Archive of ‘Paintings’ category

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.

Some Kind of Wonderful. Carola Schapals

For artists, inspiration lurks around every corner.  And sometimes, what we find amazing one day isn’t quite as captivating the next.  There’s something about that certain moment in time, the light, the shadows, the color, that enchants us, but may be as fleeting as the wind.  In her work, German artist Carola Schapals captures the moments that touch her, the scenes in which there is a hint of something wonderful.

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I love the way Schapals captures the colorful evanescence in the way the light is falling at that given moment.  A few minutes later and the mood of each scene could be completely different.  There is something utterly magical in the capturing of atmosphere and she’s done it so very beautifully, with deep shadows and dappled light.

To see more work by Carola Schapals, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via The Jealous Curator.

Evading Realities. Lara Zankoul

From the outside, this traveler’s life must seem incredibly exciting and adventurous, and yes, in many ways it is.  But even so, Mr. F and I still deal with life’s drudgery like work, insurance, and laundry.  Add to that worries about illnesses among family and friends and we’re both craving an escape from reality.  In her conceptual photography, Lebanese artist Lara Zankoul provides her own retreat into dreamland.

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The surreal situations painted in soft, dreamy palettes make Zankoul’s work visually stunning, but it is the human element that packs the punch.  Figures in enigmatic scenes allow the viewer to eschew the bounds of reality.  Floating in a tea cup sounds so lovely, doesn’t it?

To see more of the work of Lara Zankoul, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Summer Lovin’. Belinda Marshall #makegood

Surprise!!  I know a few days ago I shared that I would be slowing things down a bit for a while, but then I heard about the #makegood Great.ly campaign and well, I just had to join in! If you don’t know about Great.ly, it is a super fabulous site where artists and artisans AKA Makers stock an online “studio” with work from which “tastemakers” ( bloggers like me & other influential folks ) fill their Great.ly boutiques and share the work with their readers.

Already there are lots of incredible Makers on the site and I wanted to pop in and introduce you to one of my favorites, Melbourne artist Belinda Marshall.  Belinda creates these gorgeously sunny and happy abstracts teeming with color.  With their bright popsicle palettes, these babies are my summer love affair!

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All of these pieces are available as prints in The Trove, the Artsy Forager boutique gallery on Great.ly.  Which one is your favorite?  Tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine!

Be sure to check out some other Makers my fellow Tastemakers are posting about today!  Shout out to The Artful Desperado, Bird & Beau, Mai Autumn, & The Jealous Curator!

All images via The Artsy Forager Great.ly page.

*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.

Everywhere There’s Signs. Kellie Talbot

For the last century or so, signage has become a ubiquitous part of the American landscape. In the mid twentieth century especially, neon signage became not just advertising but an art form unto itself.  These letters in light have been slowly fading from view and Seattle artist Kellie Talbot  captures their spirit in her work.

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In her oil paintings, Talbot crops closely into the neon letters, where we can see not only the bright paint, but the signs of age and wear.  In daylight, we see not bright colored lines of light, but milky white tubes and bulbs.  What I love most about Talbot’s work is the way the pieces are composed, slight glimpses of shapes that we can just make out as letters.

To see more of Kellie Talbot‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Distilled Visions. Micah Crandall Bear

The other day Mr. F and I hiked up a hill in nearby Trinidad to a spot looking out over the ocean.  As we gazed out over the Pacific, I wondered at the way the colors in the water faded into each other in distinctive strips.  Sacramento artist Micah Crandall-Bear paints color field paintings that distill the landscape into saturated lines of color.

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Gentle washes of color sweep over the canvases, light filtering softly through, each piece recalling a moment in time and place, never to be experienced again.  Saturated skies reflect their colored light and bathe every other hue.

To see more of Micah Crandall-Bear‘s work, please visit his website.  His current solo show at  Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento is up through the end of July, see it if you can!

Images via the artist’s website, the Elliott Fouts Gallery website & the EF Facebook page.

Painted Air. Clara Fialho

It’s true, I love work filled with deep color and contrast.  But occasionally I crave something that feels fresh and light as air.  The work of Brazilian born, New York based artist Clara Fialho feels like such a breath of fresh painted air.  A balm for this artsy’s spirit.

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While some of Fialho’s work has a much more saturated palette, it was to these lighter paintings and drawings I found myself drawn.  There is such a delicacy to them, not just in the lightness of hue but in the way many of the shapes seem to float weightlessly above the surface.  There seems a sense of freedom to these pieces, the shackles of saturation cast away and a dance of joy begun.

To see more of Clara Fialho‘s work, please visit her website.

All work via the artist’s website.

Camp Camo: Tara Lee Guild

‘Tis the season for camping!  While Mr. F and I are currently tent campers, we have a soft spot for Airstreams.  We aren’t the only ones, though, these aluminum beauties have fans all over the world.  Vancouver artist Taralee Guild captures the way their reflective surfaces camouflage and distort their surroundings.

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Mr. F and I are definitely low-impact campers– we try not to disturb our surroundings much when we camp.  That kind of philosophy may seem to be at odds with these kinds of campers, yet the Airstreams mirror-like surface make them seem almost holographic, taking in and then reflecting back their surroundings.  They blend in, yet are still set apart.

To see more of Tara Lee Guild‘s work, please visit her website.  We’re heading out to do some of our own sleeping under the stars this weekend.  What kind of camper are you?  Tent or trailer?  RV or cabin?

All images are via the artist’s website.

Blocked In: Louise Belcourt

We are down to seven more weeks left in Eureka.  That is, if Mr. F’s contract doesn’t get extended, which we think it will.  Mr. F always knows exactly how many weeks we have left in one spot.  He is such a wanderer, too long in one place and he begins to feel a bit hemmed in.  And I admit, it’s rubbed off a bit on me.  Living in someone else’s home, with their stuff, a view that I didn’t choose, will often leave me a bit unsatisfied, too and ready to move on in our adventures.  In her work, Brooklyn artist Louise Belcourt explores her own views in the shapes and forms she sees and the one’s that block her vision.

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Belcourt takes her inspiration from the views she sees, using color and form to play with their spatiality and physicality.  Forms seem to recede and advance at the same time, just as our time in one place seems both long and short-lived.

To see more of Louise Belcourt‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Aqua Therapy: Carol O’Malia

It hardly feels like summer.  Here on the Northern Cali coast, the temps have barely ever gotten out of the sixties– I’m still wearing scarves and boots on occasion!  In addition to the cooler weather, Mr. F and I both seem to be having trouble getting into a relaxed summer vibe these days.  There always seems to be something on the agenda, something to be done, something to plan, somewhere to go.  I feel like we’re missing out a bit on the carefree feeling that summer brings, but these paintings by Massachusetts artist Carol O’Malia bring me that much closer.

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Any time we’re able to get to the beach, a river or waterfall, any body of water, really, and I see the ripples sparkling in the sun, my mind instantly relaxes and calms.  O’Malia really captures the radiance of summer light, not just sunlight, but the way we feel more effervescent in summer.  I’m still waiting for that weightless feeling, forgetting everything that’s  happening in the world and just soak it all in.  I hope it comes soon.

To see more of Carol O’Malia’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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