Archive of ‘Figurative’ category

Pale. Kat Hannah.

When you’re hurting, the color seems to go out a bit from the world.  Having just spent the two weeks by my mom’s side, watching her struggle against a body that is failing, witnessing her spirit soar in one moment, only to crash in the next, it seems strange to get back to “normal”.

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On one hand, I want to savor each day with fervor, for now more than ever, I know there is no promise of tomorrow.  But then something will grab hold of me, the whisper of a memory grips my heart and I am undone.

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It’s a struggle to climb out of that hole, once you’ve lost your footing.  Everything goes pale.  The colors fade like old sheets washed too many times.  But eventually, given time and love, slowly the washed out places will become renewed and refreshed.  I know that I’m not in my palest period, yet.  But I also know that the loss of color won’t last forever.  It will return in even greater brilliance.

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It is ok to languish in the pale for a while, though.  It has to be.

The paintings featured today are by Kat Hannah.  You can see more of her work in her Etsy shop and on her blog.

All images are via the artist’s Etsy shop.

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Dreamscapes. Jeffrey Beauchamp.

Sometimes the world we enter when our eyes close at night is a bit scary, a bit malevolent.  But often I find myself in a place that is one part memory, one part fantasy.  The paintings of San Francisco area artist Jeffrey Beauchamp call to mind those fanciful dreamscapes where ordinary things come to life in extraordinary ways.

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I find places from my childhood cropping up quite often in my own dreams, which may be why I responded most to Beauchamp’s paintings of children.  The places I played, explored, pretended are almost always prominent.  After one such dream last night, I found myself wondering why some places stay with us so strongly.  Is it our connection to the place itself or the people who were there?  Or maybe they become part of our dreams because of how much they captured our imagination in life.

To see more of Jeffrey Beauchamp‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Coasting. Lisa Golightly.

Growing up in Florida, we spent a lot of summer days at the beach.  It’s just what you did.  My favorite thing about beach days was the way it felt when we left the sand and surf behind.  Salty skin, tangled, wind blown hair, a bucketful of found treasures.  There was a feeling of ease and freedom, elation mixed with contented exhaustion.  Those beachside impressions are the subject of the paintings of Portland artist Lisa Golightly.

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Using found photos as the catalyst for her paintings, Lisa explores memory, how photographs of experiences influence our perceptions.  Am I more likely to remember those beach days fondly thanks to the old square photos in worn albums looked through a hundred times?  Pushing back memories of jellyfish stings and sand in places it should never be, we look back with eyes that see only the wonder and magic.

All of the paintings featured in today’s post are available as prints in the Artsy Forager gallery on Great.ly!  Just click on each image for a link to each print’s detail page.  To see more of Lisa Golightly‘s work, you can also visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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.

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Embodiments. Jenny Morgan.

Throughout my younger years, my body seemed to bend to my wishes.  I was one of the lucky ones, eating whatever I liked and barely gaining an ounce.  Never breaking bones, full of energy for whatever came my way.  But as the years have passed, that body has changed.    Harder work is required to keep my body in the kind of shape I need it to be.  That ideal shape has evolved– no longer do I obsess over being model-skinny.  I want to be strong.  My body is not a clothes hanger, it is a work horse.  I want it to take me up that mountain and show me things I can’t see from my sofa.  I want it to be my ally, not my enemy.

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New York figurative artist Jenny Morgan renders in paint self portraits and portraits of friends and family in which there seems a strong interconnection between the physical, psychological, and spiritual.  Bodies are simply the vessels in which we move through this life.  They can be a help or a hindrance but in the end, they are only a part of who we are.  In my hands I see years of work and my mother’s genes.  My legs have carried me on numerous hikes and adventures beside my husband.  But those memories aren’t carried in this physical body alone.  They reside in my heart, in my mind, in my spirit.  And when this body no longer serves it’s purpose, I will carry them with me.

To see more of Jenny Morgan‘s work, please visit her website.  If you’re in New York, mark you calendar for her upcoming show, All We Have is Now at Driscoll Babcock.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Associations. Marshall Crossman.

I’ve been out of high school a long time ( we won’t mention how long! ).  If it weren’t for Facebook, I think it’s safe to say there would be few folks from high school I would be keeping up with today.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a great high school experience.  But I’m a firm believer that people move through our lives in seasons– some come to stay, others stay just for awhile.  But what is it about high school that seems to create such strong bonds for some?

One thought might be that commonality of going through the same experience at the same point in time.  We are becoming a singular person, but are immersed in a large group.  Striving to find ourselves, yet often losing ourselves among the crowd.  The Class Photo series of paintings by Pacifica artist Marshall Crossman  seems to illustrate that experience of individuals melting together to form a whole.

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The way the artist reduces the ubiquitous class photo pose into simple shapes and strokes reinforces the idea of young people still in “formation” mode.  Who among us knew who we would ultimately be while in high school?  I certainly didn’t!  Maybe it’s true that my life’s path didn’t take the journey I thought it would at eighteen, but deep inside I’m the same soul I was in high school.  Introspective, striving, shy.  When I look at the current faces of my former classmates, I don’t see the changes life has dealt.  What is left is the essence of those souls who are forever linked with mine through our shared experience, our shared moment in time.

To see more of Marshall Crossman‘s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via Dolby Chadwick Gallery.  All images are via the Dolby Chadwick website.

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Move. Jasmine Deporta.

As a blogger and freelancer, I spent a good deal of each day planted in a chair in front of the computer screen.  Isn’t there a rule of physics that an object at still will stay at still?  That is what it feels like some days.  The chair is sucking me in.  I’m glued to it.  Before I know it, hours have gone by without moving from the seat.

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Barcelona based photographer Jasmine Deporta‘s sofa safari series seems to reflect our tendency to become married to our seats.  What is that about, anyway? Isn’t life so much more enjoyable when you are in motion?  Like me, many of us use work as an excuse for our inertia.  On the weekends, I am usually bursting to move- to get out from the cell of four walls whether that means hiking, gallery hopping or just wandering about.  Seeing the world in three dimensions, away from the sofa cushions brings vibrancy to the work you do from your seat.  And motivation to leave it.

How are you moving this weekend?  I’m ready to go!

To see more of Jasmine Deporta‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via I Need a Guide.

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Tribes. Erica Lambertson.

It can be a struggle to find your people.  When we’re young and not yet fully who we are meant to be, we often find ourselves in the midst of people simply because they are the ones that are around or because of a longing to be cool, popular, etc.  And life can still be that way.  On social media and in the blog world especially, we’re bombarded with images of the “cool kids” doing amazing things, enjoying success.  It can make us long to be a part of their pack.

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But what I’ve learned, and believe me it’s taken a long time, is that there is a group of people that will get you.  And those who don’t can be fun to hang with occasionally, but they aren’t your people.  Your people, your tribe, are the ones who hold your hand through thick and thin, who get your jokes, who understand your passions.  They are out there.

Featured artwork by New Orleans artist Erica Lambertson.  See more of Erica’s work on her website.

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Gallery Orange.

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Glimpses. Trent Call.

Every day whether through face to face interactions or social media, we get tiny peeks into the lives of other people.  And often, through those small glimpses, we make conclusions about who they are.  Truthfully, we make judgements.

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So and so always seems to be on vacation, where do they come up with the money?  That woman dragging her kids through the grocery store at 8pm, shouldn’t those kids be in bed?  But when we’re only offered slices of the truth, it is impossible to know the whole picture.

In the obscured blurriness of these paintings by Salt Lake City artist Trent Call we see just enough of the story to attempt a conclusion.  But is the answer we find the right one?  Is it really what we see or our own version of the truth?

All images via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Juxtapoz.

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Emergence. Ryan Hewett.

Some people seem to be born knowing exactly who they are and they never waver.  Others of us spend a good deal of our lives trying to figure it out!  The process can be slow, but eventually, it will be apparent when our true selves emerge.  To me, these paintings by Ryan Hewett seem to mimic those stages of self discovery and acceptance.

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In his bold, painterly brushstrokes, we see in some elements of each face more detail than others.  Just as the process of finding who we are is about refining, we become known in some ways more quickly and distinctly than others.  Some aspects of who we are take a much longer time to nail down, especially as we shed inhibitions and outside influences.  Once we can quiet that cacophony, we can hear the voice inside.

To see more of Ryan Hewett’s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Presence. Jane Krupp.

As Mr. F and I continue our travels, sometimes I think about the way we drift into and out of a community– for a time, we’re locals, we begin to become recognized at the local coffee shop and grocery store and then *poof* suddenly we’re gone.  It’s as if we were never there.  I do wonder, are we missed?  Do folks speculate about happened to that bearded man and his lady? Miami photographer Jane Krupp, in her Day Ghosts series captures the way daily our interactions are so fleeting.

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Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

This quote by Anita Desai came up in my Facebook feed this morning and it’s something I think of often.  How each place we go, whether a physical location or mental, emotional, or spiritual spot, influences us in ways we may not realize until we have vacated it.  I think it is the same with the people we come into contact with.  We never know the impact we make, for better or for worse, on the people in our presence.  I hope our fleeting existence leaves a wake for good.

To see more of Jane Krupp‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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