Sunday, July 31, 2011

Style File: Chapter 7

Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.

Style File is the 1st of 6 projects from The Pulse. Participants were asked: How would you describe your artistic style?
Crystal Neubauer

My style is all intuitive. I feel that when I shut down all outside distractions and allow myself to work from a process of trusting my intuition that a story evolves in my work that is beyond what I would have purposely been able to plan.
JoAnnA Pierotti

My artistic style - tattered expressions using delicate items such as antique lace or tulle mixed with leather, rusty metals and chain.
Kim Logan

I would describe my artistic style as an expression of emotion. I endeavor to portray the era and life of the people included within my work as real and having lived. The images I find in flea markets and ephemera fairs have been discarded or lost by their families and I like to feel I am giving them a second life. By studying their clothing and demeanor I can make an educated guess to the life they lived, and place around them ephemera that would be relevant to them to build a narrative of a possible life.
Kim Palmer

Developmental, or maybe experimental. I consider myself still well in the throws of developing my own unique style. I don't think it's something you can rush. It happens through a long process of experimentation and I'm really happiest when incorporating new techniques, tools or media into a work. It drives me. I don't like to be confined by boxes as a convenient means of classification for others or to be predictable. I need freedom to explore. People will either like the finished piece or not and that's okay too. I'd rather know how others describe my style! Now that would be interesting! ("If Walls Could Talk")

I'm not sure I have one style. It seems that life provides endless opportunity to change, adapt and experiment. There is always something new tempting me to dabble. My style is me in the present moment. Maybe I will be able to define my own style by the time I turn 90. Up till then, everything seems to be a logical progression. Admittedly, I have a penchant for practicing my calligraphic art on 'objets insolites' found in antique stores, dustbins and street corners across France. What my style lacks in homogeneity, it makes up for in attitude: that is, resolutely positive. It is imperative that I have a text of beauty or inspiration to work on, even if it is illegible at the end of the piece.
Lisa Scadron

These words and themes come to my mind when trying to describe my artistic style: colorful, textured, layered, direct, and integration. The production of an individual work is guided mostly by creative play and very little by my original mental image and/or initial desire of how a work should look when complete. I play with the materials, or let them be, until I feel - viscerally - that the work is whole. I currently live with the painting 'Keep Trying' enjoying how sunlight reflects off the metallic leaf and metallic paint layers, continually changing the surface of the painting throughout the course of the day.
Lisa Sarsfield

I think it's earthy. The colours (which are often nature dyes), the recycled papers or fabrics and the hand stitches that secure each piece reflect my respect for Mother Nature and love of using recycled materials. This photo I've chosen is of some 'nature papers' ready to be used in my collage. They've been died with home-made walnut dye and eucalyptus dye.
Pat Pintingolo

I think my overall style is graphic abstract.
Julie Shackson

Mixed media depiction of the natural world. 'Terrenaquea' - an exploration of natural forms in mixed media. This work started off as a photo of water printed on to watercolour paper gilded with gold leaf. The image was not a success as the paper caught in the printer, so dyed wet-strength tissue, mulberry bark, silk strands and scrim were collaged on to it to build upon its initial depiction of a rock pool. Acrylic paint and oil pastel accents complete the transformation.
Bonnie Clark

My art is an exploration of the importance of change and releasing the past in order to facilitate personal growth, empowerment and transformation. The utilization of mythic figures, archetypes, motifs and themes allows me to explore letting go of the familiar, safe and secure in order to travel to the dark, often frightening, places of the soul. I use layers of digital images, ink, paint, handmade paper, ephemera, beads, textiles, fibers, and glass to create pieces in which some of the images remain visible while others become fragmented, distorted, veiled, or buried. The resulting piece is complex and multi-layered in the same way that life is complex and multi-layered. True understanding comes with being able to envision what is below the surface.

Next 'Style File' will be posted Sunday, August 7th.

Friday, July 29, 2011


What is 6x6?

6x6 is the answer to the question : "What if there were no more art galleries?" How would artists promote and sell their work if they completely removed the traditional commercial gallery route from the equation. What if self-produced, indie events were considered the norm instead of the alternative? 6x6 is a blueprint for this.

Running from September 8 to October 20, 6x6 will present six, back-to-back, one week only art exhibitions in New York City. And they will be throwing in a host of interactive, learn-by-doing workshops and programs for artists,  art buyers, and creative entrepreneurs.

At the end of 6x6, the video footage, podcasts, and workshop notes will be made into an affordable, easily accessible, step-by-step DIY "How-To" Guide that teaches independent artists how they can plan and recreate their own version of 6x6 in their own art communities.

Planned events include: Four "Friday Art Date" dinners where a gallery space is transformed into a fun, cozy restaurant for the exhibiting artists and 15-20 art lovers; A two part workshop series focusing on Effective Web Design + Branding and Social Media for Creatives; A Web Work Marathon where attendees will bring their laptop and some images and copy, and leave with a new art website; An art world themed scavenger hunt throughout the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC; and a cooking class taught by Los Angeles-based  Executive chef Maite Gomez-rejoin.

6x6 has been developed by Kesha Bruce and Charlie Grosso, who together have created the unconventional gallery Baang + Burne Contemporary. Click here for more information about 6x6 and here to see a list of other bloggers participating in the blog tour.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Digging for gold! This post is my own contribution to the Buried Treasure collaboration. Links to each and every participating artist can be found in the previous post on my blog.

My post for the Buried Treasure collaboration is a modification of a blog post that I had posted on New Year's Eve in both 2008 and 2009. So I guess three times is a charm. While going through all my old posts to chose one for today, I was flooded with so many memories. It was as if the tape was playing in reverse. This post captures it all...

As night falls...

I remember the positives...

and the negatives...

the highs...

and the lows...

the moments of contemplation...

and moments of pain...

feeling calm...

and feeling alive...

climbing to new heights...

and being heard...

taking a chance...

and realizing the sky is the limit...

and throughout it all...

Treasure Chest 2011

Welcome to Buried Treasure: an online, collaborative project that invites art bloggers to go into the depths of their blogs and dig for buried treasure. Each participant was asked to repost one (or more) or their favorite posts from their own blog. There are so many brilliant artists out there but so little time to explore all their work fully. This gives us all an opportunity to see highlights from posts we may have missed from so many of our favorite bloggers!

Click on the links below to go to the blog posts of the participants. Please check back here often as I will be updating this list continuously as more people post. The links are numbered so you can keep track of what you have seen. Believe you me, this will take you more than one sitting. Please note that I will soon add a link to this post from my sidebar so that these links will always be easily accessible!

If you are a blogger on a treasure hunt and you do not find your name on the list, please email me and I will add your link.

01 Jeanie Thorn
02 Mountain House Studios
03 Cerulean 1
04 Cerulean 2
05 Art by Canace
06 Bunny's Girl
07 Beanie Mouse
08 Jude's Art Blog
09 Obtainium Art
10 Art Journey
11 Jo Murray - Art
12 TheFairyyellowbugQueen
13 Space Between The Gaps
14 Diana Trout
15 JazWorks
16 The Poetic Artist
17 My Peacetree 
18 Altered Book Lover
19 The Bohemian Caravan
20 Billie's Craft Room 
21 Liz Davidson
22 a magickal meliss
23 Often Medieval in Mood
24 A Paper Bear
25 iHanna's Blog
26 A New York Magpie's Eye
27 Dabblings
28 Fully Flummoxed
29 Art Propelled
30 Old Paper Art
31 Painted Heart Studio
32 Artful Happiness
33 Parabolic Muse
34 Collage Whirl 
35 Altered by the Sea
36 Tattered Edge
37 Altered Alchemy
38 Tangle Patterns
39 Secret Notebooks...wild pages
40 shayla's art diary
41 Altered Attic
42 Signed by Ange
43 Mick Mathers Art Blog
44 true adventures of an art addict
45 Lost Aussie on the loose...
46 Handmade by Jessica
47 More than you can shake a stick at...
48 Four Corners Design
49 ArtSnark's Artifacts
50 ***Lucky Dip***
51 Dharma Karma Arts Blog
52 skybluesea
53 Denise Aumick
54 Dryadart's Weblog
55 Artticulation
56 Jennifer Coyne Qudeen
57 Artwork in Progress
58 Wandering Heart Studios
59 E Makes Art
60 Waste Not Do Want
61 Clearer Reflections
62 Rebecca's Nest
63 des couleurs, du piment et quatre bras

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Diptych: Part 1

I attended the opening of the Exquisite Corpse Festival earlier this month. The Exquisite Corpse is a concept where three artists work separately on three different sections of the same work of art, without being able to see the work of the other artists until all three sections are combined. The Exquisite Corpse Festival expands this idea to include the mediums of music, video, fashion, and of course art.

The Festival kicked off with an exhibition of the visual art at Space on White in the Tribeca neighborhood in New York City.

The opening was well attended and the concept behind the exhibition made for some fascinating artwork.

There were drawings and prints...

A few of the many fascinating pieces...

Even the refreshments got into the act...

There was fashion...

And there was one Angel...

I created the head...

Stephanie Rubiano created the torso...

John Borrero created the skirt and base...

Our Angel is for sale as part of an ongoing auction of all the pieces from the exhibition. If you are interested in bidding on this one of a kind sculpture, you can find more information and the current bid here or you can email Jason Tyne-Zimmerman, the director of the exhibition, at

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Style File: Chapter 6

Welcome to the 5th edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts which will run every Sunday.

Style File is the 1st of 6 projects from The Pulse. Participants were asked: How would you describe your artistic style?

Interesting enough even though in most things I'm extremely tidy and organized (and my studio usually reflects this) my art is generally messy - splatters, drips, frayed, torn, large swaths of cheesecloth hanging off the edge. So style? Probably contained chaos.

I am mixed media - must to the chagrin of my DH. I really like to add lots of different things together (hence a wide variety of supplies is required!) to come up with unusual (but visually appealing) ways to convey a narrative. It almost always involves paint and usually text of sorts - but more than anything, every piece tells a story. Where as early days of mixed media mostly includedATC's, so my stories were small, single story boards. I only had a small creative space then too. Where as now they inevitable evolve into novels & me never being happy that they are actually finished!And yes - I have a bigger studio space now.

My artistic style is: Layered Emotions.

Eclectic Mixed Media with a spiritual twist.

Emotional abstract. My art is based on positive emotions and good vibes. I create only when I feel good and in harmony. Abstract gives the person who looks at my art the opportunity to imagine and feel the power of colors.

A mix of semi-representational and outsider art.

Organic. Fluid. I mull it over in my mind, making a few preliminary sketches, then I allow the process to unfold or emerge as I am creating. I'm never quite sure what the direction the work is going to take when I start. (Psychedelic Heart).

I use art as my means to get rid of stress. I journal to help work out issues. I create other art to give myself the feeling of accomplishment and self-worth. I try to make my art both crazy and happy just to make anyone who sees it smile.

Bright, colorful, joyful, organic, vivid, nature-inspired and changing. I often use watercolor paints and collage materials.

My style is busy and colorful with lots of black lines that confuse the order in which the layers were made. I have a weird compulsion to inter-connect everything inside my artwork. And I am definitely going through a "German" phase!

Next 'Style File' will be posted Sunday, July 31st.