Archive of ‘Paintings’ category

Sweetness. Anna Membrino.

Everyone wants to be known as the “sweet one”, right?  We all have that friend, the one who never seems to say a word in anger, always kind and generous no matter what.  I wish I could say that was me.. but I think my, uh, salty side comes out more often than not.  It’s that typical angel on one shoulder, devil on another type of situation– I want to be sweet and gentle, but I also refuse to be misunderstood, misaligned, or abused in any way.  I’m sweet but I won’t melt.

Anna Membrino | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Anna Membrino | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Anna Membrino | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Anna Membrino | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Anna Membrino | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart

 

I was drawn to the Sugar Series by Bay Area artist Anna Membrino not just for the confectionary palette but for the way these cotton candy colored forms take on monumental status on her canvas.  These sweets are anything but shrinking.  In fact, they seem downright mountainous.  I think there’s a lesson in there for me and anyone else who struggles with sweet versus strong– just because you are one doesn’t mean you can’t be the other.

To see more of Anna Membrino’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

Microcosms. Ashely Peifer.

One of my favorite things about the West Coast that I didn’t grow up with on the Florida coast is tide pools.  Mr. F and I spend lots of time exploring and examining these little microcosms teeming with life.  Tide pools always seem so precious, not just because of their importance to the environment, but for their temporal state.  They are only exposed for a certain amount of time, then once the tide comes in, they disappear again.

Ashely Peifer | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Ashely Peifer | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Ashely Peifer | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Ashely Peifer | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Ashely Peifer | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart

 

These mixed media paintings by Minneapolis artist Ashely Peifer remind me of the multitudes of creatures living together in pools between the rocks.  Elements float in and around each other, patterns intersperse and lay one on top of another like seastars clinging to barnacles.

To see more of Ashely Peifer‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

Waiting. Ada Sadler.

Waiting can be fun. No, really, hear me out!  The anticipation of a coming vacation, standing in queue for a roller coaster– it can be almost as exciting as the thing itself.  But then there is the other kind of waiting, the one filled with apprehension.  Artist Ada Sandler paints scenes of seats that seem to be awaiting occupants.

Ada Sadler | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings Ada Sadler | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings Ada Sadler | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings Ada Sadler | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings Ada Sadler | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings

 

The small scale paintings pack a punch with their crisp, clean lines, mimicking the mid-century modern designs featured.  The limited palette and strong light enhances the feeling of  expectancy.

To see more of Ada Sadler’s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.  Artist found via Dolby Chadwick.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

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.

Diane Carr | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Diane Carr | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Diane Carr | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Diane Carr | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Diane Carr | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart

 

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.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

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.

Cynthia Ona Innis | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Cynthia Ona Innis | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Innis_strike Cynthia Ona Innis | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Cynthia Ona Innis | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart innis_Sunset-lg

 

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.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

Prickles. Kwang-Ho Lee.

You are nothing but prickles and stings.. so states Anne Shirley to formidable headmistress Katharine Brooke.  These hyperrealistic paintings by Kwang Ho Lee are most certainly full of prickles, but the sting is how incredibly gorgeous they are!

Kwang-Ho Lee | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #hyperrealism Kwang-Ho Lee | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #hyperrealism Kwang-Ho Lee | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #hyperrealism Kwang-Ho Lee | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #hyperrealism Kwang-Ho Lee | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #hyperrealism

 

Cactus have this incredible dangerous beauty to them, don’t they?  Those incredible textures, especially in the “fuzzy” variety, leave us longing to touch but the second we do we’ll know why we shouldn’t.  Which gives them such a lovely, unattainable, untamable appeal.

To see more of Kwang Ho Lee‘s work, please visit the website of his representing gallery, Kukje Gallery.

Images via Hi-Fructose and This is Colossal.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

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”.

Kat Hannah | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #figurativeart Kat Hannah | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #figurativeart

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.

Kat Hannah | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #figurativeart Kat Hannah | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #figurativeart

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.

Kat Hannah | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #figurativeart

 

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.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

Home. Anne Canfield.

Very early tomorrow morning, I’ll be at the San Francisco airport. I’ll board a flight that will take me home.  I’m going back to Florida to see my mom, for what I really hope isn’t, but could very well be, the last time.  She’s losing her battle with cancer and all treatments have been halted.  We don’t know how long she has– could be as little as two months or as much as a year.  Every time I go back to Florida, it feels less and less like home to me.  And once she isn’t there, I suspect that feeling might just be gone for good.

Anne Canfield | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings

Since marrying Mr. F and leaving Florida, my heart has been torn between here and there. But home has shifted now.  It isn’t my hometown, it isn’t even where my family is.  It is wherever I’m making a life with my husband.  And these days, that is wherever we happen to be.  In each place we find ourselves, I put a lot of energy into making it feel less like a temporary landing spot and more like a home.  It’s something I learned from my mom, this nesting thing.

Anne Canfield | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings Anne Canfield | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings Anne Canfield | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings

When I think about her back in Florida, I picture her at home, surrounded by her favorite things– the teapots she collects, my grandmother’s paintings.  Her home, the house she’s lived in for over twenty years with my stepfather, felt like my home, not just because I lived there for eight years but because she was there.  Once she is gone, it will just be a house again, filled with her things.

Anne Canfield | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings

The goodbye is coming, but it won’t be forever.  I take comfort in knowing that she’ll be free of pain and in my belief that we’ll see each other again.  But in the mean time, I’ll go home to her and then I’ll bring her back home with me in my heart.

Edited to add– I won’t be posting to the blog while I’m in Florida.  Freelance work has kept me super busy the last two weeks and my spare time has been spent with Mr. F.  I’ll be posting daily quotes on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, as well as sharing a quick art find that resonates for me that day.  Will be back blogging in a few weeks!  Catch up on  miles of artsy finds in the archives!

The paintings featured today are by Philadelphia artist Anne Canfield.  To see more of her work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

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.

Jaq Chartier | artsy forager #art #artists #abstractart #contemporaryart Jaq Chartier | artsy forager #art #artists #abstractart #contemporaryart Jaq Chartier | artsy forager #art #artists #abstractart #contemporaryart Jaq Chartier | artsy forager #art #artists #abstractart #contemporaryart Jaq Chartier | artsy forager #art #artists #abstractart #contemporaryart

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.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

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.

Windy O'Connor | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Windy O'Connor | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Windy O'Connor | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Windy O'Connor | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart Windy O'Connor | artsy forager #art #artists #paintings #abstractart

 

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.

" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal">Pin ItFollow Me on Pinterest

1 2 3 58