Archive of ‘Paintings’ category

Visual Pathways: Jessica Bell

It’s often a challenge to put a finger on just what it is about an artist’s work that draws me in.  But in the case of the work of Jessica Bell, I’m pretty sure I can pin it down.  There is something in her visual language that I’m connecting to, something in the way she is communicating leading me down visual pathways into her process.

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Maybe it’s the way she plays with color, planes and simple shapes to evoke a certain place or point in time.  Or perhaps it is her use of visual and physical texture in subtle and spare ways.  Or the process of layering only to conceal or reveal as needed.  Whatever it is, there is a richness and complexity to her work that indicates an artist physically working through each composition on canvas.  An organic, evolutionary process that I find so intriguing!  Each piece seems a capturing not just of a work of art but a record of art making.

To see more of Jessica Bell‘s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.

The Glamorous Life: Michael Carson

As I sit working in my t-shirt and jeans, munching my lunch of popcorn and staring at these paintings by Minneapolis artist Michael Carson, I’m reminded of how very unglamorous life seems sometimes.  The most dressed up I get these days is wearing a skirt with my flip-flops or adding a fancy scarf to my every day uniform.

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Ocassionally I miss cocktail dresses and high heels and I’ll pick up Vogue or Vanity Fair to get a little glamour fix.  And then I see things on the news like the suicide of model turned fashion designer L’Wren Scott and remember that the rich and glamorous life isn’t always what we think it is.  In Carson’s paintings, I get a keen sense of melancholia and boredom on the faces of his figures.  Beautiful and fashionable, but sad.  Painting his figures into mainly neutral, unrecognizable spaces make them relatable in a way they may not have been had we seen them a lush setting.

No matter our physical or financial circumstances, we’re always responsible for our own happiness and welfare.  For some it is found on the runway, for others behind an easel or on a hiking trail.  But choosing to live your life as if it is the only one you will get ( because it is! ), no matter how, is the ultimate in luxurious living.

To see more of Michael Carson’s work, please visit his representing gallery, Bonner David Gallery.  If you happen to be in Scotsdale, AZ, you can see his work in person there.

All images via the Bonner David website.

Charm School: Charlotte Hardy

One of the things that has utterly enchanted me about Eureka has been its Victorian history and architecture.  Everywhere you turn is another beautiful old building showing off its corbels, cornices, and lintels.  I am charmed by it all, always wanting to go downtown where Mr. F & I can sit in a brick-walled cafe, under high ceilings, sunlight flooding in through the transom windows.  The work of UK artist Charlotte Hardy hearkens back to the charm, warmth and attention to detail that makes these old places so irresistible.

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Floors are creaky, walls a bit askew, but the charms of these places always enthrall me.  It is all perfect in its imperfections.  Hardy’s work has an illustrative quality to it that work so well in conveying the sweet delight of these kinds of places.  Her textural surfaces recall the years of  life to be found beneath the surface.

More of Charlotte Hardy‘s work can be seen on her website.  I do believe Mr. F and I may do a little cafe visiting this weekend.  Hope you have a wonderfully artsy weekend!

All images via the artist’s website.

Planes and Patterns at Play: Gianna Commito

Let’s switch gears a bit, shall we?  Looking back over this week’s posts so far, I’ve been in a bit of a nature-obsessed-state, so how about we throw in something different?  I spotted the the work of this artist last week on the Little Paper Planes blog and knew I wanted to feature her work pronto!  In these mixed media pieces, Gianna Commito is creating a playground of planes and patterns.

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Just a simple shift in line creates a skewed perspective that leads us down the path to another inverted plane and then to another and another.  It’s like a geometric rabbit hole that I am happy to get lost in!  There’s a natural correlation to cityscapes and architecture, but I see parallels to the natural world as well ( there I go again! ).  Towering cliffs and slot canyons, redwood burls and nurse logs.  We are all just planes resting on top of more planes.

To see more of Gianna Commito‘s work, please visit her website.  Her work can be seen in person at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York.

All images via the Rachel Uffner Gallery site.

Emodied Memory: Pepa Prieto

I am daily amazed by the talent I find in my foraging each day.  But occasionally, I see one painting by an artist, think “oh that’s nice!”, then go to their website to be completely blown away.  The work of Spanish-born New York based artist Pepa Prieto astounded me with her visual movement, texture and lively sense of composition.  I can’t get enough!

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There is so much going on, so many corners and nooks to explore in each piece, each one is like a virtual fun house and I want to get lost in them all!  The artist paints these pieces intuitively, evoking a particular memory or moment in time, “a detailed snapshot of my inner dialogue”.  What a beautiful conversation she is having.

To see more of Pepa Prieto‘s work, and you know you want to, please visit her website.  Happy weekend, Artsies!  What are you up to?  We’ll be checking out Eureka’s local ArtWalk on Saturday, excited to share my finds with you next week!

All images via the artist’s website.

Finding My Own Artsy: Feminine Wiles, Painting Six

Like many women of my generation, I somehow missed An Affair to Remember until Meg Ryan brought it to my attention.  It was beautiful, witty, romantic and sappy, just like a great chick flick is supposed to be.  And Deborah Kerr’s Terry McKay was completely captivating and one of the first iconic female characters I thought of when beginning the Feminine Wiles series.

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With her warm auburn locks and creamy complexion, the film’s wardrobe designer Charles Le Maire wisely capitalized on her natural palette by using autumnal peaches and oranges in her costumes peppered throughout the movie.

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Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay in An Affair to Remember, acrylic on canvas panel, 6×6

The character is smart and sassy, beautiful but down to earth and practical.  Characteristics perfectly portrayed with a warm, simmering palette.

I have no idea how many of these I’ll do, but am thinking of broadening soon into more contemporary film characters– maybe even by decade?  Um, hello, Molly Ringwald anyone? To see more paintings in the Feminine Wiles series, check the archives here.

Film image linked above, art by Lesley Frenz aka Artsy Forager.

Acts of Colorism: Edgar Sanchez Cumbas

We are more than the color of our skin.  Who we are inside and what we do are so much more, yet we’re often instantly judged on this one small detail.  In his current series, Puerto Rican born artist Edgar Sanchez Cumbas explores in paint and mixed media the idea of discrimination based on skin color.

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We often begin our lives being teased for what makes us different– maybe our skin is pale thanks to a Celtic heritage or perhaps we’re on the other end of the flesh color spectrum and feel excluded due to a complexion much darker than our contemporaries.  Instead of embracing the beauty in our diversity, in our longing to belong we ostracize.  We lose the ability to see not just see beyond color but to see all color as equal and equally beautiful.

Sanchez Cumbas explores these ideas through his sculptural paintings, the artist builds up thick layers of color and texture, which are then obscured by a large swath of color.  Only small hints at the layers beneath remain visible.

To see more of Edgar Sanchez Cumbas’ work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Cleansing Streams: Linnea Strid

There is such power in water, to calm, to cleanse, to inspire.  At the end of a stressful day, a long soak in a warm bubble bath can make me a new person.  These amazing oil paintings by Swedish artist Linnea Strid capture those ordinary moments in which water meets body and unleashes its blessing.

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We plunge ourselves into its cool depths to escape the oppressive heat of summer, we gently pour its warmth over newborn skin.  We sit and stare into its glassy surface or watch waves lap at our feet and our spirits become refreshed and renewed.  It within our bodies, keeping us nourished and well.

To see more work of Linnea Strid’s incredible oil paintings, check out her website and Flickr feed.

All images via the artist’s Flickr.  Artist found via The Artful Desperado.

Walking the Line: Sabine Finkenauer

While I have a great love of work with lush, chaotic patterns and texture, there is always something so lovely and intriguing in work that embraces visual economy.  Barcelona based, German born artist Sabine Finkenauer breaks down the world into simple lines and shapes, creating a signature visual language that is a little whimsical, a little retro and altogether lovely.

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There is a childlike playfulness to her work, but her use of space and palette bring a sense of sophistication.  Light-hearted enough to seem like Sunday afternoon doodles, looking closer and at her body of work as a whole, you can see the thought and calculation as she works her way through her use of space, line and color in drawing, painting, collage and sculpture.

Want to see more of Sabine Finkenauer‘s work?  Please visit her website.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to see the world in such a simple way?  I’m making that a goal this week– ignore the distractions and see what is simply before me.

All images via the artist’s website.

Wafting Serenity: Laura E. Pritchett

It seems that spring in Eureka is a very windy season.  The sun is shining and from our cozy apartment, it looks deceptively warm.  But upon stepping outside we’re quickly reminded that we are in a transitional season– the air still has a chill and the warmth of stillness is welcome.   The breezes blow and scatter fallen leaves, branches and petals, but at the same time, they are carrying away the grey and damp of winter, ushering in the peace and warmth of the coming summer.  In her Room to Breathe series, artist Laura E. Pritchett explores the magical  influence of a breath of air.

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Pritchett has made a big splash in the Instagram world with her breathtakingly beautiful photography– studies of light, air, and seasons ( follow her IG feed here for regular doses of serene inspiration ).  While perhaps more well known for her photography, these paintings  translate the same quiet wistfulness found throughout her work.  You can almost feel the soft breeze as it wafts up, up, and away, taking with it cares and troubles.

To see more of Laura E. Pritchett’s work, please visit her website and do yourself a favor and follow @bythebrush on Instagram!  ( And @artsyforager, too, if you aren’t already.. ;-) ).

All images are via the artist’s website.

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