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Life Blurred: Monica Tap

While Mr. F and I are camping in Yosemite, I’m resharing some posts you might have missed the first go ’round!  Enjoy!

Just the other day, I was saying to Mr. Forager, “Can you believe it’s been almost two years since..”  We seem to say that to each other a lot these days.  Time just moves really quickly, especially when you’re looking back.  In her work, Toronto artist Monica Tap  investigates the line between movement and perception, resulting in dazzling abstracted landscapes.

Six Ways from Sunday: Tuesday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday: Tuesday, oil on canvas, 100×60

Tap bases her work on Quicktime videos of the streaming landscape as seen from the windows of cars, buses, and trains.  Reproducing that magical effect of obscured color and light we so enjoyed as kids.. staring out the window as the world passed us by.

Six Ways from Sunday: Wednesday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday, oil on canvas, 100×60

Six Ways from Sunday: Thursday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday: Thursday, oil on canvas, 100×60

During those long car or train rides, we couldn’t wait to get where we were going, so often we enjoyed just letting the blur go by.  But as adults, I wish I could just stop the blur sometimes and enjoy it for the wonderful time it is.

Six Ways from Sunday by Monica Tap

Six Ways from Sunday: Friday, oil on canvas, 100×60

Is life moving too fast for you these days?  Or maybe, like me, you’re impatiently waiting for a change and things don’t seem to be moving fast enough?!  Want to see more of Monica Tap’s intriguing landscapes?  Visit her website here.

All images via the artist’s website.

September Featured Artist. Brenda Hope Zappitell

Kickin’ off a new month with a holiday ( for most of us ) and a new Featured Artist, you say?  Well, I’ll take that!  I’m excited to feature the abstract work of South Florida artist Brenda Hope Zappitell all September long!

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These abstract intuitive paintings have such a delicious rhythm to them, they almost seem to pulsate!  Brenda paints on a large scale, most paintings clocking in at more than four feet square, giving her work an enveloping nature.  There are also subtle layers of paint and beautiful little pockets of color and line that become so much more powerful at a larger size.

To see more of Brenda Hope Zappitell‘s work, please visit her website and watch the blog all month long!  Click over to the Artsy Forager Facebook Page to see what gorgeous Zappitell is gracing our cover, along with an album of some of my personal favorites.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Call and Response. Stephanie Clark + Genevieve Robertson

Being an artist can be a lonely endeavor.  We’re often toiling away alone in the studio for hours, even days at a time!  And while we usually need that solitary time to work out our thoughts and feelings into compositions, it can be isolating.  We long for an exchange of ideas.  Santa Fe artist Stephanie Clark teamed up with fellow artist Genevieve Robertson for a long distance, collaborative project appropriately titled, Call and Response.

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In this artistic game of Marco Polo, one of the two artist creates an image, then sends it to the other artist, who creates her own “response”.  What I find fascinating is how the two artists are challenged with creating a unique, yet complimentary response to the original call.  Some responses repeat colors or patterns, while others hardly reference the call at all yet they still create a harmonious finished composition.

To see more from the Call and Response series and more of Stephanie Clark’s work, please visit her website.  In related news, Stephanie will soon be a contributor to the Artsy Abroad series!  Be on the lookout soon for her first post in which she’ll share all about her experience at the Gibraltar Point Residency!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Heartful Vibrations. Sharon Kingston

In his book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky wrote of a corresponding vibration happening in the heart upon the receipt of an abstract impression.  To me, that is what the best abstract painting does, sets up a vibration in the heart akin to an experience of a feeling, a place, or a person.  In her paintings, Bellingham artist Sharon Kingston responds to the atmosphere of the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

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As another artist obsessed with the aura of the Northwest landscape, what drew me to Kingston’s work was her use of light.  Each canvas subtly glows through the use of muted lavenders and greys, like the glimmer of light through the ubiquitous rain clouds.  But these aren’t one dimensional interpretations– each one is infused not only with the feeling of misty rain, but also with the budding warmth of the that does make its way through the clouds, more often than those who don’t live here might think.

To see more of Sharon Kingston‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.

Hushed Landscapes. Shawn Dulaney

One thing I’ve learned since living in the Northwest?  Going to the beach in Washington, Oregon & Northern California is a completely different experience than it was back in Florida! Rocks instead of sand, bigger, wilder waves, and fewer bikinis ( beaches are cold here, ya’ll! ) just to name a few differences.  But I think what might just be the most interesting difference is the misty fog.  It rolls in and creates a soft, dreamlike monochromatic atmosphere.  These paintings by Brooklyn artist Shawn Dulaney seems to capture that quiet, hushed coolness of a landscape under cover.

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I love sunny days as much as the next gal and of course, that’s when the dramatic landscape of the West Coast really sparkles.  Yet when Mr. F and I take a beach hike on a foggy Saturday morning, everything feels more quiet, even the sound of the waves seem muffled, and we almost whisper in response and reverence.  For me, Dulaney’s paintings capture that evoke that same misty atmosphere, when shapes are shrouded and the colors of the day are just beginning to peek through.

To see more of Shawn Dulaney‘s work, please visit her website.  You can see her work in person at Sears Peyton Gallery in New York, where she’ll be a part of the September Group Show opening on September 2nd.  Mark your calendars now!

All images are via the artist’s website.

Lucid Liquidity. Peter Vahlefeld

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.

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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.

Fielding Color. Mitch Paster

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.

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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.

Pattern Recognition. Kuzana Ogg

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.

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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.

 

Being Present. Yolanda Sanchez

One of the hardest states for us to find is being completely present.  Thoughts of the past, the  future, distractions, all tend to cloud our minds and detour us away from simply living in the given moment.  In her paintings, Miami Beach artist Yolanda Sanchez celebrates the joy in the present moment.

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Taking inspiration from nature, Sanchez creates paintings that are fleeting glimpses into the feeling of a particular place in one instance.  The play of color and light are never quite the same any time we revisit a place and her use of visual texture and movement within each work recall the ephemeral nature of the present.

To see more of Yolanda Sanchez‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Breaking Good. Kate Tucker

As artists, often what we want to express can’t be contained between the four straight lines of a canvas.  So artists like Australian artist Kate Tucker push the boundaries of surface and form, leading to paintings that seem to break free from their molds, even as those same structures hold them in place.

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Even paintings framed in a traditional way seem liberated when incorporated into an installation of shards of compositions.  Each painting reflects the installation, which reflects the painting.  It’s like a wonderful tale of deliberate chaos.

To see more of Kate Tucker‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Art Hound.

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