Archive of ‘Daily Artsy’ category
For the first thirty-something years of this Florida girl’s life, I never really experienced mountains. And when I did, it was only the foothills of the Smokies. Then I visited Mr. F while he was living in Seattle and I saw the Olympics. And the Cascades. And we snowshoed in April on Mt. Rainier and I fell in love with Mr. F and those glorious snow-capped peaks! This series of paintings by artist David Pirrie have me longing for those jagged, snowy crests.
Pirrie doesn’t just paint mountains, but hikes and climbs them, too, which any hiker will tell you creates a bond between man and mountain. Hard work and endurance pays off in little seen vistas, in a feeling of intimacy with these monumental stacks of earth. His use of dots and bright, flat color not only decontextualize the mountains from the surrounding landscape but also nods to the iconic status these looming peaks achieve. On a sunny day in Seattle, you’ll hear locals proclaim “The mountain is out!” and every one knows what that means. The clouds have broken and Mt. Rainier can be seen looming surrealistically over the city skyline, dwarfing everything around it.
There is something magnetic about these formations, the mountains call to us like sirens, we see them from afar and somehow know that there is magic within their being. The mountains are calling and we must answer.
To see more of the work of David Pirrie, please visit his website. You can see his current solo show, Mapping the Tetons, at Diehl Gallery in Jackson, WY, through September 3rd.
Whenever Mr. F and I are away from the coastal Northwest for a long period of time, I find that what I miss most is the mossy trees and fern covered forest floors. These “Muppet trees”, as I like to call them, inhabit the moist woods in the Pacific Northwest and in this edition of The Artsy Nature, after spying Saline. Lumi. Breath., a gorgeous new painting by Jennifer JL Jones, I was immediately transported back to one of the loveliest spots in the Northwest.
photo | staircase hike, olympic national park, wa
art | saline. lumi. breath.( detail ) by jennifer jl jones, mixed media on wood, 72×72
On a foggy, cool morning in the early Fall of last year ( before the government shutdown closed access to the National Parks ), Mr. F and I began a short little jaunt into Olympic National Park that would be one of our favorite hikes of 2013. Not strenuous, no giant, sweeping views of snowcapped mountains, just the quiet hushed lushness of the temperate rainforest. Clouded skies cast a purplish light into the woods, only the dripping of the dew from the leaves and the fall of our feet on the mossy floor to be heard. If big mountains are outdoor cathedrals, woods like these are tiny chapels. Cozy and unassuming, you are left to ponder not on the grandeur of creation, but on its ever closeness.
More of Jennifer JL Jones‘ work can be seen on her website and, if you’re in the Atlanta area, she opens a solo show, SECRETsaline, at Alan Avery Contemporary Art this Thursday!
See more forays into The Artsy Nature here and check out my guest Artsy Nature feature on artist Jessica Zoob‘s blog!
Photo by Artsy Forager, art source linked above.
Here on the Northern California coast, the days usually start off cool and grey, and then, if we’re lucky, the sun and blue skies make an appearance for the afternoon. Once the light begins to beam through the windows and cast long shadows, the world seems to take on a completely different character. In her work, artist Stephanie Pierce explores the phenomenon on light and its effect on our perceptions.
Through the windows, the sunlight comes pouring through, seen in Pierce’s paintings as fluttering fragments of color, whipping in and distorting the scene light so many butterflies emerging simultaneously from their dark cocoons. Shadows shift as the light moves and we understand that within light is the power to create movement– that nothing is truly static, all things changing as our perceptions alter.
To see more of Stephanie Pierce‘s work, please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via Booooooom!
Screen siren and legendary glamor girl Lauren Bacall once said, “I think your whole life shows on your face and you should be proud of that”. Our culture is one that emphasizes youth and associates it with beauty. We’re told over and over again that to be young is to be at your best and your most desirable, so we buck against the aging process in any way we can. Swedish born artist Anna Halldin Maule paints hyperrealistic portraits of our obsession with the pursuit of beauty.
We pluck, wax, and whiten ad naseum to reach that idealized, fleeting “perfection”. We do our best to erase the gray hairs, wrinkles, and sags that tell the story of our life on the canvas of our bodies, choosing instead to homogenize ourselves until every body, every face no longer bears the distinction they were born with. By contrast, Halldin Maule juxtaposes her models with icons of nature’s beauty, flowers and butterflies, who never give a thought to what makes them so lovely. They simply are.
To see more of Anna Halldin Maule‘s incredible oil paintings, please visit her website. Her solo show, Persona can be seen at Scott Richards Contemporary Art in San Francisco through August 30th.
All images are via the artist’s website. Artist found via My Modern Met.
Its nearly that time of year when the light fades earlier and families spend their evenings and weekends cheering their little ones from the sidelines. My younger brother was big into t-ball, then baseball when he was young, so I clocked a lot of time on bleacher benches. Seasoned soccer mom and Seattle artist Klara Glosova captures those familiar views of life, as seen from the sidelines.
Her paintings and small figurative sculptures are the evidence of careful observation, capturing moments of casual conversation, close attention, and the distraction that comes with hours spent watching the action on the field. We see the figures and light shift, signaling the passing of time, not just on the field, but for each season in each life.
To see more of Klara Glosova‘s work, please visit her website.
All images via the artist’s website and the website of her representing gallery, Bryan Ohno Gallery.
The idea of consumption was one I never thought of much until the last few years. When I was a young single woman in Florida, shopping was a hobby, a large part of the culture. Since marrying Mr. F and traveling throughout the Northwest ( which forces us to live with few belongings, no room for recreational shopping! ), my eyes have opened to a different kind of life. In his work, New York artist Peter Vahlefeld speaks to rampant consumerism and its effect on the world of art, pages torn from auction house catalogs and museum ephemera become the canvas upon which he unleashes unbridled swaths and splatters of color.
Art for art’s sake has always been a popular, if somewhat impractical notion. After all, artists need food, shelter, and clothing as much as anyone else. As much as art feeds the soul, it can’t fill a hungry belly. So, of course, artists must sell their work. But when is the line crossed into losing the soul of an artist? When the impetus behind making becomes selling and marketing? What of the “collectors” buying at auction and reselling, not for the love of the work, but simply to make a profit? And the popular personalities selling themselves as artists, creating mediocre work that is gobbled up by their “followers”, simply because a fashion magazine proclaimed it as special?
These are the questions that as an art blogger and fledgling painter that I struggle with. When does one become a sell out in order to sell?
To see more of Peter Vahlefeld‘s work, please visit his website, cleverly marketed with an address similar to a popular celebrity. Touche, sir.
All images are via the artist’s website.
I’ve been kind of obsessed with the atmosphere of color lately. From my #colorforaging2014 project on Instagram, to the Feminine Wiles series, to some newer ideas I’m exploring, color is in the forefront of my mind. I’m continually amazed by the way a slight shift in hue can change our perception of a place, a person, an atmosphere. In his Color Fields series, Brooklyn photographer Mitch Paster distills scenes down to the essentials of color.
As if viewed through a thick, opaque fog, Paster’s photographs leave us only with fields of color from which to glean any information about his subject. We can conjecture as to what we may be seeing, but there is no certainty. What we can get, however, is a feeling for what is there.. the bright warmth of light, the blue of sky. I am left, not really guessing, just basking in the color and light, blissfully ignorant as to what is there.
To see more of Mitch Paster‘s work, please visit his website.
All images via the artist’s website. Artist found via Uprise Art.
Does anyone else remember thumbing through paper catalogs at Christmastime, circling and dreaming of goodies Santa might bring, or later in life, dreaming of filling your house with all that pretty stuff? Goodness knows we are a world in love with our stuff. These collages of California artist Jessalyn Aaland remind me of the mounds of random things we might accumulate if we could.
I especially love the artist’s use of chair imagery. I used to have a thing for chairs.. well, I sort of still do, but our traveling has definitely curbed any sort of temptation for collecting! I’ve always been interested in how chairs, more than any other sort of furniture can be designed for so many different levels of function and comfort. Chairs for dining, office work, reading, lounging, you name it. They are the seats we offer our guests, a sign of hospitality and warmth– No one ever says “Pull up a sofa!”, now do they?
To see more of Jessalyn Aaland‘s work please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website.
Kuzana Ogg Flash Sale This Week!
It’s rare to begin a Monday feeling so excited, ya’ll, but I can’t help it! Not only am I sharing the work of this amazing artist, who I’ve been following since Erin & I featured her work in an Art Association way back when, but it is all on SALE this week in my Great.ly boutique gallery!! California artist Kuzana Ogg layers on translucent patterns to create paintings that seem to float with effervescence.
Interrupted patterns, shifting perspectives, and deep color create surfaces that are complex despite the simple imagery. Underlayers peek out on occasion, so that are treated to an intriguing glimpse of the artist’s process, leaving us wanting to know what lies beneath.
Check out more of Kuzana Ogg’s work on her website and in The Trove, where the work featured here will be 50% off the normal retail price now through Sunday August 17th! PLUS STAY TUNED FOR A CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT WHICH COULD MEAN EVEN MORE SAVINGS AT THE TROVE! The artist is trying to offset the costs of two upcoming solo exhibitions at San Luis Obispo Museum and the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Help a fellow artsy AND get yourself some art! Win, win!
All images via the artist.
This post contains affiliate links. As a Great.ly Tastemaker and curator of The Trove, I receive a small commission on each piece sold from The Trove boutique gallery.
Ah, summer. That time of year when you can relish the craziest, corniest of adventures. Like finally hitting up that kitschy old-timey amusement park or road tripping to see the world’s largest ball of twine. In her work, Australian artist Maz Dixon explores the dichotomy of our expectations of destinations versus our experience.
While making our way from Florida to Washington three years ago, Mr. Forager and I took the time to stop at a couple of crazy touristy spots. We were really disappointed when Prairie Dog Town was closed! Ha. Dixon’s work makes me think more of those spots we visited as children, the ones that were so magical and fascinating.. How often, when we go back as adults, have they lost their luster?
To see more work by Maz Dixon, please visit her website.
All images are via the artist’s website.