglow (by Daniel Smith)
David Castle

Derivatives of orange...towards salmon
Karen Jacobs

red-orange
Roxanne Evans Stout

Cantaloupe, but only because I'm looking for just the right shade to paint one wall in our kitchen
James Michael Starr

PINK
Teesha Moore

I have always loved colors in the gold tones, amber and ochre. I use them as a neutral base much of the time.
CW Slade

black
Marie Otero

Metallic Sage! A year ago I would not have touched metallics and now I can't get enough of them. The more unusual and/or unexpected color - the better.
Maralena Howard

gold/green
Angela Cartwright

RED. Red has had my attention for a few years now. Funny that it's opposite of my former favorite color, green.
Michelle Ward

Electric blue
Ro Bruhn

A slate blue-gray
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

Black! I know, that isn't a color, but it is the most functional to me. It is old, it is light and dark at the same time, it is skinny (when I wear it), it is accent and it is prominent. It is all colors to me!
Roben-Marie Smith

gray
Jessica Gonacha

sage green
not mass produced

olive green
Judy Wilkenfeld

Golden's Quinacridone Gold. I have one tube left. *sigh*.
Jen Worden

teal/turquoise
Jenny Archibald

red
Teresa

pale blue
Jen Renninger

Green!
Susanna Gordon

the color of amber shellac
Seth

FOR LINKS TO THE SITES OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Pulse: go-to website


MY CURRENT GO-TO WEBSITE IS...

The first two I hit in the morning are the New York Times
and My.Yahoo where I keep a list of links to favorite comic strips.
Karen Jacobs

I guess I answered that when I spoke about the band forum. I do love to troll around on Amazon. It's fun to look up a book then follow the recommendations and end up in a category of books you might never have discovered.
Michelle Ward

Tuscan Rose. I spend tons of time working on my site and when I am done I am too tired to go anywhere else.
Patty Van Dorin

Etsy. great handmade, renegade shopping that will one day include ME if I ever get around to it.
Lisa Hoffman

flickr is an amazing photography community. Whether you are a photographer looking to share your creativity with others or you enjoy looking at lots of interesting images, flickr has something for everyone.
Barbara Kleinhans

Ebay – always on the hunt!
Judy Wilkenfeld

torrents search engine - to download music (it's still legal in Canada!)
Trudi Sissons

Lin Dunbrack a wonderfully talented assemblage artist who creates art from found objects.
azirca

Randel Plowman
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

My friend J R Compton's site, Dallas Arts Revue about Dallas art and Dallas artists, an admittedly short subject.
James Michael Starr

Art-e-Zine
Ro Bruhn

my own- since I've been working on it A LOT lately. other than that Design*Sponge.
Jen Renninger

I like the British Library's website . They have such an amazing collection of manuscripts and texts. Some other UK sites I like are: Selvedge, Crafts Council, Banksy, and Book Art Bookshop.
not mass produced

Okay, I just picked the one I have visited the most this past week. I love quotes of all kinds and here is where I linger for way too long: ThinkExist.com It is one of the best, in my opinion for great quotes!
Roben-Marie Smith

if I had to hone in on just one, I'd have to go with flickr. Eye candy GALORE!
Jen Worden

Angela Cartwright Studio
Angela Cartwright

C.W. Slade
CW Slade

i don't have one, i browse a lot
Stephanie McAtee

Flickr. I'm obsessed and am adding new things pretty much every day. I love seeing what other people put out there, too
Jessica Gonacha

ArtWanted.com
Gillian McMurray

Etsy
Teresa

jenny's pencil
Jenny Archibald

My current go-to website is my own.
Sarah Fishburn

cnn
David Castle

Design Sponge or Zen Habits
Ali Edwards

Medium Coffee - Double Cream - 3 Splenda's
Maralena Howard

IAAH
Marie Otero


I don't hang with web-sites any more now that I've discovered blogs.
I'm more interested in what artists have to say than in looking at their work without any commentary. The blog fleshes out the work for me.
Judy Wise

eons (website for 50+ years old baby boomers - I am so embarassed!)
Andrew Borloz

don't look at websites
Teesha Moore

Scott Radke, Tim Holtz, (and MANY more)
Lisa Renner

River Garden Studio
Roxanne Evans Stout

hmmm...I don't think I have a go-to website...does the Google search page count?
Susanna Gordon

flickr
Linda Woods

I would have to say Google because of Blogger, the search engine, Picasa2,and Google Earth. Besides, how many websites have become verbs?
Seth

FOR LINKS TO THE SITES OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Pulse: studio table


5 THINGS ON MY STUDIO TABLE RIGHT NOW INCLUDE...

1. A pile of stencils all stuck together! I love to use commercially sold alphabets
layered with my own custom cut images.
2. A box that is a make-shift journaling kit, filled with mini stapler, gluesticks,
pens, stickers, stamps, scissors....
3. A huge bin containing about 30 small bottles of paint - funny to see there are
only about 6 colors in there.
4. Basket of things "to-do", seems nothing ever gets finished around here.
5. Stash of magazines, ready to be ripped up and cut for cool text treatments Michelle Ward

scissors, tape, scraps of images, my journal, my ipod
Teesha Moore

baby wipes (I am messy), Mod Podge for glue, Ipod, stencils, lots of paper scraps.
Patty Van Dorin

oooh..I've just tidied, I can actually see my table now! Let's see, I have my camera, my water bottle, doubled-sided tape, golden paints, and a storage container with rusty metal bits in it.
azirca

a pot of pencils, a pot of sable and synthetic paintbrushes, a bundle of letters and paperwork, a variety of paints and coloured pencils lying higgledy piggledy, some doodles and sketches
Gillian McMurray

1. a salt bust of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff
2. the leather cover from a small book of accounts, inside which is the
handwritten date, "March 19th, 1895"
3. the bridge and strings from an old violin
4. the heavy steel body of a 1918 Wizard Pencil Sharpener (guts removed)
5. a 7" wheel, with decayed rubber tire, from what must have been an old baby
carriage
James Michael Starr

-Viva paper towels
-Assorted mark makers like pencil, crayons, etc
-Two buckets of water with soaking brushes
-Large plastic box with lid which holds open cups of paint
-Razor blades
Karen Jacobs

Tim Holtz scissors, Crop-a-dile, brand new Golden acrylics I bought for the up-coming DeMeng class, chipboard shapes, a jar of dirty water with paint brushes soaking in it from last week (ewwww!)
Teresa

ink, self-healing mat, mica, copper wire, alpha-numeric metal punch set
Judy Wilkenfeld

golden fluid paints and mediums, sandpaper, collage material, t-square, paper palette
CW Slade

I don't have a dedicated table so I'll tell you what's on my studio floor. Two small notebooks, one for ideas and sketching and the other for documenting colors that I mix; a large basket for all my paints; a bevy of brushes and knives wrapped up in an old towel and a stack of artist books
Barbara Kleinhans

Scattered prisma colored pencils
An exacto knife
A rectangular gum eraser
My current project: "Study in Turquoise,"
and cut up images of it for a collage
Roxanne Evans Stout

ipod, cell phone, jar of paint brushes, epson matte coated paper, old picture frames to scan.
Jen Renninger

my iMac with Photobooth, decorative (flowers) tape, seeds from a sumac,
paisley stickers, vintage milk paint.
Sarah Fishburn

A cup of tea, 2008 Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market book, tiny maroon buddha, brayer (ha!), photocopy of a drawing of a bear
Jessica Gonacha

An illustration I'm working on for a children's book author, several bottles of acrylic paint, several tubes of watercolor paint, horse reference pictures, paintbrushes
Jenny Archibald

ModgePodge, rusty wire, little triangular pieces cut out of printed soda cans, a stencil burner and: SHARPIES.
Lisa Hoffman

Heating palette for encaustics, encaustic medium, sewing machine, cheesecloth, string
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

fabric, polymer clay, Procion dyes, pasta machine, digital camera
Lisa Renner

a multitude of photographs for a project in the works, photographic oil paints (various colors), glue stick, gesso, a bag of new paints to experiment with.
Angela Cartwright

always on my table is my jar of paintbrushes but I think you mean projects and right now I'm in that in-between stage so I only have my last completed Art Challenge (which you can see on my website), a partially completed canvas that was shoved to the back of my list/mind during the Christmas onslaught, and a failed resin pour. Sorry. That's only 4 things
Jen Worden

several brushes, a gigantic acorn, 7 rulers, 20 pairs of scissors, a birds nest
Trudi Sissons

dip pen/ink, acrylics, random piles of ephemera,framed photos, coffee cup!
Stephanie McAtee

collage scraps, worn out and well-loved paint brushes, stabilo water soluable pencils, a pan full of cold encaustic medium and sumi ink
Judy Wise

Some new Dr. Ph. Martin “Hydrus” watercolor paints that I’m trying out, cat hair (from my naughty cat), polished beach stones from the Oregon Coast, pieces of cut-up credit cards, a heater.
David Castle

pots of brushes, pots of scissors, an unfinished handmade book, a 16x20 canvas awaiting completion, leftover pictures deom a photobook project
Marie Otero

chocolate chips, masking tape, photographs, graph paper, pencil
Linda Woods

circle punch, jar of water with a paint brush resting inside, rolling adhesive, pile of stamps, crayons
Ali Edwards

5 things on my studio table right now include...looking behind me...a hot plate, a hot shoe (small iron), brushes, a pot of beeswax and resin, and a new encaustic painting I'm currently working on
Susanna Gordon

1. A huge tray of assorted Caran d'Ache – everything! Pencils, crayons, soft and
hard pastels. I am spoiled with the product, rich color and quality.
2. A clay pot filled with my favorite paint brushes.
3. An Art Journal where I add techniques, color mixes, combinations, notes,
and other little things I want to remember from my art projects.
4. Krylon No. 1306 Workable Matte Fixative – my all time favorite.
5. A hair dryer for spot/quick drys.
Maralena Howard

I have two tables, one for jewellery and one for book art. The book art table has gel medium, golden paints, my hand carved stamps, paper napkins and bubble wrap and about a square foot to work in. My jewellery table has even less space.
Ro Bruhn

Paper, stencils, paints, finished/unfinished projects, piles of magazine tear-outs
Andrew Borloz

pva glue, an eyelet tool, 15 unfinished canvases, 2 unfinished artist books, a doll's rollerskate
not mass produced

The first five things I see when I squint at the table from here is cardboard, a stapler, paint brushes, gesso and my art journal
Roben-Marie Smith

piles of paper scraps, Caran d'Ache metallic wax pastels, several pairs of scissors, a spool of rusted wire that I found that is being saved for a future project, and book board
Seth

FOR LINKS TO THE SITES OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Pulse: go-to blog



Michelle Ward and How about Orange?
Lisa Hoffman

anonyrrie
Marie Otero

Soule Mama
Ali Edwards

My feedlist is topping over 100 sites. But if I had to pick "just one" it'd be my son's: Cliff Worden-Rogers He's on a cross-country adventure for the next 5 months and blogging about all he's up to.
Jen Worden

River Garden Studio
Roxanne Evans Stout

Dispatch from LA
Patty Van Dorin


I'm currently addicted to decor8 for fabulous creations and goodies for your home
azirca

Biblioddesey
Judy Wilkenfeld

There are many blogs that I visit regularly and they range widely from artistic to entertaining to serious. I do love ParisDailyPhoto because it keeps my world from getting too small here in San Francisco.
Barbara Kleinhans

The Land of Lost Luggage
Teresa

Those of artists actively working in a professional manner
Karen Jacobs

a sort of collective blog: notcot.org
Jen Renninger

don't look at blogs
Teesha Moore

Medium Coffee - Double Cream - 3 Splenda's
Maralena Howard

Skulladay
Gillian McMurray

The first thing I check every morning is the forum for my favorite band. I can't say I have a favorite blog - there are so many to choose from so I visit some on my link list and then try to find a few new ones every week. Some get better and some (sadly) get worse. I tend to like the home decor blogs that show me cool things I would never have found on my own whether it's an artist or a fabric or a destination. Is it biased to say I love checking my friend Lisa Hoffman's site every day? It's like a visit with her and she always shares cool finds and is such a wit. And examples of design blogs: print & pattern and poppytalk
Michelle Ward

The Altered Page
Trudi Sissons

Artbizblog
David Castle

LA Dispatch by my compadre Mary Ann Moss. She's the bomb!
Judy Wise

Oops. Don't have one.
James Michael Starr

My current go-to blog is...hmm, this is a hard one as I like so many...if I have to choose just one then it'll be Ulla at ULLABENULLA. She's a Finder of Amazing Things
Susanna Gordon

rosie.com
Linda Woods

I really haven’t visited many blogs but intend to try to change that. I certainly see the appeal of being able to keep up with what’s new in an artist’s life on a more personal level. Of the few I have visited, I very much enjoyed Michelle Ward’s blog.
Lisa Renner

whip up
Sarah Fishburn

I am not very good at blogs. But I would have to say The Altered Page.
CW Slade

Kelly Kilmer
Andrew Borloz

Mary Ann knows her way around an art journal and her photos are awesome! Visit here: Dispatch from LA
Roben-Marie Smith

Ornamental by Nina Bagley
Ro Bruhn

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I can't live without Go Fug Yourself.
It makes me laugh every day
Jessica Gonacha

Said & Done
Angela Cartwright

I haven't really had a chance to explore blog-world yet but I do love The Altered Page
not mass produced

Apifera Farm
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

n/a
Jenny Archibald

ummm...embers.typepad.com
Stephanie McAtee

There are so many but these days I chose Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien because even though I can't understand most of the text (it's in French), the images are so unique and often breathtaking
Seth

FOR LINKS TO THE SITES OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Pulse: go to the head of the class


IF I COULD TAKE A CLASS FROM ONE ARTIST FROM ANYTIME IN HISTORY, INCLUDING TODAY, IT WOULD BE...

Ooh! I'd definitely go back in time. Choosing one artist would be very hard though. Maybe Charles Mackintosh since he was an architect and an artist (like me) and I really like his style. Or maybe William Morris, because he had such a vision for the arts movement he was part of and I love his patterns and colors. Or Fornasetti would be fun. His use of black and white imagery would be right up my alley too.
Michelle Ward

Maggie Taylor. I would love to learn more digital skills
Patty Van Dorin

Picasso - spending my days with a paintbrush in one hand and making love to beautiful people - oh yeah!
Teresa

Charley Harper
Andrew Borloz

The French photographer Sarah Moon. Her work is absolutely gorgeous and I'm curious about her techniques for creating a final print.
Susanna Gordon

Richard Diebenkorn
Karen Jacobs

Vincent Van Gogh, although I don't know if he'd be a willing teacher. I'd be happy with observing him paint from across the room.
Barbara Kleinhans

Dorothea Lange, photographer
Ali Edwards

Mark Twain. I consider him a brilliant artist, but I'd rather have dinner with him and then sit around for a few hours chatting some more, while we drink brandy and he smokes those cigars. That would give me enough creative energy to last a lifetime!!!...class - schmass
Lisa Hoffman

Robert Rauschenberg
Linda Woods

Sorry, I can't just pick one, I'll have to make my own rules and choose two, Michael deMeng would be up there as would Keith Lo Bue
azirca

James Michael Starr
Judy Wilkenfeld

Cy Twombly. And that's probably because earlier today, while finishing a stay in Houston, I revisited one of my temples, the Cy Twombly Pavilion at the Menil Collection. The Menil itself is in my opinion, square-foot for square-foot one of the most inspiring art museums I've ever been in. I had a long conversation with one of the employees I know there, a docent who has worked there for nine years, much of it in the Twombly building. She has met Twombly and says he is a wonderful and gentle man. At his age, which I think is 78, he would have much to teach about making it as an artist in this era, and about giving proper credence to our inner voice. She told me the story of how his long-time dealer, Leo Castelli, cancelled a show of Twombly's in the late '50s that was to include some of those recently completed white paintings, telling the artist that he had no idea what he was doing. She said that decades later, after they'd been installed in that magnificent building in Houston, Castelli sat on a bench in the room with them and shook his head, though she didn't know if it was because he still felt the same about them, or if he realized he'd been wrong. Ask me the same question next week and it will surely be somebody else.
James Michael Starr

Michelle Ward; i love her deep vision.
Stephanie McAtee

Joseph Cornell. My only knowledge of Joseph Cornell had previously been through the many books published about him. It was not until I went with Lynne Perrella to see the Cornell exhibit at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, that I was able to truly appreciate his genius. As good as some photography can be, there is no way to capture in print, the beauty and magic of seeing his work up close. Although he also worked with collage, it was his assemblage boxes that were the most captivating. In the dimly lit rooms of the museum, with lights focused on these masterfully crafted assemblage boxes, my initial thought was how visionary and fearless Cornell truly was. He created (what is now) timeless compositions, using unusually simple components such as paper, sand, twigs, mirrors, and old toys, in a style that was completely unique and foreign to the art community at that time. Beautifully sparse in its simplicity, his design concept was curiously engaging. As I observed the entire collection, I became profoundly aware of a tenderness in his art that I had not been able to see from looking at photographs in books. Each piece had a story to tell. One could easily imagine him carefully studying, and placing the perfect component that would complete a rare and individually targeted work of art. If I had a time machine, to be able to study with Joseph Cornell would be an indescribable pleasure!
Lisa Renner

Gil Elvgren
Jenny Archibald

Georgia O'Keefe. How wonderful would it be to go out on site with her in New Mexico.
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

Albrecht Durer
Gillian McMurray

Michelangelo...maybe a sketch class...and then I would go and watch him paint the Sistine Chapel for a few days.
Angela Cartwright

Gustav Klimt
Maralena Howard

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be Mary Blair.
Sarah Fishburn

Mark Rothko
David Castle

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...ok not picasso, he didn't treat women well, not andy, just too weird, it's a toss up between van gogh and michelangelo, although i cried when i saw monet's waterlilies at MoMa, but I cried when I saw David in Florence...could we change the question to which 10 artists? If not, then I can't play, i guess ....waaaaa.
Trudi Sissons

Henrik Drescher
Teesha Moore

heh. I seem to be having a really hard time selecting "just one" but because I *will* be attending one of his classes and the entire reason I decided to make the trek cross-country, I'll say Michael deMeng. His assemblage works move from piecemeal objects to solidified unity and I want to absorb how he does that.
Jen Worden

today, it would be...Hugo Delevante
Marie Otero

there are soooooo many but Susan Lenart Kazmer just has the edge, followed by Van Gogh, Klimt, Kandinsky, the list goes on
Ro Bruhn

Egon Schiele
Jessica Gonacha

At this moment I would say, Mary Bogdan. Have you seen what she does with other artist’s thrown-away paintings?
Roben-Marie Smith

Louise Bourgeois
not mass produced

It is hard to narrow this one down but I would love to be in a huge studio next to Nathan Oliveira. His work is beautiful and his depth is so honest and true to me. His work makes my heart beat faster.
CW Slade

Irving Penn
Jen Renninger

Inez Storer and Marcia Meyers. Please don't make me pick just one!! (I'm a Pisces - we take two of everything!) I love everything about Inez's paintings and Marcia - well, I just want to know how in the world she gets those incredible fresco effects with polymer. Her paintings are mesmerizing.
Judy Wise

Wolf Kahn, his colors are amazing.
Roxanne Evans Stout

The Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto for his incredible eye, his amazing photographs, and the techniques he uses to paint, alter, and distress them.
Seth

FOR LINKS TO THE SITES OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Pulse: sign up


Since my initial post, a number of artists have asked if they can be a part of The Pulse. If you would like to participate in this survey, email me (link in the upper right corner of the blog) and I will send you all 7 questions. At the end of the original survey, I will add one extra post with all the additional answers and artist links.

The Pulse: 35 artists - 7 questions - 7 days


Stop by every weekday from Thursday January 24th through Friday February 1st to hear the unique and inspiring responses to 7 questions from the following amazing group of artists:

Angela Cartwright
http://www.acartwrightstudio.com
http://acartwrightstudio.blogspot.com
http://stores.lulu.com/cartwrightandfishburn

Barbara Kleinhans
http://barbarakleinhans.com/root/Index.htm

Michelle Ward
http://www.michelleward.typepad.com

Gillian McMurray
http://www.gillianmcmurray.blogspot.com

Stephanie McAtee
http://stephmcatee.typepad.com/her/

Lisa Hoffman
http://lisahoffman.typepad.com

Ali Edwards
http://aliedwards.typepad.com/

Ro Bruhn
http://web.mac.com/robruhn
http://robruhn.blogspot.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5367601

Sarah Fishburn
http://www.sarahfishburn.com
http://www.lulu.com/cartwrightandfishburn
http://www.ragtagsf.blogspot.com

Trudi Sissons
http://twodressesstudio.blogspot.com

Teresa
http://thetamarisk.blogspot.com

Teesha Moore
http://teeshamoore.com

Jen Worden
http://www.jenworden.com/

James Michael Starr
http://www.jamesmichaelstarr.com
http://web.mac.com/james_michael_starr/iWeb/DARTdig/Dig%20Blog/Dig%20Blog.html

Judy Wise
http://judywise.blogspot.com/

azirca
http://speakwithoutmyvoice.blogspot.com/

Linda Woods
http://www.visualchronicles.typepad.com

Patty Van Dorin
http://www.tuscanrose.com
http://ramblingrose.typepad.com/journal/

Bridgette Guerzon Mills
www.bgmartjournal.blogspot.com
www.guerzonmills.com

Susanna Gordon
http://www.susannassketchbook.typepad.com

Judy Wilkenfeld
http://www.redvelvetcreations.blogspot.com/

Roben-Marie Smith
http://robenmarie.com
http://www.paperbagstudios.com

CW Slade
www.cwslade.com

Jenny Archibald
http://geocities.com/jennys_pencil

Marie Otero
http://lostaussie.typepad.com/

Andrew Borloz
http://urbanpaperarts.blogspot.com/

Karen Jacobs
http://kajac2000.blogspot.com

Roxanne Evans Stout
http://rivergardenstudio.typepad.com/

Jessica Gonacha
http://www.jessgonacha.com
http://www.jessgonacha.blogspot.com

Jen Renninger
http://jenrenninger365.blogspot.com/
http://www.pleasebestill.blogspot.com/

not mass produced
http://www.thisdisorderedlife.blogspot.com

Lisa Renner
www.lisarenner.com

Maralena Howard
http://mcdc3s.blogspot.com/

David Castle
www.davidcastleart.wordpress.com

Seth at The Altered Page

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Spotlight: Pasticcio

Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn have taken zines to a whole new level. In fact, they describe their publication Pasticcio as a QUARTZ - QUality ART Zine. And quality it is! They have released two issues so far and the third is due out in March/April. There are so many aspects to Pasticcio which make it special. It is an 8.5 X 8.5 full color glossy that is almost more book than zine. The first issue has 52 pages and the second issue has 72 pages. The quality of the photography, lay-out and design in Pasticcio is top notch.

Pasticcio is loaded with content and there are some wonderful surprises inside. For example, the issues include full-page, color photographs of a variety of artwork from many different artists, artist interviews, book reviews, movie quips, quotes and wordplay, recipes, product reviews, and so much more. It really is a pasticcio -- a work produced by borrowing fragments, ingredients, or motifs from various sources; a potpourri. This zine is a collaborative effort from two extremely talented artists. I can't wait to open the pages of the next issue!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Mail Call: autumn colours


In October of 2006 I made this Autumn Colours Deco and sent it into the world for others to complete the pages as part of a Yahoo art group. 15 months later it came back to me, ironically on a 60+ degree New York City day in January that felt much more like autumn than winter.



The book was filled with handmade pages depicting the vivid colors of autumn -- rich rusts, oranges, browns, golds, greens, and yellows -- and was completed by artists in the United States, West Indies, France,and Norway. This mosaic image includes details from the pages. Thanks go out to Melody, Linda, Mishko, Jenny, Camille, Virginie, Karoline, and Pat for their creative work.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Pulse: Artist Survey I


There is a huge group of talented artists in the blogosphere, all of whom have their own special style and unique approach to art. I thought it would be amazing to pool their collective talents and be able to share this information with everyone. So I have contacted a number of artists and asked them to answer 7 questions as a way to take the pulse of the artistic community. The responses I have received have been varied, fascinating, creative, and even a little bit surprising. Learn more about your favorite artists, discover some new ones, and add to your list of must-see blogs and websites. Beginning Thursday January 24th through Friday February 1st, I will post all the answers to one of the 7 questions on each weekday. I hope you will find this as exciting and fun as I have. My plan is to make this a regular part of my blog and ask 7 new questions every 6 months. I would love to have as many people participate as possible, so if you are an artist and would like to be included in this survey, please email me using the link at the upper right hand corner of this blog. I will send you the questions to answer and also include a link to your blog and/or website on all these posts. See you on the 24th!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Book Bundles






I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.
Harold Kusher







Sunday, January 13, 2008

Comments about Comments

Of the many pleasures of blogging, one highlight has definitely been "meeting" so many creative, generous, and like-minded people. There is truly a spirit of community and a sense of camaraderie that exists in this cyber world. Part of this connection is created through the unique conversation of comments. As every blogger knows, getting comments is always special. I definitely appreciate the fact that not only do people chose to visit my blog but that some visitors take the time to leave comments that are so supportive, encouraging, and informative. The feedback I get from everyone is so inspiring and it lets me know that what I am creating is valued by others. And I love to leave comments as well, partly because I feel the need to express my thoughts when I read a post or see a piece of art that touches me and partly because I know how valuable comments are to each blogger.

The generosity of this community is evident in a blog interaction I recently had. I had just discovered the work of David Castle and his blog. He works with watermedia and creates amazing abstract work that is inspired by the mountains and urban terrain of both Colorado and the places he has traveled to. I was really taken by the beautiful colors he uses and the composition of his paintings. I had left a comment about one of his pieces, Peace on Earth, which I particularly liked. In response, David made the amazingly generous offer of sending the painting to me. He said that he wanted to "share the peace" with someone who left a comment and I was the lucky recipient. The work is pictured here and the colors of this painting are even richer in person.

Thanks David. And thanks to everyone who visits The Altered Page and in doing so, leaves a little bit of their own spirit and energy on these pages.

Friday, January 11, 2008

In New York: kiosk


Kiosk: An independent stand from which merchandise is sold, often placed in the common area of a shopping center.

Kiosk is a fantastic store located in SoHo, New York. They exhibit and sell a curated range of products from all over the world. Every few months they highlight a different country with products personally sourced by the owners during their travels. What a great job! Since opening, they have featured Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, and Finland, their current country which ends in February. In addition, they maintain an ongoing collection of objects from previous countries.

According to their website, they chose objects which are humble, straightforward and beautiful for their simplicity and directness. Often they are traditional goods that are the result of local aesthetics and needs or anonymous design found in general stores, DIYs and kiosks. The store is funky, the staff is welcoming, and the objects are unique and interesting. Kiosk is like a gallery, museum, and international store all in one.






Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Spotlight: Barbara Kleinhans

Barbara Kleinhans is a San Francisco based artist who creates beautiful, textured paintings. Her experiences as a child growing up on a farm in Wisconsin are evident in her work, which evokes a sense of expansiveness and wide-open space. Her paintings are rich in depth and layer and are minimal in color. As she notes on her website, her work is informed by "the boundless possibilities provided by a bunch of dirt-covered stones; the feeling of rough barn floors and prickly grass under my bare feet; of feeling contained within my surroundings." And the feeling of such simple sensations are captured so effectively in her paintings. She primarily uses acrylics to repeatedly build layers to create a textural quality that is rich. complex, and captivating. And I love that her website presents images of her art in such an inviting way.








Monday, January 7, 2008

Mixed Media: i found...

Showdown Thanks


I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to vote for and rate Fragile, the piece I entered on Saatchi Showdown. I was pleased with and encouraged by the feedback that I received. With possible scores ranging from 1 to 10 (lowest to highest), Fragile ended with a 8.20 rating after 319 votes. If anyone is interested in registering their artwork for the next Showdown round and getting feedback from fellow artists, registration can be found here.

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Year New Project: revolution

I have started a new project for 2008, revolution, that involves making a large number of small collages that are relatively quick to create. My aim is to periodically post individual images of them as they are done and a final photograph of the whole project when completed. Here are the first two...



Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Saatchi Showdown

I have entered one of my paintings on Showdown, one of the many services offered by The Saatchi Gallery, a global art website that describes itself as the world's interactive art gallery. You can browse through thousands of pieces of art in all media. You can set up your own artist page. You can upload your art for others to view and/or critique. You can buy art and sell your own art. You can add a link to your website or blog. You can even make art online and display it in Your Studio.


Showdown is the area where all artists registered on their site can upload an artwork to go head to head for visitor's votes. They are currently in Round 8 where there are 3139 pieces to rate. The top two from each round have a runoff and the winner of each round is entered to compete against the winners of a number of other rounds for a cash prize. I have entered Fragile in this round. My main purpose was to get feedback about how others view my art. If you like this piece, please go to my Showdown Page and vote. Scores range from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. You have until 1/7/08 to vote. Thanks in advance for supporting me and I hope that some of you will find this site useful for furthering exposure of your own work as well.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008