Archive of ‘Abstract Art’ category

Imprinted. Diane Carr.

Every place we’ve been has become a part of who we are.  We carry with us the desert sand of Joshua Tree, the snows of Idaho, the wet, sweet air of Seattle.  In her paintings, Diane Carr seems to capture the fleeting atmosphere of a moment in place.

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But these aren’t your typical landscapes.  Carr uses color to emphasize atmosphere and form, icy blue drips like rushing falls, contrasting with warm flecks of orange and pink, reminding me of glints of sun against rocks.  Their luscious quality makes them seem to envelop the viewer, like a canopy of trees.

To see more of Diane Carr‘s work, please visit her website.

Images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Kathryn Markel Fine Arts.

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Shifts. Cynthia Ona Innis.

No doubt you’ve heard that we’re in the midst of a major drought here in California. Even in the short amount of time we’ve been here, we’ve seen the landscape shift and change. Fellow Bay Area artist Cynthia Ona Innis explores the shifting diversity of the California landscape.

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Mr. F and I have experienced the range of California’s landscape, from six months in the high desert of Joshua Tree, a year amidst the Redwoods in Eureka, and now among the hills of Marin County.  Innis’s paintings beautifully illustrate in an abstract way the amazing diversity in the state.

To see more of Cynthia Ona Innis‘s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via The Studio Work blog. Images via the artist’s website and Walter Maciel Gallery.

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Experimenting. Jaq Chartier.

Being an artist is all about exploration and experimentation.  We begin with basic trial and error to find what works best for our vision.  Once we know what works, we’re constantly searching for a new way to create, a new way to see.  Seattle artist Jaq Chartier has created an entire series of work based on explorations of color.

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Sometimes artists show experimental process without calling attention to it.  But Chartier chooses to make the exploration both subject and process.  Test pattern-like grids of color and translucent lucidity makes us wonder, are we in a gallery or science lab?  The best artist is has a tiny bit of mad scientist lurking beneath the surface.  Kudos to Chartier for embracing both worlds in such a beautiful way.

To see more of Jaq Chartier‘s work, please visit her website.  If you happen to be in the San Fran area, get yourself to Dolby Chadwick to see her solo show, A Fever in Matter, before it closes this Saturday, May 2nd!

All images are via the Dolby Chadwick website.

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Wayfinding. Windy O’Connor.

Have you ever been lost in the woods?  Mr. F and I have.  It rarely happens to us, but on a hike in Northern California’s Trinity Alps last summer, we chose what turned out to be a very poorly marked trail.  We found ourselves wandering from one point to another, backtracking, trying to pinpoint where we’d diverged from our path.  These paintings by Charlotte artist Windy O’Connor remind me of colorful wanderings across the canvas.

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Just as we struggled to find our way back to our beginning, I love that these vibrant trails seem to have no end and no beginning.  They loop all over the canvas like the never ending scarf a magician pulls from his tuxedo sleeve.  One color finds its way into, over, under another.  What a wonderful way to get lost!

To see more of Windy O’Connor’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the gallery of the artist’s representing gallery, Hidell Brooks.

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Screen Tests. Matthew Penkala.

I recently went through a harrowing experience.  I fell ( that’s not the harrowing part- kind of par for my course these days ) and took my smart phone down with me, doing major damage to the screen.  This device I’ve come to rely upon so heavily became nearly unusable.  And I went through some serious withdrawals until it was repaired!  It’s amazing, isn’t it, how in such a short period of time, these devices have become so incredibly ingrained into our lives and our behaviors?  In his abstract paintings, artist Matthew Penkala uses airbrushed acrylic to allude to those ubiquitous glowing screens.

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If you go to a concert these days, you’re more likely to glimpse a sea of cell phone lights during the ballad versus the usual lighter held high treatment.  We stand in line at the grocery store, at the post office, not making eye contact or conversation with our neighbors but staring into that tiny rectangle.  They’ve enriched our lives in so many ways, digital waves keeping far away friends and family ever close, but at what cost to the people in the next house, in the next room?

To see more of Matthew Penkala‘s work, please visit his page on Artsy.net.

All images via the Western Project website.

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Lately. Yolanda Sanchez.

Artists by rule are an evolving species.  We are ever learning, ever reaching for the next inspiration, the next way of seeing.  So when I see an artist who has already been featured putting out exciting new work, I can’t help but want to share it with you!  Miami Beach artist Yolanda Sanchez is showing a new body of work at J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, FL continuing her explorations of the “felt experience” in paintings that feel light as air.

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Taking cues from calligraphy, Asian art, and poetry, Sanchez’s paintings seem almost short hand notes of the visual stories happening in nature.  Flowers unfolding, dripping dew, colors tumbling one over another.  These new compositions are lively but deliberate, each stroke carrying with it life and meaning.

To see more of Yolanda Sanchez‘s latest work, please visit her website.  If you happen to be in North Florida, be sure to stop by J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach to breathe in these works for yourself.  Her solo show, There is Only the Dance is up at the gallery until May 15th.

All images via the J. Johnson website.

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Essence. Saira McLaren.

Because we travel so much, our advice on particular places is often sought out.  It’s always a challenge to distill a place down to the essentials. Sometimes the impression we take away from a place might be quite different from what we felt at the time.  In her latest body of work, artist Saira McLaren epitomizes the changing impression of a landscape through layers of light and color.

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It can be a challenge sometimes, to see the best of a place when your experience is less than ideal.  On the other hand, more positive circumstances can create a favorable impression where it might not have existed otherwise.  We call it “looking back through hindsight glasses”.  The impact of a space whether positive or negative can be effected by the landscapes that came before or after.  The sight of a lush green forest following a long stint in the desert heightens the its effect.

To see more of Saira McLaren‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Sargent’s Daughters.

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Parallels. Sarah Gee Miller.

One of my favorite scenes when we’re road tripping is when the highway follows the path of a river.  We wind through the mountains, all the while the rushing turquoise water next to the highway seeming to follow the journey of our apple red car.  In her collages and ink and marker drawings, Vancouver artist Sarah Gee Miller “delves into the the relationship between primal shape and high-intensity colour to find balance and harmony.”

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Her bright, saturated colors run against one another, sometimes following their path, other times diverging to create their own, yet always keeping within the confines of the whole.  Just like the wild river is kept ringed in by the landscape, circles are bound inside hexagons, keeping their abandon in check.

To see more of Sarah Gee Miller’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Lost. Karl Klingbiel.

Ever feel like you’re just kind of aimlessly wandering from one day to the next?  I mean, we get up each morning, go through our routine.. shower, coffee, email, work, lunch, work, dinner, bed, rinse, repeat.  But do we really have a sense of purpose?  Is this all we were put here for?

The abstract paintings of Karl Klingbiel with their looping layers and chaotic color, bring to mind the way it feels at times to be here, to be lost in a world of our own making, our own choosing.

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We move from one place to the next, one job to the next, perhaps even one relationship to the next and sometimes back again, always looking for that feeling of contentment, fulfillment.  Maybe it is just our way, this wandering.  Maybe because we were truly designed for something different, a kind of life we can’t even fathom, so caught up we are in the imaginary race we’re running against no one.

To see more of Karl Klingbiel‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Caldwell Snyder.

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Churning. Lorene Anderson.

After spending almost 2 years in small towns, it is such a treat to be close to a big city and all it has to offer.  Recently Mr. F and I spent a Saturday morning gallery hopping, one of my favorite ways to spend a day!  We hit up a bunch of galleries in Union Square, including K. Imperial Fine Art and it was there I fell in love with the work of Lorene Anderson.

Inspired by the rolling hills here in Northern CA, Anderson uses stripes to mimic the landscape but only slightly– she bends and churns their parallel lines to create movement and depth.  What would have been solid and stagnant becomes fluid and lively.

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While sharing work on the blog is important, I can’t stress enough how much difference it makes to get out and see art in person.  The depth of the layers in Anderson’s work amazed me on sight.  There was so much going on, so many little worlds to get up close and explore! And I’m still mesmerized by those stripes.  Landscape painting has been around for centuries, artists will always be inspired by the earth’s beauty.  But it is in the work of artists like Lorene, who show us a different vision of the land we see every day that I find endless inspiration and fascination.

To see more of Lorene Anderson‘s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in the Bay Area, you can see her show, Landscape Multiverse at K. Imperial Fine Art until April 30th.

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